Nov 28 2018
IT automation and orchestration are important concepts for the modern DevOps and organizational environment. As businesses seek out more efficiency form technology, and demands on scalable services grow, automation and orchestration are an important part of your toolkit. At the same time, the increasing migration to cloud-based infrastructure means that both automation and orchestration involve more moving parts, and integrating everything becomes even more critical.
In short, there are a few questions to answer — don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Simply put, IT automation is simply creating a single task that can run automatically without any human intervention. Automation might involve sending a response email to a customer who has contacted you through your website, or adding a record to a database when a batch job is run. You can automate both cloud-based and on-premise tasks.
IT Orchestration is automating lots of tasks together and integrating them to achieve a specific outcome. Whereas automation focuses on one task, orchestration combines all of those individual tasks. Orchestration can happen across multiple technologies, applications, datasets, middleware, systems, and more.
Orchestration is a good way to optimize repeatable processes that don’t need human interaction. Implemented well, orchestration will streamline workflows, lower costs, and significantly reduce issues and errors.
For example, orchestration can be used to run batch jobs in your computer systems. An orchestration process could log everyone out of relevant databases and software at 2 AM, lock the databases, establish the jobs that need to be run, run those jobs, verify a successful batch, then unlock the databases.
Although automating and optimizing one simple, standalone task may have a small effect, it’s the aggregate impact of automation and orchestration of entire processes that has a major impact. For example, automating a batch job will make the process much quicker and more efficient than having your IT engineers complete those tasks manually. Benefits include:
Glad you asked — here are some areas to consider when it comes to optimizing your DevOps or general business environment.
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