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Cloud orchestration platform benefits

Cloud orchestration is of interest to many IT organizations and DevOps adopters as a way to speed the delivery of services and reduce costs. A cloud orchestrator automates the management, coordination and organization of complicated computer systems, services and middleware. In addition to reduced personnel involvement, orchestration eliminates the potential for errors introduced into provisioning, scaling or other cloud processes. Orchestration supports the delivery of cloud resources to customers and end users, including in a self-service model where users request resources without IT’s involvement.

Orchestration software helps IT organizations standardize templates and enforce security practices. It is also a good defense against VM sprawl — providing visibility into, and control over, cloud resources and, implicitly, costs. Because the orchestrator platform oversees interactions of many disparate elements of the application stack, it can simplify the communication and connections from one workload to other apps and users, as well as ensure links are correctly configured and maintained. Such products usually include a web-based portal, so orchestration can be managed through a single pane of glass.

The centralized nature of an orchestration platform enables administrators to review and improve automation scripts.

In advanced organizations, developers and line-of-business workers can turn to cloud orchestration software as a self-service mechanism to deploy resources; administrators can use it to track the organization’s reliance on various IT offerings and manage chargebacks.

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