An excellent post bij Derick Winkworth about network automation and the role of vendors. Without giving away the whole conclusion:
The combination of SDN and DevOps tools is the clear path to real IT integration. Orchestration in the context of the larger infrastructure is the piece that is missing in many SDN discussions. Network vendors need to embrace and enhance tools that aim to fill this gap.
The cool thing is that at some point I thought he was describing our software, we cover the majority of that functionality. At the very least you can:
enjoy your beer while a bunch of vlans is being configured, massively.