Automation technology plays an instrumental role for service providers that employ it. A 2013 study by Attunity found that 30 percent of companies surveyed wanted to streamline their cloud management processes. This further suggests that cloud automation technology is not only important, its growing in implementation, and especially in the United States.
A white paper produced by UBM Techweb in 2010 stated that, experts estimate that 50 to 70 percent of todays IT processing is based on real-time and offline workloads. This seemingly large percentage has only grown over time and become even more imperative for end users. Providing scalable workload automation will only further solidify your position as an excellent cloud service provider in your market.
Moving workloads to the cloud enables end users to work from anywhere at any time, and maximizes cost efficiency for your business. A workload that is hosted in the cloud means that software can be updated across the board for all end users, eliminating compatibility issues and simplifying updates for your tech team.
Replication and Recovery
Automation technology enables replication and recovery of servers by automatically inducing failover if one component is no longer capable of carrying out its functions. Promoting replication in your environment allows you to keep two or more copies of the data. This enables an environment that is consistently and constantly available for end users, no matter the circumstances, because there is always an accessible copy.
Automated failover can also be used as a disaster recovery tool by migrating data to another server for use in case the primary server is somehow altered and no longer available on that infrastructure. Duplicated data can be stored in a secondary location so that a regional natural disaster wont affect both hosted locations. This ensures that end users always have access to their data, even in times of crisis when they dont have access to primary infrastructure.
Moving to Dynamic Cloud
Dynamic cloud changes according to end user demand. This allows auto-provisioning of servers, which gives end users on demand access to their resources. Automation also provides cloud service providers the resources necessary to automate billing and metering processes, further simplifying the management phase of the cloud environment.
In the next several years, dynamic cloud will continue developing to better fit end user needs. As a cloud service provider, you are in the best position to provide these dynamic cloud resources to end users by implementing automation to route cloud data, support operating systems and set up scaling rules.
Self Service Cloud Environments
Auto-provisioning resources will further provide end users with the flexibility they need to continue utilizing their resources on an as needed basis. Providing self service options saves the end users time and money by allowing resources to always be available.
It is evident the cloud automation is the way to continue monitoring and managing your cloud environment. Automation technology will continue to play a vital role for you as you perpetuate cloud environments that are optimized, always available and reliable for end users. Employing cloud automation is the solution to meet your end user needs and remain a viable solution for them in your market.
Employing cloud automation technology in your environment is an imperative part of your overall cloud offering. Not only does this assist your administrative team as they monitor and manage your cloud environment, but it also affects the end users by providing consistency, on demand provisioning and various financial savings. Automation technology will simplify the duties required on each end of the cloud environment and help you serve your end users on a deeper level.