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Network Infrastructure Automation

Automate manual tasks across multiple network devices

“Instead of taking days to deploy new resources, now [with Consul-Terraform-Sync] we're talking about minutes and the average time [is] two or three minutes depending on the network load of the environments [with] no humans involved.”

Daniele Vazzola, Infrastructure Engineer at Workday

The shift to dynamic infrastructure has forced organizations to reconsider all aspects of their business, including the network. Rather than completely overhaul their existing implementations, organizations are looking to automate key processes that are preventing faster deployments.

Challengesof manual networking changes

Slow, manual processes

Ticketing systems delay networking changes, and hinder release velocity.

Risk of downtime

Network outages and performance issues are often caused by human-initiated misconfigurations.

Costly and prolonged audits

Conducting audits and ensuring compliance is costly and time-consuming.

Enablingnetwork infrastructure automation

Network Infrastructure Automation (NIA) allows customers to automate workflows and implement repeatable, application deployment lifecycles.

  • HashiCorp Terraform

    Terraform provides infrastructure as code for provisioning, compliance, and management across any public cloud, private datacenter, and third-party service.

  • HashiCorp Consul

    Consul uses a shared registry to create a single source of truth and secures services across any runtime platform and public and or private cloud.

  • Consul-Terraform-Sync

    Consul-Terraform-Sync for Terraform Cloud’s declarative, workflow-driven process enables NIA. It uses Consul’s service registry as the source of truth for all infrastructure updates and leverages Terraform as the underlying automation tool to drive changes in the network infrastructure via integrations with ecosystem providers.

    It executes one or more automation tasks with an appropriate value of service variables based on updates from the Consul service catalog. Each task consists of a runbook automation written as a compatible Terraform module using resources and data sources for the underlying network infrastructure. The Consul-Terraform-Sync for Terraform Cloud daemon runs on the same node as a Consul agent.

Business impactof network infrastructure automation

Scale existing resources

Eliminate dependency on manual ticketing systems while maintaining control. NIA automates common tasks like policy application, freeing networking teams to focus on higher-value work like system architecture improvements.

Automate at your pace

Minimize the risk of human error and misconfigurations with flexible automation capabilities. Choose an incremental approach to allow for planned configuration reviews. Or embrace full end-to-end automation for superior outcomes at scale.

Auditing made easier

Automatically catalog every change made to your environment. Provide a comprehensive forensic trail to keep compliance teams in the loop and analyze issues as they arise.

Automate networking changes across your IT environment

Automate networking changes across your IT environment

Consul-Terraform-Sync for Terraform Cloud leverages the power of Terraform’s provider ecosystem and Consul’s service networking capabilities to actualize Network Infrastructure Automation.

What’s more, HashiCorp has partnered with many vendors to create native integrations between Consul and their solutions. Consul is simply deployed into the desired environment and configured to enable end to end automation of certain networking tasks.

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