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How our OpenStack Action Pack allows IT departments to entrust more applications to the cloud

New Research Shows Surprising Stats on Cloud Adoption
By Ron Gidron

An interesting observation on enterprise IT from RightScale's State of the Cloud report (2015) is that while 88% of enterprises are using the Cloud, a staggering 68% of enterprises run less than 20% of their application portfolios on the Cloud.

This seemingly contrasting data can be easily explained when looking at these digital transformation projects closely. The key to understanding it lies not in the Cloud technology itself nor in the application architectures for the most part, but rather in the processes for developing, updating and operating mission critical applications.

DevOps in the Cloud
This is where the DevOps movement comes in. While a big chunk of the DevOps movement is spearheaded by development, operations are usually in the driver's seat for Cloud adoption at enterprises.

At Automic we like to picture DevOps as a Continuous Delivery pipeline that connects developers and operations. The pipeline is used for two flows in parallel:

  1. The flow of applications and updates from development into production and the operation environment.
  2. The flow of compute capacity, typically on-demand, from the Cloud to developers and IT users.

What we are seeing right now in hybrid Cloud adoption is that operations are slightly ahead of development in terms of Cloud readiness. While many might raise an eyebrow to the last sentence, note that this lead is not tied to the application architectures, nor to the tooling used in development (which for the most part is very advanced) but rather in the "integration/automation" layer that is needed in order to glue these worlds together to complete the transformation. Of course there is also the part of dynamic scaling in the Cloud but that is largely achieved through automation and integration of the application layer and the Cloud APIs.

Automating in the hybrid cloud: OpenStack Action Pack
The hybrid Cloud strategy seems to be the predominant choice of most enterprise IT departments while OpenStack is the leading open source software for creating private and public Clouds. With hundreds of the world's leading organizations relying on OpenStack and a projected CAGR of 31%, OpenStack is core to many organizations' hybrid Cloud strategy.

This week we released a new content package that enables our users to streamline deployment and provisioning of OpenStack compute resources alongside application components and new versions. We call this full stack deployment. Adding OpenStack to our existing list of integrations is a natural progression of our offering, driven by the demands of our customers.

As organizations drive adoption of both DevOps practices and Cloud (public, private or hybrid) infrastructures, Automic Release Automation orchestrates and automates both sides of the fence while providing a complete Continuous Delivery mechanism for Dev and Ops to work seamlessly together.

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Automic, a leader in business automation, helps enterprises drive competitive advantage by automating their IT factory - from on-premise to the Cloud, Big Data and the Internet of Things.

With offices across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Automic powers over 2,600 customers including Bosch, PSA, BT, Carphone Warehouse, Deutsche Post, Societe Generale, TUI and Swisscom. The company is privately held by EQT. More information can be found at www.automic.com.