Orchestration on the Private Cloud

    March 28, 2017

    By Steve Mason

    Companies turn to the private cloud in the hopes of achieving big cost savings, but without orchestration, cloud computing will inevitably fail to deliver on its big promises.

    When most people talk about “the cloud,” they’re referring to the public cloud, or computing services rented out by both enterprises and consumers. Often overlooked is the private cloud, which, according to RightScale, is becoming increasingly popular. In fact, private cloud usage increased by approximately 14% in the last year alone. Offering more control and stronger security than services offered by public cloud vendors, private cloud is being adopted by companies hoping to gain increased flexibility and efficiency.

    But those who think they’re going to see the same degree of cost savings after switching from public to private servers are in for a rude awakening. IT departments must understand the steps involved in making their private cloud infrastructure as functionally optimized as possible, and a huge aspect of that process is cloud orchestration.

    What Is Orchestration?

    To start, it’s important to note the difference between cloud orchestration and cloud automation. Cloud automation refers to the creation of individual, autonomous processes, a task or function that happens without human intervention. Orchestration, by contrast, is the collection of all of the automated processes that results in a consolidated workflow, and “has the potential to lower overall IT costs, free up engineering time for new projects, improve delivery times, and reduce friction between system and development teams,” according to LogicWorks.

    At its core, cloud orchestration is about automating your entire cloud infrastructure in a way that “allows public, private, and hybrid clouds to operate with elasticity, scale, and efficiency that are needed to move at the ‘Speed of the Cloud’,” according to Zenoss. Flexiant defines cloud orchestration as “the ability to manage, coordinate and provision all parts of a customer solution automatically, with no admin intervention, ideally from a self-service interface.” In short, cloud orchestration involves the arranging and coordinating of automated tasks that provision the appropriate resources for a customer’s request.

    Why Orchestration Matters

    Cloud orchestration helps companies maximize their cloud investments and optimize a range of different workloads. Because well-crafted orchestration reduces the need for human intervention, companies also save money that would otherwise be allocated to IT man hours. However, a good cloud orchestration tool doesn’t just help save a company time and money — it also aids in the integration of cloud capabilities across a range of environments and infrastructures to make deployment simpler.

    A solid cloud orchestration framework will also save companies money by provisioning resources based off of parameters set manually by the IT team to manage the sprawl of virtual machines. One benefit of the cloud is that it allows you to spin up resources when needed, yet companies waste huge amounts of money provisioning far too many resources to servers simply to avoid the fallout from a potential service outage. Cloud orchestration allows companies to avoid those costs.

    Managing the Cloud

    Realizing the cloud’s full potential doesn’t stop with deploying a solid cloud orchestration solution, however — it takes a robust and powerful set of tools to monitor, analyze, and adjust IT resources on the fly across multiple environments, not just in the private cloud. The Vityl suite from TeamQuest gives IT professionals an at-a-glance view of the health of their infrastructure — physical, virtual, or cloud, and the ability to address potential problems before they emerge. Powered by advanced predictive technologies, Vityl Adviser can anticipate when and where issues may arise that will result in costly downtime, allowing IT teams to create proactive, rather than reactive, solutions.

    Orchestration allows IT teams to align and optimize their IT resources — TeamQuest helps keep all their most valuable networks online.


    Category: cloud