What is it?
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. Moreover, recent industry trends indicate organizations are rapidly moving toward adoption of containers and orchestration, both of which go 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 deliver more efficiency. IT automation of tasks assist in avoiding human error. Workflows can be automated that free up a team, empowering them to tackle more valuable projects that are not as easy to orchestrate.
Infrastructure becomes more composable with automation and orchestration of compute, storage, networking, and their lifecycle management. The purpose of orchestration is to streamline and optimize frequent repeatable processes that can decrease time-to-market (TTM) and bring better business outcomes.
BENEFITS OF IT AUTOMATION
Standardizing processes with automation, gaining incremental consistency and reliability of IT processes
Business agility and control through intelligent, software-defined solutions
Increasing business productivity through automation of numerous tasks
Simplicity of provisioning and ease of lifecycle management
Improved operational efficiency and lower IT costs