Most networks provide a platform to link and group networks that are interrelated. The devices may have similarities such as uniform descriptions address and names. It’s called network automation. Network automation is using a communication program to monitor an automated operation of network resources.
There are two ways of automation; you can either use network automation or Netview program to implement system automation. You can also decide to combine both methods of automation. When both network automation and systems are combined in a single design, you will come up with comprehensive automation.
Good Process Management
There are many processes which should be handled for running networks efficiently. When systems are well managed there is less or no downtime. Performing the tasks manually consumes a lot of time. Network automation is preferred for faster and regular performances. It reduces the degree of network failures. The process is later sent to the network administrator especially when regarding exceptions and alerts. Some of the operations include switch port utilization which identifies unused ports to allow you to integrate connections and possibly redeploy existing hardware.
The process also includes saving configurations. Configurations are saved to non-volatile storage on the gadget to a backup system. Compliance is critical; thus, you should abide by the policies. For smooth operations, your configurations should abide by network policies. You should also check your router and switch security settings to safeguard your information.
This is collecting data on network automation systems and analyzing it to identify current and potential threats. The most accessible and most popular analysis is identifying interfaces running at high application. Moreover, there are more complex operates which combines data from several devices. This types of analysis use multiple data from operational data and configuration files.
Other network analysis combines data sources like events (syslog or SNMP traps). In the market, most analysists collect data from the network and then use data from network engineers to perform the analysis. Most situations end with defaults looking at alerts produced by the interface utilization threshold. It occurs because a data engineer is always busy thus limiting the time devoted to your system.
Network automation is mainly used to avoid human mistakes. Studies have shown that human errors contribute to 40% of network failures. Organizations that use network automation experience fewer errors compared to those who do it manually. There are hundreds of switches and routers configurations to be updated. Updating such data manually is cumbersome and leads to many errors.
Proposed change should be verified by the use of automated mechanisms to avoid silly mistakes. Change control procedure should be tested by data engineers to avoid making errors. New networks are being invented. New interfaces are more complex, and the only remaining hope is the use of network automation.
SLAs and Performance
Performance monitoring is the first task that network management performs. The process is challenging due to changes in standards and difference in vendors. An automated system is used for SLA tests, presenting reports and processing results. SLAs are used to monitor delays, jitters, and downtimes in a network.