Network automation is the procedure of automating the configuration, management, testing, deployment, and operation of physical and virtual devices within a network. Everyday network tasks and functions are automatically performed. Large organisations, service providers, and enterprises can implement network automation to control and manage repetitive processes and improve network service availability by combining hardware and software-based solutions.
The rapid development of network infrastructure required to support the exponential growth of network traffic generated by video, data, social media, and application usage is driving network automation. Furthermore, as the cost of computing power continues to fall and virtual computing grows, network automation becomes more accessible to many businesses. Local area networks, virtualized environments, data centres, and public and private clouds can all benefit from various types of network automation.
There are numerous advantages to utilising network automation software. This includes the top five advantages listed below:
1. Less Errors
One of the primary reasons why businesses automate their networks is to reduce the number of errors. Human error accounts for 80 percent of network failures. You will achieve much better performance and reliability by reducing these errors. Of course, this does not infer that you should reduce the number of people in your company! People are still required to make network automation work. However, by automating repetitive processes, you will be able to keep your network operating at peak efficiency while minimising errors.
2. Network Analysis
You will also be able to identify problems and troubleshoot them, as well as predict potential future problems. This is at the most fundamental level. However, network automation allows you to perform a more complex analysis of your network by utilising data from a variety of sources, for example mobile devices, configuration files, event logs, switches, and routers. This can lead to more in-depth understanding of resource allocation, security, utilisation, and performance.
3. Performance Optimisation
Network automation will help monitoring tools, which will notify administrators of network errors, high resource utilisation levels, and performance issues. It also allows you to perform and report on service-level agreement tests with greater accuracy and speed.
4. Network Management
Another advantage of network automation is that network management processes will be simplified. They can deplete resources and take a long time if handled manually. Network automation allows these processes to be performed more frequently, reducing the risk of network downtime and failure. Furthermore, when the network is automated, configurations are applied consistently and with less effort across the infrastructure. This makes management more scalable, as well as faster and simpler.
5. Reduce Risks
Not only will you be able to decrease the number of errors made in your business, but you will also be able to reduce the number of risks. Both are linked. Taking everything that has been said thus far into consideration, it is easy to see how network automation can mean a lesser risk of regulatory compliance violations, data breaches, equipment failure, and performance issues.
You’re aware of the benefits of network automation, but how to start now? Begin with a strategy that includes a broad vision of the business issues that network automation could address. Create a strategy for a flexible and responsive automated system that relieves human employees of drudgery and tedium and allows them to focus on more important issues.
Address one issue at a time as you implement your plan. An all-or-nothing approach to network automation is not and should not be required. It is highly important to conduct due diligence and select the appropriate automation tool or platform. For some organisations, partnering with a managed services provider who can assess their network needs and assist them in determining a sustainable approach to automation may be the best approach.
Learn more about how Blue Planet can help your organization realize network automation benefits.
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