Cloud environments add operational complexity. They’re highly dynamic, as are the demands of the workloads running in them. This creates new challenges for cloud providers to meet service levels.

Collecting lots of data about the cloud environment, analyzing it for anomalies, and generating alerts when something requires attention cannot scale since this approach is based on the pretext of fixing problems quickly. This is sure to cause headaches and unnecessary pains for IT operators who must scramble to be highly responsive to ensuring performance while maximizing how resources are utilized.

But what if controlling cloud environments could require less manual intervention? What if IT operators no longer had to spend hours upon hours wading through alerts and troubleshooting?

These are just a preview of the questions I will discuss at Citrix Synergy in my presentation, titled “SYN220: Decision automation: removing guesswork and troubleshooting from cloud operations management,” on Thursday, May 23 at 5:00 p.m. in room 304C.

The dynamic cloud environments present in today’s enterprises require a new, comprehensive approach to operations management: one that includes automation, control and orchestration. In less than two weeks, I will have the honor of picking up a mic at Citrix Synergy to discuss this transformative approach to cloud operations management. During the session, I will offer my insights into the best practices for optimizing Citrix XenServer and CloudStack environments. Additionally, I will examine how to integrate these environments with Citrix NetScaler application delivery controllers to achieve continuous, automated analysis.

For enterprises looking to implement cloud and virtualized environments, performance is key. After all, its impact on ROI is particularly significant. Recognizing the most effective ways to fully utilize infrastructure not only drives increased performance, but also lessens the burden carried by IT teams.

By leveraging automation and orchestration, organizations are able to decrease the complexities associated with cloud and virtualized environments, meet SLAs by preventing degradation and bottlenecks, and optimize overall performance to ensure cost savings.

Feel free to let me know what you would be most interested in hearing about during the presentation, and I’d be happy to address the comment when it comes time to take the stage.

I look forward to attending the event and hearing all the diverse and stimulating perspectives from fellow industry experts. Until then, enjoy the arrival of springtime.

Shmuel Kliger founded VMTurbo in 2009 after serving as the vice president of architecture and applied research in the EMC CTO office. In his current role, he is focused on product and technology strategy, and strategic partnerships. Kliger’s experience as an entrepreneur dates back to his days at SMARTS (acquired by EMC) where he held the role of CTO and co-founder.