It is imperative for many businesses today to meet the demands of their customers as quickly as possible. In today’s fast-paced and competitive business landscape, organisations need to go beyond their routine tasks, manual processes, and inefficient workflows in order to keep up. As such, many are now adopting automation strategies within their IT infrastructure.
However, when we talk about automation, there are actually more areas of IT that you can automate than you may realise. In this article, we explore the different aspects of IT that you can automate in order to accelerate your path to enterprise-wide automation and its tremendous benefits.
To reduce the mounting burden on your IT teams and deliver services quickly, you should automate the following areas on your IT now:
Network: With most of the operations being done digitally today, it is vital for businesses to automate their network deployments, resources, and services. This means managing and automating various processes on networks—such as logging into routers, switches, load balancers, and firewalls to change configurations before logging out. With this capability, organisations can standardise network management processes to enforce best practices. Network operations teams can also rapidly and easily deliver services at scale and reduce mean time to resolution (MTTR) for service interruptions.
Virtualisation: In a modern data centre, virtualisation is of paramount importance to keep your IT environment functioning. This allows you to scale easily and efficiently, as you do not need to buy purpose-built hardware anymore. However, virtualisation runs many applications and workloads, and deploying them manually is not practical. Automating your virtualisation capabilities speeds up server deployment, configuration and management – helping you accelerate in the digital landscape.
Multi-cloud: Your digitally transforming organisation has probably embarked on a cloud journey. You have implemented various cloud deployments to suit your business needs (with more to come), from private to public cloud, resulting in a hybrid multi-cloud IT infrastructure. You may also find that with this new, increasingly heterogeneous IT environment, it is now more complicated to manage processes across different clouds. With automation, you deploy resources across all of your clouds and offer a single API for a given operation, regardless of the cloud involved. With automation capabilities in the cloud, organisations can effectively coordinate and manage disparate data – making use of it to realise valuable insights.
DevOps: This area of your IT is already speeding up your systems development life cycle and IT operations. With automation integrated into it, you can realise increased developer productivity, reduced IT time per application developed and competitive advantage through speed to market.
Security: Your IT is not always protected, and you are not always there to monitor threats and vulnerabilities. Therefore, it is only necessary to automate your security and compliance to ensure that your deployments and distributed architectures are secure, compliant, and performing as expected. In addition, automation helps you identify, validate and escalate threats faster without manual intervention. You can also have automated deployment, configuration, and configuration lifecycle management, including rolling out policy and updating systems and firewalls across your entire network.
Red Hat Ansible was designed to automate your workloads and processes in various areas of your IT environment, including the ones highlighted above and more. So, no matter what your IT circumstances, requirements and applications may be, Ansible has the means to build, provision, manage, secure, and maintain them.
Whether your organisation has just started its automation journey or is looking to expand automation across more domains and use cases, this platform delivers you with the tools to implement automation quickly.
Red Hat Ansible is a radically simple IT automation engine that automates cloud provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, intra-service orchestration and many other IT needs.
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