The global pandemic has radically changed how enterprise IT services are consumed, both in the short and long term. Here's how AIOps can help IT Ops teams.
The current crisis has upended all aspects of our personal and work lives, and IT Ops pros aren't the exception. The abrupt shift to remote work has created unprecedented challenges for IT Ops teams, while increasing pressure on them to prevent outages and provide service assurance.
Specifically, new consumption patterns of enterprise IT services have put stress on systems, architectures and topologies at all stack layers. In response, IT Ops teams must rapidly implement structural and management changes to address both temporary and permanent shifts.
In this turmoil, AIOps has emerged as a lifeline. By streamlining and automating IT operations, AIOps helps IT leaders collaborate remotely and act quickly and precisely to maintain business-critical digital services — during the pandemic and beyond.
Let's look in more detail at these challenges and at how AIOps can help IT Ops teams cope and succeed.
AIOps: A Definition
An AIOps solution must have these five types of algorithms that fully automate and streamline five key dimensions of IT operations monitoring:
■ Data selection: Identifying and surfacing the most relevant information.
■ Pattern discovery: Correlating and finding relationships between events across your tool stack.
■ Inference: Identifying root causes and recurring issues.
■ Collaboration: Notifying appropriate operators, and facilitating collaboration.
■ Automation: Automating remediation
In a real world setting, an AIOps solution ingests heterogeneous data from many different sources. Using entropy algorithms, it removes noise and duplication, and selects only the truly relevant data. It then groups and correlates this relevant information using various criteria, like text, time and topology.
Next, it discovers patterns in the data, and infers which data items signify causes, and which signify events. It then communicates the result of that analysis to a collaborative environment, which will support automated responses to what has been discovered.
As such, an AIOps solution plays the role of organizing and integrating what an organization's domain-specific IT monitoring and management tools do, intelligently integrating the stack's functionalities. AIOps should act as the brain that brings together these tools, and becomes a coordinating, central layer.
Transitioning to the New Normal
As the workforce shifts to remote work, user behaviors will change and different elements of the IT infrastructure, both in-house and publicly sourced, will be stressed. This will result in new, quickly-evolving types of incidents and outages. With AIOps, IT Ops teams can detect and analyze genuinely novel anomalies which can cause incidents and outages rapidly and stealthily.
Cross-regional and intra-regional team collaboration among IT operations and NOC organizations will need to be reinforced virtually as the implicit supports derived from physical co-presence are removed. AIOps can enable and guide virtual collaborative observation, analysis and response efforts, helping IT Ops teams collaborate and communicate despite being physically dispersed.
Sharp and unpredictable levels of staff reduction due to illness and self-isolation will force IT operations and NOC organizations to "do more with less" on both the side of signal observation and the side of signal response. Here again AIOps can help IT Ops teams to respond by both dynamically filtering noisy alert streams, and integrating and automating platforms that support various aspects of incident and problem management.
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