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2019 Network Resolution: Commit in Network Automation*

by Andrew Lerner  |  January 7, 2019  |  Post a Comment

Just lately, a networking leader at a mainstream business requested me a pretty straightforward question: if you could only do just one new thing in 2019 what would it be? For me, this is a really straightforward solution: spend in network automation. Why?  I’ll sum it up in two text:  Availability + Agility.  Or, if you desire, in 1 sentence, taken from posted Gartner research:

“…organizations that automate additional than 70% of their community transform activities will cut down the number of outages by at least 50% and deliver expert services to their organization constituents 50% faster…”


That claimed, this does not imply you should really just run out and invest in a software (despite the fact that that may perhaps enable). Investments in community automation should address people today, process, and technological innovation (as a result the asterisk in the blog site title). I would argue that the persons and course of action investments are 5X extra crucial than the engineering at this place.  Considerably of our deployed networking gear supports some diploma of automation and programmability, if it was acquired in the final 5 a long time.  Equally, we’ve had community automation tools on the industry for in excess of a decade, and sellers have supported automation “hooks” for really a when as properly. So, it is not purely a know-how situation (whilst distributors could undoubtedly do additional). Don’t sleep on process both, due to the fact if you automate a flawed method, all you get is a truly quick flawed course of action.

So with that context, I wanted to pass along some assets that can support with network automation. Some of these are Gartner files whilst others are non-Gartner that I believe are really good. Initial, the Gartner stuff:

And the Non-Gartner Means (Take note: This is by no indicates an exhaustive listing and if you have other sound pragmatic resources, be sure to sense no cost to post a remark or e-mail me specifically).

  • Networking Guru Ivan Pepelnjak delivers unique and pragmatic guidance all over community automation, in this session. I know Ivan and deeply respect his function and technique.
  • The O’Reilly guide called Community Programmability and Automation is specifically excellent. The authors have realistic true-entire world encounter that is passed on in the text.
  • Most people that I talk to definitely like Ansible, for a variety of reasons which include the neighborhood, vendor assist and of course, that it is agentless. Here’s a having begun guide from Ansible and some basic illustrations.

Pleased Network Automation-ing in 2019,


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Tags: ansible  network-automation  

Andrew Lerner
Investigation Vice President
4 a long time at Gartner
19 several years IT Marketplace

Andrew Lerner is a Vice President in Gartner Study. He handles enterprise networking, including info heart, campus and WAN with a concentrate on rising technologies (SDN, SD-WAN, and Intent-dependent networking). Examine Comprehensive Bio