During 1940s, a human was employed to plug switchboards to connect one telephone to the other. Thousands of telephone operators were employed just to listen to a ‘hello’ and to connect the call to another line. Then came the dial enabled telephones and the automated switchboards connecting millions of people without a single human in between.
Imagine the scale automation brough. Number of telephones used have grown from mere thousands during second world war to 4.5 billion plus by 2017, making world a much smaller place.
This is the result of automation. Automation is not a new topic, as it has helped different industries to multiply, boost efficiency and agility. Although automation has been there, application of automation in the networking domain is still marginal.
Go back in time and imagine someone said, you can connect telephones without a switchboard operator? Nobody would probably believe or would be very skeptical to embrace them. These were mere impossibilities back then but made possible with the advancements of technology. Situation was not very different with autonomation capabilities brought by tractor for agriculture industry and ATM machines for financial industry.
Now, fast-forward hundred years. What if we say networks in future will run on its own? It may sound like an unrealistic thought, but it’s only a matter of time till we get there. Just like how human kind is witnessing an evolution towards self-driven cars, network automation is slowly moving towards building networks that runs on its own. Still too hard to believe isn’t it? While some may say million reasons why it cannot be done, some may seek solutions to make it happen!
And we at InSync work day in and day out to make network automation a reality, because it’s only a matter of time…
Take the above examples from agriculture, telecommunication and banking again. It is merely impossible to think of competing in these industries without using automation technologies we discussed. And those who adopted automation had the early advantage to capture market share from the beginning. As with anything else, automation is a journey where developments take place continuously to make a perfect product. However, early usage of automation in niche areas can still give you efficiency, productivity and competitiveness within the market.
Automation brings efficiency, accuracy, agility and speed. Combined with machine learning, natural language processing and deep learning, it will bring effectivity and intelligence to take decisions on its own. That’s when your networks won’t need humans anymore to run and manage them.