One thing that organisations often overlook is just how much their IT environment is getting more complex as they stack up to new technologies, systems and solutions as time goes on. You would like everything to integrate and work together seamlessly – but all too often, that is not the case.
As IT’s role becomes more prominent within today’s organisations as digital business initiatives accelerate, IT teams are expected to juggle various elements at once. Different data stores, user and customer applications, systems, hardware and workloads located on-premises as well as in public and private clouds. As a result, those who are in charge of making sure enterprise IT are always available and functioning seamlessly are faced with surging volumes of processes and data – all of which can quickly result in chaos.
Just like a band with people assigned to each of their own instruments, your IT needs something that can manage and orchestrate it all together in order to produce beautiful rhythms and melodies.
Similarly, your increasingly complex IT environment needs a robust orchestration and automation platform to help bring order and “juggle” all of its different infrastructure, functions and systems. In fact, according to analyst firm, Gartner:
By 2025, 50% of enterprises will have devised Artificial Intelligence (AI) orchestration platforms to operationalise AI, up from fewer than 10% in 2020.
By 2024, organisations will lower operational costs by 30% by combining hyper-automation technologies with redesigned operational processes.
In other words, the path to simplified and manageable IT, despite its rapid growth, lies in automation. By leveraging AI and machine-learning to automate as much as feasibly possible within your IT environment, you can make processes more efficient, reduce human error and operating costs while simultaneously increase your capacity to provide faster services.
Most importantly, as you automate more tasks, they can be organised into end-to-end processes that are more reliable, efficient, scalable and easier to adapt.
Red Hat aims to help organisations unlock the benefits of automation and simplify the chaos within their data centres through Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. With orchestration capabilities from Ansible, you can bring order to your IT and pull together disparate elements of your data centre into a coherent whole.
Ansible’s orchestration allows you to define your infrastructure once and use it wherever and however you need. Using Ansible’s roles for reusability and Ansible’s extensive library of modules makes it easy to replicate your complex deployments wherever needed. In addition, Ansible’s clear syntax and task-based nature makes orchestrating tasks easier.
You just use the simple, human-readable YAML language in your playbook, which maps out the steps of your orchestration. Much like executing a certain program to run at a specific point of time accurately and then turning them off when needed.
For example, users can utilise Ansible’s automation capabilities to model and deliver any configuration, any deployment and any environment across their IT infrastructure. This is made simple through Infrastructure as Code (IaC), an approach where you define a configuration script with all the required settings and customisations across your IT – then an automation tool like Ansible will take care of the rest.
Say you have a Windows operating system across your infrastructure. With Ansible, you can:
Gather facts on Windows hosts.
Install and uninstall Microsoft Installers.
Enable and disable Windows Features.
Start, stop and manage Windows services.
Create and manage local users and groups.
Manage and install Windows updates.
Fetch files from remote sites.
Push and execute any PowerShell scripts you write.
All these functions can be automated with Ansible. In addition, you do not have to worry about when and how you run these tasks, as Ansible’s orchestration capability can organise them for you – deploying various commands just when you need it and just how you want it to be, automatically.
Now, you do not need to conduct specific steps to orchestrate your IT manually, as Ansible does this automatically and provides you with the capability to deploy tasks repeatedly. With Ansible, integrated with Ansible Tower, you can also monitor your environment to ensure that everything on your IT is working perfectly and doing their tasks accordingly - keeping order to your otherwise complex IT environment.
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