Network Operations Automation for Any Location, Any Application, Any Scale

October 21, 2011 - 1 Comment

With this week’s announcement, Cisco continues its innovation and leadership by bringing unmatched architectural flexibility and revolutionary scale to meet diverse requirements of massively scalable data centers, big data environments, cloud-based architectures or bare-metal deployments – with one evolutionary network: Unified Fabric.

These next-generation solutions lay to rest the myth of  “the good enough network”.  When a modest five-year  TCO is calculated (including CAPEX plus the cost of maintenance, labor, bandwidth and energy consumption), the Cisco advantage is clear. And when the value of Cisco’s unique Intelligent Automation capabilities are added, like implementing the newly launched Network Operations Automation Service, Cisco has a very compelling economic argument indeed.

To drive the point home, the real economics of networking reveal that for many organizations approximately 70% of network TCO is incurred after the initial equipment purchase. So why is this important?

Network Automation Driven By Cisco Best Practices

Our customers’ networks today encompass multiple advanced technologies. Significant time, effort and expertise are required to support these complex networks. Network operations teams typically spend an inordinate amount of time on repetitive maintenance procedures, housekeeping tasks and rudimentary support procedures.

Automation drives effective processes by leveraging appropriate technology and people with the expertise. And developing these automation workflows using proven Cisco best practices delivers an unbeatable advantage to our customers. Here are a few examples where Cisco network operations automation delivers measurable reductions in your TCO:

  • Faster response times by automating the triage or analysis process sequence or remediation activities after an incident occurs
  • Migrating mundane and repetitive task from level 3 to level 1 support staff
  • Integration with element management systems drives increased compliance
  • Improving change management by eliminating human errors
  • Acceleration in provisioning of networks and deployment of network management systems and equipment

Successful network operations automation can be a game-changer to the TCO argument because it can eliminate human errors, capture and implement best practices, and free up valuable network personnel to work on innovation and strategic programs.

So the real value of Cisco solutions—even without automation—can be compelling…and by adding network operations automation, well, I’ll let you do the math…

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  1. Integrating NOAS with Cisco’s Smart Bonding initiative thereby creating automated bidirectional collaboration between Cisco TAC and NOAS customers would add another 24.8% reduction in MTTR!