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What is DevOps automation?

DevOps automation is the addition of technology that performs tasks with reduced human assistance to processes that facilitate feedback loops between operations and development teams so that iterative updates can be deployed faster to applications in production.

DevOps

DevOps is an approach to culture, automation, and platform design intended to deliver increased business value and responsiveness through rapid, high-quality service delivery. DevOps practices bring development and operations team members together into a single DevOps team. This moves ideas and projects from development to production faster and more efficiently. DevOps involves more frequent changes to code and more dynamic infrastructure use when compared to traditional, manual management strategies.

Automation

Automation is the use of technology to perform tasks with reduced human assistance. Automation helps you accelerate processes and scale environments, as well as build continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment (CI/CD) workflows. There are many kinds of automation, including IT automation, business automation, robotic process automation, industrial automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning.

What DevOps processes can be automated?

Provisioning

DevOps environments encompass a variety of technologies. Provisioning and deploying changes to these complex environments can be time-consuming and requires expert knowledge for each component. Applying Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) approaches with automation allows IT teams to provide self-service capabilities and deliver preapproved resources and configurations with limited manual intervention.

Development

Software developers require IT resources to create, continually test, and deploy new applications and services. Manual IT operations can delay resources and complicate the service delivery pipeline. It can impede proof-of-concept performance, ultimately resulting in slower development. By combining application programming interface (API)-centric design with automation, IT teams can deliver resources faster while supporting rapid proofs of concept, development, testing (using test automation open source projects like Jenkins), and deployment.

What companies have automated their DevOps processes?

ServiceMaster

ServiceMaster automated processes and infrastructure management to shift to an agile development approach, launch applications faster, and improve collaboration and customer experiences—leading to a 95% faster virtual machine provisioning time.

Elo Serviços S.A.

Elo Serviços S.A. automated its IT environment to deploy, manage, and update its customer service and applications faster and stay ahead of traditional and FinTech competition—leading to a more than 97% faster time to market for services.

Why Red Hat?

Because DevOps automation is at the core of our software development model—the same model that directly contributes to the Linux and Kubernetes projects we harden and release as enterprise open source software products. And you get direct access to our source code, making them highly compatible with the most popular cloud infrastructure vendors and cloud providers, like Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.

DevOps automation tools

Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform

An agentless automation platform.

Red Hat Process Automation product logo

A group of products for intelligently automating business decisions and processes.

There’s a lot more to do with DevOps and automation