This IDC Market Perspective offers the top trends influencing the successful adaptation and adoption of network analytics and automation. Network management systems have made great strides these past few years. Improvements in network visibility and control have dramatically improved everyday network operations and problem resolution efforts (and times). They have enabled enterprises and service providers to fully utilize network components and resources — with less risk associated with resource overload and failures. They have helped protect organizations from encroaching threats. And they have contributed to the delivery of the best possible user experience. While network analytics solutions have certainly pushed network management to new levels of capabilities and value, there is still much room for improvement. Advancements tying analysis to automation; heightening management intelligence; serving beyond network needs; providing more functional, flexible, and affordable solutions; and accelerating digital transformation serve as the road map for the future of network management.
"While we have come a long way in network management from the days focused mostly on command line interfaces and static device configurations, we are still a far cry from the autonomous self-driving network," says Mark Leary, research director, Network Analytics at IDC. "Requirements in network management are actually accelerating as organizations seek to do more with and get more from their networks in this hyperconnected digital era. Advancements focused in such key areas as network automation, intelligent analysis, data collection, and solution delivery serve to meet these rising expectations."