In today’s digital era, automation is key to data center agility. Automation adoption is nothing new and is becoming very common among organizations as you have seen the benefits of automation firsthand. To address the business needs in the digital transformation journey, you continue to unleash new levels of business innovation and enhance the buying experience for their end-customers. And, to operate as a truly digital enterprise, you must take things a step further. Network teams must rethink their current values and revisit their network management and automation strategy.
Need for Orchestration
Automating mundane tasks is no longer enough. Automation applied to only one particular task has limited value to the enterprise. Organizations must instead explore more comprehensive network automation frameworks to truly reap the operational benefits. Rather than follow existing manual workflows, IT teams must ensure the entire network’s orchestration is fully automated, event-driven, done in real-time and completely compliant. We must agree, no one tool can do all actions. However, look for an end-to-end orchestration platform that can integrate seamlessly and bind it all to truly keep pace with the digital revolution.
Why Scripting Fails for Complex Process
Application deployments require a detailed plan to ensure multiple teams can work alongside each other to deliver a single deployment. Whether it be a simple task like creating a virtual server on ADCs or a complex one like deploying an application with various configurations, significant IT resources are devoted to managing repetitive change requests. That’s where automation comes in.
Network teams must approach automation systematically or risk failure. They must combine multiple automation tasks to provision the network, firewalls, hypervisor, certificates, application, and so on. To build an agile infrastructure, you need a platform that allows you to create both simple and complex workflows and that can be self-serviced by application and network teams. Automation scripts for complex processes involving multiple systems and applications are difficult to create. The best course of action is to invest in flexible tools that help you create your own unique automation story.
Automation Workflows: A Solution for Complex Business Processes
The most effective way to transform a holistic network management process is through a centralized automation approach. It must be strategic, business-driven and accessible to multiple teams to enable crucial collaboration. This calls for a workflow-centric automation solution that leverages various components of the network infrastructure. An automation workflow defines a logical flow of activities or tasks from a Start event to an End event to execute a specific service. The activities in the workflow can either be executed in sequence or in parallel with interleaving decision points.
Today, automation workflows are considered a best practice for automating application delivery. A workflow-based approach allows application teams to take ownership and self-service their applications. Ultimately approved by senior network teams, configuration is hardcoded, and the device names and other specifics can be added at the implementation. The biggest advantage to this approach is the time saved by the network team on typing entire configurations from scratch, reducing the effort required to make an application production-ready.
Visual Workflow: A Low Code Automation Solution
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. It is closed-loop and state-aware, capable of verifying that intent has been achieved and providing actionable insights and automated remediation.
The Visual Workflow tool in the AppViewX platform provides an intuitive system for designing self-serviceable, event-driven, intelligent, and low-code automation workflows. It enables operational agility and service efficiency in various stages of network and application service delivery. It helps to accelerate time-to-value by providing everything needed for the complete out-of-the-box automation of application delivery network infrastructure.
Choose the best tool that helps to achieve true data center agility and allows you to make your mark on the business. Download our white paper Accelerate Application Delivery with Low-Code Automation Workflows to learn how automation workflows help to comprehensively automate service delivery across multi-vendor and hybrid infrastructure.