Enterprise network automation

Mariia Golikova.Nov 02, 2023

Why enterprises need to embrace it

In today's fast-paced digital world, businesses are expanding quickly and utilizing a wide range of technology, including cloud solutions and various platforms. All these interconnected systems and applications form a complex network that demands intelligent and adaptable management to ensure smooth operations and optimize operational expenditure. Automation on enterprise networks has grown interest throughout the years mainly due to the increasing capacity, flexibility and reliability requirements that come from ever changing business demands. With the network automation market projected to grow from USD 21.10 billion in 2023 to USD 50.82 billion by 2028, as reported by Mordor Intelligence, an increasing number of enterprises are embracing network automation.

What is network automation and the main drivers behind it

The process of managing and controlling network devices, processes, and services through the use of software is known as network automation. Everything from simple network mapping to sophisticated procedures like device testing, configuration verification, real-time data collecting, and AI-driven predictive analytics are included in this. Network automation tools commonly engage with a range of devices and services, including routers, firewalls, application delivery controllers and cloud provider services.

Traditionally, setting up devices and troubleshooting network issues relied heavily on human intervention, which is not only time-consuming but also prone to errors. However, several compelling factors are reshaping the way we manage and operate networks, making network automation a pivotal aspect of modern networking. The primary drivers behind network automation include:

  1. Improved network reliability: Real-time analysis of the KPIs helps to reduce network downtime.
  2. Enhanced security: Regular compliance checks and immediate vulnerability patches can be implemented, ensuring a robust defense mechanism against potential threats.
  3. Reduced errors: Automated processes minimize human errors, ensuring a stable and reliable network infrastructure.
  4. Faster network changes: Automated tasks and standardized configurations streamline changes deployment in response to the ever-evolving business environment.
  5. Optimized incident response: Automation facilitates more efficient ticket handling with better network resilience and responsiveness.

How do organizations benefit from network automation?

The digital transformation, driven by cloud technologies, IoT, and an always-connected workforce, has heightened the need for efficient network operations. Manual management struggles to keep pace, causing delays and hindering business processes. This challenge has led to increased adoption of network automation solutions, empowering enterprises to adapt to evolving network demands. Automation elevates operational efficiency by embracing IT best practices like DevOps, streamlining software development, deployment, and acceptance testing. A unified platform for network equipment management enhances asset visibility, ultimately fostering superior operational consistency and efficiency.

What are the challenges that come with network automation?

Despite the benefits described above, network automation presents substantial challenges that organizations may find difficult to overcome. These challenges represent a complex landscape that organizations must navigate, encompassing:

  • Complexity: Network automation requires a deep understanding of various protocols, operating systems, and software tools, which can be daunting for network administrators..

  • Integration: Seamlessly integrating different network automation tools with existing infrastructure can be time-consuming and demanding.

  • Security: The potential misuse of incorrectly developed scripts for malicious purposes introduces security risks.

  • Maintenance: Automated scripts and templates must be regularly maintained to ensure continued functionality, which can be a resource-intensive task.

  • Cost: The financial investment required for software and infrastructure can be a barrier for some smaller organizations.

  • Lack of standards: In the realm of network automation, the absence of standardized interfaces for coordinated services across automated and interconnected networks can create interoperability challenges.

How can InterCloud help?

Working with InterCloud provides a solution that eliminates the difficulties faced by internal teams in coping with the multiple challenges that network automation poses. InterCloud’s unwavering commitment to continual improvement ensures that businesses can place their trust in us, relying on our Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to maintain the optimization of their networks according to their unique business requirements. Functioning as a Software-Defined Cloud Interconnect (SDCI) provider, InterCloud guarantees secure, managed end-to-end services from on-premises infrastructures to cloud environments and offers:

  • Seamless connectivity: Necessary connectivity anywhere at any time.

  • End-to-end security: Safeguarding data from prevalent internet threats.

  • Operational flexibility: Permitting adaptive resource allocation.

  • Real-time visibility and control: Offering immediate insights into network performance and facilitating prompt adjustments.

  • Simplicity: Comprehensive SLAs that encompass the entire data journey, eliminating the need for intricate connectivity management.

InterCloud also signifies a means to accelerate growth and innovation by simplifying network management and operations. It aligns its solutions with clients' operational models, prioritizing performance, security, predictability, and scalability, making it not only a provider of connectivity but a guarantor of a seamlessly managed multicloud environment. This enables businesses to not only adapt but also thrive in the digital age, managing backend connectivity and networking functionalities, and allowing enterprises to traverse the digital landscape with enhanced efficiency and strategic acumen. 

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