The IT world is still separated into two camps, which are the leaders and the followers. The leaders are pushing the statistics up and are responsible for the overall good reputation that the industry creates. On the other hand, the followers are pretty satisfied with legacy tools and methods, which, despite the fact that they’re still quite widespread and adequate for a certain set of tasks, have a negative impact on the whole industry evolution. See the chart below for the contribution of the cloud leaders vs the followers’ contribution to the cloud industry adoption.
In our article, we’re going to discuss why it is urgent to ensure the consistent growth of the entire IT industry and how to achieve it through cloud automation tools and methods.
If the old solution works, why change it? After that, despite staying afloat quite for some time, eventually, the followers face compatibility failures, security breaches as ultimate security solutions are unavailable to them. Surely, performance suffers most, as in time, legacy solutions require more resources to run and are way slower than their up-to-date substitutes. This, in the end, slows down the overall growth of the industry, as the followers are innovation blockers. They stick to the old-school tools and methods of work even when it’s economically unfeasible.
Just like in the case with legacy systems, conventional methods like manual application testing, manual configuration, and release management are not intrinsically bad. They’re just not as efficient as they might be. Together, cloud initiatives (as an alternative to legacy on-prem applications) and automation (which facilitates app development, testing, and release) form a new-age attitude towards efficient app development.
First, the automated provisioning for physical and virtual machines, processing power, storage, databases, middleware, communication, and networking infrastructure is done faster, which reduces the average time to provision. Second, adequate centralized automated provisioning facilitates decision-making processes in case new/urgent business issues arise. Scalability, impact analysis, and changes management are no longer pain points and the company is 100% ready to face new challenges. Along with that, provisioning automation provides useful insights on service allocation and helps reduce operational waste and complexity by following well-run operational patterns and templates.
All in all, provisioning automation facilitates onboarding for new application teams, coordination of code releases and infrastructure management, procuring and environment generation for Devs and QA and self-service provisioning, offering a set of services that can be automatically launched and managed.
As for the application management in the cloud, application management tools ensure traceability and transparency of the cloud resources. Top-notch metrics and visualization tools allow businesses to effectively monitor cloud infrastructure and receive reliable updates on tier availability, performance, and throughput. Organizations visualize their application dependencies to monitor communication and architecture issues, see what’s located and where. Cloud management tools also facilitate migrating on-prem resources into the cloud and ensure their better allocation. Businesses can see clearly their capacities consumption to use only what they need and scale up on the go.
Which tools will help in achieving an ambitious cloud automation objective?
Sure thing, legacy tools can be adapted to the modern-day requirements, while the value of manual human labor won’t diminish dramatically in the IT sector in the coming years. However, the gradual shift from slow to prompt development along with a manual to automated operations has already become a reality for the industry. The leaders are those who have adopted their corporate culture to meet these demands. On-prem to the cloud, a legacy to new and manual to automation transformation will take time to hit the whole IT market. It may bring havoc into well-run old-school processes, may force the sluggish players out of the game, but eventually, it will result into a more customer-oriented, agile and responsive arena for us, the consumers.