The Next Evolution of Automation is Machine Learning

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autoby Angela Guess

Tony Bradley recently opined in, “Automation is the fuel that drives DevOps. Automating routine, repeatable tasks is one of the defining characteristics of DevOps culture. As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning improve, the scope and complexity of the tasks that can be automated increases, which raises the bar for all of DevOps. The humans behind the DevOps will be freed from even more mundane tasks and able to focus on more innovative and creative endeavors.”

Bradley goes on, “It makes sense, if you think about it. The trend from physical services in an on-premise data center, to virtualization, to cloud services, to DevOps has been a steady march of raising the bar for automation. The more applications and entire infrastructures can be developed, deployed, monitored and managed programmatically and through automation, the more efficiently and effectively an organization can function.”

He continues, “As tasks are offloaded to automation, humans can address other challenges. That focus inevitably leads to identifying other new tasks that can be automated. AI and machine learning represent a quantum leap in this evolution, however—with AI and machine learning, the automation can begin to identify and improve itself. When the automation can identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies and automatically adapt to overcome those obstacles, human input and interaction could become almost obsolete.”

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