Network Automation Tools

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Nothing distinguishes the modern network from its predecessor as much as efficient network operations. This operational efficiency could not have been achieved without the modernization of the tools used by a network operator. Marshall McLuhan, a famous Canadian philosopher said, "First we shape the tools, and then the tools shape us". The network operators coming from the previous generation have thus largely been shaped by the tools born of that era, tools such as ssh and Excel.

The new world and its tools can be confusing, even hard to understand. Which ones make sense, and why. How do I evaluate them? Sure, I know Ansible and I can Jinja like a Ninja, but does it mean I can be truly lethal in my operational efficiency? This webinar provides a framework for understanding and evaluating the tools available to a modern network engineer. We won't just talk Ansible and Git, or Puppet about Chef, but a lot more. And more importantly, this webinar aims to provide a framework for you to begin exploring and evaluating on your own.

The webinar might also help you answer these questions:

  • Why were the networking vendors talking about Puppet and Chef, and now praise Ansible as the solution to all problems?
  • What are the differences between Puppet, Chef and Ansible?
  • Does it make sense to use Git to manage device configurations?
  • How could I use Vagrant to simulate my network?
  • What tools could I use to manage logs and events?
  • Why are many engineers using pmacct to monitor the traffic flows?
  • What could I do with a syslog collector (apart from having messages logged and analyzed)?
  • Why would an IPAM be part of an automation solution?
  • Why would someone mention SNMP tools and automation in the same sentence?
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  • Configuration and state management tools: Puppet and Chef;
  • Automation frameworks: Ansible;
  • Version control tools: Git;
  • Continuous integration tools;
  • Configuration backup with Rancid and Oxidized;
  • IPAM tools: nsot and NIPAP;
  • SNMP-based monitoring with Observium, LibreNMS and Grafana/ELK
  • Flow data management with pmacct, nfdump and ELK stack
  • Service monitoring with Nagios and Munin
  • Syslog processing with Graylog and Splunk
  • Network testing with perf tools and ToDD

About the Authors

Elisa JasinskaElisa Jasinska has been automating large-scale networks for almost 10 years. She started her career at AMS-IX and was later involved in setting up various other Internet Exchanges. She implemented numerous traffic accounting and automation solutions for Internet Exchanges and CDN’s, she is actively involved in the internet community and regularly presents at conferences such as NANOG and RIPE.

Dinesh DuttDinesh Dutt has been in the networking industry for the past 20 years, most of it at Cisco Systems. Most recently, he was the Chief Scientist at Cumulus Networks, working on simplifying configuration and operations with inventions such as BGP Unnumbered and NetQ. Before Cumulus, 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 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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It was worth taking this webinar, balance between time spent taking it and knowledge that I gained from it is very good.

Milan Stanojevic
The content is always comprehensive but the delivery is dry. I wish you could see the person speaking.
Susan Calland
The webinar provided examples of tools and what they are used for in real world networks. Really enjoyed the session
Richard Dering