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In order for your Network to run smoothly and reliably, it should be customized and adjusted to your individual needs, and allow for fast and efficient service and changes. It’s for this reason that Profindis operates on the NetOps work model, where we automate Business-IT alignment processes through a responsive and programmable infrastructure.

But what does that mean? To understand how NetOps works and why it is so important, it is crucial to explain the DevOps work model first.

Traditional approach to Software Development

In a traditional approach to software development, customer requirements are turned into specifications which are then coded by a software developer. After weeks or months of programming, the completed software is passed over to the operations team for implementation. Due to discrepancies between the artificial development and the real product environments, the software moves between the development and operations team to be adjusted. This adjustment process is very time consuming, inefficient and cost-intensive.

Introducing the DevOps Work Model

DevOps stands for Development and Operations. It removes the barrier between the development and operations departments and integrates them into a dynamic team. Its aim is to facilitate and speed up the process of software development and implementation. It uses tools and techniques to automate infrastructure and workflows that continuously measure application performance, thereby increasing efficiency enormously. Instead of coding the whole software in the first place, with DevOps the code is divided into small segments. These small segments can usually be tested and deployed within hours or minutes instead of months. This makes DevOps more responsive to customer needs, and allows for faster innovation, better quality and more frequent releases.

What is NetOps?

NetOps stands for Networking and Operations. It uses the tools and techniques derived from the DevOps work model and applies them to IT-networks.

DevOps + Networking = NetOps

SDN / SD-WAN and NetOps

With the rise of Software Defined Networking (SDN), there is also an increased demand for faster software development in the area of networking. The programmability of network infrastructure has brought network engineers and software developers closer than ever. Thus, the communication between these two parties became essential. Both have to speak and understand the same language now, which is telematics.

That’s why NetOps plays a fundamental role now in order to keep networks agile and responsive to business requirements.

SDN / SD-WAN Products need Customizations

With the rise of Software Defined Networking (SDN), there is also an increased demand for faster software development in the area of networking. The programmability of network infrastructure has brought network engineers and software developers closer than ever. The communication between these two parties has become essential. Both are required to speak and understand the same language – known as telematics.

That is why NetOps plays a fundamental role in keeping networks agile and responsive to business requirements. SDN / SD-WAN manufacturers already offer very powerful and well-functioning products. However, these products are mainly designed to serve the global market with its diverse industries and are therefore standardized. Individual adaptations are necessary to address the respective industry and the needs and wishes of the customers. For manufacturers, it is impossible to adapt products to the individual requirements of every single customer.  Fort that reason, many companies seek out third party specialists that work on the orchestrator’s northbound APIs to support their SD-WAN customization process.

NetOps at Profindis

Our NetOps team consists of experienced network engineers that understand software development and software developers that understand network engineering. Our developers are telematics engineers and most are CCNP certified. In order to achieve the most effective results, both groups work in synergy.  We merge our 15 years of experience in networking and our skills in software development to offer you professional services all around your SDN / SD-WAN project.

SD-WAN Tools developed by Profindis:

  • Bandwidth Utilization Tool (BUT)
    The customer can set their own threshold and alerted when bandwidth utilization becomes critical for their business needs including application analysis.
  • Configuration Audit Tool (CAT) for Edge devices
    Compare configurations, find out and display differences.

Consulting and Support with your existing SD-WAN Solution:

  • Manufacturer Independent
  • Certified Cisco Partner
  • Certified Silver Peak Partner

Our Focus:

  • Automation, Programmability, Orchestration, Virtualization, APIs and Templates

Technologies:

  • Cisco, C++, Java, Spring, Python

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Why we need experts that are capable of both Software Development and Network Engineering.

 

The boundaries are starting to blur

The boundaries between software development and network engineering are no longer clear and explicit. While each have typically kept to their separate domains, with the advent of SDN (Software Defined Networking), it is becoming more and more important for network engineers to cooperate with software development. Given the current changes, it is only a matter of time until a networker without knowledge of programming languages such as Python or Java can no longer operate in his or her work environment.

Software Defined Networking (SDN)

SDN includes several types of network technologies, aimed at making networks more agile and flexible. In a Software Defined Network, a network administrator can monitor and modify traffic from a central control panel without having to touch individual network devices. Compared to the traditional method, in which commands are entered manually via the Command Line Interface, this new approach saves time and resources. Also, potential sources of error can be successfully eliminated due to the automation and optimization of processes. This results in several benefits for Software Defined Networking, including: centralization of control, automation of processes and application of programmable tools that can be adjusted to any network infrastructure.

Profindis combines Software Development and Network Engineering

With our many years of experience in the networking industry we know what matters most: Practical Knowledge. A software developer without knowledge of networking will be just as unable to write an SDN program as a network engineer without knowledge of software developing. Instead of having software developed by a third party, we place great importance on ensuring that our employees not only have first-class qualifications in network engineering but also the necessary skills in programming network-related software. Through our field-proven knowledge in telematics as well as in C ++, Python and Java, we enable a smooth integration of the two technologies and can therefore provide our customers tailor-made SDN solutions.

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Most SD-WAN products lack flexibility.

Rollouts until now

Large rollouts with hundreds of locations and, as a result, hundreds of network devices such as routers, switches, or firewalls take several months or even years to complete if configured manually. The rollout costs are correspondingly high. While there are tools and SD WAN products that address this problem, the solutions are too general and have little or nothing to do with the workflow of the migration and integration of the affected network. Moreover, they are often expensive and usually oversized for the requirements of a migration.

Smart automation tool with Single Point of Management

Over the course of many major projects, we have developed the Profindis Deployment Portal, a smart automation tool. Simplicity, Security and Usability guided us through this process, allowing us to create a powerful tool that has diverse and complex modes of application, yet is very easy to use, highly secure and moulded to the customer’s needs.

With our portal, everything can be controlled through a Single point of Management. Instead of copying and pasting configurations and command lines into the interface, all the functions are accessible through the click of a mouse. That is not only more convenient, but also helps eliminate human error.

Easy and safe deployment of new devices

Unlike other portals, the Deployment Portal offers the innovative ability to provision new devices automatically. While automatic configuration of running devices was within the realm of possibility, automatic configuration of a new device has not yet been offered.

A traditional approach to deploy a new device would include a technician on-site with decent networking skills. The technician’s job is mainly to plug in the device and create an initial configuration to establish a connection to the network. After that the real configuration is executed by a network engineer who accesses the device via remote.

With our tool, network devices such as routers, switches and firewalls can be configured in a few minutes, regardless of location. The technician simply has to plug in the new device and trigger the rollout process through the Portal. Thanks to the graphical, intuitive interface, even a low-skilled technician can easily operate the tool.

During the whole process the technician never has access to configurations and passwords. Therefore, rollouts are always safe, even if a third party carries them out on your behalf.

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