Network Automation

Modernize To Model-Driven Intelligent Network Automation With Gluware

Smarter. Faster. Simpler.

As large, modern networks increase in complexity, the corresponding maintenance and management of those networks means organizations must shift to network automation on a large scale. Insightful, intent-based software is critical to ensure that automating complex networks is accomplished with security, agility and care.

As your organization starts the journey toward software-driven network management—from solutions for basic network discovery and compliance to error-free policy management—Gluware is there every step of the way to help you:

  • Rapidly onboard your configs
  • Implement multi-vendor networking
  • Leverage your existing CLIs
  • Automate existing brownfield devices
  • Supplement/supplant home-grown scripts
  • Eliminate manual errors
  • Minimize downtime
  • Implement and enforce policy standards
  • Get zero-touch provisioning
  • Inventory and discover multi-vendor network devices
  • Monitor and detect any configuration drift
  • Accelerate network audits
  • Upgrade and patch OS at scale
  • Define and enforce network-wide configuration policy
  • Reduce task time from months to minutes
  • Eliminate legacy tools including NCCM costs

3-minute overview

Network Automation Applications

3D Discovery

Discover and inventory your entire multi-vendor network—no matter what size or complexity with Device Manager

OS Management

Keep your network up to date with code-free accuracy for OS upgrades and downgrades with OS Manager

Change Detection

Detect network changes with hi-res snapshots and do audits on-demand or on-schedule with Config Drift & Audit

Policy Creation

Automatically turn running configurations into automated policy at scale with Config Modeling

API Integration

Programmatic interface to seamlessly integrate Gluware network automation into your own platform with GluAPI

Gluware's Modern Intent-Based Approach

Network Automation diagram

Getting Started With Gluware

Create Users and Organizations (Multi-Tenant)

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 to customize and configure the different features to your network.

Onboard Network Devices

Device Manager leverages the platform vendor extensions to dynamically discover and interrogate device details to provide a realtime network inventory.

Preview/Provision/Sync Nodes

Before pushing changes to the network, the Provisioning Preview shows the user exactly what CLI will get generated to configure each node to the desired state. The provisioning engine provides detailed logs along with a CLI view to see exactly how Gluware interacts with the device. When provisioning, Gluware ensures each of the features managed is synchronized to the desired state along with validation to ensure the change is successful.

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.
See Our Top 10 Network Automation Use Cases

Traditional Approaches to Network Automation

Gluware customers look to our Intelligent Network Automation approach to help them supplement or supplant traditional approaches like these:

Scripting
  • Lacks business/lifecycle process
  • Not scalable—often for one-time use only
  • Varies by vendor and platform: no network-wide changes
  • Error-prone “push and pray” deployments, limited logs and validation
Vendor Management Tools
  • Disparate tools with different focuses
  • Pre-built limited solutions or unintelligent template-based
  • Demands high cost for maintenance
  • Incomplete automation solution
DIY / Outsource Approach
  • Programming skills required
  • Ongoing effort to develop, test and update scripts
  • High hidden cost to implement GUI, DB, versioning, admin and more
  • Limited set of users, not scalable within organization

Traditional Approaches to Network Automation

Gluware customers look to our Intelligent Network Automation approach to help them supplement or supplant traditional approaches like these:

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