We are excited to announce the availability of the RES ONE Automation Connector for Microsoft Azure. Spinning up Azure resources can be challenging, especially effectively automating or scheduling delivery and return of resources in native tools. The payoff is improved efficiency that helps keeps costs and resources in check.
With RES, you benefit from streamlined processes with automated provisioning and de-provisioning of applications and services both in and outside the Azure environment. This includes provisioning and deployment of virtual machines to users via a self-service portal, based on an organization’s policies. With policy-driven workflows built in, IT can also automate return of virtual resources and allow users to modify virtual machine resources based on predefined criteria.
Empower the workforce with self service
The RES ONE Service Store web portal empowers IT administrators so they can build services accessible to the end user, for example requests of new Azure virtual machines. Administrators control availability of providers and offerings by configuring services based on the user’s role and identity within the RES ONE Service Store. This gives the administrator control over provisionable resources, while still allowing the flexibility of self service to the end user.
Administrators are futher empowered to set mandatory or voluntary policies around Azure-provisioned resources, based on the user’s identity. These may focus on cost reduction of deployed resources by managing power state during off hours. RES ONE Service Store allows Azure resources to be powered down and deallocated during off hours to reduce costs, with optional overrides from end users. RES ONE Service Store workflows can set triggers to cancel resources based on time and role changes or user requests (self service) which results in further cost reduction by discarding unnecessary resources.
Virtual machine creation: Users require the ability to provision personalized virtual machines on an “on-demand” basis. Using the RES Azure Connector, Administrators can customize services and workflows that provide only the necessary virtual machine offerings end users require and avoid exposing the full Azure portal with it’s extensive list of offerings and configurations.
Virtual machine deletion: The deletion of Azure virtual machines could be delivered in either a user initiated service or as part of an automated action based on an event such as an employee role change. Providing a self-service model that allows users to manage their own Azure environment while implementing automated returns with optional approval workflows ensures only the required resources are provisioned. An added benefit of utilizing the connector over the standard Azure portal is all associated resources to a virtual machine that are not being used by other virtual machines can be deleted as part of the automation task. This optional setting reduces “orphaned” resources in the user’s Azure environment.
Power management: Administrators can set up reoccurring automation jobs to power off Azure virtual machines based on specific criteria reducing overall cost of the Azure resources.
About the RES ONE Automation Connector for Microsoft Azure
The RES ONE Automation Connector for Microsoft Azure can be found on the RES Success Center as a single downloadable msi. Within the download, you will find:
RES ONE Automation tasks:
Quick Start Guide: Overview, System requirements, Use cases
Sample RES ONE Automation modules and runbooks: Shows usage for each task
Sample RES ONE Service Store service: Basic services to help customers jumpstart their service delivery
RES ONE Automation help: Selecting F1 from the task window provides detailed help section on configuring the automation task:
After installing the Connector, administrators can use the sample modules to quickly begin building their specific RES ONE Automation modules and runbooks, and then include those runbooks in their own RES ONE Service Store workflows or utilize the RES ONE Service Store sample included with the connector. The default installation directory for building blocks is: C:\Users\<>\Documents\RES ONE Automation Connector\Microsoft Azure.
RES ONE Automation Connector for Microsoft Azure automates the deployment of Azure virtual machines, enables IT to automate service delivery and provides the flexibility for users to request and manage virtual machine resources while maintaining department policies and controls.
One important thing to remember is that not only can RES help with user requests, but IT can automate many daily activities with increased control and better security and compliance, laying the foundation for IT as a service.