According to Gartner analysts Danilo Ciscato and Andrew Lerner, “Networking leaders need to improve operational agility and support Mode 2 applications, while maintaining high availability in the data center. Despite the hype surrounding software-defined networking, there are multiple paths to this goal, including network automation and new procedural approaches.” *

The report, How to Improve Data Center Network Agility Without Getting Fired, talks about the key challenges in improving data center network agility. Gartner states, “By 2020, only 30% of network operations teams will use the command line interface (CLI) as their primary interface, which is down from 85% today.”

As noted in the report, “SDN isn’t the only route to agility. Operating the network requires a large number of operational tasks that might benefit from automation opportunities, even without SDN”.

AppViewX is cited as one of the network orchestration tools, which is described as being “a centralized software entity that can be called programmatically and communicates with devices via APIs or standardized protocols with high levels of automation.” According to Gartner, these tools can be called from external systems and do not require SDN deployment. According to the report, these tools “implement network automation to support broader infrastructure orchestration initiatives and suitable for multivendor environments and to maintain a separation of duties among infrastructure teams.”

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Gartner report How to Improve Data Center Network Agility Without Getting Fired, Danilo Ciscato and Andrew Lerner, published November 5, 2015. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.*