How to Use Automation Technology to Deploy Cloud Based Applications


Automation technology dramatically simplifies the launching of cloud based applications and enhances the user experience by providing management tools for applications. Automated cloud based applications empower end users and employees by giving them the ability to deploy servers and applications seamlessly as they need them. This power, coupled with the mobility cloud allows, provides endless resources for your end users. 

Why Automation is Critical for Cloud Applications

Automation allows servers to be elastic in nature, which gives end users the flexibility they need to accommodate for varying amounts of traffic by being responsive to the varying conditions of the overall environment, such as storage and networking. When compute resource demand increases, its availability increases. The opposite is also true, where a decrease in demand results in a decrease in the amount of resources provided. This scaling capability is one of the basic components of a cloud environment, but cloud automation allows these resources to perform these reflexive properties on its own.

Cloud automation provides single sign on, which simplifies access to virtual machines for your users while also providing remote access. This free range means that your employees can have access to their compute resources anywhere at any time. Because your team’s servers are cloud based, this also allows free collaboration without needing to ensure that each role player has the same version of a file.

Automating Provisioning

During the automated provisioning process, cloud automation software assigns an IP address, launches the operating system and associates the server with an allotted storage unit. These otherwise manual provisioning processes would prohibit the ability to launch new resources on demand and creates an environment that is easy to maintain and use for your end users.

Cloud automation empowers your end users by allowing even those that don’t have a technical background to provision their own servers and applications. In addition, your users can also remove virtual machines that are no longer necessary, preventing them from incurring unnecessary storage charges. This method of provisioning gives all end users immediate access to the resources they need whenever they need them.

Automation also facilitates role-based access to applications. By implementing this type of system, your data becomes more secure because your tech team places limitations on who can access certain infrastructure levels. For example, a copywriter wouldn’t be able to access company financial records despite the information being hosted on the same infrastructure.

Managing Cloud Applications with Automation

Deployment by way of automated capabilities is more reliable and timely than a process that is done manually. Cloud automation helps remove these manual processes for your end users and brings a more concise, refined process that simplifies server launch. Deploying a cloud environment with cloud automation helps technical staff manage these applications by giving them a single point of management, despite having multiple zones. This single pane of glass concentrates data so that details for every VM can be seen at once, simplifying identification of potential issues and enabling quick reconciliation.

Scaling

Automation in your cloud environment helps you scale resources, like your storage, to help accommodate for your applications. This scaling provides as much storage as you need for you data and is cost effective because you are charged only for the storage you use. An example of this is a professional tax service during tax season; the company can access more compute resources during the season they need it most and scale back when they don’t need them. This gives them access to the resources they need and prohibits them from incurring charges when they aren’t in use.

Employees and end users can benefit from deploying cloud based applications using automation technology. Compute resources touch every part of any organization. Recognizing your employees’ and end users’ unique needs and then implementing an automation component in your cloud environment that can be used to deliver resources to meet those needs is easy and effective, while cloud automation helps you maintain server provisioning, management and security.

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