As you know VPS offerings and cloud servers are not created equal and it might be time to take the next step and automate your virtual private server offerings. Below are four benefits of automation to consider as you are looking to enhance your product offerings.
Scalability allows your business to expand and grow without the use of additional equipment and resources. Virtual private servers don’t offer the fluid scalability to scale up and down during peak time; whereas, cloud servers are elastic.
Cloud computing utilizes automation to facilitate scaling and to create operations that are efficient and effective. As your cloud solution expands and contracts, automated scaling makes corrections to your environment in order to create continuous optimization for your end users. Automated scaling removes some of the manual processes from your technical staff, reducing the stress of continuous monitoring for scale and performing the scaling process.
2. Instant Provisioning
Deploying new applications or expanding your physical environment used to be a manual process that could take months to deploy. Now cloud control panels are built with quick provisioning and deployments in mind. The process to get a new virtual server, database or other resources up and running typically takes only a few clicks through the administrative dashboard.
Whereas, virtual private servers require you to upgrade your service manually. You have to send in a support ticket to your service provider or call to get tech support to provide you with the resource needed, making provisioning a cloud server more convenient through automation.
Automation technology allows end users to access on demand cloud resources with the click of a button through a customized appstore. From the administrators perspective, automation, monitoring and other software allows your team to focus their attention on your customers rather than IT infrastructure.
3. Utility & Hourly Billing
A utility billing model is a primary function of any cloud platform and is something you won’t find from a virtual private server (VPS) provider. Instead with VPS, you pay for your server instance based on a monthly/fixed contract. With cloud computing you pay for your virtual servers on a per hour basis, so you only pay for resources consumed and running. If you need more or less resources, you have the flexibility to scale as needed and only pay for what you are using.
Cloud automation helps create a scalable metering and billing system by automatically provisioning necessary systems to aggregate usage data. This integrates existing billing structure with its new features for a seamless transition. This approach gives administrators full access to the cloud environment at all times and can auto-populate invoices based on recorded usage on individual account. Customer that utilize cloud services save themselves time and money, and your company increases its bottom line by streamlining processes and providing products and services on demand.
4. Holistic Management
Virtual private servers operate in silos of virtual clusters and storage; these separate containers have to be managed and monitored separately. VPS doesn’t enable administrators to holistically manage the entire environment through a single interface.
Cloud automation software provides you a holistic view and offers a centralized management console. It also allows you to manage multiple cloud zones, nodes and regions through a single interface, making multi-zone deployments easy and efficient. A holistic overview and granular management capability allow administrators to drill down to an individual virtual machine for management directly from the platform, offering immediate access to account details. Holistic management simplifies manual process without removing control.
As you can see implementing cloud automation for your VPS solutions can significantly reduce the complexity of provisioning and managing your cloud environment. Each benefit outlined above affects your business differently, but can have a huge impact on the efficiency of your IT staff.