Use case voting by attendees at ONUG Spring 2019 indicated strong interest in the ONUG Community to address use cases involving orchestration and automation in hybrid multi-cloud environments: policy & role-based orchestration for cloud-based infrastructure; integrating automation with multiple cloud service providers; and automated cloud network provisioning. As a result, a new Orchestration & Automation Working Group debuted in 2019.
Hybrid multi-cloud environments require orchestration mechanisms that span controllers operating within multiple domains and multiple layers within a domain. Orchestration relies on a wide range of specialized tools that streamline operator workflows by automating tedious and error-prone configuration and control tasks, or eliminate these workflows entirely in environments where the sheer scale and rate of change would overwhelm human operators.
The challenge is not a shortage of automation tools. There are many choices available, provided by vendors, service providers and open source communities. Enterprises are using these tools today to solve various point problems encountered when deploying applications in the cloud. The fundamental challenge is that the industry lacks a common operational framework for orchestration and automation in hybrid multi-cloud environments that will enable enterprises to fully realize the benefits of infrastructure as code – agility, accelerated service delivery and reduced OPEX.
The Orchestration & Automation Working Group solicited input from the ONUG Community to gauge where enterprises are at on their orchestration and automation journey. The next step will be to gather requirements for typical use cases and determine which are the highest priority so that these will be addressed first. Use case requirements will be documented as “RFPs” and then used to guide the development of a set of reference solutions that will serve as blueprints for enterprise IT operations teams.
A primary goal of the working group is to define a common framework for orchestration and automation in complex hybrid multi-cloud environments characterized by the need to configure and control the operation of applications, infrastructure and networks that span multiple layers across multiple domains. This framework must be open, provide a common set of northbound and southbound APIs and be capable of accommodating a wide range of products and services from multiple vendors and service providers.
Following ONUG Digital Live in Spring 2020, The Orchestration & Automation Working Group released an E-book to describe the taxonomy and terminology for orchestration and automation so that enterprise IT organizations can communicate using well-described terms and methods. You can download your copy here.
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