A third-party solution is often easier and cheaper when integrating an automation platform. While cloud infrastructure is growing in popularity rapidly—57% of organizations moved their strategies to the Cloud in 2022—cloud automation helps manage all of it across more operations at scale.

Meanwhile, recent stats show that more than 30,000 SaaS companies offer services (including automated Cloud tools) to more than 14 billion customers. That's a lot of people that need to find different solutions to fit their unique needs. While many automated Cloud tools provide similar functions and capabilities, they must still be more suitable for your company's needs. And even then, you may still need some help from the experts.

Let's narrow it down to the best Cloud automation platforms for 2023 and a couple of their highlights.

1. Red Hat Ansible

This platform is geared towards enterprise automation and allows implementation at scale. It lets your human teams share automated features, making day-to-day operations easier and reducing the amount of work that needs to be done by hand.

2. SaltStack

Developed in 2011, this open-source automation platform is known for being easy to use, allowing various functions to be deployed across several servers quickly. Big companies, including IBM Cloud, use it to manage their digital infrastructure.

3. GitHub Actions

Millions of developers use GitHub for collaborative coding because it is easy to set up. In 2018, GitHub Actions has automated workflows for testing, security, and other things.

4. Puppet

This automated Cloud management tool lets enterprises manage their most complex operations across the company. The real-time monitoring also looks for compliance errors, and its modules make fixing any issues at scale easier.

5. CFEngine

No matter the size of your enterprise IT infrastructure, this Cloud software can automate all your related processes. While some automated Cloud tasks require a central management server, CFEngine uses robotic agents that frequently check your configurations.

6. AWS CloudFormation

As the name suggests, Amazon designed this Cloud automation platform specifically to set up Amazon Web Services. You provide a template, and CloudFormation will create a container to configure your desired resources.

7. Kubernetes

More and more companies are using containers in Cloud Automation Tools, and this software helps manage them. It came from the Google Cloud in 2014, making it easier to deploy and manage applications by automating the orchestration of containers.

8. IBM Cloud Schematics

This Cloud management solution lets professionals code the infrastructure to their needs. The platform enables companies (including enterprises) to automate application deployment and management. You can easily log any changes to the code.

9. Chef Automate

This automation tool is made for businesses and lets developers and other key team members work together to change an application quickly. (This means legacy applications can be upgraded and updated via the Cloud.) Chef also offers actionable insights.

10. Microsoft Azure Automation

The automated Cloud tasks offered by this platform are helpful in Microsoft's Azure Cloud and other cloud environments. While it simplifies Cloud migration, it also helps ensure ongoing compliance with your Cloud infrastructure.  

Benefits of automated Cloud tasks

When you use tools in the Cloud, you can automate processes across an entire organization without installing and maintaining new software.

You can also scale these Cloud management tools across the entire company so each team stays on the same page with updated data. The main goal is to reduce the costs and workload of managing IT infrastructure.

Benefits include:

  • Reducing the complexity of Cloud application deployment

  • Less need for additional hardware to test new features

  • Flagging potential problems that can lead to costly downtime

  • Continuous updates across platforms

  • Easily scaling for enterprise operations.

Typical uses of Cloud automation tools

With all of the Cloud processes in your network, they can become difficult to manage and strain your IT team. SaaS automation platforms can handle various tasks to reduce the associated workload while unlocking the full potential of Cloud applications.

IT organizations and software developers can use Cloud automation in private and public Cloud environments to reduce overhead.

As more industries adopt third-party Cloud applications, the need to help manage them increases. Enterprises using Cloud applications and automated Cloud tasks include banks/fintech companies, healthcare providers, auto service centers, retail businesses, and more.

To recap, some of the other uses for Cloud automation tools include:

  • Managing Cloud resources

  • Monitoring network performance

  • Orchestrating multi-Cloud environments

  • Boosting Cloud security

Finally, Wrk offers Wrkflows to help companies in every department and add a human element to get the most out of your Cloud applications. To find out more, book a demo.