Everyone knows that Cloud building (regardless of type Private, Public, Hybrid) has many facets to be successful. Let’s jump into one of the tools / utils of Clouds today, IT Automation.
You know that automation requires a full understanding of IT assets (new and old).
So, are enterprises large and small doing a good job of managing IT assets today? Most would admit they are not doing a good job of managing assets (on-site or off).
The asset management concept sounds easy enough, but think about how assets have changed in just the last 2 years (tablets, Mobile doc readers, etc…) these devices have to be counted too as they contribute to the creation and use of corporate assets.
With the proliferation of assets of all types and the ever expanding network boundaries the device count keep ticking up.
Where to start?
Service catalog seems to be the most pressing issue deployment today.
What products do you use?
Have you found any good open source tools for asset management?
IT Automation was once banished due to restricted budgets, now it’s a necessity as it’s a fundamental IT building block (agility).
What is the state of IT automation today?
- Bare Metal Recovery (BMR) of systems (servers)
- Virtualization pushes IT automation
- Backup and Recovery
- Some patch management
- Some license management
How can IT Automation help your environment? When front ended by a service catalog your end users can hit the service portal and request a new system or service. Your provisioning tools then get work setting up the requested environment.
How far can you take IT Automation in your environment; the possibilities are limited only by time, technology and of course money.
Are you tying asset management into your BI infrastructure if no, why?
Are you tying asset management into your Sales Force automation if no, why?
Are you tying asset management into your consolidated I/O environments?
You should be spending time to see how IT automation can reduce your IT spend.