Cloud computing is the evolution and divergence of many seemingly sovereign computing trends including SaaS, PaaS, XaaS, IaaS, virtualization, distributed computing, Web 2.0, storage, grid computing and more importantly Data Center automation.
IT organizations can no longer afford to use manual or practices of a disparate set of tools to manage physical and virtual resources infrastructure. These approaches are costly, error-prone, leaving few free resources to focus on innovation.
The revolution of cloud computing means going to think about keeping the business on the basis of services that provide necessary functionality and automation is one of the criteria among them. The automation of the data center is of particular importance, not only because it leads to higher productivity and efficiency, but also because the transition to cloud computing will be easier to make. Data Center automation is concerned with the processes and technologies for automated deployment and management of IT services.
Cloud computing has put centrally control all aspects of the data center – compute, networking, storage – through hardware-independent management and virtualization software. Now, automation can help data center provider as agile as possible in the cloud world. Automation solutions allow cloud users to take advantage of specialized facilities and equipment without having to create their own expensive infrastructure and construction of specialized facilities.
Data center automation enables IT organization automate the management of virtual and physical elements of its infrastructure, including services, network devices, storage devices, and automates the deployment of their applications. Vendors like HP, Microsoft, and BMC are working to provide massive systems under one management engine for better management of environment and workload.
Software Efficiency Increase
By automating routine processes and day to day activity, such as application deployment, patching and provisioning, enable IT organization to put focus on strategic initiatives and invest more time in delivering solutions that create a competitive advantage.
Cloud Layer Automation
Cloud deployment technologies like CloudStack, OpenStack, and OpenNebula are providing IT staff to monitor workloads, health of the cloud infrastructure and distribution of data. It is also facilitating dynamic resource provisioning, application deployment and automates business processes.
Virtual Components Automation
Automation of virtual layers enable IT organization automates the management of virtual and physical elements of its infrastructure, including services, network devices, storage devices, and automates the deployment of their applications. Virtualization solutions like Unidesk’s layering software technologies and Citrix’s Provisioning Server facilitates automated virtual machine environments, which can be managed, controlled and monitored effectively.
Furthermore, automation and standardization allow you to minimize the risk of downtime caused by configuration errors or manual processes.