The Gartner Market Guide for Network Automation Tools indicates that more businesses are looking for software to help them manage the complexities of the transition to hybrid cloud networking, and that number is expected to continue to grow.
March 03, 2022
Itential, the leader in network and cloud automation software, announced today that it has been named Representative Vendor, for the third consecutive time, in the Gartner Market Guide for Network Automation Tools published in February 2022.
According to Gartner, organizations are increasingly switching to network automation solutions to reduce turnaround times for network activities, improve agility and efficiency, and lower costs to tailor digital and cloud strategy. Interest in technologies such as CI/CD, agile, Infrastructure as Code, and DevOps is also increasing, and all of these require network automation. In fact, networking leaders often cite network automation as one of the top 3 strategic priorities in their initiatives. Gartner said its client inquiries have nearly doubled in the past two years as organizations look to use technology to meet their business goals.
“Businesses recognize that network automation will play a critical role in the ways they develop their networks to meet the next generation of use cases tomorrow,” said Chris Wade, Co-Founder and CTO of Itential. “The move to hybrid cloud networking is already an important part of that evolution. The Gartner Market Guide for Network Automation Tools indicates that more businesses are looking for software to help them manage the complexities of that change, and the number that is expected to continue to grow. “
Despite the apparent benefits of network automation, more than 65 percent of enterprise networking activities are still done manually. That can lead to bottlenecks in provisioning and in incident resolution, while increasing the likelihood of human errors. However, Gartner expects that the number of businesses automating more than half of their network activities will grow to 25 percent by 2025.
For Infrastructure and Operation (I&O) leaders to progress from manual network activities (“ClickOps”) to automated activities (“NetDevOps”), leaders must invest in network automation tools that has the following capabilities:
- Tools that allow you to use your current network automation investments, by supporting existing network automation tools already in place (Ansible or Python, for example).
- Allows you to retrieve and store both device configurations (configuration files) and operating network state (for example, active routing tables).
- Have turnkey GA -supported integration plugins with relevant tools and vendors in your environment such as ServiceNow, Teams, Slack, vCenter, Splunk, or Toilet.
- Vendors prefer to offer published, open, serene APIs that expose more than 90% of the functionality. This allows for integration with other tools and for data export.
- It allows you to create customized workflows across multiple vendors in a simplified way, as opposed to strictly out-of-the-box pre-canned options.
- Treat public cloud services as a first-class citizen, and can automate networking services within AWS, Azure, or your preferred public cloud provider.
Itential is the only automation platform built to support both network and cloud, making it easy for enterprise organizations to maintain network configuration and compliance, reduce manual operations, and simplify hybrid management and cloud network. The Itential Automation Platform is a low-code solution that seamlessly integrates with any IT system and network technologies for end-to-end network configuration, compliance, and automation. With over 300+ Pre-Built Automations for leading use cases and integration into any system, Itential enables enterprise teams to maximize ROI on current investments and quickly start automating.
To access a complimentary copy of the Gartner Market Guide, click here. To learn more about Itential visit http://www.itential.com.
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Itential is committed to developing world-class products that accelerate the transition to software-driven networks and next-generation, agile network operations. We provide powerful network automation software to organizations around the world, from Fortune 500 companies, Communications Service Providers, to Enterprises of all sizes. The Itential Automation Platform is an enterprise-grade low-code offering that supports our customers on their network automation journey by seamlessly connecting to any IT system, cloud, or network technology, enabling freedom and flexibility to choose the right tools and best solutions for their needs. This helps ensure network compliance, reduces manual operations, and simplifies network management associated with automating physical and cloud network infrastructure.
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