Best Practice:  Security Operations Automation before Orchestration

Based upon numerous conversations with CISOs, there is widespread interest in automating and orchestrating security operations. In fact, lots of enterprises are already doing so. According to ESG research, 19% of enterprise organizations have already deployed security operations automation/orchestration technologies "extensively,” while another 39% of enterprises have done so on a limited basis.

Topics: Cybersecurity SIEM security operations automation incident response automation and orchestration

ChefConf Showcases Chef and Continuous Automation

It can be said about a technology company that you know it has reached real critical mass when others in the space, including competitors, talk about supporting them with the phrase, "And of course, we support <insert here>." Chef is a company that has now reached that level. In terms of automation, Chef has reached a point of critical mass among companies looking to advanced their IT operations with automation, especially with Linux and containers systems.  

Topics: automation Systems Management Chef

Network Automation with Ansible: 5 weeks of work reduced to 4 minutes of joy

ESG recently completed research on network automation, and that reminded me of a talk presented by Adam Mills of Riot Games at a Juniper meetup last year, where we learned that a build out of datacenter in Japan got compressed from 5 weeks down to 4 minutes. Granted, "4 minutes" is about the network configuration tasks, and you still need time to rack and stack the devices, but this is still a significant reduction in configuration time. I wanted to compare Adam's experiences (he used Ansible to speed things up) to the general findings in my research.
Topics: Networking automation network automation

Converged Infrastructure Vs. Disaggregated Systems

We hear a lot about disaggregated and converged systems being hot technology trends that enterprises should adopt. But isn’t disaggregated the opposite of converged? How can that be? Let’s take a closer look at the terms to sort through their meanings and how they impact choices for IT organizations.
Topics: Networking automation network automation

Network Automation: Benefits

Different forms of network automation can save you time, increase business agility, and improve service levels.

In my last blog post, Network Automation, More than Scripting, I defined network automation as a range of technologies, from script-level automation to policy-based networking, that automate manual tasks. In this post, I'll explain the benefits network automation offers network administrators, including a reduction of monotonous tasks and streamlined change control.  

Topics: Networking automation network automation

Network Automation: More Than Scripting

Automating rote network tasks isn't all script-driven. Network automation also can mean intelligent control and policy-based networking.

Many companies today tout network automation capabilities in their hardware and software. Network automation means tasks are performed automatically. At the simplest level, it automates what used to be typed manually into command line interfaces (CLIs).  

Topics: Networking automation

Focus on Networking Software Not Just the Silicon Underneath (Part 2)

In my previous blog, I discussed the need to focus on the software in addition to the core hardware functions.   I noted that spending too much attention on merchant silicon vs. custom ASICs for network processors neglects the importance of software to the networking infrastructure.


Topics: Networking automation

Focus on Networking Software Not Just the Silicon Underneath (Part 1)

Networking people often get into religious arguments about whether network devices ought to use merchant silicon or custom ASICs. This has been going on for a while: One side maintains that standard designs based on off-the-shelf components will eventually dominate networking, just as x86 CPUs took over mainstream data center servers. 
Topics: Networking automation

Network Automation: Can It Benefit Everyone?

At a recent Juniper Innovation Showcase analyst briefing, the company emphasized two dimensions of innovation: performance and automation. This made me think of how much we have accomplished in the world of network automation and whether these accomplishments have provided benefits for enterprises as well as hyper-scale (or SaaS operator) companies.


Topics: network Networking automation