Intelligent Software to Improve Network Automation

Let intelligent software do all the work.

Much has been written about the complexity of today’s networks and how mega trends like mobility, social and the Internet of Things (IoT) are straining them, creating a widening gap between business speed and network capabilities.

Software defined networking (SDN) is often hailed as a solution to the problem – promising to bring increased agility, speed and simplicity to today’s network. But the less talked about challenge is how to get from where you are today to an automated, programmable network. Is there an interim step? A way to simplify some of the more burdensome manual tasks?

Intelligent Network Monitoring Software Automates Many Processes for Improved Efficiency

Enter the Avaya Fabric Orchestrator. The Avaya Fabric Orchestrator is a unified network management and SDN controller package for change management, provisioning, network monitoring and policy management services. This functionality is delivered through a “single pane of glass” management interface.

It allows all Avaya elements − wired, wireless, physical and virtual resources − to be monitored and managed, and delivers the robust fault and performance management, configuration and security features that are required to reduce the administration, complexity and related costs of managing the network. Integrating intelligent discovery, visibility and fault management tools can save networking professionals valuable time and improve network uptime.

Today, too many networks are being managed and configured hop-by-hop. It’s still the norm for many network operations professionals to use complex CLI configuration scripts to make changes and fix network issues. This is time-consuming and leaves the network vulnerable to human error.

Using centralized configuration management tools can reduce network set-up time by an estimated 70 percent, according to an Avaya internal analysis. Rather than configuring each device to support a new service or protocol, a template can be created and applied to multiple devices in parallel. If something goes wrong with the configuration, backup and restore features enable users to quickly revert to the previous configuration.

From a fault monitoring perspective, many network operations teams stitch together third party software tools to monitor and collect alarms − device by device, minute by minute. Every network issue requires a network operator to analyze and troubleshoot. Faults and alarms have to be manually correlated to determine the root cause of an issue. Integrating intelligent discovery, visibility and fault management tools that span virtual and physical resources can save businesses a tremendous amount of time, as the tools can collect, analyze, correlate and perform root cause analysis of network events automatically – saving your staff valuable time and, more importantly, improving network uptime.

Looking forward, unattached devices will become disruptors, particularly for those in the healthcare, manufacturing and hospitality industries. In a previous blog post, titled “Thinking Small Earns Avaya Network Innovation Award,” we talked about how the Avaya Open Network Adaptor is transforming these unattached devices into intelligent network nodes.

This allows for centralized management tools, like the Avaya Fabric Orchestrator, to discover these devices and centrally administer and control them. This can dramatically simplify tasks like asset and inventory management, which is becoming increasingly more difficult for industries most impacted by the IoT.

There is no denying that networking technology is evolving at a rapid rate, and SDN holds tremendous promise for delivering enhanced network agility and simplicity. In the interim, you can set your own pace to transition to a fully automated SDN network. Avaya Fabric Orchestrator can improve network automation today, and will also evolve in the future to be the centralized control point in the network to simplify and automate network orchestration for both traditional and SDN-enabled devices.

Learn more about Avaya Fabric Orchestrator, and what it can do for your network environment at www.avaya.com/usa/product/fabric-orchestrator/