In the ever-changing landscape of application and platform services, automation within your environment is becoming a necessity in order to scale with growing business needs and stagnant budgets. Provisioning, patching, and regular maintenance can lead to errors due to manual execution. Integrating a database and middleware automation tool can alleviate IT operations costs and free up time for administrators to innovate and create more value for the business. Here are four reasons why you should be automating your application infrastructure.
1. Complete lifecycle management
High IT costs are a symptom of deeper problems, often relating to the time required to execute repetitive and manual tasks for provisioning, configuration, and patching.
The time it takes to stand up your application server environment can rely on several administrators waiting for each task to be completed before the next can begin, possibly adding a significant delay due to communication or errors in task completion. Provisioning, configuring, and patching environments manually means your team is investing valuable time on those manual tasks, driving up IT costs. With an automated system, task owners can schedule execution ahead of time and in sync with other required tasks within a standardized procedure.
2. Reduced DB operations costs
Three main issues that arise in database operations are defects, environment issues, and incorrect deployments. An automation solution will help alleviate the operations costs spent on resolving issues in existing deployment produces as well as manage the full environment. Out-of-the-box content packs from automation tools establish standardization, but also allow for customization to fit the needs of your business and deployment procedures.
Repeatable deployment flows applied to daily business procedures will increase your efficiency and require less time spent adjusting for manual errors, driving down costs and increasing the business’s confidence in IT operations.
3. Increased speed of code release management
Increasing demand and speed of service from IT has quickly become one of the biggest challenges to overcome in database and middleware operations. In a world where demand can easily outpace production, errors in releases can be overlooked, creating issues for end users. Automation tools create an additional level of quality assurance with code validation within the test environment, before moving to deployment. If the code doesn’t check against the validation requirements, error reports will pinpoint the bugs for faster resolution.
4. DBaaS and PaaS increase speed and responsiveness
One of the biggest advantages of an automation tool for the database and middleware layers is the ability to access on-demand services through DBaaS or PaaS capabilities. Automated workflows and cloud services can be combined to call on new application servers for faster development and testing. Access an internal private cloud catalog and trigger provisioning, patching, and migration using enterprise approved standards. It is no longer a requirement to request access and wait for long provisioning cycles to access testing or deployment environments.