What is cloud orchestration and why is it critical for business?

Adopting cloud is now a part of every CIO’s agenda. The proliferation of public, private, hybrid and multi-cloud makes it more complex, but versatile as well. To make the cloud function the necessary way, we rely on an orchestrating system.

When it comes to hybrid cloud, an orchestrating system is the new operating system

Like an operating system, it serves as the basic underlying program to ensure a physical server is accessed by applications seamlessly. Think of it this way: In today’s cloud era, a cloud orchestrating system is like the new operating system (OS).

The evolution of cloud orchestration

Based on IDC* research findings, more than 65% of enterprises will use multiple cloud services and platforms, in the very near future. More and more companies depend on multiple cloud providers to maintain their workflows and that dependency is slowly mirroring the early use of multiple physical servers.

Three reasons why cloud orchestrating system is the new OS:

  • Current multi-cloud environments have complexities of multiple heterogeneous technology, tools, network, security etc. These technology challenges are now managed by the cloud orchestrating system to provide a seamless infrastructure services to applications.
  • As orchestrating systems evolve, this will create a more adaptable application infrastructure environment. We can adapt workload placement based on usage of applications and available suitable infrastructure environment, configure security policies based on application context. Also, we also can have container and virtualization technology as an option depending on the application needs.
  • Similar to how an operating system is designed for technology task management, a cloud orchestrating system will be designed for user task automation, process automation and more importantly, business workflow automation using blueprint designers.

While operating systems make system hardware adaptable, orchestrating systems will ensure cloud adaptability. 
 
*IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2018 Predictions, International Data Corporation (IDC), December 2017