If cloud adoption is the full buy-in, automation is the gateway drug. Automation is almost like the cloud on probation. You want to see what it can do, but you’re nervous about fully committing.
In 2018, automation has become a no-brainer. IT departments everywhere are replacing bash scripts with one liners and watching as their workload goes from repetitive tasks to progress, contributing to the growth of a company as opposed to just sustaining existing processes. And this automation technology is only becoming more sophisticated.
For example, automation tools can, of course, monitor applications and processes in order to alert organizations to bottlenecks or problems, but now, they can even solve some of these problems that share the same root cause. When we say that automation streamlines IT tasks, we mean it.
The cloud takes the concept of IT efficiency one step further
Instead of making an organization internally more efficient, the cloud picks up the cumbersome IT bulk and removes it all together. Managing data centres is no longer an issue and your team is free to solve bigger problems that will lead to an organization’s growth. From one central spot, organizations of any size can scale by managing and automating thousands of servers.
Because the beauty of the cloud is that it works with automation as opposed to replacing it, organizations that have been working with automation can integrate the cloud without disrupting their existing processes. It works for VMs, containers, and even serverless technology – basically everything that makes the cloud the cloud. Things like source control, orchestration, and platform are key to dev ops and pushing a stack from a single command line. It’s all about simplifying and freeing up IT capacity.
The Unix Philosophy
“Write programs that do one thing and do it well.” is the Unix philosophy, but is it really that easy? Before the cloud, you had to take on every step of a new application, but the cloud makes it possible to allow companies to do one thing really well and allows organizations to make use of that one thing seamlessly. Make a call to a network service to provision a software-defined port, another to the compute service to get a container or VM, pull some code from Git and out pops a running application.
Replacing data centres with tools like Ansible
The freedom of the cloud, and tools like Ansible, can be revolutionary for organizations. They turn your data centre into code and then will let you experiment and understand the true value of cloud technology. It’s a great place to start, especially if you need to visualize just how significant the change will be and just how agile your business can become.
Migrating to the cloud doesn’t need to be an all-in decision right away, but if you’ve already been working with automation, you’re well on your way to understanding how vital these changes can be for the growth of an organization. If you’re considering the cloud, the biggest advice we can give you is to ensure you have a roadmap. Automation may have given you a taste of the cloud’s possibilities, but adopting the cloud requires careful consideration and planning to get the full benefits while protecting existing workflows and data security along the way.