Given the right tools and smart workflow analysis, automating computer operations can be surprisingly easy and can reap major benefits. A recent study by a leading trade journal asked the question, “What do you see as the most important benefits of an automated computer center?”, for which the primary benefits of operations automation cited most often were cost reduction, productivity, availability, reliability, and performance.
The greatest opportunity is to increase service to the customer (end user) while systematically reducing costs. Most modern servers have a low operating cost and the total cost of ownership has been declining. Even so, the cost of the operations staff can be as high as 70% of the total cost.
STEPS IN AUTOMATION
- Automate your server deployments and/or your containers
- Automate your OS updates and upgrades, including patches and security updates
- Automate your application deployments
- Automate your daily procedures
- Automate your monitoring
- Automate your actions based on monitoring alerts.
AUTOMATE YOUR SERVERS AND CONTAINERS
Automated server deployment tools can solve this problem by automating server setup, program installation, and system management.
Digital Transformation is the use of new, fast and frequently changing digital technology to solve problems often utilizing cloud computing, reducing reliance on user owned hardware but increasing reliance on subscription-based cloud services.
This includes the use of new types of application containers like docker and other ways of programming like the use of microservices. New ways of management and deployments are introduced and the link between Development and Operations becomes DevOps.
AUTOMATE YOUR OS UPDATES AND UPGRADES
A combination of automated updates and monitoring can greatly solve the issues experienced.
AUTOMATED APPLICATION DEPLOYMENT
More and more automation tools exist for the automation of application deploys and the corresponding data in complex environments. A good monitoring can indicate errors in the deploys and help you pinpoint application failures.
AUTOMATE YOUR DAILY PROCEDURES
AUTOMATE YOUR MONITORING
AUTOMATE YOUR ACTIONS BASED ON MONITORING
These actions will increase the availability of your operations and reduce the recovery time (MTTR). However, it is a good practice to do a post recovery investigation to find out what went wrong to enhance your operations.