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The Case for Automation

Case for automation.pngAs IT organizations have moved increasingly to cloud deployments - whether private, public or hybrid - the scope and scale of these environments have grown. Along with that growth comes a sizeable uptick in the degree of difficulty to manage the various cloud environments across your organization.

When the cloud adoption first started out, many organizations started small. And as long as these cloud initiatives weren’t too big, they were relatively easy for administrative teams to manage. But with the growth in size and scale of cloud initiatives comes a corresponding growth in complexity, making it difficult to coordinate the delivery and management if IT services effectively. The result? A real decline in quality of service and responsiveness - certainly not what you want to see.

Since the days of the Industrial Revolution, it’s been clear that automation is the answer to managing large-scale, complex workflows. In the case of cloud management, there are a number of variables that need to be taken into account and quickly add complexity: number and types of workloads, environment (whether a single virtual machine, multi-tier applications or application stacks), etc. Automation is the only cost effective answer to complexity and the combination of workloads.

Unfortunately, traditional automation systems haven’t been up to the task of cost-effectively managing the sprawl. The require significant resources both in terms of cost and effort to customize, implement and maintain. As a result, the idea of automation has gotten a bad reputation - companies are wary of the term, with many midsize and even large organizations often avoiding them completely.

That’s really at the heart of what we do here at Embotics - provide the benefits of automation without forcing our clients to do the heavy lifting associated with traditional cloud automation. Embotics vCommander can actually be implemented with minimal burden on customers’ existing IT teams - and without the need for professional services or steep learning curves that chew up time and resources.

Automation has emerged as the critical step that allows organizations to realize the value promised by the cloud. Long-term benefits to virtualization can only be achieved with a reduction in operational expenses, which simply can’t take without automation. The cost of added staff, inefficient hardware utilization and unexpected downtime can be massive and completely undercut the value proposition of the cloud.

The cloud is here to stay - we don’t need any more convincing on that. And while almost all businesses are starting to realize the initial benefits from cloud initiatives (business agility, faster time-to-market, etc), it’s the ones that implement effective automation solutions that are going to see the real reductions in operating expenses and improved efficiency in their IT operations that exacerbate that value.

If you are interested in learning more about Embotics vCommander and how it can help you automate cloud management, I encourage you to visit our product pages.

Topics: Cloud Automation Software