We live in a very creative world. Open source, open platforms, and open APIs are encouraging developers to roll out innovative, and very often, bandwidth-hungry applications on a continuous basis as DevOps and agile practices gain momentum. Youtube, Facebook, and other social media channels are providing great avenues for artists to publish their original and imaginative work with ease. Access to the Internet and the availability of high bandwidth has simultaneously propelled the growth of the gaming industry and the rise of gaming popularity. And, not to forget, the many creative and innovative ways, hackers are breaching the heavily fortified government and private networks.
Rise of network complexity
Network administrators have a tough job ahead of them. They have to be always on their toes – keenly managing security threats and data leaks. While provisioning a new device or a new application, administrators also must ensure that all corresponding network elements – like firewalls, load balancers, and others – are configured in adherence to company profiles and policies. What makes this job even more challenging is the existence of numerous organizational silos. These silos lead to dissimilar network designs whereby each network has different automation framework, monitoring tools, and ticketing mechanisms. Enforcing common strategies and uniform policies across these varied domains is often a laborious and manual process that simply doesn’t scale.
Companies have to quickly move towards smart networks with a robust automation framework at its core. Administrators need to deploy an automation framework that will stitch together the various disjoint systems and provide visibility to the entire network through a single pane of glass. An easy-to-use automation framework should also be capable of integrating with the various multi-vendor and multi-domain devices that are prevalent in most network topologies today and provide a multi-tiered approval mechanism and intuitive dashboard that facilitates the automation of mundane tasks.
Network Automation Workflow in ATOM
Workflow automation on the Anuta Networks ATOM platform empowers administrators to do the aforementioned process. Its low code automation framework and intuitive graphical user interface allow an administrator to drag, drop and deploy their innovative solutions. By automating cumbersome manual tasks, this next-generation automation framework helps organizations embrace new technologies rapidly and enable competitive advantage. ATOM workflow provides a rich API and multi-vendor support to integrate with various network entities across geographies easily. It supports an unrivaled 1M+ devices across 45+ vendors. With closed-loop automation capabilities, ATOM workflow responds to network anomalies automatically ensuring high availability of applications and improving business resiliency. By automating repetitive, dull and tedious tasks, ATOM workflow not only reduces the operating expenditures but also empowers network administrators to work on more exciting tasks leading to a happy and motivated workplace.
Consider a new application provisioning process which includes the following tasks:
- Receive device provisioning request from ticketing tool
- Run pre-checks to verify resource requirements
- Get Multi-level approvals from all stakeholders
- Obtain available IPs from IPAM
- Configure SDN/SDWAN controller, Firewall, Load Balancer VIPs
- Run post checks
- In case of errors rollback or create new tickets
- Generate logs and push them to Elasticsearch for easy access
Without automation, each of these steps would represent a manual, error-prone task. ATOM workflow ties together all of these seemingly disparate tasks into one logically sequenced automated flow. A network architect has to merely design flow and defers to ATOM workflow to perform all the heavy lifting.
Designing a modern, cutting-edge and efficient network is an art form. ATOM workflow empowers network administrators by providing an intuitive graphical design utility, automating tedious manual tasks and giving them more time to focus on delivering smarter networks.
ATOM workflow supports 1M+ devices across 45+ vendors.