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Most of the IT organizations operate in environments where manual processes and ad-hoc scripting are used to provision new services. Also these IT organizations operate in silos, it takes multiple tickets between different teams such as application team, server team and network teams to communicate required changes in the network to support application requirements. The silo’ed environment, manual processes and ad-hoc scripting results in issues such as noncompliance and reduced productivity ultimately causing delays in application deployments.
In addition, most organizations use a CLI or GUI approach to manage and configure individual devices on the network. This approach has been the de facto for many years—but networks are changing. Complexity is increasing and new applications are being deployed to support evolving business models that require faster delivery and response time of the network.
DevOps tools like Puppet can enable Fast IT by bring multiple IT teams together and alleviate many current challenges by allowing IT professionals to manage a large number of devices quickly and accurately in an automated way, do more with less, and respond faster to business needs.
This demo showcases how Puppet framework dramatically simplifies management and shrink deployment times of Cisco Nexus switches bringing DevOps benefits to the network. The demonstration includes zero touch installation of Puppet agent and automation of software packages, VLAN assignments and network-wide policy distribution using Puppet.