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September 2017

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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