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Rubrik -  - Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Automating Your Business

Business

Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Automating Your Business

Businesses worldwide are leveraging automation to deliver services at a lower cost with a higher level of customer satisfaction. The return on investment for automation is well documented, both in financial benefit and higher customer retention rates. But not all efforts to implement automation are created equal, and many companies stumble to meet their goal. Integrating automation into a business requires planning and strategy. This post walks through the top pitfalls to avoid when implementing automation. Recreating the Workflow The first mistake many businesses make is automating the steps of an existing workflow. This may seem like a shortcut since the workflow provides a blueprint for the steps needed to achieve the end result. But workflows created around manual processes focus more on previously performed tasks than on the entire problem. I experienced this firsthand while developing a process to automate billing based on cloud usage. The existing workflow had many steps that required manually altering the output of the previous step and reformatting it before sending it to the next person in the chain. This process created a significant margin of error, as even minor changes caused the entire chain to break. This leads to our next major pitfall.…
Rubrik -  - Integrating Rubrik with Redhat Cloudforms Through Ansible Automation

Product

Integrating Rubrik with Redhat Cloudforms Through Ansible Automation

One of Rubrik’s principle tenants is integrated automation made possible by its rich suite of RESTful APIs. Rubrik follows an API-first architecture to enable infrastructure automation with third party services, including simplification of data management tasks and integration with configuration management tools. One example of custom workflows with Rubrik’s APIs is with VMware vRealize Automation. In this post, I will demonstrate another example of automated orchestration with Rubrik with Redhat Cloudforms and Ansible. Introducing Redhat CloudForms and Ansible Tower As of Redhat Cloudforms version 4.1, Ansible Tower is natively integrated. With this integration, Red Hat CloudForms leverages the automation capabilities of Ansible, enabling Ansible Job Templates to be launched from CloudForms Service Catalog as a Service Item. Ansible Tower is a configuration management tool designed to help automate infrastructure operations. Ansible Tower features management of host inventory, Ansible playbooks, access keys and passwords, as well as detailed reporting and auditing of infrastructure deployments. CloudForms is a hybrid cloud management platform based on the ManageIQ community. CloudForms provides a myriad of functions that include: Monitoring and tracking Capacity management and planning Resource usage and optimization Workload life-cycle management Policies to govern access and usage Self-service portal and catalog Controls to manage…
Rubrik -  - A How-To Guide on Rubrik’s vRealize Automation Integration

Architecture

A How-To Guide on Rubrik’s vRealize Automation Integration

As the modern data center becomes increasingly more software-defined, it is critical to select technology platforms that will support this new architecture even if you aren’t providing IT-as-a-Service today. The best way to prepare for the future is choosing to implement modern API driven solutions into your environment that automate consumer-oriented services. Rubrik’s API-First Architecture Lets You “Backup-As-A-Service” The Rubrik platform was purpose-built to address this need. Rubrik is an API-driven solution. In fact, the Rubrik UI is simply a consumer of the underlying REST APIs exposed by every Rubrik system. What does this mean? It means that everything in Rubrik is easily automated by REST APIs. Since just about every automation platform supports RESTful APIs, you are free to use whatever software you like or even write your own homegrown solution for Rubrik. Now you can add Backup-as-a-Service into your ITaaS portfolio! An Example Let’s say you have an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution in place (vRealize Automation or vRA for example) where users can self-provision systems. You’re still likely using a manual or semi-manual process by which people request data protection for those self-provisioned systems. In a typical workflow, this would be a form the user would submit, and that form…