BlogLet’s Get Something Done Today


What a wonderful idea. But sometimes that can be nearly impossible when your day is filled dealing with other data center problems and urgent issues.

Let’s face it, it’s impossible for IT teams to operate completely error-free. Mistakes will be made, and those mistakes will often cause significant data center issues.

And to make matters worse, these data center issues are usually dealt with from the most senior admins on the team getting stuck handling these problems. So, it’s no wonder it’s difficult to actually get anything done on any given day.

This is a chronic issue for most data centers. There are pockets of domain expertise and various “tribal knowledge” that exists within the IT staff. But how do you capture it? Sure, you can try to start documenting these areas but soon those efforts fail, and documentation quickly becomes out-of-date. In fact, most data center have what’s known as “configuration drift” which is when data center equipment slowly drifts away from its ideal configuration setting.

Configuration drift is a natural condition in every data center environment due to the sheer number of ongoing hardware and software changes. Some studies say configuration drift accounts for 99% of the reasons why disaster recovery and high availability systems fail. Unidentified configuration drift exposes your organization to high risk of data center failures.

Now enter AVA, Advanced Vector Automation. AVA does three things for us to solve these problems. First, it encapsulates and operationalizes all the data center domain expertise, essentially providing insurance to protect and address skill retention and capture all the silos of expertise in the data center.

Second, it creates data center documentation, or more specifically, a configuration management database (CMDB) that is always up to date. AVA converts all data center configurations in a universal JSON data format that allows you to create new dimensions for your data center equipment, such as tagging device configs with specific information providing better documentation and identification. This database provides a single source of truth for the IT staff, and by the way, this documentation will also allow you to redeploy your data center to the cloud.

Third, AVA moves you to an “automation way of thinking.” Without having a complete discovery of your data center as Configuration as Code, it is hard if not impossible to automate tasks. AVA will jump start your automation efforts and begin incorporating the use of machine learning where valuable insights and predictive responses will become the norm.

With AVA, you correct problems quickly versus trying to reverse engineer why it happened in the first place. Essentially, AVA allows you to get something done today. Download the AVA Datasheet or check out the video below.

About the Author

Mark Teter, Corporate Technologist

Mark Teter, Corporate Technologist

In his role, Mark is responsible for the strategic direction of ASG’s emerging technology offerings and advancing the deployment of present-day hybrid cloud solutions for our customers. Mark has served as Faculty Staff Member at Colorado State University and has written over 50 white papers on subjects including Data Center Ethernet, Linux and Open Source, Storage Area Networks and Computer Virtualization. He published Paradigm Shift in 2006, a book on emerging technologies. He is a Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect.