Automation in the Cloud 

A significant 85% of startups and SMBs acknowledge the essential role of technology investment in securing the long-term resilience of their businesses. Furthermore, as of January 2023, IT leaders across various industries plan to extend their utilization of cloud resources. The inclination towards cloud-based tools and solutions is notably driven by cloud automation, which simplifies the deployment and execution of tasks and infrastructure resources.

What is Automation in Cloud?

Cloud automation refers to the application of technology for the creation, execution, and supervision of automated actions and tasks within a cloud-based computing environment. It entails the utilization of specialized processes and tools to reduce or eliminate manual operations linked to the administration of multi-cloud management.

This strategy can be applied to workloads hosted in private, public, and hybrid cloud environments within organizations. It incorporates the use of scripting, APIs, and other technologies to establish automated workflows and optimize operations. The objective is to diminish manual intervention and facilitate the smooth and efficient administration of cloud resources.

Importance of Automation in the Cloud

In the realm of modern IT infrastructure, cloud automation has become an indispensable element. With businesses increasingly relying on cloud computing for data storage and processing, the demand for automating repetitive tasks is on the rise. By automating such tasks, organizations can liberate their IT staff to concentrate on more strategic initiatives, thereby enhancing overall productivity.

The year 2024 and beyond are poised to witness automation taking a prominent role. As per a recent survey, it is anticipated that 80% of organizations will utilize product-oriented automation teams to accelerate automation initiatives. This represents a significant increase from the less than 25% reported in 2021. Furthermore, eight out of ten infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders now consider automation among their top five strategies for cost reduction.

Cloud computing enables rapid development, and automation takes these advancements to the next level. By incorporating tools like Git for version control, establishing CI/CD pipelines for swift updates, and adopting Infrastructure as Code (IaC) for resource provisioning, development teams can realize substantial time savings.

Automation in Cloud: Use Cases

  1. Infrastructure as Code (IaC): IaC automates IT infrastructure provisioning and management, facilitating scalability, DevOps efficiency, and consistent environment deployment using tools like Terraform and Ansible.
  2. Workload Management and Autoscaling: Cloud automation tools enable automatic tracking of resource usage, allowing for dynamic resource scaling based on workload demands, ensuring performance optimization and waste reduction.
  3. Hybrid Cloud Setup and Integration: Automation enhances integration and consistency between on-premises data centers and cloud environments, providing a unified view of resources and standardized workload allocation in hybrid and multi-cloud environments.
  4. Application Development and Deployment: Automate application deployment pipelines using IaC and cloud resources to achieve continuous delivery and deployment, streamlining agile workflows.
  5. Data Backups: Automated, scheduled backups reduce reliance on manual efforts, minimizing the risk of data loss and costly failures in comparison to time-consuming manual backups.
  6. Eliminating Cloud Waste: Automation tools help optimize cloud spending by matching resources with real-time workload demand, preventing overprovisioning, and maximizing cost efficiency.
  7. Version Control: Automation establishes version control for workflows, improving configuration management and ensuring secure, consistent processes for sensitive data access in compliance with regulatory requirements.

Cloud Automation and DevOps

DevOps represents a software development approach and organizational philosophy geared towards expediting the software development lifecycle. It advocates for continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment by leveraging automation and integrating efforts from development, IT operations, and previously isolated teams.

In modern workflows, where new code is frequently shipped multiple times a day, DevOps would be inefficient if manual provisioning and configuration of IT environments were required for each deployment. Automation plays a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth execution of the process:

  1. Facilitates Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and the automatic configuration of fully versioned and documented infrastructure that can be deployed, modified, and decommissioned on demand.
  2. Automation tools can actively monitor and identify issues, implementing necessary changes in real time to prevent disruptions in workflow.
  3. Establishes clear and consistent processes that are adaptable, thereby enhancing the stability and scalability of IT infrastructure.


Cloud automation simplifies the complexities of cloud management. Clevrone’s DevOps competency significantly aids in cloud automation by fostering a collaborative approach between development and operations teams. Our services ensure faster and more reliable cloud resource provisioning, configuration, and scaling.

Psarragh Chilish

Psarragh Chilish

Site Reliability Engineer