Don’t wait to automate: drive business with simplified hybrid IT

It’s an exciting time to work in tech

With all of the advancements in areas like artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, the world we live in is progressively becoming smarter. Even feats that once seemed impossible or taken straight out of a science fiction movie (self-driving cars!) are beginning to become a new normal.

However, with all these fantastic technology advancements, the management of new products and features can often become a little complex. This reality is no different in the IT infrastructure space. If you don’t believe me, scroll through your Twitter feed, and it won’t be too long before you find one or two IT aficionados that you follow rallying around the cry of “Automate everything!”

A demand for simplified management

Automation works to simplify typical tasks, so it’s easy to imagine why IT teams seek out automation tools and products. After all, why spend three hours completing a mundane task when automation can save you the time and effort? Automation tools become especially important when used in a management capacity. They enable IT to drive more business value to the entire organization, meaning more services are delivered faster and without the strain on the administrators or the end users.

Automation in a hybrid IT approach

Just as the emergence of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things has come with new products to manage the devices leveraging these technologies, so too has the trend toward hybrid IT. Hybrid IT has ushered in new management and automation tools to further simplify and streamline multiple technologies both within and outside of your data center.

Perhaps there are no better examples of a hybrid IT approach than hyperconverged and composable infrastructures. These solutions have transformed data centers and elevated the IT teams who manage them from complexity connoisseurs into masters of simplicity. An essential part of these existing solutions is the implementation of an infrastructure automation engine, such as HPE OneView. Even simple solutions can (and should) benefit from such an automation tool — driving business value by allowing IT to deploy infrastructure faster, simplify operations, and increase productivity.

Template-based automation enables IT generalists to rapidly and reliably provision resources in response to applications requirements. This allows IT to deploy infrastructure faster with less human error. Agent-less monitoring, online firmware updates and a Global Dashboard deliver streamlined lifecycle operations at scale and simplify operations overall. And the unified API gives developers and ISVs the power to unify infrastructure automation with application and IT service delivery, which increases their productivity.

Don’t hesitate to automate

While the world continues to get smarter and become more automated, the tools we use to manage new, innovative technologies have to evolve as well. By driving simplicity and decreasing time spent on management, automation tools are the key to a simplified IT in the future.

About Jesse St. Laurent

Jesse St. Laurent is the Chief Technologist for HPE Hyperconverged & SimpliVity. He uses his 20 years of experience to engage channel partners, evaluate emerging technologies, and shape innovative technology solutions involving data center modernization. For more information on how hyperconverged infrastructure can elevate your hybrid IT environment, download the free HPE SimpliVity edition of Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Dummies ebook. To learn how composable infrastructure can help you achieve cloud-like capabilities on-premises, download the free HPE Synergy for Dummies eBook.

To find out how you can take the next step in automating data center operations, download the free e-book, HPE OneView for Dummies.