As more C-Suite decision makers begin to recognize the flexibility and innovation afforded by cloud technology, it’s quickly becoming an integral part of the majority of organizations. Making the transition away from on-premise data center, however, requires more than just the cloud. Automation is equally important. In fact, in many ways, cloud automation is revolutionizing the way the enterprise operates. Here are four key areas where these changes are rapidly occurring.
The expenses associated with the current model of data center infrastructure are often far too high to justify. Typical costs in IT involve everything from staff to networking to servers and data storage (just to name a few). Making the transition to a cloud-based infrastructure dramatically reduces those operating costs and subsequently brings capital expenditures down.
Cloud automation takes this a step further by providing valuable insight into how resources are being used while also delivering the tools needed to scale those resources accordingly. Suddenly, spikes in demand won’t require the purchase of additional servers, which means no more significant investments for temporary situations.
IT teams that aren’t leveraging cloud automation are forced to rely on manual labor to perform day to day mundane tasks such as maintenance and operations. Automation becomes a force multiplier, shifting the burden of manual work from human to machine, which instantly boosts productivity across the board.
Automated deployment reduces the risk of human error, facilitates better collaboration and provides a much greater availability of resources. As a result, the IT team’s agility and performance will also increase. Cloud automation effectively reduces the length of time it takes from development to go-live.
Instead of relying on human operators, the vast majority of manual tasks, such as validating code, configuring databases, testing and monitoring, are performed automatically, without the need for human intervention. And since configurations for automated deployments remain constant unless changed, there’s no need to continuously set up new ones for each deployment.
Any business that’s experienced a network outage can attest to the nightmare it can become. Cloud automation can strengthen the resiliency of systems because it offers continuous monitoring for potential problems and automatically addresses those issues as needed.
Furthermore, cloud automation enables organizations to replace failed servers with temporary standby ones that are geographically dispersed and to which data is automatically backed up. This ensures that critical applications remain available, even in the event of an outage.
Without question, cloud automation is assisting organizations of all sizes and industries manage the complexity of today’s cloud infrastructures. With an automated solution in place, the business is far more capable of adapting to changes in trends, strategy and even the environment. Best of all, this is accomplished at a fraction of the cost of a traditional network refresh.
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