Infrastructure automation tools and processes save systems administrators and IT managers time on rote tasks and remove chances for human error during IT configuration, patch management and performance tracking.
Automation without proper forethought, training and support, however, only makes a small mess bigger, and can do so quickly. And enterprise IT organizations rarely start fresh with no legacy code, programs, tool sets or infrastructure. These tips and examples show how to use workflow orchestration, automated alerts, configuration management tools and more to successfully automate the IT infrastructure.
1Script everything -
Fully exploit IT automation
The path to a modernized IT Ops team starts by targeting the right areas for orchestration and workflow automation, then learning to think in automation terms: If we do this task more than once, is it easier to automate? Infrastructure automation can also set an IT organization on the path to cloud, whether that is a private cloud in the data center, test and dev in a public cloud, cloud-hosted infrastructure, or a mix of options.
System programmers could be the key to a modernized IT operation based on standardized scripts, infrastructure automation tools and cloud resources. Continue Reading
Robert Half International planned to ditch the data center as soon as possible. That plan meant a learning curve for the IT organization on scripting and project planning, but back-end rewards. Continue Reading
2Standardize or perish-
Tools for configuration, change management
IT automation must start with strategy and a deep understanding of process, which will inform tool choices. Modern organizations are taking advantage of configuration management tools to automate infrastructure updates and scaling. Pair configuration management and infrastructure automation tools with a solid change management system, and your systems administrators might get an entire holiday off without worrying about alert calls.
Webscale social networking company Facebook realized DevOps was the best path to manage its data center infrastructure, then undertook a years-long initiative to make it work. Continue Reading
Mainframes are often called the old way of running IT, but, in fact, the big iron workhorse that many enterprises and financial institutions rely on can benefit from the concepts of DevOps and Agile IT. Continue Reading
In the process of learning Chef, one network administrator found he was thinking like a developer. Implement these tips to streamline configuration management, even outside the admin comfort zone. Continue Reading
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Manage and monitor IT environments
Stability, security and efficiency are the hallmarks of enterprise IT production environments. Increased agility and automation continue from the development and deployment phases into production, with infrastructure monitoring tools and ops-centric automation.