Automation

Automation

Scale IT automation, manage complex deployments & speed productivity

Automation has become a top priority for organizations due to the increased speed, scale and complexity of their hybrid and multicloud environments. Enterprises not only need the ability to easily create automation, but they also need to be able to share and reuse automation across projects and teams with the right level of governance and control.

- Joe Fitzgerald, Vice President, Management, Red Hat

What is automation?

Automation refers to the use of software applications to create repeatable processes with the purpose of replacing or drastically reducing manual interaction with IT systems. Automation software works within the limits of those instructions, tools, and frameworks to carry out the tasks with little to no human intervention. 
For example, if you had a choice between manually washing your car, or driving it through an automatic car wash, which would you choose? Probably the car wash. It takes a fraction of the time, and would free up more time that could be used to complete other tasks. 
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Why should I automate?

Less wasted time
Decrease in number and frequency of errors
performance
Increase in team productivity
Competitive advantage
DevOps cycle
Can extend into technologies like DevOps, Containers, Cloud, & more
Automation is key to a successful IT modernization strategy as it allows for faster scaling and a more efficient workload. Automating repetitive tasks allows teams to be more productive, with significantly less time wasted on menial duties. Freeing up time provides your team the ability to improve collaboration and innovation; strategies that actually drive the business forward toward new levels of growth.

We can create a successful modernization strategy that will advance your enterprise to the next level.

Book a FREE Discovery Session with one of our HighVail experts. In 30 minutes or less, we can show you what is possible. 

Automate With Us

HighVail has been working with automation for years to help organizations reduce manual complexities and increase efficiencies. We strive to tackle the most stubborn challenges and have a deep-rooted belief that life is better when difficult things are automated.
As a company, our philosophy has always been to empower our customers. This is why during every engagement, we offer an ongoing working knowledge transfer to ensure that our clients have an understanding and comfort level prior to the completion of a project.

What is Ansible?

Ansible is a popular, mature technology used by thousands of organizations globally to help them automate IT tasks such as:
It supports multiple platforms, devices, environments and is agent less by nature.

What is Terraform?

Terraform is a widely adopted tool for building, changing, and versioning infrastructure safely and efficiently using an Infrastructure-as-Code approach. Terraform’s sole purpose is to do a small number of things extremely well:
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Terraform connects to wide range of infrastructure providers, like publics clouds, virtualization/container platforms, networking devices, storage, etc. to simplify automation operations.  Terraform and Ansible can be – and often are – complementary to one another.

HighVail in Action

Read real customer use cases to learn about what our experts can do for your business.

 

A LARGE CANADIAN FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

 
 
Issues They Faced:

 

  • Each participant required their own K8S lab cluster that did not conflict with other attendees
  • If a participant's lab environment broke down, it would have to be re-provisioned quickly
  • All K8S cluster members needed to be configured identically
 
 
HighVail Solution: 
 
  • Using the AWS provider for Terraform we built a dynamic infrastructure to isolate attendees in their own lab environment 
  • Next, we utilized Ansible to configure all K8S clusters
  • Utilizing our K8S branded training we onboarded participants providing them with their own personalized environment 
 
 
Outcomes: 
 
  • Ability to deploy training environment in AWS using a consistent and repeatable pattern
  • Created an accelerated enablement experience for the customer
  • The agile automation templates that were created can be reused or leveraged for other content
 

A LARGE CANADIAN FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

 

 

Issues They Faced: 

 

 

  • The existing corporate culture largely utilized manual workflow patterns for IT Ops
  • Knowledge barriers and complex processes created friction in developing an effective Infrastructure-as-Code strategy
  • The IT Ops centric teams needed to learn new tooling, automation & DevOps methodology

 

 

HighVail Solution: 

 

 

  • Specific knowledge gaps were identified within the organization and custom content was developed to enable innovation inside IT Ops practices
  • By taking a holistic approach we adopted new technology and agile processes for IT Ops

 

 

Outcomes:

 

 

  • Learn Git, Yaml, Ansible Core, Ansible Tower.
  • Encourage innovation is historically conservative IT segment.
  • Build DevOps driven OPS practice where team share and collaborate

A LARGE CANADIAN INSURANCE INSTITUTION

 

 

Issues They Faced: 

 

 

  • The existing Ansible automation processes were only built to address the needs at the time
  • Parameterization of static facts using YAML files is cumbersome and demanding process that is prone to errors.
  • Maintenance of static sources of truth is time consuming (a whole new job to maintain files)

 

 

HighVail Solution:

 

 

  • Using our new practice for Data Modelling we have extended Ansible functionality with Python code
  • Ansible Automation data model now creates successful predictable pattern for pluggable Ansible automation
  • We use existing source of truth to dynamically create static Yaml sources that feed into Configuration management processes

 

 

Outcomes:

 

 

  • Ansible playbook now needs only few parameters to run while simplifying continuous integration and deployment model 
  • No more need to statically maintain Yaml facts as DB is used for sourcing any automation process
  • Scale IT Ops automation without performance hits and make sure facts used in automation are guaranteed, normalized, standardized and validated before job runs which brings dramatic improvements in CI/CD process