Multi-cloud data management company

Effortless Automation for Seamless Infrastructure Management

Allata developed Command Center, an operations management automation tool, to optimize manual and repetitive tasks in large infrastructure deployments. The solution improved efficiency, reduced manual tasks, required no modifications to the existing infrastructure, offered centralized script management, and provided flexibility in deployment and customization.

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outcomes

  • Increased efficiency: Interact with over 300 nodes seamlessly and automate manual tasks in seconds.
  • Seamless integration: No modifications needed for existing infrastructure, respecting IT policy restrictions.
  • Streamlined inventory management: Custom inventories without relying on a CMDB.
  • Centralized script management: Scripts stored and managed in a centralized Script Repository.
  • User-friendly interface options: Choose between CLI or WebUI for intuitive operations.
  • Flexible deployment options: Deploy using Docker or any GIT repository for maximum flexibility.
  • Resource-efficient operation: Minimum resources and supervision needed, reducing admin time and eliminating errors.
  • Customizable and cost-effective: Built with Open Source technologies, easily customized and upgraded.

tools & Technology

  • Git
  • Docker
  • GNU/parallel
  • Python
  • SSH 
  • Script Server
  • Alpine
  • Linux

The Challenge

Simplifying Appliance Management

Our client is a technology company who provides solutions like multi-cloud data management, data protection, storage optimization, compliance readiness and workload portability. About the challenge centered on their Backup Appliance Services, which was a manual and cumbersome operation, for one of their major customers, a leading global retailer. 

This client needed to query the level of patch applied to each of its Appliances (over 300 nodes). Being performed manually, it was time-consuming and error-prone, requiring constant attention and input from the administrator .

Our team was tasked with automating the appliance management process.  Due to their restrictive IT policies,  we were confronted with several key limitations:

The Solution

Automating Infrastructure Management

In order to optimize the manual and repetitive tasks that do not scale well in large infrastructure deployments, Allata proposed the development of a solution called Command Center:  an operations management automation tool to manage these Appliances, and easily adaptable to manage any physical infrastructure component that supports ssh protocol.

The solution allows Infrastructure Administrators to provide a list of nodes on which to interact, credentials and scripts to use on each Appliance, through a web layer or via CLI (Command Line Interface). Command Center parallels the execution of the selected script by applying it to the selected component domain, generating a report in json format with the expected outputs, or reporting problems during execution.

It also uses templates that facilitate automation in customized menus or non-standard CLIs. We also contemplated the creation of simple templates prepared to interact with the complexity of NBU. 

The client was also able to keep strict control of the published scripts using the Script Repository component that could run either as a dockerized component, or, on top of an already existing GIT repository.

To validate its operation and test the scalability of the solution, Allata built an NBU Appliance emulator, which allowed us to test the interaction of the tool with hundreds of nodes.

The Results

Revolutionizing Infrastructure Management

After several brief meetings with the Allata’s Architecture and Technical group, we were able to capture the requirements and design a solution according to the client needs. 

The customized solution benefited the client in the following ways:

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