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Juniper Introduces Data Center Network Automation Bots

Says software bots address shortage of highly skilled developers needed to automate complex networks

Juniper Networks says it’s making progress toward a “self-driving network” by introducing software bots that help network managers automate otherwise cumbersome tasks.

Modern enterprise networks are getting increasingly complex. They often stretch across multiple clouds, and automating network management at that scale requires highly skilled software developers. Its bots can help, says the network technology vendor.

This week Juniper announced three new network automation bots:

  • Contrail PeerBot automates the setup process for network peering.
  • Contral TestBot helps audit network management software changes before they’re applied.
  • AppFormix HealthBot collects network data in real time and applies machine learning to assess network health and make suggestions for improvement.

The bots use Juniper’s network automation and management platform Contrail as well as AppFormix, its platform for tuning application performance in cloud environments. Juniper gained the technology when it acquired a startup called AppFormix last year.

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