With the cloud being one of the key building blocks of the modern global enterprise, cloud automation is an aspect that completes the digital paradigm entire industries now rely on. Automation aims to make cloud computing efficient and intuitive. The concept relates to exploiting the capabilities of cloud management tools and perform tasks without manual intervention. It eases the orchestration of different resources and modules in a virtual environment. Cloud orchestration coordinates between different tasks uniformly to meet business goals and objectives.
Growth in The Cloud Automation Industry
The global cloud automation market is expected to grow at CAGR of 25.9% during the period 2016-2022 and reach $70.98 billion by 2022, led by key market drivers such as the dynamic nature of cloud computing, focused life cycle management of projects and growing demand for hybrid clouds. The US is the largest market for the industry, while Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Canada too expect to see good growth during this period.
Time To Bid Goodbye To Legacy Systems
Enterprises using legacy systems and using cloud-native applications systems need to apply automation fast. Traditional Infrastructure and applications can be managed in a scalable way using cloud automation as a critical lever in all IT operation processes. Applying cloud automation in infrastructure provisioning, configuration setups, testing and application release results in measurable benefits – cloud services offer built-in customizable tools that automate all these tasks and assist in making a smooth transition from development to production. The concept has now become a vital component to serve organisations in the longer run of services.
Automation in integration platforms and delivery allows enterprises to deliver quicker results. Moving from legacy systems (which is the need of the hour), helps improve productivity and internal satisfaction levels within the company. Companies aim to become fast movers by adopting cloud automation. They are likely to use tools for release, provisioning and orchestration of cloud platform. Amazon Elastic Cloud, XL Deploy, IBM UrbanCode are few of the tools frequently used for application release automation.
Cloud Automation and Efficiency
In enterprise setups, balancing the workload and reducing operational costs has become one of the key drivers to achieving revenue targets and meeting the increasing customer needs. Automating cloud operations can deliver cost savings and improved efficiency, operational activities, and overall business agility, all leading to increased productivity.
The execution quality of services operations witnesses improvements too, thereby reducing the cost of rework activities. It helps a human make strategic decisions and selection by policy-based orchestration systems.
According to a survey conducted by Capgemini, companies such as Securitas, CA-SILCA and Cisco have used automation to promote innovativeness within their teams. One of the key advantages of cloud automation includes deployment of restructured teams including engineers, developers and managers. They are now working from remote locations sitting in different geographies to develop, collaborate and manage workflows. Developers can now use Infrastructure-as-code to directly host an application for production
Cloud Automation: The Challenges
Automation comes with its own set of challenges, security being the paramount one. Change management, concerns related to data privacy and management at offsite locations, are some other challenges organisations are grappling with. Major cloud providers such as VMware, Microsoft, Amazon are stacking multiple layers of security and other best practices to overcome these challenges. Automation during deployment assists in standardising security design and maintaining consistency within operations of the organisation.
Moving to Cloud and Automating requires bold decisions by company leaders. Moving to the cloud requires flexibility in the company’s processes and willingness to give control of their processes to third party service providers. Leaders need to have trust in cloud infrastructure and automation tools along with a clear cloud strategy in their minds.