Demystifying Cloud Operations

Nov 3, 2021

GianChrister Tome
Content Strategist
PCCW Solutions

As organisations become increasingly dependant on cloud-based solutions, strategies to improve their efficiency, flexibility and availability are critical. CloudOps, or cloud operations, helps businesses to realise the full potential of cloud computing by identifying and defining the appropriate operational procedures to optimise IT workloads within the cloud environment.

IDC defines a CloudOps model as “the sum of the internal systems, teams, and methods in place to monitor and manage a cloud infrastructure and platform deployment.” Basically CloudOps combines various functions, like cloud architecture, software development, IT operations, security and compliance, needed to run a set of cloud-based business applications on an on-going basis.

Understanding the Difference between CloudOps and DevOps

CloudOps and DevOps are considered as two essential elements needed by enterprises for digital transformation but not synonymous.

  • DevOps is a methodology that assimilates IT operations and development teams to collaborate more effectively to accelerate business processes linked with software development. It focuses on continuous advancement of processes and tools.
  • CloudOps is an extension of DevOps, using DevOps principles and IT operations applied to a cloud-based architecture to speed up the business processes. It focuses on continuous operations in the cloud.

What are the Benefits of CloudOps?

Bringing Agile and DevOps to the cloud-based infrastructure, CloudOps empowers organisations to optimise performance and capacity, speed up business processes and accelerate the continuous delivery of IT innovation. Through CloudOps, enterprises can cost-effectively provision cloud workloads and automate cloud resources, attaining high level of agility, scalability and availability through continuous operations. CloudOps optimises the cloud environment with the right practises and procedures to empower businesses to get the most out of the cloud infrastructure.

Will CloudOps be the Next Big Thing?

CloudOps leverages DevOps best practises to centralise cloud operations from different operating environment. It serves as the incubator for business agility, enabling organisations to focus on their core competencies rather than creating and maintaining backend IT infrastructure and underlying technologies.

Gartner predicts that the spending on cloud infrastructure will rise from US $ 44 million in 2019 to US $63 billion by the end of 2022. CloudOps will become the primary operating model as organisations continue to deploy increasingly cloud-first or cloud-native infrastructures.