In light of these trends, it's even more important to implement ZTP and network automation practices. As more applications come online, IT teams are being taxed to keep the infrastructure up to date -- including provisioning, scaling, troubleshooting, and maintenance. This is not sustainable in any manual based process.
And as hardware and software continues to be decoupled, it's critical to find a way to automate the new operational model. If you can purchase hundreds of switches from an OEM or ODM and rack these devices -- would you rather install the OS and configure each of these individually, or do this through an efficient methodology using well known, reliable network protocols.
Much like the server world before it, the network world is seeing some significant technology shifts. Automation, software defined devices, and bare metal switches are all contributing to a fast-paced and dynamic environment in the data center. With ZTP, the network is leveraging best practices from the server world to drive greater speed and operational efficiency.
In short, it's become an essential way to automate the network.
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