Automation and optimization for cloud workloads is the core topic for many modern enterprises today. That’s because they need to innovate and adapt dynamically in order to meet the demand of the end-users and ensure the resiliency of their IT environments. In parallel, the ability to scale, the simplification of operations, and the elimination of some or all of the manual work, which is associated with it bring different benefits to an organization. For instance, the workforce can be focused on other higher-value tasks instead of server configurations and network setup. In turn, this will lead to better resource management.
As the trend towards cloud automation continues at a fast pace, it has become a separate market segment. According to pre-Covid data from Business Wire the market had a compound annual growth of 24%. The situation hasn’t changed much as the adoption of sophisticated technologies brings higher revenue.
Service providers globally should be able to offer a suite of services to their end-users that serve the above-mentioned needs. This is why companies are partnering with CloudSigma and benefitting from the proven track of delivered cloud service worldwide. The CloudSigma offering includes numerous tools that enable the automation of different processes for the IT department or software development team. In this article, we highlight best practices and tools leveraged by our customers which intend to maximize the benefit of cloud computing for their organization.
Automation through Platform-as-a-Service with CloudSigma
Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is the latest way to increase automation and improve a company’s operations. CloudSigma’s Platform-as-a-Service offering, which was launched recently, is integrated and accessible via the user interface and over API. This solution delivers a fully automated environment that enables customers to create their own microservice environments using their favorite open source and licensed technologies. Deployments are made easy via the API or the Webapp allowing the deployment of fully managed autoscaling Docker and Kubernetes environments, database as a service (SQL and NoSQL), content management (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal) plus hundreds of other options. In addition, the platform supports multiple programming languages including Python, Java, PHP, .net plus others.
Completed environments can be deployed leveraging four layers. These are load balancing, application layer, database layer, and an extra layer for additional supporting services, such as storage, build node, etc. Vertical and horizontal scalability can be defined easily in order to dynamically modify itself during different load conditions.
Multi-Service Cloud Drivers
Another way to make use of automation is through a multi-service driver like Terraform. Terraform is an open-source piece of software providing automation of services at the infrastructure and application layers. It also supports a great many cloud providers in one easy package. For example, Terraform gives the ability to write version-controlled configurations in the form of modules. It also enables the customization of infrastructure resources. It alows users to safely and efficiently build, deploy, change, and large-scale infrastructure components across cloud and local data centers. The tool uses reliable automation and repeatable code. Thus, it allows users to create, update or remove components of their architecture as needed, all with one command. CloudSigma integrated Terraform in 2020 and it is part of the tools for Developers that are available in our marketplace of services.
The use cases that Terraform serves are of major importance nowadays. Having in mind that enterprises consume cloud resources on more than one cloud platform, the utilization of cross-cloud management is a vital tool for optimization of the associated tasks. Additionally, the ability to uniformly orchestrate across multiple layers from infrastructure up to software and networking monitoring is very powerful. Please be sure to check out CloudSigma’s Terraform driver.
For more information about the services and solutions that CloudSigma offers to service providers visit https://blog.cloudsigma.com/cloud-as-a-service/. Do not hesitate to Contact Us if you have any questions or need further information.
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