Top 10 Network Automation Use Cases

Challenges that today’s organizations face and how Gluware is helping to keep their networks working

To prevent network outages, manual errors and security issues, enterprises look to Gluware for an intelligent approach to automating their mission-critical networks.

Explore these top use cases and the challenges they present. Then learn how Gluware network automation is solving these problems:

  • Enhance Security
  • Minimize Downtime and Outages
  • Enable Compliance
  • Accelerate Cloud
  • Network Optimization
  • NetOps Agility
  • Lifecycle Management
  • OS Management
  • Inventory and Assessment
  • Consolidation and Integration
Enhance Security

Enhanced Security

Challenges

  • Vendor vulnerabilities
  • Configuration integrity
  • Configuration management
  • Need for rapid response

Gluware Solutions

  • Deep 3D discovery and inventory management 
  • Assess the operating systems running on your network devices including knowledge of PSIRTs issued and implement standardization
  • Automate OS upgrades, patches and downgrades to ensure that you are only running stable and reliable software 
  • Automate network configuration related to security including authentication, password management, ACL policies, etc.
  • Deploy new security features like Network Admission Control (NAC) on switch ports
Minimize Downtime and Outages

Minimize Downtime and Outages

Challenges

  • Manual errors
  • Legacy management products
  • Unauthorized changes
  • Manual troubleshooting
  • Manual processes

Gluware Solutions

  • Standardize the operating systems running on network devices to ensure only approved software images are running
  • Continually monitor the network for configuration changes and notify when, and exactly what changes have been detected
  • Perform initial audit to determine how ‘out of policy’ your actual network configurations are
  • Automate network policies, feature by feature, to ensure standard, approved configurations are exactly what is running in the network
  • Preview automated changes before applying them to the network
  • Automate troubleshooting processes
  • Convert manual procedures and processes to automated workflows
Network Automation Use Cases | Enable Compliance

Enable Compliance

Challenges

  • Paper policies and standards not implemented on the network
  • Requirement for 3rd party compliance (HIPAA, PCS-DSS, SOX, etc.)
  • Need for ad-hoc audits related to vulnerabilities

Gluware Solutions

    • Config Audit
      • Easy to create CLI and RegEx based rules
      • Internal, 3rd-party and ad-hoc audits
      • Automate ongoing config audits
    • Config Management
      • Implement standards-based configs
      • ZTP to implement correct configs from the start
      • Automate changes across the network
      • Remediate devices that fail audits
Accelerate Cloud

Accelerate Cloud

Challenges

  • Strategic business need
  • Direct impact on network
  • Change in traffic
  • Internet breakout
  • Distributed security

Gluware Solutions

  • Inventory and Assessment
    • Get to a known state
    • Plan OS upgrades to enable features
  • Automate OS Upgrades/Downgrades
  • Config Management
    • Automate network-wide QoS for backhaul
    • Automate SNMP and NetFlow for monitoring
    • Automate local-breakout for Internet
    • Automate distributed firewall rules
Network Optimization

Network Optimization

Challenges

  • Legacy devices/technical debt
  • Multi-vendor, multi-platform
  • Legacy management
  • Home-grown scripts
  • Manual efforts

Gluware Solutions

  • Unify config management across domains, vendors and platforms
  • Define and implement policy-based configurations
  • Automatically remove unnecessary config
  • Automate incrementally to build trust
  • Eliminate manual errors and the need to develop scripts
NetOps Agility

NetOps Agility

Challenges

  • 7-10 days for network changes
  • Manual and reactive processes
  • Siloed expertise, serial workflows
  • Delays due to outsourcing

Gluware Solutions

  • Intelligent Model Discovery (IMD)
    • Rapidly automate reference features
  • Native CLI support for Config standards
  • Multi-tenant platform
    • Quickly move from test to production
  • Config Management
    • Automate network-wide changes
    • Preview change
  • Workflows
    • Customized stepwise execution of common tasks
Lifecycle Management

Lifecycle Management

Challenges

  • Initial provisioning of device
  • Staging of OS
  • Ongoing moves, adds and changes
  • Upgrade/swap of devices

Gluware Solutions

  • Config Management
    • ZTP or “advanced” provisioning
    • Model entire configuration, or start small
    • Centralized control
    • Version control
  • Ability to automate vendor/device swap
  • Automate OS upgrades
    • Integrated with ZTP
    • Advanced network-wide updates
  •  Workflows
    • Customized stepwise execution of common tasks
OS Management

OS Management

Challenges

  • Vendor vulnerabilities
  • Requirement for new features
  • OS going EOS/EOL
  • Risky manual process for upgrade

Gluware Solutions

  • Device Manager
    • Inventory and assess
  • OS Manager
    • Automate global FW/SW updates
    • Provides centralized organization and control
    • Eliminates manual, error-prone processes
    • Performs pre-checks and post-checks
    • Distributed file server
    • Can integrate drift snapshot and state assessment
Inventory and Assessment

Inventory and Assessment

Challenges

  • No accurate source of truth
  • Lack of standards enforcement
  • Keeping up with vendors
  • Overlooked fundamental step

Gluware Solutions

  • Device Manager for Inventory and Assessment
    • Run real-time discovery
    • Get to a known state
    • Plan OS upgrades to enable features
    • 3rd party API calls for Smartnet, EOS/EOL, PSIRTs (Cisco)
  • Automate OS Upgrades/Downgrades
  • Config Audit
    • Audit for config statements related to PSIRTs
Consolidation and Integration

Consolidation and Integration

Challenges

  • Multiple legacy tools
  • Too many manual processes
  • Home-grown scripts
  • Management systems to integrate

Gluware Solutions

  • Multi-vendor, multi-platform
  • Unify management across vendors
  • Ability to co-exist
  • Automate as much, or as little as you want to get started
  • API integrations
    • Ability to rapidly integrate 3rd party API calls
    • Gluware has a published API so 3rd party systems can interact programmatically