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With the increasing adoption of cloud computing for critical workloads, IT environments have become incredibly complex. After all, it’s not as if everything can go into the cloud (some applications or data cannot or should not migrate to the cloud). And even the applications, data, and processes that can go into the cloud often do not go into the same cloud.
Most IT environments are hybrids: they are in the cloud and on the ground. They are composed of public and private clouds. They often use multiple public and multiple private clouds. The result? Chaos. A business’ IT environment can be likened to an orchestra where every musician is playing his or her own tune.
This is where an IT orchestrator – the “conductor” – comes in. Orchestration is the notion that a company can get help with their complex, hybrid IT environment from a third-party provider like Sungard Availability Services. An IT orchestrator can deliver IT services that integrate multiple IT platforms including cloud, hosting, and colocation in both live production and recovery environments. It’s a matter of orchestrating all these various elements of IT to work together as you need them.
As you would when bringing in any new technology or outside service, you have to take a look at all of the options and have a good understanding of why you would want cloud orchestration. A couple of things to think about when choosing a partner for the cloud include:
There is so much to cloud computing, and it has so much room for growth. But at the same time, people still don’t appreciate how complicated cloud computing actually is, and it can cause a lot of frustration and even backlash when migration isn’t successful. That’s where an IT orchestrator comes in. The value of an orchestrator is being able to seamlessly integrate all of the moving parts so your technology will always work together in perfect harmony.