At the start of the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Lt. Saavik took a test known as the Kobayashi Maru. The test was actually a trap to see how someone would handle a “no-win scenario” where any choice made would lead to a bad outcome. In network engineering, a Kobayashi Maru-like scenario is emerging for those who resist a move away from manual processes.
Embracing Automation is Key
One of my new rules is that “manual processes are the mortal enemy of network operations”. Earlier this month I wrote a post discussing the new rules of running a WAN, discussing how manual processes are bad for the business because they make the network a big choke point for the company, stifling business innovation.