Top 8 Network Automation Tools

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    The most valuable features are ease of use and user interface.It gives more security and micro-segmentation. It helps to set network configurations in an easy way.
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    It has improved our organization through provisioning and security hardening. When we do get a new VM, we have been able to bring on a provisioned machine in less than a day. This morning alone, I provisioned two machines within an hour. I am talking about hardening, installing antivirus software on it, and creating user accounts because the Playbooks were predesigned. From the time we got the servers to the actual hand-off, it takes less than an hour. We are talking about having the servers actually authenticate Red Hat Satellites and run the yum updates. All of that can be done within an hour.
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  4. The solution has the capability to scale. I think that their LAN automation is a very good feature.
  5. SaltStack has given us the ability to deal with systems at scale and rectify issues at scale. I want to build automation that is intelligent, part of the fabric of our environment, and is somewhat self-sustaining. I think SaltStack can help me do this.
  6. It allows us to manage backups in big companies. It is also useful in managing the configuration changes. The feature that I really enjoy is the ability to script changes across all of your devices.
  7. 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.
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  9. Enables maps to be drawn out. Chain management is a good feature. I don't get it on other solutions.
  10. The installation is easy.The solution offers so many great resources, it makes them a powerhouse in the market.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Reduction of errors: Removing the human factor from complex network processes reduces the likelihood of errors due to oversight or negligence.
  3. 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.
  4. Increased Resiliency: Without the need for manual interruptions when an event occurs, companies can deliver higher-level, more consistent services across branches and geographies.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

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