Restarting old switches, either in physical data centers or in virtual environments, has downsides: configuration and testing require many man hours and service downtime. Having to rely on manual processes to review proposed rule changes and checking that firewall updates comply with security policies slow down the entire application deployment. That’s why automating the management of networking devices with Puppet has become a priority for customers.
Puppet allows network teams to automate the management of different type of devices such as Cisco Switches and Palo Alto firewalls. We have modules for various device vendors including Cisco, Lenovo and Palo Alto Networks, combined with Puppet’s agentless device management framework.