As an organization expands, its network also continuously evolves and grows. Research suggests that networks of large enterprises grow on a scale of 53 percent every year. Gradually the IT costs for network operations start rising and at a point the growth of data and devices start to outpace IT capabilities. Monitoring and managing a network of this size results in operational costs being higher than that of the network. Also, with a workforce of this scale, configuration errors and inconsistencies in the network are prone to arise.
Network automation solution, centrally and remotely, is the key for organizations to stay on top of their network. The process of automatically discovering devices, automating the configuration, monitoring them continuously, and troubleshooting network issues automatically is network automation.
OpManager is an advanced network monitoring and network automation tool that can be effectively utilized to automate your network. From basic network automation management functions like automatic network device discovery, network mapping and threshold based alarms, it also supports complex workflows to automate troubleshooting, configuration management and also provisioning of virtual network resources. Implementing OpManager can maximize efficiency and the functionality of any network environment with faster service initiation, maximum visibility and reduction in human-error outages.
In an organization, there is a collection of network devices from different vendors each running their own operating system or configuration. The first step in network automation is to ensure that all the devices are properly audited and monitored, if necessary. By performing an IP sweep, OpManager automatically discovers all the devices present in a provided IP Range or within an entire network. The discovered devices are automatically classified based on the name, device type, vendor, etc. With a highly advanced discovery engine, OpManager also provides you with automation features like Discovery profiles and templates, Discovery schedules and a powerful rule engine that helps you setup custom discovery rules based on your requirement.
Network mapping provides complete visibility of your network infrastructure and helps you understand the relationship between the parent and dependent devices. OpManager can generate a network map once the discovery process in completed which helps you to quickly identify and troubleshoot issues when a device goes down. With advanced Layer2 mapping, OpManager provides a map of all the devices connected to the seed router and you can select the devices you want to monitor - network automation, simplified. Pinpoint network outages, quickly drill down to the root cause of a network issue and automate remedial actions with OpManager's network maps.
An important aspect of an efficient network automation software is identifying the issues and fixing it before it is identified by end users or before it resonates to a bigger problem. OpManager correlates network events, filter it and provides meaningful color coded alarms to the operator. OpManager provides threshold based alarms which automatically triggers a notification via SMS or email based on different severity levels. With network automation being a necessity, administrators can also configure OpManager to run an external program or execute scripts automatically when an alarm is triggered. You can also automatically log tickets for specific network faults using OpManager.
OpManager supports code-free IT workflow automation with out-of-the-box checks and actions to automate first level troubleshooting and repetitive maintenance tasks. With OpManager's powerful network automation workflow engine, you can initiate workflow for network faults or on a routine basis and also audit workflow progress with detailed workflow execution log reports. With over 70 workflow checks and actions grouped under nine different categories, you can construct a workflow using the flexible drag and drop workflow builder.
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Network automation includes ensuring that your network is ready to withstand the test of time and expansion. OpManager provides extensive data on network loads and bandwidth levels and makes it easy for you to understand the performance strain on servers and routers. With insights on storage levels and capacity utilization forecasts based on historical trends, you can effectively plan for your network expansion before the set capacity thresholds are breached. Automate network capacity planning with OpManager and stay on top of your network monitoring automation needs.