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Ecosystem for Boosting NetOps: Network Automation

In networking, the convergence of software development, NetOps, DevOps, and SecOps demands seamless integration of tools and platforms. This blog series delves into integrated ecosystems for Network Automation and Management, emphasizing the role of APIs, DDI, and other infrastructure components. By leveraging these elements, IT teams can efficiently deliver secure networks, operate them smoothly, and gain agility and productivity.

April 25, 2024 | Written by: Chris Buijs | , ,

Ecosystem for Boosting Netops Network Automation

The importance of ecosystems for Network Automation and Management 

In today’s digital landscape, networks serve as the backbone of nearly every aspect of modern life, from communication and commerce to entertainment and healthcare. As networks grow more complex, efficient management and smooth operation are crucial. Network automation is a game-changer, reducing manual intervention, improving operational efficiency, and enhancing network agility and responsiveness. It enables dynamic provisioning, configuration, management, and monitoring of network services based on application needs or policies.

But, network operations that foster automated processes will elevate the value of their current infrastructures if they operate within an ecosystem of interconnected tools and platforms. Such an ecosystem will provide the framework and environment necessary for effective network automation by enabling seamless integration, data sharing, and collaboration between different network components. It includes any sources of networking data/information while integrating horizontally with other IT systems, enabling both real-time querying and updating of information thanks to the use of APIs. 

The strategic role of open APIs in Network Automation and Management ecosystems

Open APIs are vital, providing standardized interfaces for devices, platforms, and applications to interact programmatically. They play a critical role, transforming how networks are designed to become programmable, data/information driven, and easy to connect. By exposing data back and forth, they facilitate integration between network components and help develop a broader network automation and management ecosystem that network teams can leverage to reap the fruits of effective network automation. 

This openness is key and can be harnessed with an API-first approach, REST APIs, SDKs, plugins, and code snippets fostering seamless interaction, accelerating the automation journey, and enabling the development of tailored solutions and customizations for diverse business needs. 

The value brought by Network Automation and Management ecosystems

By leveraging a network automation and management ecosystem, network teams will benefit from:

Flexibility and Scalability: Rapidly scale network infrastructure with automated provisioning and configuration, reducing manual efforts.

Agility and Adaptability: Programmatically modify network configurations to swiftly respond to business needs or security issues, ensuring competitiveness and responsiveness.

Resource Optimization: Efficiently utilize network resources by intelligently managing workloads and traffic based on real-time metrics or priorities.

Automation and Orchestration: Automate routine network tasks to minimize errors, accelerate issue resolution, and free up IT resources for strategic projects.

Interoperability and Integration: Seamlessly integrate diverse network devices and applications, ensuring end-to-end visibility and control across the ecosystem.

Enhanced Security and Compliance: Enforce consistent security measures and compliance policies throughout the network infrastructure, bolstering defense against cyber threats and regulatory requirements.

DDI’s essential role in Network Automation and Management ecosystems

EfficientIP, leveraging its innovative platform, provides a dynamic environment to grow and be part of an ecosystem centered around enhancing network operations. At its core, components of this ecosystem will integrate seamlessly with DDI (DNS, DHCP, and IP Address Management), serving as the foundation for streamlined network management and automation.

Network Automation Hub
Network Automation Hub

In general, through the integration of DDI within its Network Automation Hub, EfficientIP empowers organizations to accelerate their network automation strategy, optimize their infrastructure’s efficiency, bolster security measures, facilitate seamless data and intelligence exchange, and ultimately drive operational efficiency to new heights. 

Below are some common examples (non-exhaustive) of leveraging an ecosystem that includes DDI:

Network Automation: Harnessing IPAM as the “Network Source of Truth” (NSoT) and open platform with REST APIs to facilitate network automation initiatives. DDI stands out as an ideal NSoT candidate, housing comprehensive networking information for all devices and users within the IP-Address Space. This unlocks the potential for seamless “full-stack” and “end-to-end” automation capabilities.

Cloud: Serving as the backbone for Cloud Services by automating the discovery and reconciliation of both physical and non-physical entities, instances, and networks within the IP-Address space. Enhanced visibility and observability are inherent strengths of this approach.

Security: Empowering DevOps, SecOps, and NetOps through data enrichment. Access to accurate and current information enables data-driven and automated operational and security decisions. In the realm of modern network and security operations, maintaining precision and timeliness in data is paramount.

The Network Automation Hub value for Network Automation

Including and integrating with EfficientIP’s Network Automation Hub solution brings several key benefits when building a Network Automation and Management ecosystem:

Operational Efficiency: EfficientIP’s DDI solutions automate and orchestrate DNS, DHCP, and IPAM processes, reducing manual tasks and saving time, accelerating provisioning, streamlining workflows, and minimizing configuration errors.

Integrated Security: Enforce corporate standards and security policies across users and devices anytime, reduce shadow IT, quickly detect, and automate the security response for faster and more efficient threat remediation in case of DNS-based attacks like DDoS, DNS cache poisoning, and DNS tunneling.

Scalability and Flexibility: Seamlessly scale to meet the needs of mid to large, complex infrastructures with flexible deployment options and multi-vendor support.

Visibility and Control: Gain comprehensive visibility into DNS, DHCP, and IPAM activities for real-time monitoring, IP address tracking, accurate NSoT, and anomaly detection, enhancing network management capabilities.

EfficientIP’s spectrum of integration options 

Utilizing the EfficientIP ecosystem, organizations can harness both out-of-the-box integrations and customizations to maximize benefits and adaptability to cater to diverse user needs and technical abilities.

Ecosystem Integration Partners
Ecosystem integration Partners

No-Code: With out-of-the-box integrations, users can effortlessly deploy, rapidly realize benefits, streamline operations, and seamlessly scale their network infrastructure without any coding required. This option suits users seeking quick and hassle-free solutions. Some integration examples are: Cisco DNA/ACI, Morpheus Data, ServiceNow, Aruba ClearPass, Tufin, and Extreme Networks XMC.

Low-Code: For users desiring more customization and flexibility, EfficientIP’s low-code integrations provide the ability to adjust configurations and workflows with minimal coding effort using pre-coded examples, automation frameworks, and SDK’s. This option offers accelerated time-to-value and adaptability to specific requirements. Some integration examples are: Terraform, Ansible, Perl/Go/Python SDK and Prometheus. 

Pro-Code: For advanced users or organizations with specific demands, any custom integration can be started using REST APIs or thanks to EfficientIP’s custom integration capabilities that enable the coding of specific requirements, resulting in rapid deployment, mission-critical operations, user-centric usability, and efficient automation tailored to their precise needs. This option offers maximum control and optimization for highly specialized workflows.


EfficientIP’s Network Automation Hub solution empowers Network Automation and Management ecosystems, optimizing operations, enhancing security, and improving efficiency. Whether through out-of-the-box, pre-configured, or bespoke integrations, EfficientIP’s open SOLIDserverTM platform facilitates streamlined workflows, automated processes, and agile network management, leading to enhanced performance and business outcomes.

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