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Dynamic IT and automation go hand in hand, as enterprise IT managers creating highly virtualized, on-demand environments well know.
But enterprise IT managers have been somewhat limited in just how automated they can get. Automating across the application environment, using job scheduling and run book tools, for example, has been one thing. Automating across the infrastructure, with configuration and release management tools, for example, another.
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UC4, a pure-play automation company, aims to change that.
Under an overarching One Automation strategy, the company this week updated its application-focused UC4 Automation Platform with infrastructure automation capabilities. The unified platform, version 9, supports the six traditional server automation functions, says Jason Liu, CEO at UC4: run book, job scheduling/workload, application process, application release, configuration management and managed file transfer.
In other words, IT managers can use UC4 to first architect and control the execution of application process flows, then to orchestrate the underlying infrastructure to meet required service levels. In addition, UC4 also incorporates predictive analytics and remediation capabilities gained in the 2009 acquisition of Senactive, Liu says.
With version 9, we've taken the base platform from being task-based to automating decision-making processes," he says.
Eric Leacox, IT applications infrastructure, HNI, an office furniture manufacturer based in Muscatine, Iowa, has been beta testing version 9 and says he "can already see how powerful it is."
HNI is particularly interested in the new version's scalability and end-to-end automation across all systems and platforms. "This will allow us to continue scaling our automation strategy, while reducing overall complexity," Leacox said in a prepared statement.
Eric Gauthier, IT systems administrator at Seattle-based BECU (formerly Boeing Employee Credit Union), said the company will be able to simplify its automation road map with the one-platform-does-it-all approach of the new version.
"As a financial services provider, we must ensure accurate and timely processing to enable a laser focus on member transactions and service. Version 9's stability and exceedingly robust tool set is invaluable in this regard. We also look to leverage the platform to improve business unit efficiencies and launch new applications and features to our members all via resource savings afforded by automation," he said in a prepared statement.
Pricing for UC4 Automation Platform version 9, available now, varies by deployment. UC4 offers perpetual, task and subscription pricing models.
Read more about infrastructure management in Network World's Infrastructure Management section.