When people hear keywords like ‘automation’, ‘IT automation’ or ‘I&O automation’, most will picture a complex data center automation solution.
Experience has shown that many companies still do not have a central workload automation scheme in place.
This article illustrates how easy it can be to expand on existing IT automation systems to gain added value in the data center and beyond.
Central Control of Applications via Workload Automation
Most companies run an assortment of stand-alone applications that were built with great passion by different teams. One team may have implemented automation using Cron jobs, while another might have drawn on sophisticated scripts.
All is well as long as things run smoothly.
However, if errors occur here and there, troubleshooting can be a very time-consuming and diffcult task, and system downtime will incur additional costs. The amount of this expenditure fully depends on the controlled processes.
In a company where IT and business processes have grown organically over decades, the data center team will be hard pressed to ensure smooth end-to-end automation across platform and application boundaries.
Given this backdrop, it is easy to understand the benefit of centralized workload automation. The entire system becomes transparent and audit compliant, while it is very simple to get the big picture and analyze the system from top to bottom.
Once all digital IT processes are controlled centrally, new applications can be integrated into the automation infrastructure with ease.
And, naturally, software used by many departments represents a better value.
Automating Unix, Linux and Windows with the Mainframe?
As a mainframe software developer, we are intimately familiar with the data center automation requirements of our customers and variations relating to software, hardware and everything in-between – from mid-sized companies through to multinational corporations. The mainframe takes a special place in the IT andscape of our customers due to its rapid and reliable I&O processing capabilities.
Yet, of course, other platforms such as Unix, Linux or Windows must also be included in the IT automation system. Applications centrally controlled via the mainframe greatly benefit from our Discovery Agent Network.
This product was specifically designed to support the key qualities of the mainframe:
high transaction load and a robust, failsafe architecture.
The Discovery Agent Network allows the workload to be distributed while controlling it centrally via the mainframe and z/OS scheduler.
The key benefit is that this makes it very simple to connect a large range of applications operated under Unix, Linux and Windows with the centralized automation process.
File transfer is an integral component of automated processes, and it allows for serverless data transfer, i.e. from agent to agent.
Our customers are consistently confronted with the same question: How can we better market our IT services within the company? The Discovery Agent Network offers an answer, as it allows companies to tear down borders between platforms and deliver new workload automation services.