Campus Networks Automation & Orchestration with Itential

Today’s Modern Campus Network

Campus networks have evolved in performance and complexity as the needs and requirements of users have increased. Traditional wired network solutions for the campus have started to take on more complex architectures that help deliver stability, performance, and security to users. Modern campus wireless solutions have achieved higher performance, reliability, and security by adopting a controller to act as a single brain for the wireless domain. These changes have made deploying, maintaining, and securing the modern campus network more of a challenge than in the past. Network teams must ensure that complex network configurations are deployed quickly and error-free and changes made to that infrastructure later are correct and never violate security standards.

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Automating Campus Networks

Automation can help in deploying new campus IDF and MDF network switches and routers faster and with fewer errors. Automating network changes across wired and wireless networks helps teams get the changes done more quickly, ensure compliance, and free teams from opening, updating, and closing change request tickets.

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Outcomes

Deploy Faster
Optimize time to deploy new routers, switches, and wireless access points.

Reduce Change Backlog
Automate day-to-day network changes at scale, increasing efficiency and mitigating manual errors.

Reduce Security Risks
Incorporate compliance validation to reduce security risks.

Document Changes
Document changes by automating change request process.

Itential Campus Automation Use Cases

Streamline Day 0/1 Device Onboarding & Deployment


Zero-touch deployment and provisioning for IDF and MDF devices, routers, switches, and wireless controllers and access points.
Device Onboarding
Software Upgrades
Service Turn-Up & Turn-Down

Simplify Day 2 Change Management


Automation of maintenance windows and configuration changes, including fully automated pre- and post-checks with intelligent analytics.
Software Upgrades
VLAN & Port Changes
Firewall Updates
Load Balancer Updates
DNS Updates

Ensure Configuration Standardization & Compliance


Configuration compliance checks, automated remediation, and network change validation for any campus network devices, routers, switches, or wireless controller and access points.
Network Configuration Management
Firewall Configuration Management

Orchestrate Across Multi-Domain, Multi-Vendor Networks


Itential mitigates the complexity of managing multiple network types and vendors by consuming and federating the systems and networks managed by those systems, abstracting the complexity from the user for simplified automation and orchestration.
Multi-Domain Orchestration (ITSM, IPAM, etc.)

Rapid Automation of Campus Networks with the Itential Automation Platform

Itential supports automation across all major network vendor’s campus solutions, whether they are using traditional CLI-based configurations or whether configuration is accomplished using GUI dashboards on a controller, like most wireless solutions today. Whether you are deploying all new campus routers, switches, and access-points or making changes to existing networks, you can quickly build innovative automations for any use case and easily integrate with your organization’s IT systems such as ServiceNow or Infoblox, to save more time and reduce manual effort.

Itential helps your team overcome the skills gap of automation with the following features:

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Low-Code Workflow Canvas

Drag-and-drop automation canvas for network engineers and non-programmers to build integrated workflows that enable the automation of any CLI-based network devices and API cloud services.

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Configuration Management & Validation

Federate inventory of network CLI devices and API services together for easy visibility and manage configurations of anything in the inventory. Quickly create and manage Golden Configuration templates that can be used to validate changes for compliance against traditional CLI devices and modern API services.

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Bring Your Own Automation

Whether it’s using Perl, Python, Ansible, Terraform or any other technology, Itential allows you to take any existing automations and integrate them into the Itential Automation Platform so they can be augmented with pre- and post-check processes and integrated with any common IT systems like ServiceNow, Infoblox, and Slack.

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No-Code Integration with Everything

Integrate operational processes and connect your entire IT ecosystem such as ticketing, change management, inventory, network applications (DNS, monitoring, load balancing), IPAMs, ITSMs, messaging and more with Itential’s library of open integrations to 100+ systems.

Explore Integration Ecosystem

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Pre-Built Automations for Campus Use Cases

Increase the networking team’s productivity right out the gate by leveraging automations from Itential’s growing library of pre-built automations and assets. The library includes many ready-to-run campus automations like software upgrades, device onboarding, and network device changes that can help network teams overcome change backlog and free up more time.

Explore Pre-Built Library

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Automate Your Network.

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