Employing IT Automation to Reduce DevOps Tension

Michael Vizard

As IT organizations continue to struggle with scale, there's obviously a lot of growing interest in IT automation. And there's no better example of the problem of scale than the DevOps challenge that many IT organizations are wrestling with today. In the wake of embracing agile development methodologies, many IT organizations simply can't keep pace with the amount of new applications and updates that need to be deployed. As a result, the tension between the application development teams and the folks responsible for IT operations is rising.

UC4 Software CEO Jason Liu says DevOps is a classic IT scenario that can benefit from the increased use of automation, which is the reason that UC4 Software announced today that it is acquiring Ventum, a company that specializes in managing application release management in the enterprise.

Liu says that by automating much of the deployment process, a lot of the current strain on the IT operations team that is being created by the rise of agile development methodologies will be relieved. The real challenge, says Liu, is bringing the two teams together to unite behind an approach that actually solves the problem.

Application release management is only one IT use case for automation. Liu is making a case that IT organizations should be standardizing on an IT automation engine such as UC4 Software's ONE Automation platform that can be applied to multiple problems, including virtualization management and application process integration.

The problem right now, says Liu, is that many IT organizations are approaching each of these issues in isolation, rather than thinking strategically about how IT automation can be applied in one form or another to address multiple issues that all have to do with cost effectively scaling IT resources.

As the IT environment as a whole continues to get more complex to manage, it's pretty clear that continuing to rely on custom scripts and manual processes is not going to be good enough. The business side is increasingly decreeing that IT organizations be able to quickly respond to rapidly changing business conditions. That can't happen, however, unless there are a set of IT policies in place that automatically invoke resources in response to those changing conditions.

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