Automation that Enables Network as a Service

Itential’s capabilities make it easy to consume and enable NaaS.

Your Challenges

Within most organizations, cloud networking has reset expectations around the ease and speed of networking. Cloud users have become accustomed to consuming cloud network infrastructure as an on-demand service – easy to order and available for immediate use. IT teams have used a similar model to make it easier to consume internal resources like storage and compute, but network infrastructure has been slower to evolve.

The ability to offer a compelling “Network as a Service” functionality comparable to offerings of the cloud providers has been difficult to overcome due to:

  • The complexity of orchestrating network changes across multiple vendors & types of infrastructure.
  • Disparate software tools and stacks to manage network infrastructure.
  • Reliance on network subject matter experts and manual efforts to create and manage network services.
  • Dependence on traditional tools that are technically complex and time-consuming.

Key Requirements to Enable NaaS Across Hybrid Infrastructure

How Itential Enables Network as a Service

One key aspect of offering Network as a Service is the ability to easily orchestrate across multiple systems in your organization. The Itential Automation Platform’s unique integration capabilities enable organizations to quickly connect with their network, IT systems, and cloud platforms, providing a simplified approach to managing those integrations over time. Once your systems are integrated, your network teams can get started building automations in a low-code canvas that can make changes to network and cloud infrastructure and utilize any IT systems necessary to provision new network services.

Itential’s capabilities make it easy to consume and enable NaaS:

Integrate with Anything in Your IT Ecosystem

Without a single line of code, teams can quickly build integrations with your network, cloud, and IT systems, add new integrations as needed, and easily manage all of them over time. These integrations enable the platform to orchestrate any activity, even those that previously required engineers to manually log in to devices, applications, and inventory systems.

Ingest & Expose Existing Automations

Easily integrate existing scripts, Ansible Playbooks, Terraform Plans, etc. and make them available as a service. Teams can immediately evolve their existing scripts into “Network as a Service” style offerings.

Rapidly Build New End-to-End Automations via Low-Code

Quickly and easily develop powerful orchestrations using the low-code design studio and expose those orchestrations for consumption as a network service. Using the design studio, network subject matter experts can replicate even the most complex network engineering logic on a simple graphical canvas.

Integrate Sources of Truth & Service Assurance

Itential enables orchestrations to incorporate SLAs and performance assurance into the NaaS services, allowing the teams the flexibility to consume services the same way they consume cloud provider services – they can select high-guarantee services for mission-critical use cases, while retaining the option for lower-SLA services when appropriate.

Create & Expose a Catalog of NaaS Services

Automations built in Itential that provision network services can be published via the Automation Catalog capability of the platform. The catalog can expose any of the capabilities of the platform, including ingested scripts and playbooks, functionality provided via integrations, or workflows developed within the design canvas.

Expose NaaS to Northbound Consumers

This catalog of NaaS services can be exposed to internal and external customers, making it easy for users to discover and consume new capabilities. From APIs, CI/CD pipelines, etc. are all easily consumable by internal and external customers.

Case Study: S&P

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