Maybe you’ve heard about the “shift left” in technology infrastructure and development. Originating in the DevOps world, the “shift left” is a strategy to create more dynamic, automated systems and speed development time by including business goals, testing, and other key concerns earlier, or further “left” in the development cycle.
It’s time for NetOps to take a seat at this table too. A byproduct of the DevOps and cloud revolution has been an increase to the demands placed on NetOps teams – which means including networking goals and concerns earlier in the development cycle is a must. So how do network teams successfully “shift left?”
The Rise of NetDevOps
To start the shift, network teams are adopting key DevOps practices and tools in what’s known as NetDevOps. When networking teams become part of the development cycle, applications can be developed with the network in mind, allowing easier connectivity and greater access to automation. The mindset becomes that if the code is going to understand the network, the network needs to understand the code.
Automation Tooling is Required
To enable the shift, automation and orchestration will be more widely utilized to connect any data center, network, or cloud service. This will enable any software applications, devices, and infrastructure to talk to each other – whether they are based in a cloud architecture or hosted on traditional infrastructure.
By making the shift, network teams can reduce time wasted on manual process, integrate heterogeneous network environments, and build more consistency into their infrastructure, all while increasing the agility of network operations.
Download this Futuriom + Itential white paper to explore:
- The importance of NetDevOps in integrating heterogeneous network environments.
- Blending DevOps with low-code tooling to implement infrastructure as code.
- Cultural, organizational, and managerial requirements of the shift left for networking.
- How Itential is enabling infrastructure as code with network automation.