In 2010, cloud computing was merely seen as “capacity on demand” with no such issues like infrastructure or scalability. However, it is one of the comparative advantages being offered by cloud computing. With an enhancement in the number of mediums, technologies and patrons in this business, the issue of cloud migration is becoming complicated, and thus gaining a lot of attention these days. All of the available applications are not meant to be utilized for cloud deployment and thus there are a lot of incompatibilities being observed between the two. With the increase in the technical aspects related to migration, the management and the automation tasks require more attention and consideration.
To run a successful cloud deployment, it is very important to make sure that proper attention is being paid to the automation and the management tools which are crucial to enable the vision for an increased capacity making this subject an important one in this context. The most important questions that arise in this context are; what would be the most reliable tools to be used for cloud migration? Will these be automated or the manual tools? Which of these will turn out to be a better one to enhance the investments turnout?
In this context, the first thing to be considered is that the manually used tools are outdated in term of cost and even the speed. With more gaps being observed in the industry, if a business opts to hire a proper staff to create a team for project work regarding the manual assessing, fixation and the convertibility of these applications, it will only contribute in increasing the costs. In this regard, it doesn’t matter if the company chooses outsourcing, hiring an internal staff or whether it goes for off-shoring, the results will still be the same. Also, nowadays there are a lot of choices available for the virtual technologies, thus the businesses will have to allocate a higher number, double than what was previously required, to look after the manual testing of these applications.
If an enterprise chooses an automated application instead for the compatibility fixation and testing, given that in this case the time allocated for remediation and the testing remains the same regardless of the number of virtual platforms associated, it will prove to be highly beneficial for the business. In this case, both the efficiency as well as the productivity level will be higher as compared to manual automation. In her article, Automated tools essential when deploying apps to the cloud, Teresa Lanowitz thinks that automating application deployment too enhances complete software excellence. “Using good tools across the entire lifecycle, and that includes deployment, minimizes the amount of human intervention that we actually have; the time we depend on some person doing something manually. When you can remove that, your quality becomes more predictable, it becomes better,” she states.
The reality however is that the manual testing is still the predominant way and the automation is still not being considered as an important option. However, this trend is changing and it`s high time that organizations start utilizing prior planning as important business strategies, so that proper focus can be kept at important tools for managing the applications. In the meanwhile, it can be assumed that more investments will be poured in to promote automated tools and also support. The executives should therefore keep this in their minds that their utmost objective should be to utilize tools for predictive and the proactive management of these deployment applications in order to enhance the investments turn out.