While it can seem daunting, implementing automation into your virtual environment doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. As the scope and scale of multi cloud environments continue to grow, automation can provide organizations with a sense of relief and ease – especially if the proper automation capabilities are selected.
Initial ventures into virtualization are usually justified by reduced capital expenditures, but it’s important not to overlook that longer-term cost benefits only come from reduced operational expenses. And, in order to achieve a lasting reduction in operational expenses organizations must automate the day-to-day operational tasks associated with virtual systems management.
Why? The cost of administrative support is one of the highest operational costs organizations face. In order to keep up with the demand, organizations are typically forced to increase support staff – but automation can help.
As organizations move up the cloud adoption curve, one of the key efficiency indicators is the admin-to-VM ratio. Various industry studies have shown that this ratio ranges from 1:100 during the acclimation stage to over 1:500 in the optimization stage—an increase in efficiency mostly due to effective management and automation. This is because IT teams that can make a service available for use in minutes deliver an invaluable service to their organization, and allow them to remain competitive in their market.
Another key value of automation – especially early in your organization’s cloud initiatives -- relates to the level of skill and experience needed to effectively manage your cloud computing environments. Let’s face it, cloud administrators are one of the most highly skilled members of your IT team. Having those talented individuals perform routine provisioning and mundane management tasks is essentially just wasting a valuable skill set – not to mention a recipe for morale problems.
Automation allows cloud administrators to focus on more value-add activity, while at the same time providing a level of standardization and oversight that allows less experienced staff to operate without incident.
Here at Embotics, we’ve seen organizations that implement effective automation solutions are the ones who see reduced operating expenses and improved operational efficiency. Our vCommander Multi-Cloud Management platform will get your organization to a cloud infrastructure quicker and more securely by providing all the automation and management you need to ensure that your virtual environments grow effectively, in one fully integrated system.
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