2. Automate Wherever Possible
The cloud provides a unique level of opportunity to leverage automation toward greater efficiency and expense reduction. Instead of manually configuring servers, a variety of products are available to push the configuration through the use of code, as opposed to separate tasks by system administrators. Configuration management software has emerged as an important enabler in the cloud world, and there are rich rewards for channel partners who can leverage this capability to the fullest extent. Thus, the work that would be necessary to configure one server could be extended to literally thousands of services with little extra effort by the partner.