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On Sept. 17, Seth Vargo, a Google engineer deleted code from his personal GitHub repository that had dependencies for Chef. Ultimately, it caused a partial shutdown for Chef’s commercial business. It was determined that Vargo deleted the open-source code in response to a Chef Software contract with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Vargo believes he had the right to remove his own open-source components. Chef obviously disagrees. I guess that’s the way an open-source cookie crumbles.

For the reason described above, organizations are moving away from using Chef and Puppet and are standardizing on Red Hat Ansible using privately owned open-source Ansible playbooks for their IT automation.

BigPanda spoke with more than 1,300 IT professionals at companies across the country to get a snapshot of the current state of operations and potential changes in the future. IT workers said automation would help them manage their increased workloads, yet 75% said their tools were not capable of facilitating automation.

“Our respondents’ vision for IT Ops is clear: More automation and the implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in their organizations “ the study said. “In the future, the majority of respondents envision most incidents being handled automatically. Nearly 50% think that all of their tools will eventually be powered by AI and ML.”

Tweet: When IT Automation Meets AI, Kaboom! Enter AVA... @AVAAIOps #AIOps #datacenterHere at ASG, we believe optimal IT automation is achieved through open-source software. We work to implement an enterprise-wide approach that provides business-driven automation to which everyone can contribute. That’s why we developed Advanced Vector Automation (AVA), a private GitHub repository with hundreds of open-source modules that cover everything from the installation to the re-configuration of any data center software or hardware management software. AVA, through privately owned Ansible tasks and playbooks, is built for the data center, and establishes an optimized Ansible automation cluster all with a push of the button. It’s the tool needed by IT organizations to facilitate automation.

Red Hat Ansible drives orchestration, configuration management, and governance at an enterprise scale, but it isn’t necessarily an Easy Button out of the box. Ansible uses YAML (yet another mark-up language) and it can be particularly difficult to handle at first. Essentially, YAML describes the desired state of a piece of IT infrastructure. This is called an Ansible Playbook.

This is called an Ansible Playbook.

The beauty of Ansible automation though is its idempotency, the ability for tasks to be safely re-executed without causing duplication or configuration problems. The issue though is you don’t have good visibility or operational controls for your IT infrastructure. And that’s where AVA comes in. With AVA, you not only automate your IT infrastructure, but you also provide your IT operations with complete control and visibility across the IT environment.

While AI for IT operations (AIOps) is still relatively nascent, we believe automation is the strategic and foundational component to IT modernization. That’s why we developed AVA.

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.