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June 2017

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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The road ahead – Facing the reality of the network operations journey to automation

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Automation has long been the goal of every operator and seen as a required capability to support network evolution and technology advancement. Many of the service innovations that are being promoted (white-box, NFV (Network Function Virtualisation), cloud, edge-computing, etc.) require automation ‘as standard’ as part of the offering to realise the justification for investment. However, the industry has struggled to remove the operational costs from Network Operations due to the limited capabilities of SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) & CLI (Command Line Interface) which, in turn, has inhibited innovation and…

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