Common Tools for Automated Configuration and Change Management
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This group stemmed from interest in the two separate use cases below, which were then combined to form the more comprehensive Common Tools for Automated Configuration and Change Management Working Group. An earlier white paper based on Common Management Tools Across Network, Storage, and Compute was published in spring 2015.

Common Tools for Automated Configuration and Change Management is one of four working groups that make up the ONUG IT Services Lifecycle Management Framework, which is focused on management in the context of an automated software-defined world where the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) needs to be rethought. The other three groups in the Management Framework are Traffic Monitoring/Visibility, Network State Collection, and SDN Federation/Operability.

Common Tools Across Network, Storage, and Compute

Problem Being Solved: Network Services Broker

  • Lack of normalized statistics and metrics across network, stor
    age, servers, and applications
  • No inter-administrative domain troubleshooting and management tools

Open Networking Components: 

  • Open published network APIs providing low-level access to Linux/network kernel
  • Standardize on Linux within network gear to consolidate skill sets


  • Manual effort across three admin domains
  • Pull stats for an application that show resource use o
    f compute, network, storage, etc.


  • Spread Linux tools across administrative domains
  • New processes such as: advanced traffic/flow testing for network certification
  • Lower OpEx spend and IT organizational efficiency gai

Automated Initial Configuration & Change Management

Problem Being Solved: 

  • Lack of common tools, process, interaction and visibility to Automated Initial Configmanage and plan optimized automated configuration and network infrastructure deployment, including initial configuration, operating system, and security policy

Open Networking Components:

  • DHCP option, RestAPI, XMPP, NetConf, YANG
  • Open DB and app running on top of SDN controller for managing the rules and policy for application control


  • Common information exchange bridging capability between cloud automation, ITSM, and network infrastructure for automated initial configuration (Network PXE Boot)
  • Lack of Automated OS Lifecycle Management


  • Reduce initial network infrastructure deployment time
  • Network infrastructure OS management
  • Automated lifecycle management for configuration, OS, and policy
  • Increase accuracy on ITSM for incident, change, and problem management correlation
  • Day 2 support automation for RMA



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