Jsicuran left this comment on my You Must Understand the Fundamentals to Be Successful blog post:
I just went through some Cisco webinar where they were showcasing the use of NX-OS API and Python to add a VLAN. I do some Python myself and have used that API for some simple DevOps-like uses, but for the most part if you are an enterprise and use Prime DCIM to add VLANs, why should you go through the coding process?
It obviously depends on where you are in your IT automation journey.
If you're still deploying everything by hand, and your server administrators handcraft VMs from ISO images, then DCIM is the way to go. It gives you a somewhat consistent view of your data center, and you can deploy something like a VLAN across multiple boxes without ever logging into one.
I’ve seen environments where it takes weeks if not months to deploy a new VM because so many teams have to touch it. Don’t get me started…
If however your server/application people got further along on their path toward DevOps, they might start getting annoyed that they can deploy a VM in 5 seconds, but it still takes dozens of GUI clicks to get a new VLAN deployed (see also the story of my exasperation when I was forced to deal with storage GUI). In those environments the need to program networking devices becomes pretty urgent.