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Comparing Network Automation Mechanisms

Published: 30 June 2016

ID: G00304209

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 network professionals do today? This assessment describes the available methods to start automating network provisioning now.

Table Of Contents



  • Definitions of Network Programmability, Orchestration and Automation
  • Benefits and Risks of Network Automation
  • A Systematic Approach to Network Automation
  • Accessing Network Device Configuration: What Changed
    • What to Look for in a Device API
  • 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 Network Automation
    • YANG
  • YANG and NETCONF Adoption
  • Ethernet Fabric
  • SDN-Based Network Automation
  • Policy-Based Network Orchestration


  • Centralized Configuration Repository

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