Eight reasons Enterprise Automation is vital to cloud strategy success

Eight reasons Enterprise Automation is vital to cloud strategy success.

Written by Tony Beeston, Product Marketing Manager, Broadcom Software.

The cloud and Electric Vehicles (EVs) have a lot in common. Both are modern, fast, and agile. Both are also in great demand. Every street seems to have an EV parked somewhere. It’s the same with the cloud, which is fast becoming the platform of choice to power enterprise applications.

Whether it is public, private, or hybrid, the cloud offers flexibility, security, and low total cost of ownership. Its uses span from enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management to artificial intelligence (AI)-based services, and everything in between.

Managing this cloud-first strategy can challenge an enterprise. Moving major legacy systems to the cloud and digitally transforming key processes imposes radical change to both legacy systems and the underlying infrastructure management tools used by developers and IT operations.

At this point, forward-thinking organizations turn their attention to automation to schedule workloads. Indeed, almost every cloud provider offers an automation solution for their cloud.

Managing these environment-specific cloud schedulers, however, is like driving an EV with no dashboard. The siloed schedulers do not provide a holistic view of automation. The proliferation of point solutions lack integration and full operational support, resulting in the familiar and thorny “islands of automation.” And while these fragmented tools offer basic functionality, they are not as full-featured as enterprise-class workload automation solutions.

The bottom line? Blindly adopting these disparate, ad hoc cloud automation services can increase cost of operation, degrade service delivery, and potentially undermine compliance.

The market agrees. According to The Great Scheduler Migration report by EMA, 32% of companies experienced audit and compliance concerns using non-WLA point automation tools. Some 88% also agree or strongly agree that their business would benefit from a more centralized view of automation.

Service delivery and delivering operational excellence

Automation in all its forms is critical for successful service delivery and overall operational excellence. But as we embrace cloud strategies, we must think about how they might impact automation policies – not only how to maintain the quality of service delivered, but how that can be optimized.

An enterprise automation strategy overcomes the challenges of point cloud schedulers. It provides a single control point for all processing – including the clouds – and enables you to visualize and manage complex workloads, ultimately driving faster digital success.

Broadcom’s new eBook “Empower Your Cloud Strategy with Enterprise Automation” explores eight automation challenges created by cloud computing, revealing how enterprise automation tackles each of these in turn to drive a successful cloud strategy.

The eight challenges addressed in the eBook are:

  1. Maintain visibility
  2. Safeguard operational control
  3. Be cloud agnostic
  4. Ensure business and IT service levels are met
  5. Manage a multi-cloud environment
  6. Enable the business with self-service
  7. Control consumption of cloud (IaaS)
  8. Maintain security, governance and compliance

Streamlining the individual cloud providers’ automation capability to enterprise automation creates an efficient operational model that delivers high quality services with incredible agility while avoiding long-term cloud vendor lock-in.

Enterprise automation maintains a solid foundation for operational excellence, eliminates disconnected business processing, and enables a gradual transition to the cloud(s).

Indeed, the use of service orchestration and automation platforms creates a solid foundation for the future of your IT operations.

Now is the time to learn more. Read the eBook “Empower Your Cloud Strategy with Enterprise Automation” and discover how your organization can unify and control all of its workloads.