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Itential: Intelligent Network Automation in a Low-code Environment

CIO VendorIan Bresnahan, Co-founder, President and CEO
“Most of Itential’s customers are in the middle of a journey from a physical network to an easily programmable, software-based modern network,” says Ian Bresnahan, co-founder, president, and CEO of Itential—a provider of intelligent network automation solutions. However, the technical gap between an organization’s existing tools and new technologies coupled with the lack of skills required to deploy networks hinders the migration to the modern network.

Itential defines the modern network as being programmable first, cloud-native for velocity, physical when necessary, application and service focused, and open and standardized for scale. Itential simplifies the journey toward the modern network with its automation solution that enables users to build, execute, and visualize network-intelligent workflows in a low-code environment. “A low-code environment implies that any employee, not necessarily a software developer, can manage and perform changes on the network using our drag-and-drop interface, and its built-in network intelligence bolsters the software’s ability to respond to these changes,” points Bresnahan. Being adept at understanding both the software and complexities associated with networks helps Itential accurately interpret how organizations operate their networks.

Itential’s platform is interoperable with customers’ existing technology as well as new emerging technologies to be deployed including SDN controllers and orchestrators. As a result, the company’s solution enables organizations with large, diverse networks to easily perform changes to the network, such as network upgrades or configuration changes in days, versus years. As an example, an Itential customer needed to transfer 7000 services from one load balancer vendor to another.

Itential’s solution enables organizations with large, diverse networks to easily perform changes to the network, such as network upgrades or configuration changes in days, versus years

Using Itential’s Intelligent Network Automation solution, the company not only accelerated their migration process but also ensured that the network was maintained efficiently. By utilizing its automation platform as one-to-many instead of one-to-one, Itential can manage an entire set of devices simultaneously with keeping up with all kinds of network changes in a fraction of the time it would traditionally take to do so.

What differentiates Itential from other solutions is its ability to bridge the silos that are traditionally associated with managing the network by automating activities across multiple domains, platforms, and organizations. “Itential’s model-centric approach is unique in its flexible and scalable low-code interface that allows advanced logic and simplified programmability,” adds Bresnahan. By democratizing today’s increasingly complex networks and saving time as well as money in the process, the company is making the journey toward the modern network attainable in ways not previously possible.

Itential’s success is driven by its collaborative work culture, with an emphasis on peer accountability and innovation among employees. “We strive to make products that are easy to consume and support, thus expediting our customers’ journey toward the modern automated network by bridging the gap between IT and networking teams,” says Bresnahan. Together, these factors contribute to Itential’s rapidly growing list of customers, which includes six of the ten largest service providers and three of the five largest financial institutions in the world. By using Itential’s products to automate routine network activities, customers can now focus on more strategic initiatives. The company recently expanded adding offices in Europe and continues to invest resources in innovations and R&D. “In the coming months, Itential will be announcing additional key network ecosystem partners along with a number of open source initiatives,” concludes Bresnahan.