- Programmable, software-based automation technologies can help your team better support your organization’s digital initiatives.
- NetOps teams can become as agile and flexible as applications and infrastructure teams to support modern business demands.
- Reusable, scalable, software-defined automation gives you more control over and visibility into network resources.
The current state of networking
Even as underlying technologies have evolved, network management has remained largely the same for decades. Networks are typically built, operated, and maintained manually. Network operators (NetOps) log in to routers, switches, load balancers, and firewalls, change configurations by hand, then log out. These procedures are largely directed at implementing and maintaining the network policies defined by business processes.
Despite enormous advances in software-defined data-center technology and new development techniques, this routine has not changed for a number of reasons:
- NetOps teams often specialize in only a few domains and platforms.
- Network vendors focus on product sales, rather than operational
- Disparate, cross-departmental teams cannot collaborate effectively
to share ideas.
- Legacy, paper-based operational practices are difficult to update
- Reliance on network device command-line interfaces (CLIs) impedes
- Existing monolithic, proprietary platforms lack automation capabilities.
Traditional approaches cannot keep up
Traditional, manual approaches to network configuration and updates are too slow and error-prone to effectively support the needs of rapidly shifting application and data transfer requirements. These hands-on processes make it difficult to:
- Implement change control and configuration processes.
- Understand and manage inventory effectively.
- Maintain configuration standards across disparate network platforms.
- Build stronger and more self-sufficient NetOps teams.
- Provide the high level of service users expect.
- Deliver resources to applications and IT operations teams on demand.
Programmable, software-based automation technologies can help your team better support your organization’s digital initiatives. Even so, it can be challenging for NetOps teams to implement the same levels of automation as peer IT teams. Device-specific tools are often tough to incorporate into automation tooling. Policy-driven network configuration requirements can impede integration of multivendor environments. Finally, many NetOps professionals feel unprepared or lack the skills to take advantage of automation technologies for specific network integrations.
Network Automation uses programmable logic to manage network resources and services. It allows NetOps teams to rapidly configure, scale, secure, and integrate network infrastructure (layers 1-3) and application services (layers 4-7). Telecommunications service providers were among the first to adopt network automation to streamline their fast-growing web-scale networks, but all organizations can now benefit from network automation technologies.
With network automation, NetOps teams can quickly respond to ever-changing workload requirements for flexible capacity, application security, load balancing, and multicloud integrations. They can implement self-service and on-demand network activities. As a result, NetOps teams can become as agile and flexible as applications and infrastructure teams to support modern business demands.
Why automate your network?
Reusable, scalable, software-defined automation gives you more control over and visibility into network resources. As a result, you can improve infrastructure availability, staff productivity, network security, and configuration compliance.
Improve your team’s ability to respond faster to increased demand for changes.
- Streamline backup and restore functions.
- Test and deploy changes automatically.
- Automate repetitive and unpopular tasks.
Ensure continuous compliance with changing regulations.
- View all configurations from a single platform.
- Automatically test changes before committing.
Identify vulnerabilities and implement fixes across your entire network.
- Collect information about network devices.
- Build an inventory of those devices.
- Automatically mitigate issues.
Increase network availability with more effective testing and management.
- Automate testing to better understand the impact of changes.
- Reduce manual errors with automated change management.
Introducing ansible for network automation
Ansible® is a simple, powerful IT automation platform that helps you streamline and manage complex datacenter environments, from servers and networks to applications and DevOps. Ansible provides upport for legacy and open network infrastructure devices across multivendor virtual and physical environments so you can automate your entire network using a single tool.
Using a common language, Ansible makes everyday tasks repeatable and scalable, so you can run your network more efficiently. Choose to automate where you need it most. Ansible’s flexible framework embraces incremental change, so you can start small and expand over time.
With Ansible, you can manage your network infrastructure throughout the entire production life cycle.
Automate your network more easily
With Ansible, you can manage your network infrastructure throughout the entire production life cycle.Based on open source standards and an agentless architecture, Ansible gives you a simple, powerful path to modern network operations, while still supporting your current processes and legacy infrastructure.
Red Hat Ansible network automation
Red Hat brings the community Ansible project to the enterprise, adding the features and functionality needed for teambased automation at scale. Red Hat® Ansible Network Automation includes an automation engine, management interface, and support offering. It provides control over how automation is deployed and used, as well as auditable knowledge about sources and outcomes.