Network Programmability 101

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It's not uncommon to hear how the networks of today are slow to change, and not "up to speed" with the other technology disciplines. Some go so far as to say that the networking industry is decades behind other disciplines like server virtualization, and are not able to respond as quickly to the ever-changing needs of the business.

Software-defined networking has promised to change this paradigm, with the introduction of concepts like controllers, software abstractions, overlays, and open programmability. These were all made for the purpose of making networks more consumable and agile, to more properly address the needs of the business. However, for many organizations, SDN represents quite a steep adoption curve, and may not be viewed as a realistic short-term plan for their environment.

In this webinar, we will discuss some fundamental concepts and ideas that network engineers can use today, to start "ramping up" the software-defined path. We will address some of the biggest questions on many network professionals' minds - questions like "Do I need to be a programmer to keep my job?", or "There is so much to learn - where do I start?". If you're a network engineer, and interested in hearing about some realistic skillsets you can begin building today, this webinar is for you.


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Matt OswaltMatt Oswalt (@mierdin) is an all-around technology nerd, currently focusing on networking, open source, and everything in between. He is at his happiest in front of a keyboard, next to a brewing kettle, or wielding his silo-smashing sledgehammer. He deploys networking technologies around the world, and likes to blog about his experiences when he comes up for air.

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About the webinar

This is a very interesting area for persons like myself, strong network engineers who don't have a lot of experience in doing network automation the 'right' way. Would be interested in more webinars along this theme and feel it would be beneficial.

Short version- debugging expect scripts gets old after a while, looking for a new way of doing things.

Aaron Mayfield
Good introduction to fundamental ideas of network automation problem domain, sets background regarding how many years of poor tooling and vendor driven solutions have hurt network engineering, and sets stage with overview of how we can start to think about applying useful automation to the network engineering problem domain.
Ben Cairns