Data Center Automation: 10 Vendors You Should Know
The evolving new data center is unlike the centers we have known in recent years. Server and storage drive racks can be drastically reduced, or even absent, moved by the cloud. Likewise, the site of traveling staff members – checking wiring, components and temperatures – can also be a thing of the past. The new data center can be a federation of smaller and peripheral data centers, or just an administrator sitting at a desk with a laptop or even a mobile phone. The new data center integrates seamlessly into the network.
Realizing this, data center automation vendors are focused on delivering highly integrated virtual networks and compute resources that offer full data center capabilities, or blend as seamlessly as possible with on-premises environments. or existing physical.
Here are 10 vendors in the data center automation space you should know about.
BMC, which has operated for many years in the mainframe and large systems management space, offers TrueSight Automation for Servers, designed to enable administrators to provision, configure, remediate and maintain physical, virtual and cloud servers. The tool also helps to comply with preconfigured policies with best practices and regulatory standards. Additional network automation and management software reduces network outages and downtime by automating configuration, changes and compliance.
Broadcom / CA
Broadcom’s CA unit has also provided mainframe and mainframe management tools for many years, and the company’s CA Automic Workload Automation (AWA) reflects this heritage. AWA is a suite of products that automate the workload of IT departments across multiple platforms, applications, and operating systems. This includes batch processing and job scheduling.
Chef (a subsidiary of Progress)
Chef Enterprise Automation Stack (EAS) is a set of open source solutions that provide a common approach to automate application delivery, infrastructure setup, and compliance auditing. The product set includes Chef Automate, an enterprise platform that enables developers, operations and security engineers to work together to make changes to applications and infrastructure. Chef Habitat is an open source solution that provides automation capabilities to define, package and deliver applications to environments on multiple operating systems or deployment platforms. Chef Infra is a configuration management tool for defining infrastructure in code form (IAC), making the process of managing system configurations and status automated and testable.
Cisco provides scalable automation modules that begin with infrastructure automation, followed by application automation or enterprise and hybrid cloud. These modules include cloud and systems management; Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller; Cisco Cloud Accelerators; Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud; Cisco Intelligent Automation for SAP; and Cisco Intercloud Fabric for Business. Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) is a family of data center server computing products comprised of hardware, virtualization support, switch fabric, and management software that combines x86-based servers with industry standards with network and storage access in one unified system. .
ConnectWise Automate provides scripting, monitoring, and automation functions. The components include IT automation, which programmatically offloads routine IT workloads; Asset Discover, which automatically detects and tracks the presence and behavior of connected devices: Endpoint Management, which provides access to user devices; Patch Management, which allows administrators to configure, test, and install software updates on devices; and remote monitoring, which enables administrators to monitor, discover, and resolve IT network bottlenecks, application performance issues, and security threats.
Juniper Automation focuses on the network management side of the data center, integrating Paragon Automation, which focuses on active service assurance. The product set includes Juniper’s Apstra solution, a turnkey automation solution that assists in the process of designing, deploying and operating data center networks. Paragon Active Assurance is a programmable test and monitoring solution for physical, hybrid and virtual networks. Paragon Insights (formerly HealthBot) is a diagnostic and network health solution that provides operational insights across all areas of the service provider, cloud and corporate network, from network access to center servers of data.
Micro Focus Data Center Automation (DCA) automates infrastructure patches and IT compliance, as well as real-time visibility into data center risk and compliance status and process orchestration. DCA components include ongoing compliance management; Advanced process orchestration; and reports and extensibility.
Microsoft Azure Automation is a cloud-based automation and configuration service that supports management in Azure and non-Azure environments. It includes process automation, configuration management, update management, shared capabilities, and heterogeneous features that support Windows and Linux systems.
The Puppet Enterprise platform includes Puppet Enterprise, which is designed to enable organizations to scale multi-cloud infrastructure as their automation footprint grows, and Relay, an event-based automation platform. . Puppet Enterprise Platform offers three styles of automation: task-driven orchestration, model-driven infrastructure in code form, and API event-driven workflow.
Red Hat (a subsidiary of IBM)
Red Hat’s Ansible Automation Platform provides automation through its Ansible engine, which is based on Ansible, an open-source human-readable language. Ansible Tower allows administrators to centralize and control IT infrastructure with a visual dashboard. Red Hat also supports OpenStack, an operating system that helps create a cloud infrastructure or manage local resources as if it were a cloud.