The case for Hybrid Cloud AutomationA lot of businesses – of all shapes and sizes – are accelerating their digital transformation right now. Most of these initiatives involve modifying or replacing ineffective, costly on-premise virtualized infrastructure – by migrating all or a portion of it to a cheaper and more effective cloud solution.

While the majority of companies already had cloud migration underway (or were planning to) before the current crisis – over 65% of businesses according to Smartinsights – others were struggling to put a plan in place.

Given the renewed focus on the need for remote working, scalable capacity, better mobility, and more stringent data security; we’ll no doubt see more businesses prioritize migration very soon.

But how can companies with both cloud and legacy on-premise resources maintain visibility and accessibility of different stacks, applications, and workflows?

Through effective Hybrid Cloud Automation.

Hybrid Cloud: Tying The Transformational Knot

Given the rapid growth of cloud computing in recent years, and the need to constantly adapt to customer and employee IT needs, many companies require the use of Hybrid Cloud management solutions to tie the private, public, and on-premise resources together in a cost-effective, scalable way.

Use of a Hybrid Cloud is great for ensuring all bases are covered. It is good to have choices on-premise and in public clouds. However, users are finding it increasingly tricky to manage these multiple resource platforms and vendors – and even more challenging to maintain consistent processes and transactions across such a cloud service landscape. Not to mention the in-depth knowledge required to optimize and maintain different resource platforms.

What they need is less complexity – to know that all required IT processes will run smoothly regardless of which cloud resource they’re deployed on: a simplified management tool for all of their private, public, Hybrid, and Multi-Cloud services.

A ‘Single Pane-Of-Glass’ Solution

That’s the thinking behind our CloudController CMP: a ‘single-pane-of-glass’ solution. It’s actually a workflow engine which works by bringing all existing IT infrastructure assets – and the services deployed from them – into one convenient role-based dashboard, for simple automation and control of all cloud services and their associated FinOps.

Instead of navigating multiple native interfaces to manage their private and public clouds, with CloudController businesses can access and control all of their services easily and on-demand. Not only does this focused approach ensure complete process optimization, it also makes it easier to create and implement new IT plans and establish solid process knowledge across different teams.

We don’t replace all technology management platforms – and you wouldn’t want us to. That’s not the purpose of a CMP. We augment and simplify. However, there are boundaries to where you would want a CMP to automate. With CloudController, organizations set trusted policies into standard workflows so they can define, order, create, deploy, manage, and support their IaaS, PaaS, Containers, Virtual Network functions, application stacks, and Private VLAN services with full automation, security, and ease. That provides a huge operational benefit to IT management and control processes. That’s our job!

While we launched at VMworld in 2009 (winning the ‘Best of VMworld Finalist Award for Cloud Computing Technologies’), it seems we were way ahead of our time. It’s only since 2016 that businesses have begun heavily investing in cloud services in earnest; and are now investigating ways to stay on top of – and ahead of – the rapid advances in enterprise IT. Digital transformation and cloud native application deployment are driving the order of the day in today’s cloud landscape.

As the world wakes up from the COVID lockdown and businesses adjust to a new reality – one where more life and work balance is needed, things like being able to control complex IT services and processes remotely and working from home will become the norm. IT management will take a more prominent position at center stage. The need for a complete Hybrid Cloud management and control solution will be critical for businesses running multiple clouds with hundreds or thousands of workloads or more.

Ensuring total business efficiency and end-to-end security will continue to be crucial.

Is your company ready?

Keen to learn more about CloudController? Contact the InContinuum team today to get more information about how your business could benefit.