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Itential to Exhibit at Cisco Live – Cancun

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As a Cisco SolutionsPlus partner, Itential will be exhibiting at Cisco Live on November 6-9, 2017 in Cancun, Mexico with partner Logicalis. The event is being held over four days and offers education and inspiration to the world’s technology innovators. During the event, we will be exhibiting our flagship product, Pronghorn. Itential recently announced our strategic alliance with Cisco as a SolutionsPlus partner, after building a robust integration with the Network Services Orchestror (NSO) ecosystem, supporting complex customer automation programs. The event is Cisco’s premier education and training destination for…

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Itential Secures $5.5 Million Investment from Elsewhere Partners and Adds Software Veteran Kenny Van Zant to Its Board of Directors

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First Outside Funding Will Accelerate Delivery of Innovative Network Automation Solutions Atlanta, GA – September 27, 2017 – Itential, an emerging leader in automating Software Defined Networks (SDN), today announced that the company has received its first outside investment from Elsewhere Partners, a growth-stage venture capital firm that was recently launched by veteran software investors.  The $5.5 million in funding will be used to accelerate the development and delivery of Itential’s innovative network automation solutions for enterprises and service providers. The funding comes on the heels of a record year…

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Itential Selected by Cisco as Member of SolutionsPlus Program

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA September 27, 2017 – Itential LLC, an innovative software company focused on model-centric network automation, proudly announces that it has officially become a member of the Cisco SolutionsPlus Program. Through a long standing relationship with Cisco, Itential has built robust integration with the Network Services Orchestror (NSO) ecosystem supporting complex customer automation programs. This approach utilizes NSO capabilities built around NETCONF/YANG and market-leading orchestration capabilities. According to Chris Wade, CTO of Itential, “The adoption of orchestration is key to supporting an API & model-first automation strategy.  Itential…

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Intent Based Automation Is Complex, But It Shouldn’t Scare You

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In the last year the SDN/NFV hype peaked and people moved on to an automation focus in general. It always comes back to automation eventually, but this time a new term has gotten hot. Intent Based Networking, which is something I discussed in a blog about 2 years ago. The beauty of the emergence of Intent Based Networking as a hot topic is that it is a byproduct of automation done correctly. Now, what do I mean by that? If you do automation correctly you are moving to a model-based approach….

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Where Should Automation Live In Your Network?

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First, let me clarify what I mean by the question. There are different levels of control within the network. There is the OSS layer, where people have traditionally tried to place automation, but it doesn’t have a very good connection to the network and this leads to tons of specialty adapters and other components to be able to push information out to devices. Tons of components that cost tons of money. There is the EMS/NMS layer, which is much closer to the network and communicates very well with it, but…

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Priority Shift On Automation and MANO Spending

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As people spend less on their networks, we are seeing interesting things happening in the vendor space. We are seeing some vendors pivot away from their original strategy, often a heavy service provider NFV focus, in order to try and kickstart growth. We also see open source consolidation where projects that were considered contenders in the MANO space are merging. This happened with ECOMP and Open-O merging into ONAP, and we are seeing possible signs of even further consolidation with some of the other contenders. We even see vendors that at one time may…

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Hype Machine: NFV/SDN Versus Automation – Are They The Same Thing?

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Before I waste any time let me go ahead and answer the question in the title with a resounding NO…now let’s get into why that is the case. A recent Light Reading article on the “cost of automation” says, “…automation is the end game for virtualizing network infrastructure and services using NFV and SDN.” While the article doesn’t outright say it, it pretty strongly implies that the way to automate your network is to virtualize it. The problem with this mindset is that virtualization in and of itself does nothing…absolutely…

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Does Methodology Matter?

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The debate of agile-based methodologies versus waterfall-based methodologies is one that has been raging for what seems like forever. With the evolution of network management into a software-like, programmable discipline it will soon find itself front and center with an audience that has never had to care about it before. Are we there yet? Not quite, but the time to learn about this and make some key decisions is BEFORE you get there. Old school development shops will swear by the waterfall approach. This means a series of very specific phases that…

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Modeling: Where We Are And Where We Need To Go

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We at Itential tout modeling all the time. We use it in our integrations with the Cisco Network Service Orchestrator (NSO) when working with its YANG models and Device Templates. We often tout it as the answer to the limited scalability offered by a scripting approach to automation, but we rarely talk a lot about the reality of where we are now in the industry when it comes to modeling. A recent blog I read talks about this in a thought provoking way that deserves some consideration. Everybody seems to…

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It’s All About Your Use Case…

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I recently spoke at NANOG 70 in Bellevue, Washington on the topic of vendor hype in the space versus the reality of what we can and can’t do right now with automation. A huge part of my topic was that some of the tooling out there now is just not to a maturity point yet for us to fully realize all that we soon should be able to. However, in my prep work and during conversations with attendees before and after my presentation another extremely important concept became super clear…

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