Research Report - End-User
Data Center Automation in the Age of Cloud
Date: 07/15/2013 Length: 25 pages Cost: $795.00

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While "cloud" is one of today's most discussed topics, the fact that the majority of enterprises do not receive the expected ROI out of their cloud projects is little known. Based on the foundation of Enterprise Management Associates' (EMA's) Demystifying Cloud study, this new research will demonstrate how cloud ROI directly depends on Data Center Automation (DCA) and how organizations can improve their DCA strategy to receive more value from their cloud.

The degree of adoption of each individual DCA discipline2 ranges from 34% of organizations for "Showback" to 66% of companies for "automated backup and recovery." All the remaining disciplines, such as "change and configuration management" (53%), "database automation" (49%), "OS provisioning" (47%), "storage automation" (56%), "server automation" (54%), and "job scheduling" (53%), show adoption rates that lie somewhere within this range. These adoption rates illustrate that there is still much homework to be done when it comes to DCA.

There is a direct logical connection between cloud ROI and DCA, as by definition, cloud requires automation to deliver business value through enabling the self-service provisioning of pooled resources. Without the presence of the above mentioned DCA tools or disciplines, the availability of cloud puts a growing strain on data center staff, as cloud would allow business units to provision their own application environments in a self-service fashion, while IT operations staff would have to scramble to deploy and manage the underlying resource requirements.

The "reduction of OPEX," "increased IT staff productivity," and the "reduction of human errors" are the key business drivers of DCA. These business drivers complement and enable the two most important strategic cloud goals -- "agility" and "reliability" -- as identified in EMA's Demystifying Cloud study.

Torsten Volk

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