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Effective Network Orchestration Starts by Automating Provisioning

Published: 31 August 2015

ID: G00277008

Analyst(s): Simon Richard


Network automation is required to meet enterprises' requirements for data center and hybrid cloud agility. SDN promises network programmability in the future, but what should IT organizations do today? This paper determines the available methods to start automating network provisioning now.

Table Of Contents



  • Network Programmability, Orchestration and Automation Defined
  • Benefits and Risks of Network Automation
    • Benefits
    • Risks
  • Systematic Approach to Network Automation
  • Accessing Network Device Configuration: What Changed
  • Organizational Impact and Bimodal IT
    • The Future of the Infrastructure Engineer
  • The Network Automation Mechanisms
  • NCCM and CLI tools
    • NCCM Tools
    • CLI-Based Tools
  • DevOps Tools
    • Desired State Provisioning Example
    • DevOps Tools Used by Network Engineers
    • Agent-Based DevOps Tools
  • Agentless DevOps Tools
    • DevOps Considerations
  • Standards-Based
    • YANG
  • YANG and NETCONF Adoption
  • Programmable Fabric
  • SDN-Based Automation
  • Policy-Based Network Orchestration


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