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NFD16 day two - Cisco Project Starship a.k.a. Intersight

Day two of NFD16 with Cisco. The presentation was split in two parts. First part for Intersight, second part for Tetration. I’ll post here just a few thoughts about Intersight. Merakify all the servers! What’s Cisco Intersight? If you’re familiar with cloud-managed devices like Meraki the concept is quite similar. A Cisco server runs the Device Connector client that links to a central management portal that runs on Cisco DC SaaS.

Are we the last generation of Network Engineers?

Automation is today a word that can be both scaring and exciting at the same time. The scary part is often related to the question: will robots steal my job? Federico Pistono says that’s ok. We read articles about how many jobs will not exist anymore soon, and sometimes how new jobs will be create to support automation. The most advanced analysts try to predict how a society can survive with massive unemployment.

Is more technology good for your business?

I read this post on Ivan’s blog this morning and as often happens it made me think. The key point is: figure out what your most pressing problem is. Who should do that? Let’s analyze the roles involved in a typical SMB or enterprise. Vendors Vendors have just one target: sell their products. They can’t really customize the product to every business needs so they try to convince the customer the problem their product solve is the problem you have.

NFD16 day two - Apstra

Day two of NFD16 started with Apstra and their intent-based networking system. Intent concept is not as broad as SDN but still vendors have different views of this meaning. According to Apstra an intent is “the definition of the expected outcome”. The sum of the intents of a network is the source of truth. Read Sasha Ratkovic blog post about the definition of Intent Based Networking. The checklist he suggest can be very useful to compare different solutions and spot intent washing strategies.

NFD16 day one - Arista

Second part of Tech Field Day NFD16 day 1 continues with Arista. Getting ready for @AristaNetworks #NFD16 pic.twitter.com/SCWXVGsR2l — Gian Paolo (@gp_ifconfig) September 13, 2017 Arista’s presentation included 400G (hist: it’s fast!), EOS programmability, Network Automation and Telemetry, Routing Architecture Transformations. All video recording are in the youtube channel of TechFielDay. EOS Programmability Ken Duda (Founder, CTO, and Senior VP of Software Engineering) did a great session about EOS programmability explaining the reason of some technical choices and the available options.

NFD16 day one - Veriflow

First day at Tech Field Day NFD16, I’m quite excited to be here among fellow network engineers to share our views on products and technologies. I’m planning to post my takeaways for each vendor with variable lengths based on my knowledge and interest of the specific product. Today’s first presenter is Veriflow. Let’s see what Continuous Network Verification is and how it can help to make networks more robust and secure.

AirPiConsole part two

Welcome back to AirPiConsole blog post, this is part two. If you read part one and followed the configuration steps you should now have a fully working Raspberry Pi Zero W connected to your WiFi network. You should also be able to connect via Bluetooth to get a console connection without knowing the IP address of the Raspi. Now it’s time to move on and start to actually connect to the serial ports.

AirPiConsole part one

As a network engineer I spend a lot of time with my laptop connected via serial cable to various devices. Physical serial connection is needed for initial device setup and sometimes per customer’s security policy I can’t access the network, so I can only use out-of-band management. I also configure many devices at staging lab that I call the “Theory room” because you know, in theory everything works ;-)

NFD16 delegate

I’m happy to announce I’ll join a great team of professionals for 3 days of pure networking awesomeness in Silicon Valley: Great news: I'm a #NFD16 delegate! https://t.co/WuziopJtKc Can't wait to join such a great team of professionals! — Gian Paolo (@gp_ifconfig) August 11, 2017 NFD16 is part of Tech Field Day events where vendors and professionals meet to share and discuss about the IT world, products, trends and future.

HP Procurve to Cisco switchport migration with Python and Netmiko

Summertime usually means a busy period for Network Engineers, customers are on holidays and we have the opportunity to performs all the changes that impact network connectivity. For me this usually means core switch replacement. Today I was moving a configuration from an HP8200 to a Cisco 4500, taking care of all the details of ports, trunks, vlans. From this: to this: When a task is manual, boring, repetitive and error-prone my automation skills came to help.