Itential For Cisco Powered Networks

Mulit-Domain Automation for Cisco Powered Networks

End-to-End Network Automation for Cisco Deployments

Managing networks in today’s fast paced, agile IT environments means enabling rapid and constant change without compromising reliability and performance. Automating Cisco networks can be incredibly difficult due to the breadth of their product portfolio and the diversity of their automation toolsets.

Cisco offers a variety of management tools ranging from sophisticated carrier-grade service orchestration products like Cisco NSO to tools focused more on the enterprise market such as DNA Center, Meraki and Viptela. Itential products are built with today’s complex, heterogenous networks in mind. From cloud-based networks and data center networks to SD-WANs – Itential includes the features that you need for even the most difficult, large enterprise and service provider class network automation projects.

Itential’s Network Automation Platform easily integrates with any Cisco tool and aggregates their capabilities into a single user interface, that allows teams to automate use cases that span complex, multi-vendor and multi-domain environments.

Itential has helped us accelerate our network automation initiatives and revolutionize our network engineering and operations processes. Using Itential in concert with Cisco’s Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) has greatly improved our ability to automate complex network maintenance and operations procedures. I’d highly recommend Itential to any organization looking to automate their Cisco-powered networks.

Senior Director, Major US Telecom Provider

Itential Use Cases for Cisco Networks

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Device Management
Ensure new devices are deployed with consistent standards. Itential can push standard configurations, modify the existing configuration or audit existing configurations against standards.  You can even design custom workflows to integrate the new device with existing inventory and monitoring systems.

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Network Upgrades
Roll out software upgrades or patches to your network devices in record time. Itential’s Operations Manager enables you define and execute standard upgrade processes and manage fallout requiring manual attention. Itential puts you in control of the upgrades to ensure success in this critical activity.

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Compliance & Configuration Drift
Audit, manage and correct configuration drift across your network. From a basic configuration “comparison and correction” to workflows that cross-reference existing IT and Billing systems, Itential enables you to define your standards and manage exceptions found in the network.

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Load Balancer Automaton
Connect your Endpoints with your IPAM provisioning systems.  Itential allows you to ensure updates are sent to your load balancers automatically as IP addresses are assigned and released in associated systems.

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Automated Network Operations
Manage repeatable maintenance procedures with Itential’s Operations Manager. Itential allows you to define and execute regular maintenance activities in the network, integrating with other systems such as ITSM ad order management systems that are typically ignored in traditional network automation.

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End-to-End Customer Provisioning Automation
Itential enables the customer activation process to span both IT and Network systems. Itential’s workflows can configure monitoring and testing of new services, basic service provisioning, and enforce auditing of the network changes once complete.

Enterprise Solutions

Cisco provides unified, intent-based networking solutions to meet any enterprise networking requirements from 360-degree network visibility and security, to simplifying your wired and wireless access, branch, or WAN networks with software-defined networking. If you need to optimize for access to cloud applications, a mobile workforce, and/or Internet of Things (IoT), Cisco’s solutions are designed to meet your needs and easily scale as your network grows.

Itential extends the capabilities of these solutions with new adapters to drive end-to-end multi-domain network automations:

  • SD-WAN – SD-WAN technology is not standardized with a large diversity in management requirements. Itential orchestrates and automates the complex deployment of SD-WAN, while supporting existing network infrastructure that is already in place, using a single automation platform.
  • Cloud – More network services are migrating toward cloud infrastructure. Itential supports automation across public, private and hybrid-multi cloud networking environments.
  • Data Center – The automation of initial and ongoing provisioning, network compliance monitoring and remediation are key components of today’s data centers. Itential automates device and service lifecycle including network applications such as load balancers, DNS and firewalls.

Service Provider Solutions

Cisco provides comprehensive virtualization and orchestration platform enabling new services to be rapidly deployed, allowing customers to easily connect private, public and hybrid clouds, managed network services, and on-premise offerings. With security, policies, and analytics pervasive throughout, Cisco allows for the automation and orchestration of the entire services lifecycle.

Itential enables intelligent network automation for your entire network. Itential’s Automation Platform (IAP) is open and based on standards (such as TOSCA and YANG) allowing communication across multi-vendor tools and environments. It federates the APIs presented by the network, controllers, orchestrators, and other systems you are deploying, simplifying your network operations through a single pane of glass. Itential breaks down the network silos that are created by orchestrators from different vendors or multiple instances of the same orchestrator in your enterprise network. Itential allows the orchestrators/controllers to remain the source of truth, while leveraging intelligent network workflows and tasks to drive end-to-end network automation.

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Itential solutions leverage new and existing tools to provide truly intelligent automation across your entire network.

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