Five Benefits of Network Automation

By Huy Nguyen  |  Posted 2010-09-27 Print this article Print

Five benefits of network automation

Network automation delivers multiple benefits today. With network automation, IT administrators can:

1. Discover, identify and provision services to devices that attach to the network such as mobile phones, PCs, gaming consoles or any IP-based devices,

2. Identify users whose devices-either by username or log-in credentials-are on the "preapproved" guest list sitting on a server behind the scenes, while segmenting or deauthenticating those that are not permitted,

3. Provide dynamic power management using power over Ethernet (POE) to provide electricity to edge-connected devices,

4. Provision key network services and applications instantaneously. This can be levels of quality of service (QOS) to promote responsive IP communications (including voice and video) or to send virtual LAN (VLAN) parameters and dynamic, role-based policies to keep individual network access "departmentalized" or on a need-to-know basis,

5. Provide location-based tracking, monitoring and automated event response to help simplify troubleshooting and repetitive tasks. The network can automatically respond to events without requiring manual intervention to deliver higher levels of service assurance.

Huy Nguyen is Director of Product Management at Extreme Networks. In this role, Huy drives strategy and direction for the company's products and partner alliances. He can be reached at

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