The high digitalization demands of application owners are forcing IT teams to act with more precision and agility. As organizations search for the right bundle of tools to best suit their needs, they’re turning to automation first to help pave the way.

A recent report published by Gartner highlights how Network operations (NetOps) and security operations (SecOps) teams must collaborate in their search for the best solution to optimize their IT budget and drive business value. According to the report by analysts Sanjit Ganguli and Lawrence Orans, “Although often separate, NetOps and SecOps teams share the common goal of maintaining secure, high-performance network infrastructures. Infrastructure and operations leaders can leverage shared data and tools to optimize budgets, avoid duplication of effort and improve the end user’s experience.”* The report examines key challenges and recommendations for managing today’s application delivery infrastructure. The report went on to say that, “By aligning their efforts, NetOps and SecOps teams can optimize their tool budgets, minimize duplicate work, consolidate efforts to acquire and store network telemetry data to reduce overhead, and share best practices, processes and culture.”*

In most organizations, NetOps and SecOps teams are facing similar challenges including lack of visibility and automation, overwhelming business demand and delayed delivery.However, despite their shared obstacles, these teams tend to work in their own silos, often duplicating efforts and wasting both time and money. To deliver critical services faster, they must instead align their efforts to leverage the advanced tools available in the market. By instituting a culture of collaboration, NetOps and SecOps teams can help to reduce unnecessary overhead and deliver services more efficiently.

Gartner’s report mentions sample vendors and toolsets in various categories including NPMD (Network Performance, Monitoring and Diagnostics), NCCM (Network Configuration and Change Management), NCA (Network Configuration Automation), and NTA (Network Traffic Analysis). When NetOps and SecOps align their initiatives, teams can utilize these and other tools to build the best, most agile infrastructure for their organization.

AppViewX is recognized in Gartner’s report as a sample vendor offering NCA solutions.The best approach to cohesively bringing NetOps and SecOps teams together is utilizing an automation and orchestration solution like ours to provide role-based access control. The AppViewX platform automates third-party, best-of-breed and open-source network services such as those provided by application delivery controllers, security devices, certificate authorities, DNS servers, routers/switches, and more. We provide centralized control of your complex application delivery infrastructure, enabling self-serving capabilities for different teams. With defined roles in place, workflows and approvals are performed seamlessly through a single window. And, combining your organizational needs with the right automation tools allows NetOps and SecOps to address change requests proactively, rather than waiting weeks to resolve them.

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Gartner clients can download a copy of the report, “Align NetOps and SecOps Tool Objectives With Shared Use Cases” by Sanjit Ganguli and Lawrence Orans, published 22 September, 2017 on Gartner.com.

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