What it is
Automation in IT is fundamental and essential, making a task or process repeatable with minimal operator intervention. In this light, automation is a subset of orchestration. Orchestration is of more value to IT because it goes well beyond the automation of single tasks to run on their own, it automates many processes in concert. The larger industry direction towards containers and orchestration goes well beyond simple automation.
WHY YOU NEED AUTOMATION?
Optimize Your Process
Any time a process is repeatable, and its tasks can be automated, orchestration can be used to optimize the process to eliminate redundancies and bring more efficiency. IT automation of tasks can avoid human error. Workflows can be automated that free up a team so they can tackle more valuable projects that are not as easy to orchestrate.
Infrastructure becomes more composable with automation and orchestration of compute, storage and networking and their lifecycle management. The purpose of orchestration is to streamline and optimize frequent repeatable processes that can shorten the time to market and bring better business outcomes.
BENEFITS OF IT AUTOMATION
Standardizing processes with automation for more consistent and reliability
Business agility through intelligent, software-defined solutions and control
Increasing business productivity through automation of numerous tasks
Simplicity of provisioning and ease of lifecycle management
Improved Operational Efficiency and Decreasing IT costs