Networks in most organizations continue to grow more complex and challenging to deploy, operate and maintain. New network automation tools use advances in software networking to reduce manual processes in the network and address network complexity.
Network automation is a broad category of tools and processes designed to eliminate manual network tasks, such as provisioning, scripting, implementing change requests, and identifying causes of slowdowns and outages. The benefits of network automation software include the replacement of manual processes via software configuration, zero-touch provisioning, network management and testing capabilities.
Benefits of network automation software
Network automation software can provide several benefits to IT organizations. It is designed to reduce or eliminate various repetitive, manual tasks that are often labor-intensive, such as provisioning, configuration changes and policy implementation. Other benefits of network automation software include the following:
- reduced chance of human errors, which affect network performance and security;
- rapid provisioning of new services, including centralized zero-touch provisioning at remote locations;
- ability to locate and identify the root cause of network or security issues; and
- reduced security risk, as fewer manual processes means fewer configuration or policy errors that can open the network to attack.
Overall, network automation software can improve network availability and make the network easier to deploy and less labor-intensive to operate.