ASSURANCE IN THE CLOUD
Public cloud environments offer organisations significant advantages. But it’s crucial that you’re able to bring disparate elements together safely, if you want to manage, amend and enhance your infrastructure. Orchestration tools provide that assurance.
In effect, orchestration defines your architecture in code. It’s, therefore, not vulnerable to the idiosyncrasies of individuals – who, via a web interface, may implement infrastructure in their own unique way. This provides a level of consistency that has numerous benefits.
Code can be shared, edited and versioned, and this allows for greater automation in deployment. Furthermore, because code is documented, it’s easier to review – so resolving problems becomes quicker.
This all results in faster deployment, and maintenance, at lower costs.
Orchestration really comes into its own when organisations begin to scale up in public cloud environments. Given that a small amendment can have a ripple effect when scaling, organisations need a reliable set of management tools that allow them to deploy with confidence.
Open source tools like Terraform provide that level of control within any public cloud environment – be that AWS, Google Cloud or Azure.
Configuration management tools, such as Puppet or Ansible, also provide the ability to talk directly to individual servers and tell them what to do. They go into the operating systems, be that Linux or Windows, to deploy specific code and manage their dependencies.