Everyone delivering IT service is on a journey - our businesses are so dependent on us as foundation for their process that availability isn't even about SLAs any more – 100% up time is the expectation. And with the dependencies between elements of IT infrastructure becoming ever more complex, we are constantly looking for ways of managing the complexity. In our recent white paper 'The Road to the Self-Driving Network' we dig into the idea that through automation and orchestration, supported by network assurance, we can reach a goal of a self-healing, autonomous network that configures itself to provide the business with the service it needs, then validates that it is doing as it should.
The foundation to that is Intent-Based Networking, which defines a structure for network operations to work smarter now, but drive towards that automated nirvana. It carves up network operations into 3 areas:
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Intent is the way we describe the service we want the network to provide - how we translate business requirements to network config and policy
Fulfilment is the way we take that intent and render it into actual network device configuration – whether that is manual, through automation or using full service orchestration
Assurance is the way in which we validate the network is doing what it should. This area covers monitoring and performance measurement but also such things as network modelling, behaviour analysis and configuration compliance.
Guruprasad Ramamoorthy is the Global Head of Network Architecture, Engineering & Operations at S&P Global.
A hands-on technology executive with a unique blend of Product Development, Digital Infrastructure, End User Computing and Cybersecurity experience, Guruprasad is responsible for plan-build-run functions of the global network that spans across 80+ offices, 10+ on-premises Data Centers and 4+ multi-cloud environments.
Daren Fulwell is a Cisco Champion, Member of the CCIE advisory council, CCIE, CCDE and IP Fabric’s Network Automation Evangelist among many other things. Daren has spent the best part of 25 years working in our industry and has seen many changes over that time, but his true passion is in Network Automation. Daren is a leading light in the community, being a regular guest on podcasts and giving his view in interviews and blog pieces on the role of automation and its future uses, as well producing vast amounts of content with #init6, and many other outlets.
Daren has held roles with global giants in telecoms, banking and transportation but took a leap into the vendor world to join IP Fabric last year.
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