VMware: Leverage Automation in VMware Skyline Advisor Pro

Skyline Pro Advisor introduces the Insights API which you can leverage to automate some common workflows. And if you don’t know exactly what an API is, that’s okay. We’ll define what an API is, describe its benefits, show how to access the Insights API in Skyline Advisor Pro, and finish with a few common use cases of how you can leverage the tool.

What is an API?

Chances are you know that API stands for Application Programming Interface. In a nutshell, an API is both software running on a networked server and a component of programming code. APIs provide a secure and standardized way for applications to work with each other and they automate the retrieval, and even updating of information, without the need to access a graphical user interface (GUI).

For example, your company may have a monitoring tool or process that flags potential vulnerabilities in the environment and even tracks recommended fixes. And it may be your job to manually research and prioritize these potential issues, then send that data into a ticketing system like Jira, ServiceNow, or even PagerDuty, so your whole team can be aware of what’s being fixed. .

While something like this isn’t a problem with a small environment that may have a dozen tickets to manually enter, think of the productivity sink you would have if you had a few hundred on a full fledged production environment. which works on a large scale.

With an API, you can eliminate manual intervention on your part and send information, such as Skyline results data, directly to these systems.

Benefits of API and Automation

As you can already imagine, APIs can help increase your productivity. The scenario I just described could be developed as an application, but if that data is already exposed as an API, you wouldn’t have to build a new tool from scratch, which would save you a valuable development time and allow your business to realize its business goals faster.

And speaking of the productivity benefits that the API provides, by helping to automate common tasks, there is also a monetary component attached to it. APIs can save your business money.

Since APIs greatly reduce development effort, using them to create an application is effective in reducing costs.

With APIs, developers can grab most of the data they need to integrate with other apps, without having to start from scratch. Instead of spending their valuable resources and time reinventing the wheel, they can use cost-effective APIs from third-party vendors, such as VMware.

Since the core functionality of APIs is connectivity, they enable different systems, applications, and platforms to connect and share data with each other and perform various kinds of functions. Without an API, all of these tools and the benefits they provide could be siloed, reducing their impact on your business bottom line.

Conclusion

In summary, Skyline Advisor Pro and its API Insights feature can help you:

  • Increased productivity

  • To save money

  • Connect teams

And all these advantages allow you to Drive innovation for your business.

If you want to see a deep dive of the Insights API feature in action, including its step-by-step configuration and sample scripts, please refer to this video and that VMware documentation {code}.

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