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.