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Automation | August 3, 2020
How to Automate SAP HANA Lifecycle Management in Workload Automation
Before knowing about our plugin use cases and how it benefits to our workload automation users, let us have little insight about what is SAP HANA LCM Cloud Platform.  SAP Cloud Platform (SCP) is a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) product that provides a development and runtime environment for cloud applications. Based in SAP HANA in-memory database technology, and using open source and open standards, SCP allows independent software vendors (ISVs), startups and developers to create, deploy and test HANA-based cloud applications.  SAP uses different development environments, including Cloud Foundry and Neo, and provides a variety of programming languages.  Neo is a feature-rich and easy-to-use development environment, allowing you to develop, deploy and monitor Java, SAP HANA XS, and HTML5 applications.   SAP HANA LCM plugin can automate and orchestrate some of the deploy and monitor functionalities of Java application like state, start, stop, delete, redeploy.  Let’s see what our plugin does.  Log in to the Dynamic Workload Console and open the Workload Designer. Choose to create a new job and select “SAP HANA Cloud Platform Application Lifecycle” job type in the ERP section. Select the General tab and specify the required details like Folder, Name, and Workstation   Establishing connection to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform:   In the connection tab we need to specify the input parameters like Hostname, Port, Account name and Account credentials to let workload Automation interact with SAP HANA cloud and click Test Connection. A confirmation message is displayed when the connection is established. Certification and Retry options are optional fields.  In Action tab specify the Application Name and perform the action based on the requirement, we have different kind of actions here like State, Start, Stop and Re-Deploy and Delete  State: It will present the current state of application   Start: Start the application   Stop: Stop the application  Re-Deploy: Update application/binaries parameters and upload one or more binaries.  Delete: Delete the application  Click Search button, opens a popup...
Automation | July 27, 2020
Custom dashboard: the fifth element that gives you control over all of your environments
No matter if your environment is based on rock solid z/OS controller or on light weight and easily scalable docker instances, or if your distributed, on premises master and backup master are rocking your workload as fire and water.  Earth, wind, water and fire… if you want to have control over each element you need the fifth spirt: your custom dashboard!  It’s easy to create and customize your dashboard to have control over every single important aspect for you and your organization at a glance.  Each dashboard is composed by several data sources and widgets that can be customized and combined together in the new era of dashboards. (ref 15-Jun-20 blog post “Welcome to the new Era of Dashboards” ).  But you can also optimize your dashboard to monitor different kinds of environments all together. Let’s see how it works.  Cross-engine widgets  If you need an overview of the entire workload across all of your environments, you can use for example the Jobs count by status datasource in a pie chart to have a quick overview of how many jobs are waiting, running or ended in error or in successful state.  To make this datasource and widget works across multiple environment you need to add first an engine list.   D engine list and Z engine list are optimized for homogeneous environment, while for an hybrid (distributed and z/OS) environment you have to select the Engine list.  At this point you can add also the desired widget and customize all fields as you can see below.  Widgets based on datasource with pre-defined engine.  However, the best way to monitor hybrid environment is to use specific datasources for each engine.  For example, if you need to monitor the Critical jobs  Duplicate the Critical jobs by status datasource and name it after the...
Automation | April 27, 2020
Workload Automation is here: create an automation center of excellence to drive your digital transformation
HCL and IBM are pleased to announce a new release for Workload Automation, version, with enhancements that expand the innovations delivered with version 9.5 and enable the orchestration of new scenarios, particularly for data center automation. Register for our webinar on May 27 to learn more. A new website, the Automation Hub, has been launched to allow our customers to easily find all the integrations available to orchestrate their business-critical processes. Our Line of Business users are now fully empowered with all database and plan objects available in workflow folders and the possibility to delegate the business control on the folders. New features are also available for the Z engine, as the integration with ZoweTM or the automatic deployment of new plug-ins, because for HCL and IBM mainframe matters. Take a look at this video for an overview of all the features! Orchestrate Your Business-Critical Processes Welcome to Your Automation Hub! Workload Automation customers have now a place where they can find the collection of all the out-of-the-box integrations provided by HCL and IBM and all the integrations created by our business partners. Moreover, if you do not find the integrations that you are looking for, you can make a request for it or create it yourself and share your integration with the community: the new Workload Automation Lutist Development Kit can be downloaded. All the integrations with job type plug-ins are available for both distributed and mainframe customers, require either dynamic or z-centric agents and the Dynamic Workload Console for job definition. The website includes descriptions of scenarios and use cases for all the integrations available. The new integrations available on the Automation Hub are job type plug-ins for Ansible, Chef Bootstrap, Chef Runlist, Kubernetes and UrbanCode Deploy applications and a plug-in for Zowe CLI, an open source...
Automation | April 24, 2020
Learning new business models after a crisis: the role of automation
What is the role of Workload Automation in a disaster recovery mode?  Forewords: coping with a crisis  It is with an intense sense of modesty that we are approaching this topic, since this article is written in the midst of the most severe crisis for humanity our generation ever faced.  Consequently, writing about how an IT solution can help recovering from - and coping with - a planetary health emergency is not an easy task at all.  We want to be sure we transmit our respect for the human aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic occurring these days, and at the same time listen to the voices that tell us how also the economic consequences of it will hurt humanity. We are well aware – and we even used automation to keep track of it – of the impact the current pandemic crisis is having on our daily lives.  We feel that the correct adoption of proper IT disciplines and solutions will give a contribution, in times like these, when millions of people are locked-up at home and an economic crisis is being predicted by analysist's.  This is the reason why we write this article.  Let’s begin reminding that crisis is a word that, despite its negative common interpretation, also carries positive messages.  In any western language, crisis has the same etymology: it comes from the Latin crisis which in turns derives from the Greek krísis, which means “choice” or “decision”.  In Chinese, crisis is composed by the concatenation of “danger” and “opportunity”, or according to other interpretation “danger” and “crucial moment”.  Any of the above interpretations describes very well what our Society is facing this year, and we’ll analyze the role of Automation with respect.  So, what is Automation already doing for us today?  A very simple consideration would explain...
Automation, Innovations | November 22, 2019
5 reasons why you need HCL HERO for your Workload Automation environment
It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to HCL HERO, an intelligent HCL Software Solution: HERO, a Health check and Runbook Optimizer, enables WA Administrators to easily monitor the health of their servers and perform informed recovery actions with specialized Runbooks. HERO frees up administrator time, reduces manual labor, reduces downtime of servers and improve IT operational efficiency across the enterprise. Enterprises depend on Workload Automation to manage business critical workloads, reduce operating costs and deploy new services faster. How important is that your Workload Automation environment is healthy, up and running and there are no performance bottlenecks? What happens if your Master Domain Manager is affected by downtime or overload? You may have created your own solution both to monitor the health of the WA environment and to recover it in case of problems. Or perhaps you are using IT Monitoring software and have created monitors and runbooks specifically for your WA environment. Wouldn’t you rather have something out of the box? Imagine not having to maintain and customize specific homemade procedures. Imagine saving time to spend on activities with greater added value. Imagine having a solution that does it all. Well you can stop imagining. An out of the box solution does exist! HERO is a product specific solution that, leveraging Big Data and Machine Learning, helps to maintain your WA environment by bringing AIOps use cases to manage the implementation. HERO effectively combines centralized application monitoring with Runbook automation, providing a solution dedicated to WA, that makes the WA infrastructure responsive, reliable, easy to control and hassle free. Here are 5 reasons why you can't do without HERO. Detect & Understand Hidden Issues HERO helps WA Administrator to detect and understand issues that might be hidden from your view. HERO helps to detect misconfiguration, performance...
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