Role of Infrastructure Automation Tools (Provision, Configure and Orchestrate) in the world of Cloud Computing
With advent of cloud computing businesses are getting a taste of agility from public cloud service providers. Demand for IT services is increasing at faster pace. While deploying new servers has become much easier in the cloud, managing application instances and making sure everything stays compliant, patched and updated remains a major challenge. This has created an operational climate in which many IT departments are often overwhelmed by the scale of their cloud setups. IT realizes that Configuration Automation is the only solution for making efficient updates and configuration changes across the entire cloud landscape.
Cloud computing requires behavioral changes to the way IT operates and delivers the business services. What we hear a lot from IT heads of many advanced users of cloud computing is that cloud solves many traditional IT problems but it creates plenty of new issues that organizations have to deal with.
As per IDC worldwide spending on public cloud services (such as Amazon Web Services) will grow to nearly $100 billion in 2016 and spending on the private cloud market ($12.3 billion worldwide last year) will grow to more than $22 billion by 2017. As per Cisco Global Cloud Index forecasts, there is ever increasing transition of workloads from traditional data centers to cloud data centers and by 2017 nearly two-thirds of all workloads will be processed in cloud data centers. This trend indicates that over time more and more production workloads will be running in Public and Private Clouds.
Provisioning may be the need of hour to get started with Cloud Journey for many organization but to stay on track and reap the true end to end benefits of cloud computing will require managing across private and public cloud environments. This goal only would be possible if IT Automation tools can address such lofty needs. Key message is mature enterprise customers very rarely deploy just a VM. They are already thinking about the end to end model e.g. configuration management, billing, compliance, monitoring, patch management etc. Not many vendors have a good story to sell about end to end management in a hybrid cloud model as they are relying on very basic configuration automation and process orchestration tools.
I would like to end the blog with couple of generic examples showcasing what customers are already doing or planning on doing with BladeLogic Automation tools for their cloud workloads.
- A Global IT outsourcer is using BladeLogic Automation tool in their Cloud Command Center to patch servers running in one of the popular public cloud.
- A Large Publishing house plans to use BladeLogic tools to install applications and run compliance against their public cloud VMs.