The Path to Network Automation

Modernize To Model-Driven Network Automation

Traditional Network Automation Approaches

Network automation approaches that are traditional are often limited and leave gaping gaps in security and open the door to hacking and other vulnerabilities. The same is true of error-prone manual approaches to network management.

Examples of these approaches include:

Network Automations
Scripting
  • Lacks business/lifecycle process
  • Not scalable—often for one-time use only
  • Varies by vendor: no network-wide changes
  • Error-prone “push and pray” deployments.
Vendor Management Tools
  • Disparate tools with different focuses
  • Impossible to make network-wide changes
  • Demands high cost for maintenance
  • Incomplete automation solution
DIY / Outsource Approach
  • New skills required
  • Platform maintenance required
  • GUI, DB, versioning, admin and more
  • Constant resource reset

Gluware Intelligent
Network Automation

  • Rapid onboarding
  • Vendor-agnostic
  • Leverage your existing CLI
  • Automate existing brownfield devices
  • Evolve from home-grown scripts
  • Eliminate manual errors
  • Minimize downtime
  • Implement and enforce policy standards
  • Zero-touch provisioning
  • Detect and monitor network drift
  • Centrally manage multi-vendor devices
  • Accelerate audits
  • Upgrade and patch OS at scale
  • Ongoing auto-remediation and continuous delivery
  • Take tasks from months to minutes
  • No legacy NCCM costs

Gluware’s Modern Approach

Gluware delivers pre-built, Intent-Based network automation applications to give users the ability to onboard their existing network feature set for immediate, reliable and ongoing lifecycle management of their network.

Gluware is an Intent-Based Networking (IBN) model-driven platform that provides a layer of powerful intelligence to automate some of the world’s most complex multi-vendor enterprise networks. Using pre-built or configuration modeled solutions, customers can configure Gluware applications and deploy them at scale based on their specific business requirements.

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Create Users and Organizations

Use Systems Settings for enterprise-grade user and workspace setup of projects including customizable, role-based-access control (RBAC), integrated LDAP and RADIUS support for interacting with existing infrastructure for fast and secure new user sign-on.

Customize Organizations with Features and Tools

Customize Orgs and Sub Orgs with the specific tools and feature sets needed for each project or phase.

Configure Features

Use the Model Editor and guided workflows with the Config Modeling app for existing networks or Advanced Modeling for new networks to customize and configure the different features to your network.

Configure Devices

Model Editor lets you leverage Device Detect, and Vendor Extensions to discover and onboard vendor, device, and OS-specific details for each network device.

Preview/Provision/Sync Nodes

With the Orchestration Engine, preview and generate logs and CLI. Then provision and sync nodes using Intent-Based Networking (IBN) to Discover/Analyze/Validate.

Audit, Track and Configure Changes

Using the Config Drift & Audit app, continually monitor the network to identify exactly what has changed. Use the Audit capability to check for compliance to internal, security and 3rd-party standards. Get notified about exactly which devices are out of policy. For all device configs, remediate with manual or scheduled provisioning to return them to the desired Config state.

Network Automation Platform Checklist

Feature Gluware
Support for legacy network configuration and change management (NCCM)
Multi-domain – supporting automating the LAN, WAN, Data Center and more
Multi-user with LDAP integration and rights/roles management
Multi-tenant enabling management of many administratively separate networks
Ability to extend support to new, emerging virtual infrastructures leveraging SDN and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
A platform that can help the IT organization adhere to corporate and government compliance policies, auditing standards and regulations
Ability to perform secure and reliable changes to the network, across multi-vendor network devices
Identifiable return on investment (ROI) to ensure alignment with the business needs
Ability to implement automation quickly, with limited training and onboarding time
An extensible platform which can grow and change with evolving business needs

More than half of the Gartner report respondents had no automated network changes performed today and more than a third had only 1% to 25% of network changes automated. Enterprises are feeling the impact as they move toward global digitization and to the cloud. With networks comprised of legacy devices deployed over decades, many enterprises are hampered with “technical debt”. Public clouds and cloud services provide automation tools to spin up and change services quickly, but the legacy network infrastructure they depend on lacks the needed level of comprehensive management software.

Network automation has been identified as a top priority to improve responsiveness to business needs while reducing network errors, outages and security risks.

"Network automation tools enable network operations staff to gain process and configuration agility, while ensuring compliance."

Gartner, Market Guide for Network Automation