Network automation remains a popular buzzword which can still be regularly heard during most IT project discussions. When we discuss network automation with our OP5 Monitor customers, even though there are several key drivers, the two that are the most important to them are as follows –
There are many network automation tools/solutions available like Heat from the OpenStack project and RedHat’s Ansible in addition to solutions from the major infrastructure vendors such as Cisco, HP, IBM. Regardless of the choice of systems available, network automation has some basic requirements that will cost you dearly to ignore and are worth baring in mind before you proceed.
Even though there are many things that you can technically integrate and automate, you have to ask yourself honestly are they all relevant? Yes this appears to be common sense, but you’d be surprised how often this is overlooked.
Another overlooked aspect of network automation we witness frequently ,is taking a bad manual process and automating it in the belief that it will automatically become a good process, in the vast majority of instances this is not the case.
It’s imperative that before you start any type of network automation project you make sure you have –
These basic steps can collectively save your IT operation a lot of time.
A very common network automation task is to automate the actual provisioning and activation of monitoring for your services. There are many ways, tools and architectural designs to achieve this but they all need some basic components:
Now when you have all this setup next step could be to actually use the monitoring metrics as data to enable automatic decisions, hence orchestration. A simple example would be that your web server is starting to give to long response times (this is being checked by the monitoring system) at the same time monitor also detects that the web server application is running out of memory.
By combining these two metrics the orchestration system will automatically respond to these “alarms” with an action to auto provision more memory to the particular web server vm and if that did not help you can add more action to the orchestration sequence. In essence you create a workflow script that pretty much mirrors the different steps you would have done in a manual process.
Automation is a real time and resource savior and I encourage you to really exploit this field. We have put a lot effort in making sure you can do a lot of automation in OP5 Monitor through the RestAPI.
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