The NetOps Struggle is Real

NetOps practices are lauded for their ability to create a stable, transparent, and flexible network infrastructure. However, this agile and collaborative strategy is not without its pitfalls.

Andrew Froehlich, President & Lead Network Architect, West Gate Networks

March 23, 2022

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Network Operations (NetOps) is a popular strategy that takes cues from DevOps principles and applies it to network management tasks. The goal is to create a network that is more flexible and agile from a network moves/adds/changes perspective while continuing to maintain high levels of reliability. Within this movement are several new and shiny network management tools designed to aid NetOps staff with virtualization, automation, and monitoring tasks. But despite IT management buy-in and a host of useful tools, plenty of organizations have tried and failed to implement NetOps in a meaningful way. Here are four common reasons why.

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About the Author(s)

Andrew Froehlich

President & Lead Network Architect, West Gate Networks

Andrew has well over a decade of enterprise networking under his belt through his consulting practice, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and datacenter build-outs and prior experience at organizations such as State Farm Insurance, United Airlines and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Having lived and worked in South East Asia for nearly three years, Andrew possesses a unique international business and technology perspective. When he's not consulting, Andrew enjoys writing technical blogs and is the author of two Cisco certification study guides published by Sybex.

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