John has worked in the networking industry for over 20 years, and obtained his CCIE Routing & Switching in early 2001. A network engineer by day, he has consulted in the UK and USA for internet and mobile service providers, financial, retail, and other enterprise customers, designing, supporting, and troubleshooting networks of all sizes and types. He now works in the enterprise space, enjoying knowing where he’ll be located every week and that he’ll be home for dinner. John blogs at http://movingpackets.net/ where he shares his thoughts and experiences with automation, scripting, best practices, commonly needed solutions, technical challenges, and whatever else interests him in the networking and technology arena.

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Why Your Infrastructure Sucks For Automation


Having convinced myself in previous posts that my automation projects will never be finished and that I will forever be supporting 101 different device connection paradigms, I thought that in this post perhaps I should try to find some sliver of dry land in …



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Automating the Automators


I’ve heard repeatedly from people in this industry that what we need is a single interface to our infrastructure. For status monitoring, perhaps that’s best represented by the ubiquitous “Single Pane of Glass” (Drink!); for general network management, perhaps it’s a Manager of Managers …


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Silo-Busting and Dream-Dashing; More Fun With Automation


With the popularity of Agile methodologies and the ubiquity of people claiming they were embracing NetOps/DevOps, I could swear we were supposed to have adopted a new silo-busting software-defined paradigm shift which would deliver the critical foundational framework we needed to become the company …



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Where Is Your Configuration Source of Truth?


Ask a good server engineer where their server configuration is defined and the answer will likely be something similar to In my Puppet manifests. Ask a network administrator the same thing about the network devices and they’ll probably look at you in confusion. Likely responses may …


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Configuring and Monitoring the Next Gen Network


In Intent-Based Networking – A Must for SDN, an article published on this site, Faisal Khan makes the very valid point that “SDN is about making networking more flexible and agile through programming network elements. [P]rogramming needs to be done in a standard way, [thus] standardizing the …


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The Five Commandments of Tomorrow’s Network


Recently, I’ve been giving some thought  to the roadblocks I discover when I attempt network automation and orchestration, and how those roadblocks affect the software-defined data center idea as a whole. As a result, I have a few suggestions for how to prepare a network – and the …


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Looking Backward to Look Forward


“Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past” -unspecified “wise men” quoted by Niccolò Machiavelli With so many articles out there telling me how SDN will change the network as we know it, I’ve been thinking about what the future holds for …