October 15, 2016
Businesses of all sizes frequently implement a private cloud in order to achieve greater business agility, increase efficiency, and gain a competitive advantage. In a traditional IT environment, the software and supporting hardware are generally researched, funded, and implemented over the course of a few months.
A private cloud infrastructure provides access to a variety of IT resources that are reachable within minutes, and helps align costs with actual usage. This allows organizations to launch projects faster, quickly benefit from new capabilities and revenue opportunities, and also to respond immediately to changes in the market. With this in mind, the question arises: can automation improve private clouds?
The Benefits of Automation
Some of the main features of clouds tend to be forgotten in the deployment of private clouds – for example, provisioning, orchestration, guidance for consumption, monitoring usage, and automation. Often the infrastructure classified as a private cloud actually has only a small part of these necessary foundations of a cloud, which consists of a certain level of consolidation, virtualization and probably some kind of monitoring.
A true private cloud includes the automation and monitoring of services with workload automation as the basis for the orchestration. With this setup, repeated processes are automatically triggered on demand to meet, for example, a request from a new server. In cloud environments that lack automation, user requests still occur using a traditional model.
Quite often, once the request is approved, the next step is to open a ticket with the IT department, which will then create the new servers in the virtualization platform, install the operating system and implement specific software for that need. Even with monitoring capabilities, the NOC (Network Operations Center) will only know that new environments were created when they are already in production.
It’s a No Brainer
In cloud processing, automation is necessary to simplify processes and relieve the repetition of static workflows. It is also essential to orchestration, which involves tying different automated processes and IT resources together using workflows and usually providing a portal from which they can be managed. In addition, orchestration can control approval processes, increasing efficiency and agility.
To facilitate the implementation of a private cloud, its construction should be done in stages, and implemented based on necessity rather than taking a comprehensive approach. One important tip is to consider delegating some operations to strategic partners that provide advanced management for private clouds, thus allowing measurement of results according to the efficiency and quality of service.
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