Tag: network automation

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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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Networks Systems

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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One Framework to Rule Them All


The Dream of the Data Center For me, it started with OpenStack. I was at a conference a number of years ago listening to Shannon McFarland talking about using OpenStack to bring programmatic Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) into the data center. My own applications …


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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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The Evolution of Network Operations


When I first began this post, my thinking revolved around the translation problems of a declarative approach to network operation, but having only procedural interfaces to work with. Further thought dismissed that assumption and led to thinking about how declarative models evolve to meet …


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Templates vs. Policies


Are configuration templates still needed with an automation framework? Or does the automation policy make them a relic of the past? Traditional Configuration Management: Templates We’ve all been there. We always keep a backup copy of a device’s configuration, not just for recovery, but …



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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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