In a business world dominated by stringent network compliance, auditing policies and regulations, network engineers have additional pressure to ensure federal and internal corporate policies are met. With enterprise networks growing hand-in-hand with business expansion, it’s not easy to ensure all configuration and device setting changes that happen in the nooks and crannies of your IT infrastructure get tracked and reported. Network operation teams are submerged in huge volumes of device configuration data analyzing and comparing what has changed, when and by whom. This becomes all the more difficult in a multi-vendor environment.
In addition, there could be a potentially malicious insider trying to tamper with network device configuration settings. Both compliance and network security are under radar when it comes to Network Configuration and Change Management (NCCM).
The time spent on manually chasing down when and where configurations changed could be spent on solving business-critical IT issues by automating the NCCM process.
Top 5 Reasons to Automate NCCM
Automating NCCM allows you to schedule periodic network configuration scans getting a holistic view of all the changes in configuration and device settings.
|Manual efforts eliminated, time saved, and NCCM process optimized|
You can automate alerting in real-time when met with unauthorized and non-compliant config changes. You can know where and when the changes have happened and by whom.
|Simplify network troubleshooting and security|
Automation gives you the power to perform deeper analysis of configuration data. You can archive configuration and backup history to deep-dive into config changes and policy violations.
|Network forensics improved; historical config change data available any time for analysis|
Execution of bulk configuration changes is made easy with NCCM automation. Especially in a heterogeneous environment, thousands of device configurations can be scheduled for bulk and uniform change.
|Individual device configuration change effort eliminated and process standardized|
Automating NCCM also incorporates the automation of compliance reporting.
|Ensure federal and internal corporate policies are complied with efficiently|
You want to avoid feeling this level of pain - Amazon cloud outage was triggered by configuration error - so let’s review some easy ways to automate your NCCM process:
- You can write your own scripts and macros to simplify and automate some change management processes within the LAN
- Leverage on Open Source tools for further scripts and automation
- Choosing the right third-party NCCM automation software that will scale to support your growing multi-vendor network infrastructure
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