You picked OpenStack Cloud Orchestration Software. Now what?

The amazing agility, flexibility and power of cloud computing has executives everywhere trying to figure out how to get cloud functionality and economics inside their own data centers. Beyond basic infrastructure improvements, many are also looking to run their IT departments like internal service providers. This shift represents a fundamental transformation in how IT services are delivered.

And now that you’ve selected OpenStack as your cloud orchestration software, what’s next?

Robust automation is critical to successful orchestration

There is a fundamental difference between automation and orchestration, and getting the automation portion of your infrastructure “wrong” can materially impact your ability to orchestrate successfully.

Automation refers to tasks: installing an operating system, configuring a server, provisioning volumes on storage, deploying code and system updates, user provisioning tasks, stopping a service, etc. Orchestration builds on automation; it refers to stitching together a series of automated tasks into a workflow. By streamlining these automated tasks, orchestration enables you to more quickly deploy your infrastructure and focus on other higher-value tasks. It also affords an opportunity to streamline – to optimize – those processes for even greater gains in speed of deployment.

A benefit to streamlining processes is that those processes can become consistent and repeatable. Consistent workflows result in IT stability; the process is proven to work, and can be repeated extensively with confidence. Not only can you accelerate deployment, but you can ensure deployment goes off without issues.

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