Network Automation 101

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Network automation, from automatically generated device configurations to automatic failure remediation, is probably the most down-to-earth aspect of SDN movement. This webinar explains the basics of network automation, introduces typical use cases, describes mechanisms you can use to access and program network devices, and lists the typical tools used in open-source-based network automation deployments.


  • What are automation and orchestration? What's the difference?
  • Typical network automation use cases
  • Hierarchy of network needs (by Jeremy Stretch)
  • Operated network and typical network automation workflows
  • Abstraction of network state and its benefits
  • Automatic device and service provisioning
  • Programmatic access to network devices
  • Automated remediation

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About the webinar

Excellent and quite comprehensive.

May be I missed it, but SNMP was hardly covered. It's old school, but is it not an effective method for automating certain network functions?

Yogesh Angrish
Very useful section linking configuration version control, forking of config archives, and authorisation 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.
David Cryer
You owe it to yourself to understand how much network automation has progressed while you weren't looking!
Mel Beckman
This webinar builds a great foundation for how to think about network automation. This will result in less time wasted in trying to boil the ocean or automate in all the wrong places.
Julie Rudolph
If you want to know what all this network automation buzz is all about Ivan's Network Automation 101 will dissipate whatever doubts you may have.

It will point you towards the right path to initiate your journey with network automation tools by providing the context where each tool and mindset will be a best fit.

Highly recommended!
Andre Azevedo
The webinar did not show hiw to do anything on the gear it seemed to be more theory.
Earl Hinkle
A must have overview of fundamental concepts about Network Automation. I wouldn't face automation project without think/understand these concepts first.
Ruben Tripiana

About the instructor

Very thorough.
Yogesh Angrish

About the materials

The frank discussion of technology limitations is valuable, and refreshing.
Mel Beckman
Keep them coming! :)
Andre Azevedo

About the Author

Ivan Pepelnjak

Ivan Pepelnjak (CCIE#1354 Emeritus) has implemented his first network automation solution in mid-1990s, presented SDN and Network Automation solutions at Interop, Troopers, RIPE and other regional ISP meetings, and delivered numerous on-site SDN and network automation workshops for large enterprises and service providers.

Ivan is the author of several SDN-related books, Hands-On Network Automation workshop, Building Network Automation Solutions online course, highly praised webinars, and dozens of network automation and SDN-related technical articles published on his blog.

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