Could Your Applications Be Like Driverless Cars?

Posted 04/20/2016 by Commvault

Pop quiz: Which of these do you agree with?

  1. My next car should be completely controlled by me -- not a robot.

  2. I prefer my next car to have some basic automation; like electronic stability control.

  3. My next car should drive itself, but I want to retake control at any time.

  4. Steering wheel? Where we’re going, we don’t need steering wheels!

Autonomous vehicles have been in the news lately. These driver-less cars are capable of sensing their environment and navigating without human input. The idea is that by replacing human drivers with 'autopilot' for cars, the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities will be dramatically reduced.

And that’s a good thing! 

Similar to cars these days, your enterprise applications have various levels of automation. Sure, there’s still a holdout of database administrators who prefer to manually enter commands, but most organizations have at least some level of 'conditional automation.' In other words, the administrator isn’t required to monitor the system at all times, but must always be prepared to take action.

Here at Commvault, our software actually includes a 'self-driving' feature in the form of a Workflow Engine.

Why should you care? Imagine how costly, time-consuming and risky it would be to reconfigure hundreds or even thousands of systems! By automating, we let you merge multiple manual processes into a single automated workflow -- ensuring the same task can be repeated seamlessly and error-free, regardless of the scale of your operations. That means you can fully automate your traditional runbooks, eliminate hours of shell scripting and make more efficient use of your valuable time.

In fact, I recently spoke with a customer who said: When it comes to automating my applications, Commvault software has DVR-like capabilities to solve outages and automate disaster recovery. I can restore, replicate and archive my databases with a push of a button. This means less risk and more certainty to my business.

Bottom line: Just like driver-less cars, self-healing and self-managing systems are still a number of years away from being a reality for most organizations. But the time to begin automating and orchestrating critical components within your applications and databases is right now.