AppViewX Debuts Tools for App Automation, Orchestration

The AppViewX platform is designed to automate manual processes and save valuable time in hybrid cloud deployments.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

August 3, 2017

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AppViewX Debuts Tools for App Automation, Orchestration

AppViewX is extending its toolkit for application automation and orchestration, designed to automate manual processes and save time in hybrid cloud deployments.

The AppViewX Platform is adding Automation+ modules to visualize lifecycle and deployment workflows, and to provide topological views of where apps are deployed on the infrastructure, the company announced Tuesday.

"The majority of netops apps are manual. We provide the ability to automate and continue using the same, familiar process," AppViewX CTO Murali Palanisamy tells Enterprise Cloud News. "What used to take something like 22 days can now take hours."

Figure 1: AppViewX CTO Murali Palanisamy AppViewX CTO Murali Palanisamy

One new capability, Visual Workflow, defines workflows like a flowchart. For example, a user can map out the steps required to deploy an application, such as obtaining a DNS name, creating a change ticket, implementing change, validating change, and so on. Network operations sets up the workflow, and then delegates to self-serving customers, who could be application owners, DevOps users, or line of business workers who requested an application, Palanisamy says.

Visual Workflow is based on Python, for customizability, extensibility using libraries, and integration with other automation tools.

The other new feature, AppVision, provides a topological view of an application. For example, an application deployed on 15 nodes can be diagrammed, with correlations and connections between nodes, to assist in troubleshooting. Users can right-click on individual application components and take action, such as adding a server.

AppViewX's tools are most frequently used for hybrid cloud, to manage both in-house and public cloud applications, Palanisamy says.

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The AppViewX platform toolkit already includes ADC+, for managing application delivery controllers; CERT+ for SSL certificate lifecycle management, and SSH+for managing SSH keys, as well as SECURITY+ for security policy and service automation.

Enterprises are seeking to automate operations as applications, endpoints, and networking demands proliferate. And vendors are responding. Cisco's "network intuitive" plan, unveiled early this summer, automates networks based on outcomes. Rather than using arcane command-line syntax and tools to configure network feeds, ports and routes, the operator describes outcomes and the network configures itself. Or at least that's the theory. (See Cisco's 'Network Intuitive': A Risky Transition.)

VMware, Juniper, Arista, startup Apstra and white box software-defined networking (SDN) vendors are following similar paths. (See Cisco's 'Network Intuitive': A Risky Transition, Juniper Pushes Network Virtualization, Arista Launches Real-Time Telemetry for Cloud Networks, Juniper Bets Big on White Box & NFV and Arista Offers Software à la Carte.)

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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