Workshop ‘A Lean Start Into Network Automation’

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CPE Credits Earn 7.25 CPE (Continuing Professional Education) for attending this workshop. Please request a confirmation.
Location Hilton Zurich Airport Hotel
Hohenbuehlstrasse 10
8152 Opfikon-Glattbrugg

There are a lot of free park places available.
Train: railway station Zurich Airport – take the Hotel Shuttle

Date of Event 30th of August 2018
Time 9:00 – 5:30 pm
Language English
Participation Fee Fr. 950.— (including lunch and apéro)

The attendees will receive full access to electronic version of the workshop materials, as well as related ipSpace.net videos with further technical details.

This Vendor-independent Workshop Provides You

Too many networking engineers treat network automation like a visit to the dentist – something painful that’s best avoided for as long as possible. This day-long workshop will dispel that myth and show you how to get worthwhile results by investing a day or two of your time.

Whenever you’re trying to master a new area of expertise, you should start with a highly relevant (and painful) problem that can be solved with minimal efforts. Speaking with hundreds of enterprise and service provider networking engineers, we’ve identified three common problems that will be addressed during the workshop.
 

Topics Covered

Configuration Management
Many large networks periodically collect network device configurations for backup purposes. I sincerely hope you’re one of them… if not, you’ll learn what tools to use to get that done.
Collecting device configurations is great, but can you generate a history of changes? Can you identify parts that were changed in the last day or week? If you’re using modern network management tools, the answer might be YES, if not, you’ll see how to use Git to get the job done.

Now for the tricky question: once you’ve figured out what change likely caused the network outage, can you identify why it was made just by looking at the change history? All it takes to get this vital bit of information is a day’s worth of planning and documenting your version control workflow… and we’ll tell you how to do that with Git and GitLab or GitHub.

Custom Reports
Your network management system can generate all the reports you ever needed, right? No? Really? In this workshop, you’ll figure out how to:

  • Collect data from network devices
  • Parse the collected printouts (in case the devices you use don’t have a usable API)
  • Generate reports or graphs

Networking engineers attending the Building Network Automation Solutions online course have been using these principles to generate reports ranging from uptime/availability to documentation of Cisco ACI or VMware NSX setups. Other engineers created amazing graphs, from per-VLAN spanning tree graph to IP Multicast flooding graph.

Generate Device Configuration
Did you ever have to deploy a large number of network devices with almost-identical configuration (be it in a campus or WAN network, or within a data center)? How did you create the configurations? Did you use the super-versatile copy-and-paste approach, the awesome Excel Formulas approach, or something smarter?

There has to be a better way, and in this workshop, we’ll show you one of them. We’ll go through individual steps including:

  • Figuring out the data model needed
  • Creating device configuration templates
  • Creating device configurations
  • Using auto-generated device configurations to detect discrepancies (comparing actual configuration to desired configuration)
  • Reporting discrepancies to device owners

Takeaways
After attending this workshop you’ll be able to select open-source tools that you could use to solve simple network automation challenges, and start solving them.

Availability
A lean start into Network Automation is a 1-day on-site workshop. The workshop can be extended by in-depth technical details or discussions of customer’s specific design challenges.

Who Should Attend
This workshop targets network engineers who would like to start exploring network automation, but don’t know where to start.

About Ivan Pepelnjak

Ivan Pepelnjak, CCIE#1354 Emeritus, is an independent network architect, book author, blogger and regular speaker at industry events like Interop, RIPE and regional NOG meetings.
He has been designing and implementing large-scale service provider and enterprise networks since 1990, and is currently using his expertise to help multinational enterprises and large cloud- and service providers design next-generation data center and cloud infrastructure using Network Automation, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) approaches and technologies.

Ivan is the author of several books covering data center technologies, highly praised webinars, and dozens of data center and cloud-related technical articles published on his blog.

Registration
Cancellations of registration are free of charge until 30 days before. Cancellations received beyond this point will incur 100% of the admission fee. You will get an invoice for the respective amount. In any case, however, a delegate may be sent at no additional costs.

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Ivan Pepelnjak is part of the organization committéé and advisory of the Next-Gen Infrastructure Special Interest Group.