In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG's Dan Conde reviews some highlights of recent ESG research conducted on network automation.
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Dan: I'm Dan Conde, analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. We conducted a research project on network automation recently. Why do people apply automation techniques for networks? Most people think that network automation performs tasks that enable the Dev Ops style work for networks or to perform high level functions that are associated with making applications work properly in networks. What we saw was that people see automation as a way to perform rather common tasks. For example, the tasks that benefit most from network automation are common things such as compliance and auditing at 20%, simplifying provisioning at 18%, monitoring at 17%, automatically reacting to alerts at 16%. The item that most people associate with automation, which is configuration, is at 15% - not low, but certainly not one of the highest items.
Let's look at the benefits of automation. These are related to the tasks at hand. The most popular was consistent configuration of a large number of devices by voiding manual processes such as CLI at 20%. That is followed by agility and provisioning at 18% and meeting SLAs at 17%.
In summary, it looks like automation is used to make network operations easier and making sure that they can scale. Doing things differently or bridging the Dev Ops and network worlds is something we like to talk about but is not top of mind. However, Dev Ops is not the reason for network automation but is an enabler. Dev Ops is considered by only 20% as connected to network automation. Instead, items like network security and Cloud computing rank higher. Organizations want to achieve the core goals first and then find a way to make it happen, such as by automation. In other words, people don't automate for its own sake or to use Dev Ops techniques because it's modern and agile.
Thanks for watching. I'm Dan Conde.