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IT operations that focus on business process automation involve integration of a wide range of custom and enterprise applications and the infrastructure on which they run, often with complex interdependencies. In such environments, IT typically uses workload scheduling solutions to control batch and event-based data processing and infrastructure operations. These are vital to the success of sales, manufacturing, and financial-management business tasks.
Tidal Workload Automation has defined standards for workload usability, scalability, and breadth of coverage. The role of the many adapters available for Tidal Workload Automation is to make connectivity, control, and visibility of diverse technologies accessible directly through the Tidal Workload Automation user interface. The breadth of coverage these adapters provide simplifies end-to-end scheduling of processes across the enterprise.
Data center resource management has become difficult, time-consuming, and error-prone. It requires careful coordination among a number of subject-matter experts, including server, network, and storage administrators. Today, even in organizations striving to move toward methodologies based on Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) concepts, administrators often must use separate element managers to configure each component manually. Cisco UCS® Manager provides unified and embedded management of all software and hardware components of the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS). It integrates computing, networking, storage access, and virtualization resources in a single, cohesive system.
Tidal Workload Automation Adapter for Cisco UCS Manager allows users to schedule Cisco UCS Manager component infrastructure jobs through Tidal Workload Automation. They can use its capabilities to automate, simplify, and improve job scheduling and workload performance. The adapter integrates with Cisco UCS Manager using the XML API. It automates Cisco UCS Manager activities for blade and rack server management in the form of Cisco UCS Manager jobs.
Tidal Workload Automation Adapter for Cisco UCS Manager enables users of Tidal Workload Automation to run a set of Cisco UCS Manager processes through a single point of control. The adapter allows users to connect Cisco UCS server operations to enterprise workloads and define them as part of a business process. It also allows them to define and use Cisco UCS server events. Users can schedule and run business processes, manage their required server resources, and incorporate them into the data processing environment. In this way, Tidal Workload Automation and its adapter for Cisco UCS Manager can help reduce operating costs by optimizing server resources and administrative efficiency.
Cisco UCS Manager exposes full-featured XML API objects, providing powerful ways to customize the behavior of Cisco UCS. This allows Tidal Workload Automation to add, reboot, shut down, and reset Cisco UCS server instances. Through the adapter’s easy-to-use interface, users can choose servers from a list of service profiles or use the management tree interface to visually locate individual servers in the data center.
Users can schedule workflows from the Tidal Workload Automation browser-based and Java console, which provides comprehensive scheduling features. These include detailed calendaring, events management, and access to enterprise-wide dependencies.
Ultimately, Tidal Workload Automation Adapter for Cisco UCS Manager, in conjunction with Tidal Workload Automation, allows organizations to use their existing technology and investment in Cisco UCS Manager. The combination enables them to increase efficiency and focus resources on strategic business initiatives.