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5 cloud computing advantages (and 5 potential problems)

Cloud computing offers considerable advantages to businesses, but also comes with it’s fair share of risks. While the pros and cons vary by company, it’s important that you understand both sides before moving towards the cloud. Here are 5 of the biggest advantages, and 5 potential problems associated with cloud computing.

  • Premiered: 09/16/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: MRC's Cup of Joe Blog
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA Cloud Computing TBA IT infrastructure TBA Cloud providers TBA flexibility TBA scalability TBA server TBA Mike Matchett TBA Application TBA cloud architecture TBA cloud vendor
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Cloud Automation as a Service: Now Ready for Prime Time

As companies continue to develop private clouds and selectively adopt the public cloud for some of their business apps, the benefits of hybrid cloud are becoming increasingly clear. A hybrid cloud architecture brings together private and public clouds into a single platform, delivering not just well-known cloud benefits such as near-infinite scalability and consumption-based, pay-as-you-go services, but also a whole new level of agility and deployment flexibility.

While two-thirds of companies today are running a traditional datacenter or private cloud architecture, Taneja Group research indicates that more than half expect to move to a hybrid cloud within the next two to three years. This trend extends to business applications as well, which are being adapted to run in the public cloud. True hybrid architectures offer application portability and a compatible cross-cloud runtime environment, effectively enabling workloads to operate seamlessly across public and private clouds and allowing customers to choose to deploy workloads when and where they best fit.

One of the challenges companies face when moving to a hybrid cloud is how best to automate and manage their hybrid cloud infrastructure and applications. Self-service for users and developers is an essential attribute of a hybrid cloud, and the only way to effectively enable self-service capabilities is through cloud automation. Up until recently, management and automation have primarily been done using traditional on-premises IT toolsets, extended to accommodate the cloud. But this approach is often a compromise, since toolsets originally designed for an on-premises data center can be less than optimal in a new cloud-based paradigm.

To overcome the limitations of traditional IT infrastructure and application toolsets, many companies are looking to adopt an as-a-service approach to automation and management. This approach has some key advantages, especially in a hybrid cloud world.  For example, as companies move to a hybrid cloud, they will find a need for automation solutions that simply and transparently span private and public cloud boundaries and provide a consistent interface across their cloud environments. Cloud automation as-a-service solutions are ideally suited to meet this requirement, since they are not tied to any particular system, cloud or location.

In this paper, we’ll look at the growing market awareness of a services approach to cloud automation, and the factors that are motivating IT buyers to consider adopting an as-a-service approach in place of or in addition to traditional on-premises tools.

We’ll then examine the key characteristics and use cases buyers are looking for in cloud automation services and the benefits they expect to achieve. Finally, we’ll look at a specific example of a vendor-delivered cloud automation as-a-service offering: VMware vRealize Automation Cloud. We will show how such cloud automation services are being used and the advantages they are bringing to a growing number of companies.  

Publish date: 08/30/19