Automating your network operations for higher resilience and scalability
Today’s networking landscape is evolving rapidly. Clients expect on-demand services that are tailored to their needs. What is easy to achieve in small setups or environments with repetitive, schematic deployments becomes a burden in complex network architectures, which can be built on years of history. In such cases, automation comes in handy, as it can be used to build, change or tear down services while lowering the risk of human error. Automation can help you build more resilient networks and scalable services.
At CodiLime, we have been solving similar problems for over a decade.
Today every network operator wants to have a single management pane for their network and services. However, in the past, things were different, especially in large and complex deployments. Network management was usually done on a per-service or per-domain basis. This meant the network operator had limited visibility on what was happening in the network. What’s more, configuring a new service required teams from different domains to cooperate, extending realization times.
To stay competitive, the time required to bring a new service to market must be shortened.
Using a common orchestration tool can help you reach this goal. Being untightened with a specific domain but communicating freely with different ones, it can automatically build a service in minutes.
Such an orchestration is the best solution for greenfield deployments where almost everywhere automation is a must-have for new builds. It can also be integrated with already working solutions. This requires a properly designed architecture, careful migration planning and very precise realization, quite often including a custom code development. But it brings significant gains in terms of reliability, availability and cost reduction.
Network maintenance is a complicated task. In addition to customer support activities like new service creation or infrastructure modification, operators must also take care of housekeeping activities such as executing back-up policies and security compliance, and configuring templates. If there’s no network management or orchestration in place, those tasks are time consuming and prone to error.
As introducing a new orchestration or management solution takes time, it is wise to automate at least some of the repeatable tasks and free up the operator’s time for more important activities.
Automating Day2 operations can include configuring backups or template compliance checks. While the need for backup is obvious and requires no explanation, the compliance checks are needed when network services are maintained by different operators that do not always follow the same path when configuring the service. It is usually the first step towards full network automation.