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Trends, perspectives and insights on enterprise networking and automation.

Five Ways to Organize and Map Your Network

By Phillip GervasiAugust 8, 2018

Data should drive a network diagram, not beautiful artwork. I’ve spent countless hours arranging lines just right, and I’ve spent many bleary-eyed evenings searching online for just the right Visio icon.

Network diagrams don’t have to be works of art – they have to be useful.

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Data Views Make Dynamic Maps “Dynamic”

By Steve Lamont September 24, 2018

NetBrain’s visualization and automation platform is built upon a foundation of deep, intelligent discovery. Using not only SNMP but also the CLI, as well as API integrations, NetBrain’s discovery engine…

Friday Five

The Friday Five: Networking Tools, Artificial Intelligence and IoT

By Dan Doherty September 14, 2018

Twice a month, we highlight five popular news stories from the world of networking, security and automation. Here are the top five stories from the last two weeks: Security, Network…

Six IT Workflows to Automate with Runbooks

By Jason Baudreau September 6, 2018

As our lives get busier, we look to automation to simplify wherever possible. When I get home, my garage door opens, which tells my lights to turn on and my…

How Automation Can Help Solve the Collaboration Problem

By Steve Lamont August 31, 2018

Today’s network problems increasingly require more than a single engineer — or more than one team — to resolve. These problems may involve a part of the network (or a…

The Friday Five: DevOps, Cyber Security and the State of the Network

By Steve Lamont August 30, 2018

Twice a month, we highlight five popular news stories from the world of networking, security and automation. Here are the top five stories from the last two weeks: Report: DevOps…

Dynamic Mapping

5 Characteristics that Define a Dynamic Map

By Alex Leemon August 30, 2018

We are familiar with manual network diagrams; these are the MS Visio maps we are accustomed to using when documenting or reviewing a network topology and configuration. You might also…

Dynamic Mapping for Network Abstractions

By Phillip Gervasi August 30, 2018

I don’t know when the last time I worked on a simple, flat network was. Even my smaller customers whom most vendors would consider SMB (small and medium-sized business) have…

THE FUTURE OF NETWORK OPERATIONS

Analyst White Paper Abstract: The Future of Network Operations

By Steve Lamont August 24, 2018

The following is an excerpt from the industry analyst Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) white paper The Future of Network Operations: Dynamic Visualization and Automation. Network managers often build their careers…

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The Friday Five: Digital Transformation, Automation and DevOps Working with SDN

By Steve Lamont August 16, 2018

Twice a month, we highlight five popular news stories from the world of networking, security and automation. Here are the top five stories from the last two weeks: Machine Learning…

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