VMware automation tools can help administrators accomplish tasks in a shorter amount of time and can turn routine chores, such as taking a snapshot of a VM, into something that requires less intervention from IT. Reducing the manual fiddling with the infrastructure also reduces the chances of human error.
In general, automation is something that can benefit a business as administrators build their proficiency with the available tools. While virtualization has made certain aspects of the data center easier to handle, rising infrastructure complexity and growing business demands mean IT professionals need to develop more efficient methods to respond to everyday needs.
Orchestration is a complementary process that manages the interactions between automated tasks. It is becoming increasingly necessary as automation grows and workflows become more complex.
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The many facets to VMware automation
Companies are always relying on IT professionals to do more with less, while also pushing for a presence in new areas, such as cloud computing. There are plenty of automation products an administrator can use to get the job done, but having a solid implementation strategy should be front and center on any initiative.
Automation makes the data center work, but it also causes IT sprawl. When every department has their own automation regime, mistakes are bound to happen. Continue Reading
With VMware vMA, a virtualization administrator gets a free tool that is simple to use with the flexibility of a virtual appliance. Continue Reading
Free and flexible
One VMware automation tool that administrators can add to their arsenal is VMware's vSphere PowerCLI, which can automate vSphere and vCloud management. Administrators can tap into PowerShell cmdlets to execute commands across their environment's virtual inventory.
VMware's vCloud Suite and other features may limit what admins can do with infrastructure options, but PowerCLI commands can give admins their power back. Continue Reading
One way to automate
VRealize Automation (vRA) -- formerly called vCloud Automation Center -- is a part of VMware's vRealize Suite of hybrid cloud management products. VRA enables the rapid deployment of services across a number of hypervisors and public clouds. Its high extensibility, which helps companies create comprehensive workflows, services and reporting, is a prime feature. VRA gives IT admins the ability to define available services and make them available for users, freeing the admin from manual allocation.
VRA integrates with many different tools and services to provide a high degree of extendibility, which makes it a flexible tool in data centers with third-party systems. Continue Reading
Proper backup and restoration are critical to success with vRA. Be strategic and perform a full backup or restoration, or be specific and target crucial components. Continue Reading
Streamline your workflows
VRealize Orchestrator (vRO) is part of vRealize Automation in VMware's vRealize suite of products. Orchestrator comes packaged with Automation and enables the fine-tuned management of automated tasks and services. Whereas Automation is designed for cloud automation tools based on policies to deliver IT services, Orchestrator is designed as a platform for automated workflows that can handle nearly any IT process.
The virtualized data center is getting more complex every day. Use vRO to coordinate complicated workflows and tasks. Continue Reading
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Automate security, analysis and networking
VMware automation tools exist in a variety of VMware products beyond the vRealize suite. Admins can take advantage of the automation capabilities in AppDefense to catch problems quickly, Workspace One Intelligence to respond to security and performance data, and NSX to automate networking.