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Accelerate Time-to-Value with Turnkey Automation

To unleash new levels of business innovation and competitive advantage, today’s organizations are embracing digital transformation. However, their success depends on building an agile business and agile IT. In the digital era, automation is key to IT agility.

But organizations are only as agile as their least agile component, and for most organizations that is the data center network. In fact, Gartner research has found organizations that automate at least 70 percent of network changes reduce outages and increase release velocity by 50 percent.[1] At the same time, a Gartner 2017 poll of CIOs revealed that a lack of appropriate skills and a lack of resources are the biggest barriers to resilient IT in this digital era.[2] Clearly, there is a strong need and desire to implement automation but appropriate skills and resources are lacking.

Workflow Composer Automation Suites are specifically designed to jumpstart your transformation journey and accelerate time-to-value by providing everything needed for complete “out-of-box” network lifecycle automation for Extreme Networks infrastructure. And when combined with the DevOps-inspired, cross-domain automation of Extreme Workflow Composer for integrating with cross-domain technologies and platforms (see Figure 1), IT organizations can achieve immediate improvements in IT agility and accelerate their digital transformation.

[1] Gartner, Inc. (Andrew Lerner and Sanjit Ganguli), Take These Six Steps to a Better Network (ID: G00307825), December 2, 2016.

[2] Gartner, Inc. (Tomas Nielsen, Chris Howard, Andy Rowsell-Jones, Jan-Martin Lowendahl), 2017 CIO Agenda: Global Perspectives on Seizing the Digital Ecosystem Opportunity (ID: G00318306), February 10, 2017.

 

Automation Suite Overview

Workflow Composer automation suites are ideal for IT organizations that want to embrace automation but have limited automation training and resources. These automation suites are a powerful collection of components assembled, built, and tested with Extreme infrastructure. Each suite consists of a collection of turnkey, yet customizable workflows, services, sensors, actions, rules, documentation, and in some cases a customized user interface. They are designed to provide out-of-box network lifecycle automation for commonly encountered tasks that address key use cases such as provisioning and troubleshooting a data center fabric.

Network Automation Suites

Examples of automation workflows by the Workflow Composer Automation Suite follow:

Network Essentials

Provides automation building blocks for common networking tasks. Examples include:

  • Configure Edge Port VLAN, Layer 2 Port Channel, VLAN Interface, VRRPe, and VRF
  • Set Layer 2 and 3, and System MTUValidate Edge Port Layer 2 port channel state, VLAN interface, VRRPe, and OS version
  • Place switch in maintenance mode
  • Configure Syslog, NTP, AAA, DNS, and SNMP v2c management services
  • And more…

For the current list of automated tasks, view the Network Essentials Automation Suite Documentation

Data Center Fabrics

Provides out-of-box provisioning and management automation of data center fabric networks with minimal training. Examples include:

  • Provision data center fabric underlay/overlay
  • Add servers, switches, or Layer 2/3 tenants to fabrics
  • Upgrade fabric (scheduled, organized execution)
  • Validate BGP settings and state, BGP neighbors, BGP EVPN peering, and switch reachability
  • Troubleshoot and remediate issues with ow trace for end-to-end integrity or leaf-spine connectivity
  • Perform a “Support Save”
  • And more…

For the current list of automated tasks, view the Data Center Fabrics Automation Suite Documentation

Automation on Your Terms

Workflow Composer Automation Suites allow IT organizations of all sizes to realize near-term business value while transitioning to automation at their own pace.

An Evolutionary Approach Yields Revolutionary Results

The process of automating network infrastructure involves various steps, each of which delivers greater value but requires advancements in technology, skills, and processes. While some organizations are farther along in this process, many are seeking ways to get started by using their existing skills, resources, or investments.

Extreme Workflow Composer, powered by StackStorm, and Workflow Composer Automation Suites help IT organizations realize short- and long-term business value while transitioning to DevOps-inspired automation with confidence and at their own pace. As a result, they can:

  • Accelerate time-to-value with automation suites that include everything needed for network lifecycle automation and backed by a world-class support organization
  • Develop and execute an automation strategy at their own pace with turnkey, yet customizable, cross-domain and network workflow automation — all supported in multivendor network environments
  • Easily automate the entire network lifecycle — including provisioning, configuration validation, troubleshooting, and remediation — with event-driven automation
  • Automate with confidence by leveraging the power of proven DevOps methods, popular open source technologies, industry best practices, and a thriving technical community for peer collaboration and innovation
Workflow Composer Automation Suites
Network EssentialsData Center Fabrics
Provides automation building blocks for common networking tasks. Examples include:Provides pre-built provisioning and management automation of data center fabric networks for executing advanced automation with minimal training. Examples include:
Configure edge port VLAN, Layer 2 port channel, VLAN interface, VRRPe, and VRF Provision data center fabric underlay/overlay
Set Layer 2 and 3, and System MTUAdd servers, switches, or Layer 2/3 tenants to fabrics
Validate edge port Layer 2 port channel state, VLAN interface, VRRPe, and OS versionUpgrade fabric (scheduled, organized execution)
Place switch in maintenance modeValidate BGP settings and state, BGP neighbors, BGP-EVPN peering, and switch reachability
Configure Syslog, NTP, AAA, DNS, and SNMP v2c management services Troubleshoot and remediate issues with flow trace for end-to-end integrity or leaf-spine connectivity
For the current list of automated tasks, view the Network Essentials Automation Suite DocumentationPerform a “Support Save”
For the current list of automated tasks, view the Data Center Fabric Automation Suite documentation.