What is Cloud Automation?
Cloud automation involves various tools and services that businesses use to eliminate the tedious, time-consuming process of manually operating parts of the cloud. Because manually managing a cloud and cloud workloads can keep an IT team away from more critical, high-value projects, more businesses are choosing to invest in cloud automation to eliminate that strain. Not to mention, cloud automation can be used for any cloud type, including private, public, hybrid, multi-cloud, and more.
Without cloud automation, IT teams must manually deploy cloud workloads on their own. This responsibility is, unsurprisingly, tedious and slow, and IT admins must perform repetitive, laborious tasks like:
- Managing cloud resources
- Setting up virtual machine (VM) clusters
- Creating virtual networks
- Deploying cloud workloads
- Staying on top of availability and performance standards
Over the course of performing these tasks, human error is bound to spring up. On top of being repetitive and unexciting, the risk of error is always present, which can potentially expose security vulnerabilities that can put the cloud architecture and even the enterprise itself at risk. These errors also necessitate troubleshooting, a task that delays the workload's availability.
That’s why more organizations are choosing to implement cloud automation, which uses orchestration and automation tools to automate otherwise laborious manual tasks. First, orchestration lets IT admins turn their normal processes into a code. Next, automation effortlessly performs these tasks. If done right, cloud automation can reduce the burden of manual processes, save time and money, eliminate human errors, and more.
Cloud automation doesn’t only impact an IT team. On the corporate level, businesses can be far more productive and innovative when their IT department isn’t focused on completing menial tasks. Instead, IT can allocate its resources into more important projects that can strengthen their business’s competitive standing..
Not to mention, when IT admins and engineers are reassigned and up-leveled onto more high-level, engaging activities, they benefit from watching their skills grow in their role. And for the business overall, they’re able to enjoy improved employee retention.
Fourth, application developers can have their busy schedules freed thanks to cloud automation. Certain application development methods require rapid resource deployment and scaling. These include methods like continuous delivery (CD), continuous integration (CI), and DevOps. Used to test new software releases, cloud automation allows these resources to be reused.
Finally, cloud automation can let businesses create consistent setups for their workflows, delivering ultimate visibility into the business’s resource consumption. Businesses can then see what’s being used, who’s using them, and plan accordingly to improve their resource consumption. From there, businesses can also predict their future resource use and deliver a reliable service quality.