Accelerating Digital Transformation with Closed-Loop Network Automation
Anuta Networks
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Orchestration/Automation Innovation of the Year
Entry Description
What exactly is novel about the product/process or innovation?

Enterprises and Service Providers continuously see the need to automate their network services and have traditionally invested in many point solutions to help them build and manage their networks. But these point solutions operate in silos and cannot interact with each other or share data to optimize the overall health and performance of the network. Instead, they operate within their domain and can provide visibility on only certain aspects of the network, resulting in localized decisions which could result in networks performing sub-optimally or even in disastrous shutdowns.

Anuta ATOM is a fully integrated solution that delivers network analytics, automation, compliance, and assurance for existing multi-vendor (45+ vendors) physical and virtual infrastructure in one unified platform. It automates use-cases related to Data Center Automation, InterCloud, Micro-Segmentation, Security as a Service, LBaaS, Campus/Access, Branch/WAN, Service Provider IP/MPLS Edge, and Virtual CPE.

Anuta ATOM elevates productivity by combining the model-driven architecture with the cloud native technologies such as microservices to deliver one of the industry's most scalable and highly available platform that automates 1 Million+ devices with one software instance.


How does it break the convention process in its field that already exists?

We can contrast ATOM with the legacy network orchestration products from vendors such as Cisco, Nokia, and Ciena to understand its advantages. Conventional monolithic architecture creates complexity as unexpected failures or upgrades in one component – bring down the whole platform or affect the services delivered.

The legacy NSO products have gaps in their multi-tenancy, where they rely on external OSS to provide complete tenant isolation. They also don’t have true Active-Active High Availability; instead, they have Active-Standby that usually results in downtime and inefficient usage of computing and license resources.

Legacy products have a siloed approach where they typically need 3 or 4 products, making them difficult to align in terms of capacity, capability, or performance. Multiple products disperse crucial network information in islands of automation, resulting in the loss of valuable insights and high MTTR.

Anuta ATOM overcomes all the listed drawbacks with its cloud native (microservices based), resilient HA, and a fully integrated solution that delivers network analytics, automation, compliance, and assurance for existing multi-vendor (45+ vendors) physical and virtual infrastructure for massive scale networking.

Anuta ATOM Advantages:
- One of the broadest industry coverages across vendors and use cases.
- Future proof for the demands of IoT, 5G, and Multi-Cloud
- Aligned with open standards - BPMN 2.0, OpenConfig, RedFish, O-RAN, IETF YANG, Swagger OpenAPI, IETF NACM, etc.
- BPMN Compliant Low-Code Automation with Workflow
- Massive Horizontal scalability to automate 1 Million+ devices.
- Flexible to run on any cloud, including AWS, Azure, and GCP.
- High Resiliency and Auto-Scale
- A powerful interface to define KPIs and corrective actions.
- No vendor lock-in with support for 45+ vendors and 150+ platforms
- Collaboration infrastructure for Device, Service Model, and Custom App development
- Multi-Tenancy & Role-Based Access Control
- Automated Server Lifecycle Management to accelerate Cell-Site On-boarding for O-RAN
- Service Monitoring and Assurance

How does it go beyond marginal improvements?

Anuta ATOM software helps Telco and Enterprises to deliver network services faster, eliminate human errors, avoid security violations, reduce OpEx, ensure compliance, accelerate time to market, and transform today's networks into the self-healing, self-annealing, smart networks of the future. ATOM is a modular, extensible, and cloud-native platform that enables operators to rapidly design, customize and provision network services, collect real-time telemetry, develop deep network analytics, ensure compliance and provide closed-loop automation for multi-vendor physical and virtual infrastructure. In short, Anuta Networks brings to you – the network automation software that has helped grow the networks of web-scale companies such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon AWS.

Feature Highlights:

Anuta ATOM is a highly scalable cloud-ready platform for network automation & telemetry. The closely integrated features of ATOM open exciting new opportunities to transform today's networks into future smarter, self-healing ones.

Multi-Vendor Support: Anuta ATOM supports 150+ platforms from 45+ vendors, automating brownfield and greenfield deployments of Physical, Virtual, SDN, and NFV infrastructure across multiple network domains. ATOM's support for Swagger/Open API also enables third-party software integration without any incremental developer effort as it auto-discovers APIs and adds them to pre-built catalog entries saving time and effort.

Low-Code Automation: ATOM makes creating a workflow as easy as drawing a Network Diagram in a Visio-like canvas by defining new tasks or picking from a library of available tasks. It includes several pre-built workflows that can automate MOPs, such as:

Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP): ATOM utilizes a DHCP-based approach that automates steps such as deploying Day-0 configuration templates, updating software images, and onboarding devices for multi-vendor infrastructure.

OS Upgrades: ATOM supports multi-vendor network OS upgrades, including – Cisco, Juniper, F5, Palo Alto, and others, by following industry best practices for pre-and-post checks.

The list of other MOPs includes – switch RMA, bulk configuration updates, pre-and-post checks for VPN services- BNG, Cable DAA, MEF, and more. These workflows follow BPMN, an open standard that can be customized to match specific environments.

YANG-based Service Provisioning: ATOM supports IETF YANG models, Open Config models, and device native YANG models to automate provisioning complex services such as L2/L3 VPN, LBaaS, FWaaS, EVPN, VPLS, Application Delivery, etc. Further, ATOM manages the complete lifecycle of the services, thus enabling CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) operations from a simple self-service GUI or via a RESTCONF client.

Out-of-Box Libraries: ATOM includes 350+ libraries pre-built within a low-code architecture. The catalog includes simple entries such as RPC calls for issuing show commands to routers or complex entries such as BGP alert correlation. The library also includes sophisticated capabilities such as collecting inventory, archiving configurations, running device diagnostics, reserving IP addresses in Infoblox, opening a ticket in ServiceNow, onboarding a VNF, etc.

No code Automation: Simplifying it further, ATOM offers Configlets, which are pre-built, easy-to-use templates that deliver process agility, real-time provisioning, and wide-range integration. Jinja variables inside the configlets empower users to push multiple commands by simply changing values in the templates with options to check configurations pre-deployment.

Configuration Management and Compliance: ATOM delivers secure configuration backup, simplified change management, scalable configuration push, detailed compliance audit, and automated remediation. The solution enables network administrators to improve configuration consistency, minimize policy violations, follow best practices, and accelerate reporting activities.

Telemetry and Analytics: ATOM collects device data through Streaming telemetry, SNMP, SNMP Trap, and Syslogs in the order of microseconds. The data from various sources are normalized into a standard yang format, stored in a time-series database, and presented in a unified view. ATOM's correlation engine will continuously monitor and compare collected data with the baseline in real time. ATOM can raise alarms on the dashboard, notify slack, email, and other utilities of any deviation, or create tickets in the user-preferred platform.

Closed-Loop Automation: Anuta ATOM applies machine learning algorithms to develop deep analytics and reports. The solution simplifies troubleshooting by providing the context of the entire network. Customers can define KPI metrics and corrective actions to automate SLA compliance.

Geo Redundancy with Cloud-Native Architecture: Anuta ATOM is containerized and can be deployed in public clouds, including AWS, Azure, and GCP, to manage Small/Medium/Very large-scale networks in private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. ATOM furnishes high availability as its components can be deployed across multiple Locations/Sites within the same region to provide fault tolerance against an entire location/site going down.

Server Lifecycle Management (SLM): ATOM SLM automates 30+ complex server deployment tasks such as BIOS upgrades, VM & K8S installs, and CNF provisioning. It provides complete visibility across thousands of multi-vendor servers with centralized control, thus accelerating 5G deployments.

TMF Support: ATOM’s support for TMF eliminates delays caused by slow processes between service ordering and deployment. TMF provides a common platform for CSPs to create business apps using the open APIs to interact with multi-vendor underlay. The APIs support the initial deployment and the complete service lifecycle, including fault management.

Ease of Integration: ATOM includes an SDK to develop applications using a sophisticated description language, query interface, and other productivity tools. Northbound, it includes a comprehensive REST API integrated with cloud portals (OpenStack/VMware/ScienceLogic) and customers' home-grown portals, billing, documentation, and ticketing systems. Southbound, Anuta Networks routinely publishes vendor, platform, and technology-specific models adapted from IETF, Open Config, or customer development. In addition, ATOM Workflow Automation integrates with OSS, NMS, SDN Controllers, CMDB, IPAM, Syslog / NetFlow Collectors, etc. Further, ATOM integrates with CI/CD tools such as Git to empower networking teams to release software updates to quicken release cycles, lower costs, and reduce development risks.

How do customers benefit from the product/process or innovation?

Maximize ROI/ROA: As Anuta Networks' solution works for existing physical network infrastructures, customers can continue using the devices they have already purchased and still get complete network agility resulting in higher ROI/ROA. Moreover, Anuta ATOM helps SPs save 100s of $millions of the overall OPEX by virtualizing network resources into logical functions and empowering end-users, i.e., achieving more with fewer people. As a highly differentiated network service, ATOM significantly reduces the CAPEX by eliminating the dependency on multiple platforms to automate network services for a specific use case/vendor.

Accelerate Business Transformation: CSPs need scale and speed to deploy new access services such as 5G. Therefore, ATOM focuses on agility and flexibility to adapt to capacity as per the demand. ATOM's renewed focus on low-code/no-code automation and ZTP eases the long learning curve. It reduces errors and processing time by accelerating response and task completion from weeks to minutes. By simplifying deployment steps through SLM, ATOM has brought down onboarding time from 15 hours per device to approximately 70 minutes per device, with over 200,000 managed devices for one of its customers.

Minimize Business Risk: While network availability became paramount, security threats multiplied. High-profile network outages (such as Facebook and Amazon) demonstrated the loss to the business, driving up the penalties for SLA violations. Network operators need automation to introduce consistency, avoid human errors, and reduce MTTR. Automation further reduces OPEX and helps employees focus on higher-value add activities, thus aiding retention. In addition, visibility becomes critical to optimize resources and satisfy audit requirements.

Capitalize on Technology Innovation: For network providers, multiple opportunities are on the horizon- 5G, AI/ML, Virtualization, Edge Computing, and Cloud. Anuta ATOM's superior business agility and cloud-native architecture allow the creation of an on-demand network service that maximizes client adoption.

Interoperability with Ecosystem Partners: ATOM comprehends the need to support multi-vendor servers, storage, and networking hardware with consistent functionality across each task -discovery, inventory, configuration, monitoring, control, diagnosis, and upgrade. ATOM has been validated with PNF & VNFs from 45+ industry-leading vendors, including Arista, Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Checkpoint, F5, Juniper, Palo Alto Networks, Radware, VMware, etc., supporting hundreds of L2-L7 network functions using CLI, NETCONF, YANG, REST and SNMP. ATOM is integrated with leading SDN controllers such as Cisco ACI, Juniper Contrail, HPE DCN, Nuage VSP, OpenDaylight, and northbound portals such as OpenStack, VMware vRealize, and OSS/BSS using REST API. Anuta ATOM supports multiple NFVI, including VMware, KVM, and OpenStack. Active and continuous development of workflows across each platform can be achieved through package upgrades in ATOM.

(For a complete list, check out https://www.anutanetworks.com/managed-devices/.)

Rapid Customer Adoption:

Anuta ATOM received significant traction from Tier-1 SPs and large enterprises.

Our publicly referenceable customers include Tata Communications, Telstra, GARR, Japan Post, F5 Networks, Neustar, etc.
https://www.anutanetworks.com/customers/

UK’s largest fixed-line, broadband, and mobile service provider have chosen Anuta Networks to handle their Networking demands with ATOMs' advanced device management, image upgrade, compliance, monitoring, and northbound TMF support.

With ATOM’s cloud-native solution, A Tier-1 SP in North America lowered the time it took to provision one site from 26 hours to 2 hours, allowing them to deploy all 15,000 cell sites before their January 2023 deadline.

GARR, a research network for Italian Universities, deployed ATOM to automate their MOP, including complex software upgrades, service provisioning and inventory management tasks, saving time, and OpEx.

A Tier-1 Telco in Africa delivers integrated voice, data, and mobile services for 14 countries with standard L2/L3 VPN provisioning for their Mobile Packet Backbone Network. Anuta ATOM automated the provisioning and monitoring of various VPN services and protocols along with automated software upgrades, FCAPS, and EMS functionality for 250 MX, SRX, and QFX devices. The solution resulted in unified services across multiple OPCOs and reduced the mean time to repair. They also leveraged the geo-redundancy of ATOM to deliver high availability and performance at scale.

India's leading direct-to-the-home service provider is deploying the 400G Metro Network with Juniper ACX 7100 and MX 480. ATOM delivered standard EMS features such as device onboarding, configuration management, image upgrades, and compliance. They also implemented threshold-based alerts to inform the customers using ATOM’s alert correlation functionality proactively. In Phase 2, they plan to expand ATOM's scope to automate service provisioning and workflows.

One of the US's Tier-1 media and entertainment companies migrated its configuration from IPv4 to IPv6 through ATOM workflow by executing many pre-and post-checks on multi-vendor infrastructure. ATOM also implemented compliance enforcement and ran 100s of compliance rules on 7000 devices within 2 hours.

Neustar, a leader in identity and authentication services, deployed Anuta ATOM to automate 26 DCs that scrub DDoS attack traffic at 175Gbps for 11K clients.

The Fortune-13 Global Financial Institution, Japan Post, has deployed Anuta ATOM for data center automation in the private cloud for hundreds of individual departments.

Customer Use-Cases

Our Top-3 customer use cases are:

Carrier Core Networks Automation: Anuta ATOM automates Virtual PE, Virtual CE, MPLS L2 VPN, L3 VPN, and Cloud Interconnects using VNFs from Cisco, Nokia, Ericsson, HPE, Juniper, etc. ATOM maintains the entire life cycle of ELINE/ELAN, VPLS, and VPWS services, including provisioning IETF and OpenConfig models, service audit, service monitoring, and closed-loop remediation. ATOM's low-code workflow automation breaks down complex MOP into simple drag-and-drop blocks that can be customized as per user requirements and tasks.

It improves the processing of a highly complex ecosystem with multiple vendors providing services such as transport configuration and provisioning, bare metal server provisioning, workload configuration, ticket generation, inventory update, AI-powered dashboard reporting, notifications, etc.

Managed Branch Services: Multiple Tier-1 SPs and large enterprises have used Anuta ATOM to offer packaged Virtual CPE to their remote branches. The vCPE included vRouter such as Cisco CSR1000v, Juniper vMX, and HPE VSR, VFW such as Juniper vSRX, Fortinet, and Palo Alto Virtual firewalls, vWanOp such as Riverbed virtual steelhead, Open vSwitch or VMware vSwitch and OpenStack. Many customers also deployed Hybrid CPE, including legacy Cisco ISRs, Cisco IWAN, and SD-WAN controllers. Anuta ATOM automates multiple network functions such as QoS, Segmentation, Firewall policies, Software Upgrade across all network elements, ACLs, IPsec or DMVPN, Policy-Based Routing, Performance Routing, Deep Packet Inspection, WAN Op, Web Security, and Zero Touch Deployment for these CPE devices. The mentioned use cases are achieved with the help of ATOM's low code automation workflows.

Managed Data Center Automation: Anuta ATOM is deployed to offer infrastructure as a Service in large data centers for use-cases such as Firewall as a Service, Load-Balancer as a Service, On-demand provisioning of L4-L7 ADC controllers and Firewalls, Data Center Interconnect, Provisioning Virtual Data Centers for each tenant as well as integration with SDN controllers including Cisco ACI, Juniper Contrail, HPE DCN, Nuage VSP, and F5 BIG-IQ. In addition to these services, ATOM is deployed to maintain configuration and compliance management across the network.

Conclusion:

ATOM is a fully integrated solution that delivers powerful features based on the modern cloud-native architecture for various use cases and vendors. It accelerates digital transformation such that network teams can deliver faster, minimize errors, reduce MTTR, achieve SLA compliance and eliminate vulnerabilities while improving responsiveness to business needs.
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