Putting it All Together

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At a Glance

  • High-intensity interactive online course;
  • Jump-start your network automation career;
  • Hands-on experience working on a solution to your own problem;
  • 9 module course spread across ~3 months;
  • Live discussion and guest speaker sessions;
  • Design and coding assignments and group work;
  • Final course completion certificate.

So far we’ve created data models using text files or relational databases, and Ansible playbooks that work, but produce hard-to-read garbage. It’s time for some eye candy.

We’ll discuss adding a wrapper around Ansible playbooks, using Ansible Tower, and adding a user-friendly GUI or CLI in front of your data sources.

Guest speakers

The guest speakers in this module include:

Autumn 2018

Dirk Feldhaus will describe how to automate service deployment with Ansible within a network fabric to make the implementation faster, more consistent and less error prone. His solution deploys a new customer environment within a Cisco ACI fabric including a tenant, VRF, bridge domains, application profiles, endpoint groups, etc.

During his presentation he'll show you how he used YAML to represent an abstract model of the components of his environment, standard Ansible modules to configure these components, and Jinja for customizing configuration steps that are not covered by standard modules.

More about Dirk

Most networks operators don't have the luxury of deploying in green field scenarios. In his presentation, Nick Hilliard will examine how to take a practical, hands-on approach to network automation for live networks, starting at business analysis, product abstraction and data modeling, and ending up with practical automation of live configurations.

More about Nick

Autumn 2017

In autumn 2017 Thomas Wacker (UBS AG) described how UBS embraced automation for the currently ongoing data center network rebuild. He started with prerequisites and key objectives, described the architecture, showcased the toolchain in use today, and explained the phases of build, test, documentation and ongoing operations.

In the conclusion, he went through the benefits of UBS approach, the next immediate goals, and how automation will keep changing the networking industry.

More about Thomas Wacker

Spring 2017

In spring 2017 Ryan Heffernan and Mat Wood (both from Facebook) discussed lessons learned from automating an enterprise network environment within a web-scale software company.

More about Ryan

More about Mat

Self-study materials

The materials in this module (self-paced guidance) contain numerous case study describing production use of network automation. You'll also learn how to extend Ansible, and integrate Ansible playbooks with transactional databases and front-end systems.

After completing the recommended self-study materials, listen to a few more Software Gone Wild episodes.

Recordings of live sessions