To better engage with customers, remain continually competitive and ensure long-term scalability, the majority of today’s businesses have turned to the cloud. Cloud-based technology and services are widely acknowledged as vital tools for strategic and tactical IT operations. And between private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructures, there are a variety of options to best meet an organization’s specific industry, size and resource needs.
The flip side of widespread cloud adoption, however, is that many IT departments and system administrators are more overwhelmed and overworked than ever before. With cloud-based infrastructure, the rate of incoming IT-related requests can be so high and constant that it’s impossible to keep up. Reactive and ad hoc behavior becomes a necessity and as a result, serious IT issues are left to fester and support-related costs begin to skyrocket.
The most acute problems system administrators currently face include:
- Slow provisioning
- Lack of visibility
- Cost containment
- Virtual sprawl
- Wasted resources
While it’s tempting to simply delegate these challenges to the IT department, the negative effects can be felt across an entire organization. For instance, slow provisioning and lack of visibility can lead to “Shadow IT,” which can introduce serious cybersecurity and intellectual property risks. Additionally, cost containment and virtual sprawl can cause an inability to demonstrate the true cost of infrastructure resource requests or usage.
To meet the ever-increasing demands of cloud technology and related IT services – without increasing staff or budget – IT departments and system administrators need to automate their provisioning by implementing cloud automation software. In doing so, they can deliver Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) with provisioning times of just hours or minutes, without requiring additional resources or complex customizations.
Incorporating cloud automation can initially seem like a daunting project, especially since there’s no one template for success. However, by focusing on the priorities of the business, initial steps can be established. Be sure to incorporate crucial features such as initial self-service capabilities, cost-visibility reporting, and resource change and decommissioning policies, and seek out software that can seamlessly integrate into daily IT activities. Perhaps most importantly, remember to adjust cloud automation as your business re-prioritizes and/or evolves. In doing so, you’ll be able to ensure efficient use of resources and provide clear and accurate insight into IT costs and service levels.
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