With increasing consumer demands and changing IT scenarios, automation has become an integral part of every business, irrespective of the nature and size of the company. Automation has the potential to automate many manual tasks that help businesses mitigate the tremendous burden of operations and maintenance.
Hybrid and multi-cloud environments add an extra layer of intricacy to network, infrastructure, application, and user administration. IT teams need to manage on-site as well as cloud-based environments with specific management devices for each.
Let’s look at a few ways how CIOs can focus more particularly on cloud automation approaches and get rid of painful manual provisioning and managing of cloud resources.
Strategies to Effectively Approach Cloud Automation
Ensure complete visibility as the basis for cloud automation
Major cloud platforms provide built-in discovery and visibility abilities that may align with the business requirement provided they are working with one provider or environment. On the flip side, in multi-cloud, hybrid, and also various subscription/account environments, local tooling is not capable of collecting all the data into a single view. So, automation plays an important role here. This comes in handy for a better approach for more complex, diverse environments.
Make use of auto-scaling wherever possible
Hybrid clouds and multi-cloud have the potential to scale quickly, and organizations do not need to build their own physical infrastructure in order to manage peak or surplus capacity. Even today if businesses are manually adding cloud resources, they are certainly lacking one of the most critical elements – auto-scaling.
Autoscaling helps businesses keep cloud costs under control by adding resources only when they actually need them. There are also some important decisions that depend on variables such as platforms and tools that are being used.
Develop a robust plan for cost monitoring and optimization
Automation can bring in a drastic difference to investment planning as well. This is in fact where the considerations for public clouds are very different from on-premises environments.
It is critical for businesses to have a depth of knowledge to understand all the various expenses linked with public clouds and optimizing for future spending. However, savvy admins will utilize a blend of widely automated policies and warnings to drive users towards a variety of relevant resources, close resources that are inactive, and notify them if usage has hiked up for whatsoever reason.
Cloud providers provide several reporting and planning tools along with third-party options. Businesses may end up draining a lot of time and money if they are manually managing cloud spending. When multiple clouds are involved, there is no all-in-one device to automate public cloud cost control. Hence, it is critical to get accustomed to whichever options are easily available to get a hold of cost to prevent them from running out of control, which may lead to an awkward discussion with the CFO.