How Network Management Automation Improves Out-of-Band Management

June 04, 2021
Uplogix

Written by Uplogix

The role of the technology executive has changed over the past several years, and now those executives are being asked to devote more time and budget to higher-level business initiatives. A report published last year found that 83% of nearly 200 IT executives surveyed at large firms across various industries said their role is more strategic than it was three years ago. That strategy almost always involves more technology which is why, in corporate environments, technology is being deployed across the enterprise more than ever before. As these organizations deploy more technology across operations, IT departments have turned to automation to keep up with the technology demands without hiring more engineers.

Because of this trend, in the more recent years, using technology to increase the productivity of their IT staff is a top priority for CIOs, ranking above migrating data, systems and moving processes to the cloud. 

More technology executives understand the financial benefit of leveraging artificial intelligence and automation to better monitor the performance of the ever-expanding IT infrastructure. One such automation technology rising to the top of the list is out-of-band management. The return on investment of this technology is almost immediate, and there are some critical reasons it’s taking hold in distributed enterprise networks.

Network Management Automation Streamlines Your Business

Today, approximately 50% of companies are ready to invest in network management automation because of the ability that network automation has in streamlining various operational processes. Financially, it makes sense for organizations to adapt and embrace more autonomous networking and improve their out-of-band operations rather than request more headcount in their departments.

Technology managers understand the extensive effort and time on repetitive manual tasks and processes, whether it's routine patching, updating, provisioning, or data logging. Deploying out-of-band automation boosts productivity and efficiency instantly. Issues that typically require a site visit or, at the very least remote hands support, can be accomplished automatically and provide notifications or warnings of potential failures within the infrastructure, often before network users report issues.

Network Automation and Out-Of-Band Management: Consistency

Advanced out-of-band management is great for organizations that want to standardize their networks and provide compliance throughout the enterprise. With the proper workflows configured in the tools, you have the ability to integrate programmatic behaviors to support your entire network. With network automation, tasks such as continuous monitoring and configuration backups can be done automatically, eliminating the engineer-intensive processes. Plus replacing hands-on work with an automated workflow ensures consistent implementation and less human error.

Remote Site and Network Control

Automated network management can make the deployment of IT infrastructure in remote areas faster and easier. More importantly, supporting a remote site with out-of-band automation provides a substantial financial gain. While not every network issue can be solved with automation, most network failures can be handled remotely with an out-of-band connection, reducing the need to deploy an engineer. It is this added flexibility to manage and access devices remotely that brings out-of-band management to the spotlight.

 

To understand how out-of-band automation can financially impact your organization, contact Uplogix and learn about our team's capabilities and skills. You can request a demo right now.

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