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    January 4, 2022

    CA Workload Automation Extensions Enable Agile, End-to-End Cloud Orchestration

    You might think that the tires sitting on the four corners of your vehicle have not changed much in the 100-plus years since automobiles were invented. After all, they are still circular, black, and there to support the ride, just like they were in the late 1800s.

    But you’d be wrong.

    As the tires on your car revolve, they are also evolving. The tire is constantly adapting to meet new challenges. Innovative rubber compounds help prolong tire life, for example. New tire configurations support tremendous speed and cornering force, and reimagined tread patterns transform grip in the wet.

    It’s the same story with Broadcom enterprise workload automation solutions. Like the tire, CA Workload Automation is also continually evolving to stay in front of change – especially when it comes to your cloud-first digital strategy.

    Here’s why.

    Pick almost any cloud provider and you’ll find they offer an automation solution in their portfolio. Everything from AWS Batch, Azure Scheduler, and Google Workflow to Azure Logic Apps and Apache Airflow is available to schedule your workloads.

    These point solutions can quickly proliferate and lead you down the arduous road to “islands of automation,” deflating your scheduling strategy.

    These environment-specific cloud schedulers typically lack the full features of an enterprise-class workload automation solution. And they fail to provide a holistic view of automation, such as processing dependencies and outcomes.

    Point cloud automation solutions will trip you up elsewhere, too.

    • Multiple tools and manual handoffs increase error rates and operational costs.
    • Limited visibility and control across business silos and technologies hinder speed and agility.
    • Untracked automated scripts and processes on individual systems create security and compliance risks.

    It doesn’t have to be this way. An enterprise automation solution like Broadcom AutoSys & dSeries provides a single control point across all cloud environments you deploy.

    Abstracting away the individual cloud providers’ automation capabilities creates a highly efficient operational model that delivers high-quality services with tremendous agility and avoids long-term cloud vendor lock-in. Make no mistake: the use of service orchestration and automation platforms creates a solid foundation for the future of your IT operations.

    Plug-in extensions provide end-to-end cloud automation

    Like the tire, you don’t stay ahead by standing still. Broadcom CA Workload Automation is now evolving further to meet the challenging demands of today’s cloud environments, expanding the applications AutoSys and dSeries integrate with to include new cloud technologies you may be adopting. You can now use modern, innovative plug-in extensions installed on top of our application services plug-in to deliver seamless, unified cloud automation.

    Broadcom currently supports the following cloud applications:

    • Apache Airflow
    • Azure Data Factory
    • Cloud Foundry
    • Databricks
    • DBT
    • GCP
    • BigQuery
    • Kubernetes (all flavors)
    • Oracle Cloud (ERP Cloud ESS, HCM, BI Publisher)
    • SAP on Demand
    • Workday

    For example, Airflow has several pre-built connectors to other cloud-based applications and utilities. Still, you have to define workflows (DAGs) in Python. Although this step is not difficult for an application developer well-versed in the language, not everyone has these skills. To successfully operate these schedules in production, you need far more from an automation perspective. You have to be able to:

    • Define execution criteria based on corporate calendars.
    • Suspend workflows quickly.
    • Define predecessor requirements from elsewhere in the enterprise.
    • Manage the end-to-end processing from a single perspective.

    These and many more items are missing from the Airflow solution, and these shortcomings become obstacles to ensuring smooth delivery of service to the business. These challenges are common across the cloud-based applications and automation capabilities cloud vendors provide. This is why extending the reach of the Broadcom enterprise-scheduling solutions is a must for our customer’s success. It is more agile, less complicated, more secure, and leaves a complete audit trail.

    At Broadcom, we collaborate closely with our customers to understand their needs and respond with new plug-in extensions. More integrations are in the pipeline for 2022.

    Watch the replay of the webinar recording on Thursday, January 13th, 2022 where Valerie Fowler and Richard Kao discussed and demonstrated the Plug-In extensions.

    Watch Webinar

    Richard Kao

    In his 30-plus year career at Broadcom, Rich has helped design, build, and support workload automation solutions. As a Distinguished Solution Architect,  he has spent the last 16 years focused on helping customers solve complex business issues through automation.

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