Provisioning denotes the prerequisite steps in managing access to data and resources and facilitating systems and users’ availability. It also refers to the setup of IT infrastructure. The industry agrees that the current complex hybrid network architectures are crucial and the way forward.
A decade ago, most IT experts boarded the cloud-first strategy immediately after introducing the cloud as a strategy. The fuel behind this was its processing power, scalability, and service-based charges. Its performance, cost, and security perspective were rational.
However, it is now becoming a reality that some applications may not reap from cloud services’ advantages. Most firms are embracing hybrid IT infrastructure, which combines colocation facilities, on-premise, and public cloud services. Provisioning differs from the configuration, although the two are steps in the deployment process. Essentially, provisioning could mean server, network, user, or service provisioning.
1. Server provisioning
Server provisioning involves the setup of a server for use in a network depending on the required resources. It entails all the activities required when creating a new machine and bringing it into a functioning state. For example, set up physical hardware in a data hub, installing configuring software such as applications and operating systems and integration with the middleware, networks, and storage.
2. Network provisioning
Network provisioning may include the setup of a network accessible to users, IoT devices, servers, etc… there are many network consumer items in today’s connected world. This type of provisioning is common in the telecommunications industry.
3. User provisioning
User management entails the tracking of rights to access and freedom of authority. The management of user provisioning usually occurs between IT and human resources.
4. Service provisioning
Service provisioning involves setting up a service and management of the related data. It has applications in telecommunication and cloud infrastructure. For example, the self-service component where users do not require IT staff’s assistance to obtain loud services.
Significance of Infrastructure Provisioning
Traditionally, infrastructure provisioning activities were manual, from the set up of physical servers to the desired hardware settings configuration. You had to look for more hardware if the need for additional capacity arose. The next action was to set up and provision it.
Currently, there is no need for regular hardware provisioning and management. Software defines the infrastructure, after which virtualization and containers speed up the provisioning process. Besides, it is possible to carry out infrastructure provisioning through automation. Infrastructure provisioning is critical in regards to the current complex hybrid network architectures.
1. Security and risk
It is possible to enforce the highest security levels and controls where the operating data hub is at colocation facilities or on-premise. That way, you achieve legal and regulatory compliance obligations.
Institutions want to control access to internal systems and data. Infrastructure provision is crucial in providing different security of options through hybrid network architectures.
2. Customer centricity
Customer satisfaction is an essential ingredient for the success of most companies. Having the right infrastructure, including platforms, capability, and technology, is paramount for superior customer service.
The current complex hybrid network infrastructures enable real-time responsiveness for the databases and applications since they offer high throughput networking and bandwidth.
They position applications and resources in the right network environment, enabling real-time user access, compliance, and solid data security. That is not the case with the cloud-first infrastructure, which falls short on optimizing centralized resources for flawless customer experiences.
3. Data efficiency
Companies are looking for the right levels of data efficiency. But it depends on the specific application, data, or user requirements. For example, high-speed trading should be preferably on-premise since an institution’s profitability could drop significantly with microseconds of delay. Such operations require a low latency network.
But there are other processes, especially those whose loads are unpredictable and require fast scaling and harnessing of the needed compute power in real-time. A public cloud service is suitable for such workloads.
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