What is cloud orchestration and why is it critical for business?

By: Rishi Ranjan

Adopting cloud is now a part of every CIO’s agenda. The proliferation of public, private, hybrid and multi-cloud makes it more complex, but versatile as well. To make the cloud function the necessary way, we rely on an orchestrating system.

When it comes to hybrid cloud, orchestrating system is the new operating system

Like an operating system, it serves as the basic underlying program to ensure a physical server is accessed by applications seamlessly. Think of it this way: In today’s cloud era, a cloud orchestrating system is like the new operating system (OS).

Based on IDC research findings, more than 65% of enterprises will use multiple cloud services and platforms, in the very near future. More and more companies depend on multiple cloud providers to maintain their workflows and that dependency is slowly mirroring the early use of multiple physical servers.

Three reasons why cloud orchestrating system is the new OS:

  • Current multi-cloud environments have complexities of multiple heterogeneous technology, tools, network, security etc. These technology challenges are now managed by the cloud orchestrating system to provide a seamless infrastructure services to applications.
  • As orchestrating systems evolve, this will create a more adaptable application infrastructure environment. We can adapt workload placement based on usage of applications and available suitable infrastructure environment, configure security policies based on application context. Also, we also can have container and virtualization technology as an option depending on the application needs.
  • Similar to how an operating system is designed for technology task management, a cloud orchestrating system will be designed for user task automation, process automation and more importantly, business workflow automation using blueprint designers.

While operating systems make system hardware adaptable, orchestrating systems will ensure cloud adaptability.

Meet the advance version of IBM Cloud Deployment Services (ICDS2.0), a next gen IBM Cloud Orchestration and Automation solution for building private and hybrid clouds. It’s available with both container and virtualization workload orchestration technologies and gives more flexibility with multiple deployment flavors and an enhanced automation capability.

To know more about IBM’s view on evolution of orchestration, view the infographic, read the announcement and visit the IBM Cloud Deployment Services marketplace

*IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2018 Predictions, International Data Corporation (IDC), December 2017


About The Author

Rishi Ranjan

Global Offering Leader, IBM Cloud Deployment Services

Rishi Ranjan is Global Offering Leader for IBM Cloud Deployment Services. Rishi is responsible for strategy and execution for IBM Hybrid Cloud Orchestration offering. He has more than two decades of IT experience as leader and CTO leading the agenda of Cloud platform based services for Infrastructure and workspaces and operational automation leading from self-manage... Read more