CloudOps: An Essential Guide

October 23, 2019 in Cloud Computing



CloudOps: An Essential Guide

Cloud operations, or CloudOps, are now synonymous with modern IT setups. The concept refers to the process of managing and delivering cloud services and infrastructure to an internal or an external user base in an efficient manner. CloudOps encompass both cloud infrastructure, deployment, and maintenance to satisfy user needs and expectations. To meet service level agreement standards, it also ensures security and compliance with standard practices while reducing cost. Read on to find more about the components of cloud operations and cloud management. 

The Need For CloudOps

The need for continuous delivery of services, round-the-clock operations, competitive usability, security and scalability has led to a rapid industry-wide adoption of cloud operations. The difficult ask in cloud computing is not the architecture and implementation of cloud infrastructure, but providing 24×7 reliable operations that out-deliver on user’s expectations. 

Continuous operations help run the cloud systems without taking a part or all of an application out-of-service and ensure zero-downtime. Hence, it is critical to define the cloud operation procedures and practices so that updates and maintenance take place in production environments without any interruption in service. The focus of CloudOps is on the mission-critical apps. 

The objective of cloud operations is to provide services efficiently and optimize capacity to ensure that proper management of resources is done on location. It also helps in maintaining the confidentiality of data, secures it and helps in adhering to service level agreements. It can also be used to dynamically calculate the charge for customers according to their usage of microservices or storage space taken up by them.

How to Achieve Continuous CloudOps

Once you have placed your code into a cloud environment, it is then time to look at continuous operations. To achieve continuity, you can follow the following tips.

  1. Engage in basic blocking and tackling. This includes assessment of your application needs and data sets that you plan to deploy and host in the cloud.
  2. Understand the changes to be made to support your CloudOps. Create an update, deployment and systems update plan to eliminate planned outages and ensure operations continuity.
  3. Strategise the technology solution for problems that cause downtime. Leverage the auto and self-provisioning mechanisms of your cloud platforms to eliminate redundant services.
  4. Choose the CloudOps tools that best suit your business needs. The most commonly used are Cloud Management Tools (CMP), Apigee, ServiceMesh or RightScale, and other monitoring and metrics tools.

CloudOps is a perpetually ongoing process. For this reason, it is critical to rely on a process to check its effectiveness, ideally via feedback. After all, CloudOps is just the migration of continuous operations into the world of cloud computing.

Advantages of CloudOps

There is a lot that CloudOps brings to the table. To start with, cloud-based operations simplify the management of technical systems. The installation and maintenance of complex and expensive hardware is eliminated as well. The process also reduces cost on maintenance to the cloud infrastructure and thus, saves money. The platform and applications can be terminated and redeployed in seconds if you detect a vulnerability. Together DevOps and CloudOps can assist in faster CI/CD pipeline, boost quality code delivery and increase deployment frequency. CI/CD pipeline refers to the automation of software delivery process which includes initiating code builds, running automated tests, etc.

Best Practices 

CloudOps can help your customers ramp up computing power based on customer requirements. To achieve this objective, businesses may adopt either of the following approaches. 

  1. For continuous cloud operations, you may build your cloud architecture piece by piece instead of adopting a rip-and-replace approach.
  2. To get the best out of cloud-based operations, you must design your products natively for multi-tenancy.
  3. Standardise operations on a larger scale. Standardised tagging can help in assigning costs to specific applications or predefined cost centres. This allows a service to stay up and running.
  4. You may use auto-provisioning in which applications can request more resources on demand.

These practices can ensure a robust balance between availability, utilization and cost. This can help in automatically deprovisioning resources when not needed.

Conclusion

CloudOps are critical for: 

  • Ensuring functional development systems and production environments for developers, 
  • ensuring proper access and 
  • Authorizations

The concept also makes cloud platforms more stable and increases efficiency. CloudOps is not just another buzzword anymore. Instead, it is the solution to modernise your entire IT infrastructure.