5 Ways Infrastructure Automation Improves IT Operations in '24
As organizations grow, IT infrastructure management becomes more time-consuming and costly. IT infrastructure accommodates various elements such as applications and data centers. For a smooth running of IT operations, IT infrastructure must be provisioned, configured, and integrated with other processes. However, handling IT infrastructure manually is prone to human errors. Besides, manual tasks cause workload bottlenecks and inefficiencies.
Automating tasks related to IT infrastructure management can help companies overcome these challenges. Infrastructure automation minimizes the risk of human error, ensures security, and boosts performance.
Using infrastructure automation in IT operations is critical to successful service delivery. In this article, we will go over 5 ways infrastructure automation boosts IT operations.
1. Monitor IT operations in real-time
IT infrastructure works with many software, hardware, networks, etc. Each of these elements requires continuous updates, provisioning, and configurations. However, handling these repetitive tasks manually is inefficient and tedious.
IT infrastructure automation helps IT teams automate these tasks and control infrastructure management with end-to-end monitoring. By automating infrastructure, users can receive updates in real-time. Instant updates can help organizations identify errors and bugs before they cause serious problems. Monitoring capability provides flexibility to IT staff for remediations.
For instance, British Army Information Application Services (IAS)1 has large infrastructure resources including public and private clouds. IAS automated its IT infrastructure management and reduced human errors significantly. IAS reduced their duration to fix a software bug from three days to three hours and accelerated their delivery times by 75%.
2. Integrate on-premise resources with cloud
Infrastructure automation tools enable enterprises to integrate their existing infrastructure with cloud services. From cloud deployments to user provisioning, infrastructure automation streamlines many manual tasks in IT processes. It also allows users to provision and manage workloads across all types of environments while providing reliability for users.
3. Use ready templates
Ready-to-use templates make an infrastructure tool ideal for enterprises. These templates optimize scalability and enable users to deploy workloads in the cloud, hybrid, or on-premises environments from a single control center.
Thereby, organizations save time on tedious updates and software installations and money on expensive on-premises IT infrastructure. Ready-to-use templates should therefore always be kept in mind before selecting an infrastructure tool.
4. Visualize processes for improved insights
Infrastructure automation tools enable users to create visual maps of the workflows. These visual maps help users to learn more about their business processes. For example, a user can see congestion, and bottlenecks and learn about which machines are more and which are less busy.
Following learning where the congestion is, users can accelerate workloads by distributing tasks between less busy machines. This brings flexibility and agility to your business.
5. Be secured and compliant
Infrastructure automation helps organizations to remain secure and compliant. Infrastructure automation tools ensure the security of your workloads against public threats and empower security capabilities.
Moreover, infrastructure automation tools help organizations comply with rapidly changing regulatory requirements. By automating configuration and provisioning processes, organizations can avoid human errors and improve security and compliance.
To learn more about automation and orchestration, feel free to read our articles:
- Automation vs Orchestration: Differences & How to Get Started
- 6 Ways Cloud Workload Automation Transforms Your Business
- 4 Ways to Improve Your Business with Self-Service Automation
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Cem has been the principal analyst at AIMultiple since 2017. AIMultiple informs hundreds of thousands of businesses (as per similarWeb) including 60% of Fortune 500 every month.
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Throughout his career, Cem served as a tech consultant, tech buyer and tech entrepreneur. He advised businesses on their enterprise software, automation, cloud, AI / ML and other technology related decisions at McKinsey & Company and Altman Solon for more than a decade. He also published a McKinsey report on digitalization.
He led technology strategy and procurement of a telco while reporting to the CEO. He has also led commercial growth of deep tech company Hypatos that reached a 7 digit annual recurring revenue and a 9 digit valuation from 0 within 2 years. Cem's work in Hypatos was covered by leading technology publications like TechCrunch and Business Insider.
Cem regularly speaks at international technology conferences. He graduated from Bogazici University as a computer engineer and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
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