How to Develop Your Network Automation Strategy
Automation is, of course, not an entirely new concept in networking. Any operations engineer worth their salt has been doing some form of automation, such as writing scripts, for years. While this type of narrow-scope automation is worthwhile, it is insufficient for complex networks. Automating a discrete task has a marginal benefit, and may even introduce some static behavior that could have a negative impact on a dynamic system.
As service providers and enterprises start to expand their automation strategies, they rapidly move from scripting to orchestration. But this too can have its limitations, and more importantly, can entail significant investment.
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