Building Network Automation Solutions
At a Glance
- High-intensity interactive online course;
- Jump-start your network automation career;
- Hands-on experience working on a solution to your own problem;
- 6 week course spread across ~2 months;
- Live online discussion and guest speaker sessions;
- Design and coding assignments and group work;
- Final course completion certificate.
Is This You?
- Network architect, technical pre-sales engineer, or similar senior, technical leader role
- Traditional networking engineer striving to improve your career prospects
- Automation user (sysadmin or programmer) aiming to extend automation to networking devices
- Have limited time in your schedule to stay up to date, separate truth from vendor hype, and evaluate the true impact of new technologies
- Want to avoid expensive solutions and untested technologies that benefit vendors but not end-users
- Prefer to build systems from small components over buying monolithic vendor platforms
- Mike O'Malley, VP at 128 Technology
- Fantastic -- incredibly accessible and comprehensive, with a vendor-neutral tone. Ivan is excellent at articulating key networking concepts clearly and with a great sense of humor.
Do You Have These Challenges
- You're sick-and-tired of repetitive work being done by your department
- Interested in network automation but don't know where/how to start
- Confused by the plethora of open-source and vendor tools
- Have to make network infrastructure or services delivery more predictable and reliable
- Faced with a large deployment with aggressive roll-out deadlines
- Everyone is asking for faster service delivery, but you can't make it happen due the rigid processes
- Looking for a small proof-of-concept project that you could deploy in a production network
This online course will help you get fluent in network automation – 6 weeks after starting the course you’ll have your own code (or Ansible playbook) ready for a pilot deployment.
- Buck Huppmann attended Network Automation Use Cases webinar
- Both segments (NAPALM and IPv6) provided both deep insight as well as an introduction to these really powerful tools/clutch use cases that are not available anywhere else in the world, no matter how many sources you try to synthesize them from. Priceless.
We’ll Talk About
- Fundamentals: Scoping, Starting small, Shipping Early
- Building the data model
- Implementing your solution with Ansible playbooks
- Multi-vendor support and dealing with platform differences
- Using third-party Ansible libraries (NAPALM, NTC-Ansible) and modules
- Integration with operational data
- Packaging and prettifying
For more details explore the detailed course description.
- David Cryer attended Network Automation 101 webinar
- Very useful section linking configuration version control, forking of config archives, and authorization of proposed changes. Also good to try to shift my mindset from having a data model that is sufficient to automate changes to having one that is complete enough to generate entire configs to diff with current state.
With This Course You’ll Get
- Hands-on experience designing and developing a network automation system
- Ansible-based solution to one of your problems
- Code ready for pilot or production deployment
6 week certification course
- 4-5 interactive online design/discussion sessions;
- Downloadable recordings of all online sessions;
- In-depth content for additional self-study.
Extra bonus material
- Unlimited lifetime access to course-specific materials;
- Lifetime access to all recordings of future design and guest speaker sessions;
- Access to webinars and other materials related to every course module;
- Reading lists and sample solutions;
- Signed certificate-of-completion document for your career documentation files.
- Access to Slack discussion group: work together & share experiences;
- Membership in a private community: stay in touch long after the course & expand your network;
- Group & individual assignments: work together & solve tough problems.
Access to experts
- 4-5 live interactive sessions with leading industry experts. Including Q&A sessions;
- Connect and discuss your challenges with experts in the networking field;
- Real world case studies.
Support & guidance
- Free email support with next-business-day turnaround throughout the course;
- Slack group discussions;
- Mastermind & hot-seat sessions: get expert and peer feedback on your toughest challenges
Want to know more?
Explore the detailed course agenda which includes:
- Description of individual modules
- Information on guest speakers (coming in mid-November)
- Recommended study materials (coming in mid-November)
How much time will I need?
Plan to spend:
- 3-4 hours for self-study materials per week. However, you'll get most of the materials in advance, so you'll be able to study them over a longer period of time;
- ~3 hours a week in live online sessions (5-6 sessions per course) run in a GoToWebinar virtual classroom. All of the live sessions will be recorded, so you'll be able to watch them whenever it works for you;
- ~4 hours per week to work on weekly assignments.
Obviously you might want to spend more time researching the topics we'll be discussing and/or developing more complex solutions.
We want to make this class as interactive as possible, so we limited the number of seats. Book yours today.
Building Network Automation Solutions Instructor-led interactive online class starting on Friday, September 15th, 2017
Most live sessions include a guest speaker presentation followed by an extensive Q&A. The guest speakers in Spring 2017 course include:
Scott Lowe is a well-known author, blogger, speaker, podcaster (the Full Stack Journey podcast), and a 20+ year veteran of the IT industry. Scott has held a variety of roles over the course of his career, ranging from entry-level desktop support to CTO for a small start-up. He's currently an engineering architect on the NSX team at VMware, Inc., focusing on network virtualization, cloud computing, and related open source projects.