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Measuring & Maximizing the Business Impact of Network Automation

As networks become more complex, the rate of change is exceeding human capacity and automation is needed to scale. Automation provides opportunities to re-engineer business processes and shift from human-centric processes to machine-centric in order to maximize business value. However, given all of the choices involved in selecting and implementing an automation platform, decision makers should focus on evolving their ability to evaluate options and measure the business impact of network automation through creating a metric driven automation strategy.

In this webinar, we’ll dive into the following:
• Getting started with measuring automation value by selecting the right use cases.
• How to measure success factors for an effective automation strategy.
• Constructs of a framework for assessing automation value.
• Key metrics to consider when evaluating automation solutions.
• Considerations for scaling automation strategies to support business objectives.
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Morgan Stern, VP of Automation Strategy, Itential
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  • Itential Automation Platform 2021.1: Latest Features & Enhancements Recorded: Jun 23 2021 61 mins
    Alex Degitz, Senior Product Manager
    Please join our product manager, Alex Degitz for a live webinar showcase and first look into the new features and improvements included in the Itential Automation Platform 2021.1 product release.

    In this live webinar, we will showcase:

    • An overview of the strategy behind the 2021.1 release features.
    • Demos of selected new features, including Itential’s extensible device support for adding your own device types and automatically validate config changes against any configuration rule in Configuration Manager, support for JSON Schema Transformations (JSTs) directly in your automation workflows in Automation Studio, and natively talk to devices through NETCONF and REST via Automation Gateway, and more.
    • How your organization’s automation efforts can benefit from each feature.
  • Cloud to Core to Edge: Making 5G End-to-End Network Slicing a Reality Recorded: Jun 8 2021 62 mins
    Oleg Berzin (Equinix), Chris Wade (Itential), Suresh Krishnan (Kaloom), Roy Chua (AvidThink)
    Network slicing has been touted as a critical capability to unlocking the monetization of 5G. And yet, real-world examples of how to do this have been limited in both scope and capability. Part of the challenge has been the multi-domain and multi-vendor coordination required to achieve end-to-end network slices, as well as the deep expertise required across multiple technology silos.

    Participate in this unique opportunity to see how hot startups Kaloom and Itential join forces with Equinix to demonstrate an end-to-end customer solution for multi-customer network slicing.

    Come and learn about how:
    - The team achieved a per-tenant slice across a multivendor infrastructure including AWS cloud, Equinix ECX, Equinix Metal (bare metal servers) and a high-performance 5G UPF
    - The framework was automated for fast and error-free provisioning, enabling slice set-up in seconds and scalability across multiple customers
    - The solution was validated using simulated 5G traffic streams, demonstrating complete end-to-end functionality, including 5G local-breakout and hardware-accelerated 5G UPF for high-performance workloads

    For carriers contemplating roll-out of their 5G network slicing offerings, system integrators looking to do the same for their enterprise and carrier customers, and enterprises looking to leverage 5G technology for their own unique uses, this cutting-edge demonstration will inform, explain and spark innovation and thought.
  • Introduction to the Itential Network Automation Platform Recorded: May 25 2021 49 mins
    Rich Martin
    According to Futuriom Research, “93% of organizations think network automation will be crucial to support hybrid, multi-cloud operations,” yet current automation platforms only support physical network infrastructure and are unable to scale and support cloud infrastructure.

    Itential is the only automation platform built to support both network and cloud, making it easy for enterprise organizations to maintain network compliance, reduce manual operations, and simplify network management. The Itential Automation Platform is a low-code cloud-native SaaS solution that seamlessly connects IT systems with network technologies for end-to-end network configuration, compliance, and automation.

    In this webinar, we will demo how the key capabilities of the Itential Automation Platform can help enterprises to:

    • Simplify Configuration and Compliance – Itential’s templated approach to Golden Configuration and federated device inventory ensures that no device is out of compliance, regardless of physical or cloud, API or CLI based.
    • Easily Integrate with Any IT System – With hundreds of out-of-the-box integrations to any IT system spanning ServiceNow, Jira, Salesforce, and more, Itential provides the freedom of choice and flexibility for integrating with each unique ecosystem.
    • Get Started Quickly with Network Automation – By leveraging Pre-Built Automations for top use cases, Itential makes automating routine network maintenance such as software upgrades, VIP creation, Load Balancer, etc. as easy as drag-and-drop.
  • Measuring & Maximizing the Business Impact of Network Automation Recorded: May 11 2021 45 mins
    Morgan Stern, VP of Automation Strategy, Itential
    As networks become more complex, the rate of change is exceeding human capacity and automation is needed to scale. Automation provides opportunities to re-engineer business processes and shift from human-centric processes to machine-centric in order to maximize business value. However, given all of the choices involved in selecting and implementing an automation platform, decision makers should focus on evolving their ability to evaluate options and measure the business impact of network automation through creating a metric driven automation strategy.

    In this webinar, we’ll dive into the following:
    • Getting started with measuring automation value by selecting the right use cases.
    • How to measure success factors for an effective automation strategy.
    • Constructs of a framework for assessing automation value.
    • Key metrics to consider when evaluating automation solutions.
    • Considerations for scaling automation strategies to support business objectives.
  • Integration & Federation: The Key to the Next Wave of Network Automation Recorded: Apr 13 2021 59 mins
    Morgan Stern, VP of Automation Strategy, Itential and Karan Munalingal, Senior Solutions Architect, Itential
    As automation becomes more pervasive in organizations, users are starting to recognize the impact that automation can make in saving time and money as well as improving accuracy. Due to this, automation use cases are evolving from simple changes to more complex operations. However, the challenges most organizations face is how to utilize their automation tools to be as effective in automating complex, multi-domain use cases as they were in automating simple changes. This is becoming clear in scenarios where the number of devices and controllers within most organizations is skyrocketing, such as SD-WAN or Mobile Edge Compute (MEC). With the growth of these technologies, and others such as SDN, NFV, and orchestration – organizations have deployed a wide variety of systems, controllers, and functions to interact with the network.

    While it may be possible to connect to all of these systems, the problem becomes how to organize and manage the data from these systems so that users (humans) and other systems (machines) can interact with the network in ways that are simple, predictable, and repeatable. This is why data integration, transformation, and federation are crucial components for scaling network automation. Without federation, the NetOps team must contend with a growing and massive disorganized list of elements. Instead of focusing on how to automate network changes, organizations must have a reliable method of how to connect and manage data with simplified access that enables automation for everyone.

    In this webinar, we will explore how the Itential Automation Platform provides:

    • A way to address the challenges of complex, multi-domain networks with an API first approach.
    • Comprehensive transformation and federation capabilities that allows for a unified and abstracted view across your networks as a distributed source of truth.
    • Low-Code automation studio for simplifying automation and enabling the largest participation possible across your organization.
  • Simplify Configuration & Compliance Management Across Network & Cloud Recorded: Mar 23 2021 48 mins
    Rich Martin
    In the past, networking teams had complete control over their entire network because they were built using physical routers and switches, which made it straightforward to create boundaries around the network. But, in today’s exploded network environment across the Internet and multiple cloud platforms, these boundaries are no longer clear and well defined. With Gartner predicting that “By YE21, network teams will spend 3x more time working in public cloud infrastructure than they do today,” they need new tools to help shift from purely controlling a bounded network, into a world where they provide governance over the dispersed infrastructure.

    So how do networking teams make the shift from control to governance for managing configurations? This requires a modern solution to successfully address the challenges of Day 0 to Day N network device configuration deployments of existing on-prem infrastructure and cloud-native and SaaS-based networking services.

    In this webinar, we will explore how the Itential Automation Platform’s latest release provides a modern approach to network configuration and compliance management and demo how Itential can help by:

    • Providing a simplified, streamlined solution to configuration management for traditional networking devices that can also be applied to cloud-native network services like AWS VPCs or Azure VNets.
    • Implementing a single Golden Configuration tree that represents a universal baseline configuration, regardless of device location.
    • Eliminating the need to “swivel chair” by collecting and federating data to ensure a configuration change can take place with the highest quality of information regarding that device and its state in the network.
    • Applying end-to-end network governance with compliance and remediation across both on-prem & cloud-based network infrastructure.
  • Bring Your Own Automation: A Modern Approach to Managing Your Network Recorded: Aug 21 2019 38 mins
    Chris Wade, CTO, Itential and Alex Degitz, Product Manager, Itential
    How to create an integrated network automation strategy without a rip-and-replace methodology.

    In an effort to migrate from the CLI, the level of innovation in the network domain is being developed at a pace we have not previously experienced. Yet with over 60% of enterprise’s still utilizing an ad-hoc manual and reactive script-based approach to automation, organizations are struggling with how to reconcile their current automation efforts while also adopting new modern techniques centered around APIs and programmability. As the network ecosystem expands, IT and networking teams need to be able to integrate their existing infrastructure, while keeping pace with the adoption of new technologies, without having to rip and replace and sacrifice their current operational uptime.

    In this live webinar, we’ll explore how Itential helps organizations to propel network automation efforts that incorporate their existing investments, so organizations can focus on making progress without having to start over. Itential’s new ‘Bring Your Own Automation’ capabilities enable NetOps teams to seamlessly integrate their current automation investments and transform scripts into APIs, further enabling multi-domain automation and driving network programmability.

    In this webinar you will learn how to:

    • Understand the network domains and the typical path for network automation adoption, using the right tool for the right job.
    • How to move toward a modern approach to network automation using your existing infrastructure and investments.
    • Normalize your scripting efforts for standardized and repeatable API consumption with Itential’s Automation Gateway.
    • Use enhanced scripts in end-to-end network automation workflows within Itential’s Automation Platform.
    • Future proof your investment in network automation with unified models and an API first approach.
  • Automate Network Configuration & Network Management with Itential Recorded: Apr 16 2019 46 mins
    Chris Wade, CTO, Itential and Idaliz Baez, Senior Solutions Architect, Itential
    Today’s enterprises and service providers are challenged with the exponential growth in the frequency of network configuration changes due to the increasing complexity of network environments, ongoing compliance requirements, and pressure from cloud-based services that are dependent on an agile network to deliver services.

    Network Configuration & Change Management (NCCM) has primarily been a labor-intensive, manual process involving remote access to individual devices, and typing commands into vendor-specific command-line interfaces (CLI) that increase the possibility and scope for human error. However, the need for an agile network, and corporate audit and compliance requirements have forced enterprises to focus on a holistic approach toward NCCM that reduces risk and improves efficiency.

    Itential enables network/IT operations teams to automate network configuration changes and compliance auditing by utilizing Itential’s low-code environment, to streamline and simplify the execution of automation use cases across complex, multi-domain environments.

    Join us as we explore how the Itential Configuration Manager helps you with:
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    • Implement standards-based configuration definition & management, automate network changes & compliance auditing.
    • Remediate configuration discrepancies in order to avoid costly outages and performance issues in the network.
  • Democratizing Network Automation Through Low-Code Recorded: Feb 12 2019 59 mins
    Rick Martin, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, Itential, and Karan Munalingal, Senior Solutions Architect, Itential
    With the introduction of network programmability and APIs for everything - from management systems to devices themselves, the modern network landscape has evolved to being managed like software. This shift from hardware-focused networks to a software-centric functions, has had a profound effect on network management techniques and skillsets required to keep pace with the changing ecosystem.

    This transformation can be difficult, especially given that network automation has typically required technical skills that are not in abundance within many organizations. Simplifying network automation and empowering a broader set of participation through capabilities to easily create and manage automation workflows, presents a key opportunity for organizations to not only mature efforts around network automation, but to also execute against broader business digital transformation objectives.

    Gartner explains democratization as “providing people with access to technical expertise via a radically simplified experience and without requiring extensive and costly training.” Itential’s primary mission is to provide software that enables network engineers, software developers and IT operations to participate in network automation, bridge the skills gap and enable cross-functional groups to efficiently execute their day to day activities. Itential’s Automation Studio democratizes network automation by providing NetOps teams with the ability to easily design, build and visualize end to end network automations without having to re-tool, build custom code or learn specialized software skills.

    In this webinar you will learn:
    • The business needs and objectives that are driving network automation initiatives.
    • How to easily design, build and visualize end to end network automations with Itential’s Automation Studio.
    • How solutions such as Itential’s Automation Platform expand participation in network automation and drive digital transformation objectives.
  • Supercharge Ansible for Networking with Itential Recorded: Oct 30 2018 40 mins
    Chris Wade, CTO, Itential and Karan Munalingal, Itential
    As companies continue to shift toward agile, DevOps management practices to enable digital transformation, it’s critical that the teams and tooling that support their IT infrastructure are also evolving.

    Red Hat Ansible for Networking is a powerful tool for automating network configuration changes and is becoming one of the most popular tools for networking teams across the globe. However, for network engineers who do not focus on application script development, leveraging Ansible may be a challenge.

    The Itential for Red Hat Ansible solution makes using Ansible easier by providing built-in network intelligence and a low-code development interface, enabling users without deep network engineering or script development backgrounds to accelerate their organization’s movement toward a software-driven network operations practice.

    Join us for a discussion on how to extend Ansible to network automation activities with Itential. We’ll explore:
    • How to accelerate network automation activities with Itential for Ansible.
    • How to expand the capabilities and use cases of Ansible automation to Networking.
    • How to apply DevOps principles to NetOps; enabling network engineering and IT operations teams to create and execute network automation capabilities without writing code.
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