My Worst Networking Nightmare – Story Contest
Back in year 2003, I worked as NCE for a semi-conductors company in Singapore. One of the backup switches failed in the data center, which was serving the application servers for the semiconductor FAB. As we were waiting for the replacement, we had to honor an urgent request to create an L2 segment on the primary switch.
It was a simple change, so I went ahead and created the segment. I had checked with the ticket requester that the segment was working as expected.
Luckily for me, compared to the other projects, this network was well documented and hence the problem was resolved quickly.
However, today's networks are extremely complex with limited documentation and multiple touch points and multiple vendors. There is an extreme burden on network operations teams to ensure 99.99% availability.
I am so grateful to network automation and orchestration software such as Anuta NCX, which helps to avoid such human errors and avoids configuring multiple devices manually for day to day operations.
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