The NetBrain Blog

Trends, perspectives and insights on enterprise networking and automation.

Three things to learn from CVS Health

Three Things to Learn from CVS Health

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with John Criddle, Senior Director IT Enterprise Infrastructure Operations at CVS Health. John is a very seasoned and respected leader having managed enterprise IT Infrastructure and Operations for over 20 years. CVS Health is a retail pharmacy and health care company with assets that includes CVS Pharmacy, CVS Caremark, CVS Specialty, and […]

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Data Center Upgrade

Applying Automation to a Network Upgrade

Whether an organization outgrows their existing network or hardware just becomes end-of-life, a network upgrade is virtually inevitable for any business. While it’s a common issue, it’s one that comes with many hurdles for IT teams. It is a difficult task to  navigate the requirements of both the current and new network and determine what new […]

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Let’s Talk About Tech! Join NetBrain for NewCo

Imagine you could get a special invitation to tour Google’s Headquarters. Larry Page and Sergey Brin would personally take you around campus, show you the self-driving car prototypes (and maybe let you in for a quick spin) and introduce you to top Google talent before sitting you down with a beer in order to tell […]

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NetOps to DevOps: A Foreseeable Transformation

I often get asked these questions in different discussions… What does DevOps mean to a Network Engineer? What are the top challenges for a network engineer to implement a DevOps model? Sounds familiar? Have you thought of these questions? DevOps has become a movement in the industry today. So it’s best to first understand what […]

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Network Vulnerability Assessment

Runbook of the Week: Network Vulnerability Assessment

Hey again, folks! Last week we tackled how Runbook automation can help us perform an MPLS Carrier Assessment. This week, we’re going to outline how a network vulnerability assessment using a Runbook helps you easily confirm that your network devices are accessed-hardened. Once you either complete a network’s initial configuration or take over management of an […]

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Lessons from Amazon’s Massive AWS Outage

It’s not breaking news to say that humans aren’t perfect. Yet, many organizations rely on an unrealistic expectation that their IT teams will never make a mistake. The recent Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage is a perfect example. Hysteria ensues after any major outage, and the pressure placed on the IT teams at that time […]

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MPLS Carrier Assessment

Runbook of the Week: MPLS Carrier Assessment

Runbooks can be built for any use case, and this week I’m happy to offer yet another example of what all they can do for you. In my last Runbook of the Week post, I discussed how Runbook automation increases the pace, ease, and accuracy of assessing a network’s Layer-2-architecture. Today, we’re going to examine a Runbook that can […]

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network automation

The Next Generation of Network Automation

Clearly, network automation is essential for organizations to keep up with the accelerating pace of technology and business. However, there are numerous tasks that current automation tools cannot facilitate. Over the last two decades, two limited types of network automation have evolved into mainstream practices to replace some of the manual work for network engineers. […]

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Runbook of the Week Troubleshooting Dynamic Routing

Runbook of the Week: Layer-2 Architecture Assessment

Hi again! If you recall, in my last article I discussed how NetBrain’s Runbook automation speeds up the process of assessing and troubleshooting a network’s routing topology. (It also saves you aspirin!) This week, let’s suppose you need to understand the state of your network’s Layer-2 architecture in order to troubleshoot a problem. With NetBrain, […]

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Why Faulty Clock Technology Should Be a Warning for Network Engineers

It’s no secret that networks have grown incredibly complex and managing them has turned into a painful task. With the growth of transformational technologies such as software-defined networking (SDN), the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and more, companies are being forced to manage networks that look very different from a decade ago. Today, everything […]

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