"By treating infrastructure as a commodity, organisations can place more business value in the app. Automating the routine tasks of app management allows the app owner to focus on the true value of the app itself," Micallef said.
He added that Citrix recently acquired ScaleXtreme, a company with expertise in managing apps running in multiple cloud environments. "With ScaleXtreme's technology, Citrix strives to leverage a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) architecture that can run automation tasks and scripts at scale."
"Organisations can create and use blueprints that specify how the tasks involved in deploying and managing app infrastructure and virtual resources can be automated. These blueprints can be executed at any time leveraging agents installed in the datacentre or in the resources being managed, allowing for complex orchestration," said Micallef.
"With the standardization and automation of the design, deployment, management and monitoring of a cocktail of IT solutions on an ongoing basis, there is potential to extend to various type of clouds, as well as virtualized infrastructure," he said.
"By optimising all the technologies and solutions into one cross-functional system, organisations are able to focus on strategic growth and profitability, as well as customer value," Micallef said. "The design-once, deploy-everywhere SLM model can dramatically simplify and automate the management of multiple clouds and streamline IT tasks. The rise of SLM in cloud management is still in its infancy, but it is definitely an exciting space to watch out for."
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