What is Network Automation Enablement?
To understand automation enablement’s impact, we need to take a close look at today’s network deployments. They require a great deal of manual configuration. For example, if a company wants sales department personnel to access client data via their smartphones, a network technician manually configures those connections.
Such work is tedious and time-consuming because of the diversity found in computing infrastructure. Networks consist of wired and wireless connections, a central office and branch sites, local area networks, wide area networks (WAN), data center connections, and the cloud.
End-user devices span laptops, smartphones, tablets, and recently a number of devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). All of these connections must be made in a secure manner. As a result, businesses pay techies lots of money to complete that work. Recently, network devices have become smarter, offering companies the ability to automate the manual functions. Automation enablement is based on Intent-Based Networking. Here, a company defines a business intent, such as encrypting information as it moves from the user device to the server. An intelligent network works with IBN policies and makes changes automatically. No more manually configuring connections.