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).
Some people equate network automation with scripting, but it’s a lot more. It can start with script-level automation, progress to intelligent network control, and at the highest level, translate network administrators' intent via policy.
Here are some different types of network automation:
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