Building Network Automation Solutions - September 2019 session

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18:01 Course Introduction

This section introduces the speakers in the Autumn 2019 course and the topics of their presentations. I also described a sample approach to planning your studies (as proposed by Daniel Teycheney).

Autumn 2019 Introduction 18:01 2019-09-03

1:47:08 Supply Chain Security in Open-Source Software

While using using network automation tools (and thus standardizing services deployments) can drastically increase the security level of an environment, we must also ensure that we only use trusted software to implement automation solutions.

Matthias Luft focused on secure software sourcing aspects of open-source tools used in the course. He covered the security goals in software sourcing, differences in open versus closed/commercial software, known security incidents, and concluded with a proposed modeal that could deal with all those challenges.

Introduction 8:53 2019-09-04
Modern Software Supply Chains 10:50 2019-09-04
Basics of Trust 15:52 2019-09-04
Software Supply Chain Security Incidents 12:37 2019-09-04
Fundamental Challenges 16:36 2019-09-04
Potential Mitigations 28:21 2019-09-04
Evaluating Software Providers 13:59 2019-09-04
Slide Deck 76M 2019-09-04

Build a Network Automation Stack from Ground Up

Damien Garros will explain how to build a network automation framework from the ground up:

  • How and why they organized the project around a source of truth (NetBox & GitHub);
  • How to integrate an automation framework (Ansible) to use the source of truth to manage the network devices;
  • How to leverage Docker to package Ansible and create a consistent environment;
  • How to properly import data into the source of truth and how to manage many roles and variations of the network design;
  • How to migrate from a traditional SNMP based monitoring to a modern architecture using Influxdb & Grafana.
2019Q3 - Build a Network Automation Stack from Ground Up 38M 2019-09-20

19:43 Discussion Questions

During the Q&A part of the live sessions we addressed these questions:

  • Dealing with large Ansible inventories;
  • Validating input data and post-change router configurations;
  • Automating SDN/NFV environments;
Dealing with Large Inventories 9:12 2019-09-03
Validating Input Data and Device Configurations 7:11 2019-09-03
Automating SDN and NFV Environments 3:20 2019-09-04
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