Why Cloud Orchestration Is Becoming the Go-To Move for Every Software Company
When new technology demands efficient automated services, cloud orchestration is the easiest solution for managing multiple tasks and resources.
- By Swamini Kulkarni
- October 13, 2020
Over the last few years, cloud-native technologies have been converging on cloud orchestration. More and more organizations now demand it.
However, it is essential to understand what exactly cloud orchestration is. There are many definitions, but at its core, cloud orchestration is the process of combining several workloads into a single, uniform workflow using a variety of automated cloud solutions.
Incorporating cloud orchestration is challenging because it involves several heterogeneous systems, including private and public cloud solutions in a variety of locations. However, the increasing need for self-service provisioning and the surge in demand for low-cost process setup and automation have boosted the demand for cloud orchestration.
More often than not, the term cloud orchestration is used interchangeably with cloud automation. To get a clearer picture, we need to highlight the key differences between cloud automation and cloud orchestration.
How Cloud Orchestration Differs from Cloud Automation
Cloud automation involves a single task. Cloud orchestration refers to combining several tasks into a single workflow.
Cloud orchestration handles the performance of every automated task in a certain order within the workflow, following strict security guidelines. Meanwhile, the automated tasks in cloud automation are single, standalone actions that may lead to wastefulness. Cloud orchestration manages resources to save time and deliver accurate results. Moreover, cloud orchestration can prevent errors because it uses automated tasks, not repetitive coding, as its building blocks.
Cloud orchestration focuses on process optimizations; it removes redundant steps and selects which of the available automated tasks will be combined to complete a process. In doing so, cloud orchestration guarantees the reusability of the tasks across operations.
There are two models of cloud orchestration: single and multicloud.
With single cloud orchestration, multiple applications run on one cloud service provider. Setup for single cloud orchestration is much simpler than multicloud orchestration.
In multicloud orchestration, several applications located on different cloud platforms run as a single system and avoid redundancy.
Benefits of Cloud Orchestration
Cloud orchestration has become an enterprise must-have rather than a nice-to-have due to its multiple benefits, especially for analysts and IT-based companies.
- Cost reduction. Cloud orchestration lowers the overall cost required for resources and significantly reduces the number of system administrators needed.
- Rapid scaling. Cloud orchestrations can easily enable rapid scaling because all physical resources are coordinated with virtual resources.
- Reduced redundancy. Cloud orchestration reduces redundant tasks and requires fewer IT staff because the majority of the repetitive tasks are automated. This enables companies to efficiently manage their employees and use analysts for more important tasks.
Today, companies aim to spread their data, software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, and workloads across public and private clouds to offer their services to customers at any time, anywhere. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced companies to adopt a work-from-home culture. These factors have increased the demand for cloud orchestration.
Future of Cloud Orchestration
With cloud orchestration, companies of all sizes can deploy information systems quickly and cost-effectively. A prime objective of modern cloud providers is the allocation of scalable and flexible services so enterprises can expand their resources using cloud orchestration. Thanks to cloud orchestration's ability to scale, IT departments can offer efficient solutions for maintaining the software infrastructure and deploying new software. Cloud orchestration also helps IT departments by offering generalized automation systems that enable IT departments to focus on business logic instead of how to deploy cloud infrastructure.
When new technology demands efficient automated services, cloud orchestration is the easiest solution for managing multiple tasks and resources. Moreover, companies can effectively manage how to spend revenue on developing infrastructure. That's why cloud orchestration is bound to become a key to offer long-term stability.
Swamini Kulkarni is a writer for Allied Market Research. She holds a bachelor’s degree in instrumentation and control engineering from Pune University. She is fascinated by the impact of technology on human life and loves to discuss science and mythology.