Modern applications require complex networks to support them. DevOps, SecOps, NetOps and application teams are under enormous pressure to configure, provision, and maintain multiple network components. And oftentimes all they have in their arsenal are a collection of error-prone manual steps and a number of disjointed, vendor-specific tools that offer no end-to-end visibility into the network, no repeatable processes, no self-service, and no efficient way to troubleshoot issues in a timely manner. Today’s enterprises need automation to manage a full array of multi-vendor devices and endpoints, in a complex and dynamic multi-cloud infrastructure. Here are the 5 ways that your DevSecOps teams can benefit from having an automated network orchestration platform.
1. Complete Visibility into your Application Delivery Infrastructure
You can’t manage what you can’t see. Most teams still can’t say that they have a centralized view of their networks and the applications they support. In the event of an outage, DevSecOps or NetOps engineers can’t easily identify all affected resources and devices, requiring them to manually review pages and pages of configurations in order to find and diagnose a problem.
Automation can give you a comprehensive view of your entire infrastructure and the applications that run on it. You get a visual diagram of each application instance, and all the firewalls, load balancers, servers, certificates and other components that are bound to it. With a comprehensive view of the entire infrastructure, you can easily locate an expired certificate, identify an incorrect configuration on a load balancer, or change firewall settings to support a new application release. What used to take days to manually identify and diagnose, can be done in minutes through automation, keeping the network infrastructure healthy and agile, and applications running without fail.
2. Self-Service for Application Owners
The concepts of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery rose out of the need to update applications and add new functionality fast, in response to ever-changing customer demands and market conditions. But updates to applications often require changes to their supporting infrastructure, and that’s where bottlenecks usually happen. Application owners have to initiate a service request, go through approval gates, then wait for a NetOps resource to determine the steps required to push configuration changes, write the necessary code, then repeat the procedure for all affected devices.
Advanced automation solutions provide low-code and no-code self-servicing capabilities, allowing application owners and other teams to manage network elements with user-friendly forms and workflows. With the right level of granular, object-level, role-based access controls, end-users are able to launch automation from application-centric interfaces and dashboards, accelerating delivery times and improving the agility of their data centers.
3. Context-aware Automation
Once again, without a comprehensive, topology view of the entire infrastructure and services supporting the application, teams can’t get insights into network configuration, state and performance. Automation gives you an application-centric visibility into all network components, and what’s more, it’s also context-aware – meaning that you don’t only see the list of servers, load balancers, and firewalls that are connected to your application, you can get complete information on their configuration, state and performance. Any changes in the network infrastructure that support an application are automatically reflected in your view. NetOps teams can use this information to automatically trigger workflows when certain events occur. Automatic provisioning and change management of network services removes the risk of human error by introducing standardized processes and procedures for change policies.
4. Auditing and Compliance Enforcement
Management of modern infrastructure requires rigid adherence to policy and compliance requirements. Network automation helps enterprises enforce policies and follow standards, while keeping track of all changes made on network devices. It can also give NetOps teams the ability to roll back recent working configurations should any error or failure occur.
5. Multi-Vendor and Multi-Cloud Support
Most network devices have their own, vendor-supplied configuration tools. NetOps and DevOps are usually proficient at using them, pushing changes through APIs or command line interface. But having to deal with an increasingly complex and diverse ecosystem of devices and endpoints can quickly get overwhelming; and is certainly not conducive of the self-service concepts or automation workflows designed to speed up application delivery cycles. A well-designed automation and network orchestration solution can give you a platform to integrate tasks and workflows that support an entire ecosystem of technologies. With automation, you can still give your teams an application-centric view of the infrastructure, even when your network is a patchwork of endpoints from different vendors. Leading automation solutions also support private cloud, software-defined, and hardware environments, and allow you to automate cloud and software-defined infrastructure in the same way as your legacy hardware setup.
Explore Automation with AppViewX
The AppViewX Platform is a modular, low-code software application that enables the automation and orchestration of network infrastructure using an intuitive, context-aware, visual workflow. Leveraging a vast library of pre-built tasks and workflows, our platform enables NetOps, DevOps, and SecOps teams to quickly and easily translate business requirements into automation workflows that improve agility, enforce compliance, eliminate errors, and reduce cost. AppViewX is closed-loop and state-aware, capable of verifying that intent has been achieved and providing actionable insights and automated remediation.
The AppViewX AUTOMATION+ product enables the Application Delivery Automation and Network Security Automation solutions on our AppViewX Platform. AUTOMATION+ helps Enterprise IT manage, automate and orchestrate application delivery and network security services. AUTOMATION+ provides an application-centric view into the state of the application delivery and network security infrastructure running in multi-cloud environments. Application, network, and security engineers may self-service and initiate automation workflows that deliver compliance and true business agility.
To learn more about AppViewX and how it can help you automate application delivery in complex, multi-cloud environments, visit us at: https://www.appviewx.com. The world’s most prominent global financial institutions, media companies and healthcare organizations trust AppViewX to help them manage their network infrastructures. Contact us today and see for yourself what AppViewX can do to make your networks more reliable, compliant, and agile.