There are no two ways about it; if you are to survive in the digital world, you need network automation as much as DevOps, Agile, or CI/CD. Whether you already have some sort of automation in place or are just starting out, it’s crucial to have a complete understanding of the concept - what network automation actually is, the terms and techniques, common misconceptions, etc - while also analyzing your IT infrastructure and business goals to arrive at the best possible modernization strategy.
In this guide, we’ve tried to deconstruct network automation in its entirety and also provided some tips and tricks to help you fully understand your network and choose an automation strategy. By reading this, you’ll learn:
- What an ideal network automation workflow looks like
- How to best analyze your network infrastructure
- How to choose between in-house and third-party automation tools
- The pros and cons of various popular network automation tools and vendors