Private cloud adoption is growing. Forrester recently stated the global private cloud solutions market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.0% between 2016 and 2021.
Companies adopt the private cloud to harness its many benefits. For starters, it can help employees work faster with greater agility. It delivers improved uptime and reliability at a lower cost than traditional IT infrastructures. And it provides the protection of a firewall through existing infrastructure to improve data security. But what really makes private cloud a true work horse is automation.
Below are the top reasons to rethink your IT infrastructure and adopt private cloud computing with automation.
Automation transforms provisioning, which includes migration and deprovisioning of workloads, resources, and applications. It condenses and accomplishes in minutes what once took weeks because of standardized service menus and templates that accelerate service delivery.
Automated support frees IT teams from routine tasks and can add or scale back employee resources at will. For instance, if the cloud server is approaching maximum capacity, companies can automatically add more power without IT staff involvement. This delivers true cost savings through managing resources in-house.
Cloud automation also transforms end-to-end monitoring of performance and service-level agreements. For example, processes like encryption, defining and directing resource provisioning, monitoring, managing the cloud environment, and providing detailed reports to track usage, billing, and lifecycles can be done automatically.
Easy-to-use Cloud Management Dashboard
Cloud dashboards allow you to manage and track data in real time and establish settings for automated processes. You can track resource usage, modify access controls, manage data, and view activities taking place in a private cloud network through an all-inclusive, intuitive dashboard.
Automated Business-critical Processes
More than one automation tool should be used for systematically automating all business-critical processes. These tools can be integrated into a broader automation framework that can translate those processes into tangible cloud actions.
Automation simplifies processes and alleviates repetition in static workflows. For instance, developers can unify processes for many types of services within the private cloud like project workflow systems. Task management can be linked within the organization and managed internally in real time to track enterprise projects among workgroups and across platforms.
Identify and Authorize Users through Automation
Another benefit of automation in a private cloud is automated user identification. Identified and verified by automation tools and frameworks, authorized users can select from a menu of resources or services based on their role. Automation recognizes the user request. A workflow engine then obtains authorization and delivers workload balancing for performance optimization.
Improve Compliance through Automation
Improved adherence to business policies and regulatory compliance obligations is another automation benefit. Automation eliminates human error that can occur through manual provisioning. If there’s ever a compliance audit, automation ensures that resources and services are provisioned the same way every time for each user or group.
A good automation solution can help your organization adapt to changing business requirements, reduce costs, and free up your IT team to innovate. It is important to communicate with IT teams that automation isn’t a job replacement activity. It is a business function that allows them to work on more strategic and technically-challenging initiatives that add more value to the organization.