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Red Hat Ansible Automation PlatformVMware NSXCisco DNA CenterSolarWinds Network Configuration ManagerNuage NetworksNetBrainSaltStackBMC TrueSight Network Automation
It has an easy-to-use interface. It is REST API driven, and it integrates with Active Directory. It provides the ability to grant permissions to other users who would not necessarily have those permissions via the GUI so that they could run other people's jobs. For example, you could have the Oracle team grant permissions to the Linux team so that they can use each of those playbooks or each other's code. It is called shift-left.
Though I haven't been working a lot on VMware NSX, it's good to have. What I like the most about it is that its console is good, and it doesn't take a lot of effort in terms of doing my daily tasks on it or what it's meant for. VMware NSX is still a preferred product in the market.
Cisco is a leading network company.
DNA Center is scalable.
It's perfect for network configuration management. It's easy to use.
The installation is straightforward.
It has good reporting and analytics, that most people can understand without too much difficulty.
One of the most valuable features of this solution is network management. The customer is able to manage their network from home or we can also manage the whole customer network.
NetBrain is a very simple tool.
This product has good network monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities.
The automation functionality has been most valuable. With a click of a button, we are able to automate provisioning, the build of new hardware and apply patches. These are all extremely important and differentiated tasks that can be automated in SaltStack.
This product has helped us because we can now do many tasks at once. Rather than copy one file to one device, we can do an entire group at one time.
The network security of BMC TrueSight Network Automation has been the best feature.
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What are the Benefits of Network Automation?
CSP (communication service provider) networks are becoming more and more dynamic and heterogeneous. Things are complicated by the requirement of network parameters and configurations to be constantly changing to meet customer expectations. While 5G networks are flexible, non-automated network operation would simply be impractical. CSP operations are improved by automation in every way across the board.
In order to unlock the potential of 5G networks, CSPs need automation. The benefits of automation for CSPs include:
- Improved efficiency: Automated network tasks get done in less than half the time it takes to do them manually. The ability to monitor networks in real time and to locate, identify and resolve security and network issues as they arise both increases network availability and creates more satisfied customers.
- Reduction of errors: Removing the human factor from complex network processes reduces the likelihood of errors due to oversight or negligence.
- Cutting costs: As a result of the reduction of errors, improved efficiency, and savings in time, businesses are able to achieve faster results for less money. Automation also allows resources that would otherwise have been allocated to repetitive network tasks to be put to better use elsewhere.
- Increased Resiliency: Without the need for manual interruptions when an event occurs, companies can deliver higher-level, more consistent services across branches and geographies.
- Increased strategic workforce: The automation of repetitive tasks that are subject to human error increases productivity, helping drive innovation and business improvements. This results in the availability of new job opportunities for the existing workforce.
- Greater network control and overall insight: Automation results in more visibility into the network and allows IT to better understand, control, and adapt exactly what is happening in the network.
- Increased revenue: The ability to deliver higher-quality services more efficiently results in an increase in revenue.
Who Uses Network Automation?
While network automation was first adopted by telecommunications service providers, companies in just about every industry can benefit from the automation of their networks. Hardware- and software-based solutions enable network automation for data centers, service providers, and all kinds of enterprises. Components such as firewalls, servers, storage devices and network devices can be automated, as can network events that trigger ticketing, logging, telemetry, and analytic workflows.
Network automation can help your company in the following areas:
• Backing up and restoring network configurations
• Fact collection (and other read-only tasks) and creation of reports
• Creating a structured source of truth
• Managing network configurations
• Integrating your existing network tools and devices