The cloud has driven the greatest change in enterprise IT strategy within the last three years, with the public cloud services market increasing by 69% since 2014, according to Statista. Whether it is a public, private or hybrid cloud deployment, technology leaders see the value cloud provides for their businesses, often considered as a strategic initiative as part of a digital transformation program. Due to the complexity of multi-cloud and managing many providers, cloud orchestration is now an important challenge for most large enterprise organizations, and the market for orchestration is predicted to grow by over 200% within the next four years.
A common issue is manual life-cycle management of IP resources, which leads to time-consuming, error-prone configurations and delayed rollout of new applications. This calls for a modern IP address management as part of a fully integrated DDI solution.
Unifying IP resource management in a multi-cloud world
Organizations migrating to the cloud will face certain orchestration challenges. The problem is exaggerated by companies using multiple cloud platforms from providers like AWS, Azure and Alibaba. Cloud orchestration is increasingly becoming a necessity for IT teams because they want self-service provisioning of IP resources and the flexibility to move any workload to any cloud they want.
Sadly when it comes to cloud, DNS and IP address provisioning still lags behind compute and storage processes on the priority list, as data streaming and analytics are seen as the main revenue drivers for many organizations. Managing IP resources manually is extremely time consuming and is prone to inconsistencies and configuration errors, while leaving this task to cloud providers can quickly lead to IP overlapping. Fortunately, the use of automation helps overcome this issue. Failing to integrate DDI to the orchestration process will also delay the rollout of main applications, slowing down the road to revenue. Unsurprisingly, this could be why 73% of cloud migrations take a year or longer to complete.
As organizations adopt and deploy multi-cloud environments, they require centralized management for DNS and IP addresses to fully automate cloud deployment.
Applying modern DDI in cloud orchestration as the first step
DDI is a foundation for cloud services. Integrating DDI and automation into the orchestration process is an effective way to achieve consistent, error-free configurations and lightning-fast provisioning of IP resources.
There are two ways to deploy DDI for cloud services. First, with the help of APIs, integrate DNS, DHCP and IP address management in the orchestration process for the provisioning or de-provisioning of virtual machines. Automating DDI in the cloud brings only good news for customers and employees as user experience strongly relies on error-free configuration and inventory consistency even in multi-cloud environments. Automating DNS and IP address management also delivers the high-availability of mission critical DNS and DHCP services as well as enhancing network routing capacity through minimizing subnet fragmentation.
Second, deploy a DDI appliance on top of a multi-vendor public and private cloud infrastructure. Regulators and IT compliance teams can rest easy with modern DDI because it provides organizations with one, global view of virtual infrastructures, giving organizations improved access to networks and applications while having highly accurate information for future DDI capacity planning.
Making the business case for cloud DDI
Running a multi-cloud IT infrastructure makes the job for IT and network teams even more complex. Instead of putting cloud migration projects at risk by re-using manual processes, tremendous benefits can be gained from seamlessly integrating DDI with cloud orchestrators, and adding automation.. This will provide fast, consistent deployment of IP and DNS resources across all infrastructures and an instant-start service deployment capability.
When DDI services are added to public, private and hybrid infrastructures, it brings enhanced security, availability and scalability. For industrialization of cloud deployments, where the capability to manage millions of IP addresses at once is needed, DDI is a “must-have” for IT procurement teams.