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Top 5 Benefits of Network Automation

 

By Nicolette Carklin, Parallels

Networks have grown increasingly complex in the wake of rapid technological advances. Due to this growing complexity, lengthy downtimes may result from network devices breaking down, financially impacting company operations and potentially overloading IT staff as they try to perform mitigation.

Network automation will help improve your IT infrastructure cope with this growing complexity. As network device provisioning, configuration, and management become automated, the people that oversee network operations can also become more productive and capable. Ultimately, your network becomes more stable, scalable, and resilient.

1. Remove human error

Lengthy and cumbersome manual processes involving network devices are prone to errors, even if your company has IT staff members who are capable of carrying them out. It is highly probable that automating such processes would lower chances of error occurrence, even as network changes are successfully carried out on the first try. Aside from avoiding troublesome incidents resulting from manual changes, automated network configuration can prevent the network from breaking down, increasing its reliability. Network security rules also become easier to enforce, allowing security audits to be passed without any need for further investigation.

2. Reduce the workload of IT staff

Since network-related processes are run automatically, IT staff only need to see if these were triggered and implemented without any hitch, although they must also remain on alert against potential problems. They also do not need to document configuration changes in network devices, as reports that have this information are often already available. Thus, IT staff become more productive as they are able to focus on strategic initiatives that drive business improvements and attempt to make your processes become more efficient.

3. Standardized processes

With standard processes implemented throughout the network, potentially troublesome situations within the IT infrastructure are avoided, even as day-to-day maintenance activities become routine. Even if a network administrator leaves, the next person in line may be just as capable of handling administration tasks as older, more experienced staff members. However, you should keep in mind that initiating a staff reduction just because your company has implemented network automation may not be necessary since the processes still need to be run by capable people.

4. Increased resilience

Optimal network performance is achieved through automated updates and changes that are undertaken regularly and without fail, unlike in a manual setup where processes that take time may be overlooked because of the effort involved. In addition, network automation results in simpler management tasks due to the availability of tools that allow monitoring of network performance and alert your staff to potential errors before they occur, helping them prevent downtime and achieve service level agreements with relatively minimal effort.

5. Improved scaling

Network automation can help boost your IT infrastructure's ability to scale, even as it runs complex analysis based on inputs from the various devices available within your network. It allows speedy rollout of new services, devices, and applications based on established and reusable processes. Network automation also allows your network to handle increased usage demands before they impact performance. This scalability would not be possible in manual networks without significant investment in time and manpower.

How Parallels RAS leverages PowerShell to provide network automation

Network administrators use PowerShell to help manage their ParallelsĀ® Remote Application Server (RAS) deployments from the command line. With PowerShell, administrators can automate configuration operations and create automatic scripts for repetitive and complex tasks within their networks. Parallels RAS PowerShell SDK can be installed as a standalone component that makes all of this possible, allowing IT to connect and manage the farm from any location.

Check out the capabilities of Parallels RAS in your network by downloading your 30-day Parallels RAS trial.

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Published Thursday, July 16, 2020 7:28 AM by David Marshall
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