AIA had to first ensure the extent to which automation would enable provisioning, deployment, and management of resources across the cloud-first infrastructure. Setting an ambitious timeline was key to the roll-out of the cloud throughout the enterprise. Starting from a low base of under 10% of computing in public clouds, AIA aimed to accelerate its adoption and migrate 35% of workloads to the cloud by December 2020, rising to 70% by December 2021, and 90% by the end of 2022.
With a focus to adhere to prevailing information security, architecture, design, and operations standards across its group activities, AIA decided to standardize on Red Hat’s Ansible Automation Platform. The agentless technology was ideal for handling complex deployments and repetitive tasks. Easy-to-understand Ansible Playbooks allow teams across the organization to share, evaluate, and manage automation content.
Working closely with Red Hat Consulting, AIA implemented the platform, which included setting up integration with its ServiceNow request tool and building several self-service catalogs.
Although the implementation was complex, support from Red Hat, ServiceNow, and AIA’s security vendor helped ensure everything was successfully integrated across the organization in just two months. AIA’s deployment is now the largest Ansible Automation Platform site in Hong Kong, with 5,100 managed nodes.