InSync's Story of Network Automation

Envisioning network automation.

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As evident, human kind is progressing in the technology domain at an exponential phase than anyone could have ever imagined. Thanks to advances and availability of technology this has become a reality.

Evolution of IT landscape today is fueled by technologies such as cloud, artificial intelligence, autonomation, block-chain, internet of things and many other cutting-edge concepts. It has brought human kind closer to technology by abstracting complexities of technology and by making technology more user-friendly and intuitive.

Take a self-driving car for an example. Cars tomorrow will be intelligent enough to pick you from where you are, when you finish work, and to take you to your destination safely without you doing anything or with a human giving minimum instruction.

Networks tomorrow will not be of any difference. IT systems are evolving day by day and automation is something that’s widely adopted in applications and infrastructure domain.

InSync vision for network automation in future will lead to ‘self-run networks’ where the networks will be simplified, intelligent and autonomous. Self-run networks are where the network is intelligent to autonomously configure and manage itself on its own based on business requirements. Simply put, business users will be able to instruct the outcome and the network will rearrange itself to cater such requirements with a press of a button.

Simply put businesses won’t have to spend time and money on building networks. Intelligent cloud-based software will do it for you. Not only this will change the role of a network engineer but will impact the systems integrator business heavily as software will be intelligent enough to replicate what expert network engineers does.

We are working on it…are you?

To Believe in Network Automation.

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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.