People get angry when I talk about the death of the CLI for network operations. I’m not the only one:
I believe that in today’s network device landscape, the CLI is primarily a tool to promote vendor lock-in by training network engineers to rely on and value it so highly.
Yes, devices can be configured quickly by the CLI for quite complex configurations… by an engineer with several certifications and hundreds of hours of training in using it. Despite having spent a lot of time myself on my own home lab setup practicing these very commands, I’m realising more and more this is not a good use of our time day-to-day; after all, very complex sums can be calculated using an abacus, but a computer is a much more reasonable choice today.
The CLI is now a power tool for a limited number of specialist professional who specialise in the CLI skills. The majority of network engineers will not be CLI skilled in the near future. There is nothing to be gained from it.
Network Management: Why the CLI? – Network Architecture 2020 : http://networkarchitecture2020.com/network-management-why-the-cli/