Red Hat Ansible Consulting
Modular Enterprise Automation
Automate IT leveraging reusable modules written in scripting languages your team knows and loves.
Raindance has a long history in enterprise automation. When our technical team first got its hands on Ansible in 2012 we knew it was going to be among the leaders in the marketplace. Here we had an enterprise-grade solution for automation, built to be modular, leveraging YAML and basic scripting languages for its ever-growing library of modules. Sysadmins could download it for free, use it, extend it. As Ansible is agentless with module idempotency (can run multiple times against a node and always leave it in the exact same state) we saw a lot of value in it for the quick, low overhead automation we could achieve and the modularity which makes it very extensible and mirrors our view on reusable design principles.
In the time between now and then we’ve helped many organizations adopt best practices automation principles leveraging Red Hat Ansible. Moreover, we’ve seen the company grow, expand, become acquired by Red Hat and ultimately see even Tower, which makes Ansible truly usable for large IT teams, become opensource software. The growth has been explosive over the last few years and with good reason. Truly seasoned Ansible resources are in short supply, but we can help.
Whether you want to have a bias-free evaluation of Ansible against other enteprise automation alternatives, or implement enterprise-wide automation leveraging Ansible Engine and Tower, we can help. As with all of our automation engagements we expose and measure the technical and business metrics associated with automation at the beginning and end of each engagement to ensure we’re meeting your standards for success.
Maybe your needs are more simple than that? Maybe you just need some folks that can write enterprise automation for you and perhaps train-the-trainer for your team without costing you an arm and a leg. We can help.
Enterprise automation with Ansible is a technical capacity you want to attain but don’t know where to start. We can help here too. We can design, build, and run your multivendor enterprise automation environment. We can train your trainers, and we can even build you a team to manage and improve upon your automation capabilities. There are a lot of companies that will tell you they can help, there are few that will allow you to hire employees and effectively stand-up a capability and the team to support it simultaneously.
Automation you can trust
Raindance aligns itself directly to your goals and not a technology sale. Those of us that have worked in technology for a long time know that there are a number of ways to implement new technical capabilities, but they’re not all equal. When you work with Raindance we show you where the technology lock-in is, we validate the scalability of a vendor’s solution, we know where the gotchas are in the technical implementation of a solution, and we can show you with a high degree of accuracy your likely total cost of ownership associated with the recommendations we make on your behalf.
Iteratively improve upon a solid foundation of automation.
Modular enterprise-grade automation promotes reusable code, maximizes portability, and gives you a solid foundation on which you can improve and extend the automation we work with you to create.
Here’s an example: A large financial services customer of ours worked with us to create an automated process to deploy an application to existing virtual infrastructure with ties into service management, monitoring and their service request portal.
Upon this base process automation they were then able to make the following improvements, some of which we built, and much of which they extended on their own:
- Reused automated application provisoning content to provision any packaged application.
- Reused front-end portal integration to offer multiple services offerings
- Built additional modular automation to provision physical / virtual infrastructure and then layer on configured applications.
- Integrated operational monitoring of platform stack.
- Integrated functional application testing.
And from here they could continue on to enabling infrastructure-as-code in which the application can define the system resources which are required for the application to operate and place the application with those resources or provision them if they are not yet in place.
Our team would love to talk to you about how automation and orchestration can drive business and technical value for your organization.