“SaltStack gives us the ability to centrally manage all of our devices and programmatically configure them. Now we can get out of the business of having network engineers log in to devices individually to make changes and possibly make mistakes that are damaging to our customer experience.”
-Nathan Newton
Network Development Lead at IBM Cloud

Learn how our customer the network team at IBM Cloud uses SaltStack event-driven automation to increase operational efficiency, enhance visibility into current state, streamline deployments, and to proactively and reactively secure network infrastructure.

Cisco, a primary networking vendor for IBM Cloud, contributed to the project’s success through a native integration between Cisco NX-OS and SaltStack network automation.

Learn how an event-driven approach to software-defined networking provides unparalleled control and security at scale for enterprise network operations teams.

Read or listen to this SaltStack customer case study with Nathan Newton, IBM Cloud network developer, to learn how they do it:

Excerpt from the introduction:

“While SaltStack is best known as an IT infrastructure automation platform, it is also a powerful solution for controlling and securing network infrastructure at scale. Network engineering and operations teams are turning to SaltStack because of its ability to abstract away underlying network device components and manage all data center infrastructure with a single platform. SaltStack also provides constant visibility and control (with or without an agent) and provides remote execution of commands, configuration management, and automated security and continuous compliance at scale. This paper will explore how the network engineering team at IBM Cloud uses SaltStack to control and secure a diverse collection of more than 75,000 network devices across 80 sites world wide.”

“The IBM Cloud network team is a relatively small group of highly-skilled network engineers who are responsible for supporting a large, high-growth digital environment. In 2018 alone, IBM Cloud grew its network by more than 20,000 unique devices. Due to this explosive growth the IBM Cloud network team was constantly building up and out, unable to spend sprints updating and improving older data centers. In order to maintain the resiliency and security the business demanded, they needed to use automation to amplify their engineers’ abilities and bring their diverse network portfolio under centralized control.”

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