Cloud operations automation: Three things to focus on
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Why automate cloud operations
Automated cloud operations for faster and better business outcomes.
With organizations pursuing digital transformation and cloud-first strategies, organizations must also look at adopting automation for their cloud operations. Automation helps eliminate challenges faced in manual processes such as repetition, inefficiency, and errors in cloud operations.
Typical operational tasks such as resource provisioning, configuration management, software deployment, resource tagging, security controls, logging, and monitoring functions are some of the top use cases for cloud operations automation. While automation plays an important role in managing workloads in the cloud, orchestration addresses the process of sequencing and codifying those automated tasks to occur at specific times for specific purposes.
Value from automation
By 2025, 70% of organizations will implement structured infrastructure automation to deliver flexibility and efficiency.
That’s according to Gartner. Many have already embarked on the transformation journey, making the most of cloud-native automation and orchestration solutions that help them:
Build a secure and scalable cloud environment as compared to manual operations.
Free the cloud operations teams from repetitive and manual administrative tasks.
Reduce errors with the deployment of more predictable and reliable workflows.
Enable IT teams to focus on higher-level work to address business needs, such as integrating cloud services or developing new features.
Overcoming automation challenges
Mantra for effective cloud operations automation
While the benefits of cloud automation are clear, many still struggle with their automation initiatives. Here are three best practices you can follow to get the maximum value from your cloud operations automation:
Prioritizing core operations functions to automate is the first step.
Business applications rely on a number of microservices and containerization environments, making cloud operations necessary to run these applications efficiently in such a complex environment. It is also critical to implement the right processes and tools to enable automation, to reduce or eliminate manual efforts, to provision and manage cloud-based workloads and services. Setting up efficient cloud operations involves readiness from people, process and tools perspectives with automation and integration aspects.
Automation plays an important role in cloud operations and companies can take a phased approach to it. They can start by carefully prioritizing the core operations functions, such as provisioning and configuration management; event and incident management; availability and continuity management; and security and compliance management to automate their cloud operations and run it efficiently. With automation, companies are also embarking on proactive and predictive cloud operations powered by artificial intelligence.