You can now use plug-ins to customize and extend Site Planner. Plug-ins are packaged Django applications that provide extra functions, such as custom data models. For example, you can create a 5G slicing model that can be included in Site Planner.
IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation now allows Network Function Managers to complete Heal, Scale, and Upgrade lifecycle transitions. The following updates are made to the operation of the lifecycle transitions:
You can now install IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation in an active-active configuration to ensure that the Cloud Pak is highly available. You can install on three or more clusters in different data centers or geographical locations in this configuration. Each cluster can process workloads concurrently. Load-balancing services spread the workload across the clusters.The advantages of deploying in an active-active configuration include:
IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation uses secrets to store sensitive data such as passwords or tokens. The new Secrets API simplifies working with secrets in IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation. You can use this REST API to create, update, and delete secrets. The API provides a secure way for IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation to manage secrets when accessing external systems, such as IPMIs.
A RESTCONF driver supports communication with Cisco CNC servers by using RESTCONF.
A NETCONF driver supports communication with network devices by using the Python ncclient library.
For more information about these features and enhancements, check out the What's new topic in the IBM Documentation.Transform your network with cloud and AI-powered automation, see Achieve zero-touch network operation with IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation.