Report highlights how infrastructure, operations, and cloud management leaders can scale network automation beyond siloed implementations with a platform approach
ATLANTA, Nov. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Itential, the leading cloud-based network automation and orchestration platform, today announced it has been named a Representative Vendor in the 2023 Gartner® Market Guide for Network Automation Platforms, for the fourth consecutive time.
According to Gartner, organizations are increasingly turning to network automation platforms to improve agility and efficiency of network infrastructure while lowering costs, reducing the amount of manual human errors, and ensuring compliance. Furthermore, Gartner cites that network automation platforms are well-suited to add value on top of existing point network automation tools by orchestrating end-to-end network workflows across existing automation tools.
"The network automation market has recognized the split between automation and orchestration and acknowledges the unique attributes across automation domain's such as Data Center, Cloud, SD-WAN," said Chris Wade, CTO Itential. "Itential provides a platform that orchestrates automation domains, and this Gartner Market Guide is recognition for the need to evolve from tools to a platform approach in an effort to simplify and scale network automation and orchestration for the enterprise."
Despite the apparent benefits, automated network activities in the enterprise continues to increase only incrementally. According to Gartner, this is due to the proliferation of automation point solutions creating fragmentation, or silos of automation, making it difficult to automate an end-to-end service and limiting the speed at which network teams can deliver to the business. For Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) leaders to move beyond siloed or tactical network automation implementations, Gartner recommends evaluating network automation platforms that provide the ability to:
- Leverage your existing network automation investments by supporting existing network automation tools already in place (Ansible or Python, for example).
- Have turnkey, generally available, supported integration plugins with the relevant tools and vendors in the enterprise's environment, such as ServiceNow, Microsoft Teams, Slack, VMware vCenter, Splunk or Kubernetes.
- Offer published, open, RESTful APIs, that expose more than 90% of functionality, to allow for integration with other tools and the export of data.
- Allow enterprises to create customized workflows applicable to multiple vendors in a simplified fashion, versus rigid out-of-the-box canned options.
- Treat public cloud services as a first-class citizen by automating networking services inside of public cloud providers.
Itential is the only automation platform built to support hybrid multi-cloud network infrastructure, making it easy for enterprise organizations to standardize and maintain network configuration and compliance, reduce manual operations, and simplify hybrid multi-cloud network management. The Itential Automation Platform is an enterprise-grade, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), low-code solution that seamlessly integrates with any IT system, network, and cloud technologies and any existing automation tools, enabling end-to-end closed-loop process orchestration. With over 300+ Pre-Built Automations for top use cases and integrations to any system, Itential enables enterprise teams to maximize ROI on existing investments and start automating quickly.
Itential was recently named a sample vendor in six Gartner® Hype Cycle™ reports this year across three technology innovation categories – NetDevOps, Network Automation, and Infrastructure Orchestration.
Itential will also be showcasing its network automation and orchestration technology at the Gartner® IT Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies Conference (Gartner® IOCS), taking place from December 5-7, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada at booth #637 in the Operations Village. To schedule a meeting at the upcoming event, click here.
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Itential provides powerful hybrid multi-cloud network automation and orchestration software to companies worldwide, from Fortune 500 telecommunications and financial service companies to the public sector and enterprises of all sizes. The cloud-native Itential Automation Platform is an enterprise-grade Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering that supports our customers in their network automation journey by seamlessly connecting to any IT system, cloud, or network technology, enabling freedom and flexibility to choose the right tools and best solutions for their needs. It helps ensure network compliance, reduces manual operations, and simplifies network management associated with automating physical and cloud network infrastructure.