Easy access to public cloud technologies and ready-to-go infrastructures foster a common misconception: moving to the cloud will not only provide more flexible and scalable infrastructure at a lower cost, but it will also accelerate the delivery of applications to the customer. In reality however, moving to the cloud is just one step in that journey.
Implementing software delivery in the public, private or hybrid cloud requires an application delivery and release strategy that is efficient, safe and can scale across the enterprise. It needs enterprise release orchestration and deployment automation capabilities to address the organizational and technical complexity of software delivery pipelines across dev, test, staging and production environments. It needs to account for governance, compliance and security requirements. And it needs to foster collaboration across both technical and non-technical teams.
Lift and shift applications to the cloud efficiently
Deploy thousands of applications to cloud environments in a repeatable and secure way
Standardize hybrid deployments from cloud to containers to mainframe
Keep scripting under control and effectively manage cloud configurations
Ensure compliance and security procedures are followed
Configuration is complicated and leads to “script spaghetti”
A production-ready cloud instance requires trial-and-error manual configuration that is hard to manage across environments, which requires teams to write and maintain extensive and non-standard scripts to fill the gaps.
Provisioning cloud infrastructure can be slow
Manual processes and approvals can mean days or months to get a cloud-based instance up and running, which makes it impractical for environments with fast turnaround (such as on-demand test environments).
Costs can be high and hard to manage
It’s hard to predict the infrastructure and bandwidth that you’ll need in the future; and pay-as-you-go charges can add up faster than you realize if you’re not closely monitoring them and taking action.
Switching providers is difficult
Cloud-based instances cannot simply be ported from one provider to another—changing vendors means setting everything up again, from scratch… and potential downtime of your applications.
Security is more important than ever
Moving to the cloud can introduce security concerns; how can you be sure that all of your cloud-based environments are hardened against hacks?
You have compliance requirements to meet
Whether you’re deploying applications on-premises or in the cloud, you need to be ready to meet compliance requirements and provide process data to auditors.
Manage configuration centrally and avoid scripting
Eliminate scripting, reduce duplicate work, and promote configuration reuse by standardizing processes and centralizing complex configuration data across environments and across cloud providers.
Allow teams to request cloud instances on-demand
Enable development teams to automatically request cloud instances as part of their CI/CD pipelines and spin up instances in parallel to save time.
Automatically monitor cloud usage and de-provision instances
Get visibility into the frequency and duration of deployments to the cloud through detailed reports, and automatically de-provision unused cloud instances to ensure you only pay for what you’re actively using.
Create a single source of truth for apps and configuration data
Avoid vendor lock-in by centralizing application and configuration data, so you can more easily change providers and still have consistent, repeatable deployments after the switch.
Bake security into the software delivery process
Combine automated and manual security checks for powerful control over cloud configurations, and take advantage of role-based access control to prevent unauthorized releases to sensitive environments.
Automatically collect governance details
Automatically collect compliance and audit data as part of the software delivery process, with full visibility for everyone involved.
Deploy any app, anywhere: cloud, hybrid or on-premise. XebiaLabs orchestrates the software release and deployment process, no matter what you’re deploying where—without manual scripting. It simplifies hybrid deployments and enables you to migrate to new platforms and technologies. Use it to ensure that release are repeatable, secure, compliant, and auditable—whether you’re using cloud, containers, or both.
“A large and complex organization like KeyBank with several hundred applications requires security, governance, and traceability for all its application releases. Moreover, organizations that are striving to remove bottlenecks and meet the speed of the business need a powerful and simple means to execute each release. XebiaLabs has provided us a platform that can automate even our most complex software applications quickly and reliably.”
- John Rzeszotarski, SVP, Director of Continuous Delivery and Feedback, KeyBank
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