Network Automation Use Cases

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This webinar describes several real-life network automation use cases including:

  • Abstracting network state and using abstracted state in checking network correctness;
  • Automating IPv6 deployments
  • Automatic deployment of data center fabrics
  • Automating network services
  • Intent-based networking and data models (January 16th 2018)

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Ivan Pepelnjak will describe the many levels of intent-based networking and the underlying data models you might need in your network automation solutions in a live webinar on January 16th 2018. You have to be an active subscriber to attend the live session.


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Abstracting Network State

David Barroso will describe how building abstractions can help you get to your goals faster, improve your daily operations and reliability and how it can help your organization work together.

Automating IPv6 Deployments

Deploying IPv6 on all servers, switches, routers, firewalls and load balancers is absolutely boring (once you figure out what needs to be done) and error-prone, resulting in potentially awesome troubleshooting experiences.

However, every well-defined repeatable process can be automated, and IPv6 deployment is no exception. This section will help you get started on your journey to automated IPv6 network deployment.

Automating Data Center Fabric Deployments

In this section of the webinar Dinesh Dutt (Cumulus Networks) describes a data center fabric automation use case:

  • Simplifying the fabric design and corresponding device configuration;
  • Generating device configurations with Jinja2 templates;
  • Deploying configurations and managing devices with Ansible.

Automating Network Services

Why can the big public cloud provider offer automated firewalling and load balancing services but you can't replicate that feat in your enterprise environment? This section will give you several guidelines you can use to modernize the network services deployment including:

  • Reduce the blast radius;
  • Decompose complex security policies into their simple elements;
  • Integrate network services deployment into application development process.

Intent-Based Networking and Data Models

This section starts with a debunking of the $vendor-driven intent-based hype and explores numerous levels of intent you could encounter in an automated network:

  • Actual device configurations and desired configurations;
  • Infrastructure and services definition;
  • Feedback loop and unit tests based on infrastructure and services definitions.

We'll also touch on unicorns like machine-learning-driven intent and automated remediation, and try to figure out what could go wrong in an intent-based orchestration system.

About the Author

David BarrosoDavid Barroso is Network Systems Engineer at Fastly. He's the author of SDN Internet Router and co-author of NAPALM, a network automation abstraction library.

Dinesh DuttDinesh Dutt has been in the networking industry for the past 15 years, most of it at Cisco Systems. Most recently, he was a Fellow at Cisco Systems. He has been involved in enterprise and data center networking technologies, including the design of many of the ASICs that powered Cisco's mega-switches such as Cat6K and the Nexus family of switches. He also has experience in storage networking from his days at Andiamo Systems and in the design of FCoE. He is a co-author of TRILL and VxLAN and has filed for over 40 patents.

Ivan PepelnjakIvan Pepelnjak (CCIE#1354 Emeritus) has been analyzing OpenFlow technology and SDN ideas (and being pretty vocal about their shortcomings) since March 2011, resulting in a number of high-impact events, on-site SDN workshops for large enterprises and service providers, and vendor-sponsored webinars.

Ivan is the author of several SDN-related books, highly praised webinars, and dozens of OpenFlow and SDN-related technical articles published on his blog.

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About the webinar

Excellent in depth approach to tackling the technical challenges for automating networks

Wim Gerrits
This webinar is a great exposure to the overall power of Ansible. Also, shows how as network designers and engineers, we can approach a project with a programmable approach from the beginning. The Ansible specifics flew by way too fast for me to absorb, but what i got out of it is key to journey of re-tooling and re-thinking our jobs. Very valuable. Dinesh is wonderfully articulate as well.
in-depth knowledge gained and relevant topics
Stephen Eaton

About the instructor

Articulate. Intelligent.

About the materials

More use cases would be great, as networks are so diverse.
Wim Gerrits
Both segments (NAPALM and IPv6)
provided both deep insight as well
as just a basic 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

buck huppmann
keep up the great work!
Stephen Eaton