OpsRamp added a recommendation engine to its artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps) platform that makes use of predictive analytics to suggest potential actions to either improve performance or avert downtime.
The OpsRamp Winter 2020 Release also adds 19 cloud monitoring integrations for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), along with dynamic topology maps for Azure and GCP. OpsRamp currently provides integrations with more than 120 different cloud services.
Finally, OpsRamp has added an ability to detect seasonality patterns that would otherwise generate alerts, an Alert Stats widget that makes it easier to keep track of raw alerts, synthetic monitoring and agentless discovery and monitoring of Windows Server instances.
Bhanu Singh, senior vice president of engineering and DevOps at OpsRamp, said as IT continues to become more complex resistance to AI within the ranks of IT staffs is declining. Organizations realize that IT specialists are an expensive resource, so they need to maximize the capabilities of IT generalists as much as possible, he said. OpsQ Recommend Mode adds a predictive analytics module to the company software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for managing IT that provides explainable and transparent analytical recommendations to help the average IT administrator head off issues that would require a specialist to solve later, said Singh.
That visibility is critical because it still leaves the decision about what to automate in the hands of the IT administrator. However, as OpsRamp continues to learn the nuances of the IT environment, the more confidence IT administrators will have in the recommendations being surfaced, he said.
It takes about 24 to 48 hours for the OpsRamp platform to learn enough about an IT environment to start surfacing recommendations, Singh noted, adding because OpsRamp is a SaaS platform, setting up the platform requires minimal effort.
To some degree an increased reliance on AI among IT professionals is inevitable. AI may never eliminate the need for IT personnel, but many of the mind-numbing rote tasks that IT administrators perform today soon will be automated. The challenge that creates, however, is the IT staff needs to be able to manage IT at a higher level, which means many entry-level jobs in the IT sector may no longer be required. The challenge then becomes finding IT professionals who have the right level of skills, when many of the entry-level jobs for which they have been trained no longer exist.
In the meantime, a race is clearly on to infuse IT management platforms with machine learning algorithms. Startups such as OpsRamp are looking to supplant legacy IT platforms that were designed for a previous era of IT. However, the providers of those platforms are clearly investing heavily in AI as part of their ongoing modernization efforts. Each IT organization will need to decide for themselves to what degree the rise of AI warrants switching management platforms.
Regardless of the platform selected, however, the one thing IT teams can count on is that AI platforms are only going to get smarter as they continue to evolve.