Analytics & Automation
Monitor all aspects of your network with advanced analytics and machine learning intelligence.
There are a host of Analytics tools out there, often free of charge. However, Hardware can help you understand what it all means and how to make best use of it.
Standard tasks can be automated to bring efficiencies to your environment all supported by user friendly dashboards.
Why should I be looking for Analytics and Automation?
An IT professional's time is very valuable, and businesses need to get the most out of your expertise, so by utilizing
analytics tools and implementing the correct automated activities, you can be assured your environment is operating and
performing optimally. User friendly dashboards mean you are only alerted to exceptions, eliminate false-positives and
when combined with Advanced AI it means that faults can be resolved far more quickly and efficiently reducing the burden
on your IT teams.
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Common IT issues that analytics and automation helps to solve:
Analytics can provide you with the insight required to delve into your environment.
Analytics can spread to all devices connected to your network to provide insight wherever your users are.
A reliable and user friendly dashboard can provide the insight you need to tackle issues before your users even notice them.
Having a dashboard that flags up issues early, as well as automation will ensure various activities happen if you remember them or not. Thus protecting your network from critical failures.
Having a better grasp of your network through analytics and setting up necessary automations will free up your time to focus on bringing additional benefits to the company.
Installing these tools will mean you can get back to enjoying the job you do.
With our technical assistance and the analytics report, we can help you to reduce the IT expenditure of your business.
What is Analytics?
Analytics can be as simple as gathering the throughput of devices through to understanding the user experience when using applications on the network. Advanced Telemetry can gather operational intelligence via sensors placed on the network, reporting back to cloud-based tools that provide an intelligent, real-time view of your environment. When combined with machine learning a baseline can be created of the environment with exceptions easily identified when performance degrades vastly improving the user experience.
What tools can Hardware offer?
Automation can mean different things to different people; at Hardware we work closely with our customers to identify standard tasks that can be automated by vendor and 3rd party tools. From simple scripting, through to full remote management of lights-out DC environments we supply a wide range of tools to make your life easier.
Many of our vendors supply tools that enable you to run against existing system that produce a report that you can to bring us, and we will analyse the results. We can then make recommendations about what the best route forward might be for you. Examples are:
"Cloud Managed Networks" - Cloud service that enables simpler operations, streamlined troubleshooting and better visibility into end user experiences, shorter time to repair all connected devices. Whether this be WiFi, switches, IoT endpoints, wired and wireless devices.
The introduction of 'zero touch provisioning' with easy onboarding of devices into cloud portals has revolutionised the way that networks are implemented. Configuring standard device templates in advance of deployment and devices that 'call home' when activated dramatically speeds up implementation and reduces risk.
Dashboards that show a holistic view of the environment that can be used to drill-down to gain device status and operational information reduce the burden on stretched IT teams. When combined with AI driven intelligence and machine learning, fault resolution times are dramatically reduced contributing to a far greater user experience.
The Meraki platform enables you to manage a wide portfolio of products that cover wireless, security, SD-WAN, switching and CCTV from a single easy to use environment. With the Meraki platform you can easily configure devices in advance of deployment increasing agility and allowing you to respond quickly to ever changing requirements.
The Meraki platform allows you to fully manage an environment once devices have been deployed with advanced analytics and automation built in. Identify usage patterns throughout the environment, spot anomalies and make changes in real-time to ensure that the environment is operating efficiently.Cisco Meraki
Juniper MIST AI and Automation solution puts you in control of your environment and covers wireless, SD-WAN and switching environments. From a central cloud portal, you can view the network as a whole and utilising advanced AI and machine learning helps resolve issues often before users report them. Easy onboarding of devices using QR Codes and Zero Touch Provisioning are standard throughout the Juniper range and simplify and speed up deployment.
The Marvis Virtual Assistant uses AI to gain an understanding of the environment and to spot issues and highlight them via the MIST portal. A key feature of Marvis is the conversational 'Natural Language' interface where you can ask questions about the health of the network and receive an intelligent response. Marvis is always learning, and you benefit from experience gained from other users on a global scale.Juniper MIST
A move towards IP fabric-based networks within the datacentre and campus environments using EVPN/VxLAN has provided flexibility, scalability, and multi-tenant capabilities, that has been missing from traditional network designs. However, with this flexibility comes complexity as the design of IP Fabric networks can be far more time consuming and difficult when compared to traditional designs.
Apstra, from Juniper alleviates the complexity of designing, deploying, and managing an IP fabric environment as it allows you to create an environment virtually and then download it onto the physical hardware. Apstra allows you to abstract resources such as IP addresses, Connectivity and ASN's and allow them to be automatically allocated by the platform. Once the fabric has been deployed, Apstra manages the environment highlighting issues as they occur.Juniper Apstra
Cisco DNA (Digital Network Architect)
As an alternative to cloud-based Analytics and Automation platforms, on-premises solutions provide the similar functionality but with the intelligence being provided from a local source. The Cisco Digital Network Architect (DNA) interfaces with Cisco routers and switches to automate provisioning and provide full-scale analytics.
Cisco DNA utilises DNA Centre to manage the WAN, Campus and Branch networks from a single on-premises portal. You can view real-time statistics, create policies, automate tasks and secure the environment easily and quickly.Cisco DNA
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