CSPs’ DIY data center network automation: key motivations, challenges and true costs of in house built automation

02 February 2023 | Research

Ameer Gaili | Gorkem Yigit | Caroline Chappell

Perspective | PDF (23 slides) | Cloud Infrastructure Strategies| Multi-Cloud Networking

"CSPs’ significant use of DIY network automation tools poses a risk to their 5G ambitions."


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Data center network automation is a strategic imperative for every digital organization. This is driven by the need to run business-critical applications in a more reliable and efficient manner and to accelerate digital transformation activities. However, progress in automating data center networks has been limited to-date. The use of fragmented sets of in-house built tools and solutions is prevalent, and this current DIY-based approach to automation is not delivering the desired results.

Juniper Networks partnered with Analysys Mason to gain a deeper understanding of the DIY data center network automation activities within communications service providers (CSPs), enterprises and cloud service providers. We identified the key motivations and challenges of the DIY approach, examined overall data center automation strategies and benchmarked the level of automation across key operational processes.

This report focuses on the results from the CSP segment and builds on previous research on the state of CSP data center network automation. This report showcases the key findings from an online survey of 20 CSPs and complementary deep-dive interviews with senior decision makers and data center network operations staff.

The report for cloud providers is available here

The report for enterprises is available here.

CSPs' DIY data center network automation