Proactive Health Check?
The prefix “pro” quite literally means “before.” If an individual is proactive, it means that they make things happen instead of waiting for things to happen to them. Thus, being proactive means being ready if something happens: the opposite of being reactive. When we think about network and…
Why “Network Automation”?
Recently I’ve found myself having conversations about just when and why network engineers should be considering a mode of operation we’ll describe as “Network Automation”. Networking folks are investing huge amounts of their own time learning about Python, APIs, and network device programmability to query…
Insuring your environment is secure as you intended
In a world where security is getting more and more complex, how do you know what you’re doing is accomplishing what you want? Is that firewall rule actually stopping your applications or IP from reaching the outside world? Is your well-crafted micro segmentation policy dynamically…
Network Time Traveller
As a network manager in today’s world, we are expected to be time travellers and mind readers………………… let that digest for a second 🤔 We need to know exactly what has happened (even before your time) and what is going to happen. Baselining your infrastructure and…
We are all looking for that chink of sunlight in the blanket of darkness, in a year which has felt pretty dark and miserable, expecting and anticipating the sun to come and brighten the days up seems to be in the distant future. The same…
Enriching your network tooling
In our last post, we discussed the complexity of the operational tooling ecosystem that we use to maintain and support networks. In particular we looked into the following areas: Configuration Performance Monitoring Event Management IT Service Management CMDB We discussed the gaps between the existing…
Mind the gaps in your network tooling!
The network is a distributed system whose raison d’etre is to deliver applications to your users in a reliable and timely way. In order to keep your network up and functioning, manageable and supportable, adaptable and secure, you need to maintain a set of tools…
Integration with the Operational Ecosystem
In every product conversation and demonstration, we are always at pains to point out that we discover and curate an incredible wealth of network data in our platform. That data is then available for you to query and visualise through the Web UI. And we…
Version 3.7.0: Enhanced security model and reducing friction for automation workflows
To grasp any technology in a standard manner, first the right command set has to be found. The command set provides initial ingredients in raw form, which have to be processed. The processing extracts and structures the variables in a unified network model. This is…
10 ways to make your network run more smoothly
If I were to say that you could:
– Identify BGP peering instability;
– Spot Single Points of Failure;
– Verify end-to-end QoS
– Track down OSPF area inconsistencies
– Align FHRP and Spanning Tree
– Troubleshoot multicast forwarding
– Look for firewall bypass scenarios
– Identify 802.1X configuration issues
– Find end-of-life equipment
– Spot where users are having wireless woes
and without having to write Python scripts, Ansible playbooks and DIY, what would you say?