New Webinar: Network Automation Concepts

There’s one more thing I feel needs to be done before I go for that coffee break: a webinar focusing on network automation concepts (as opposed to replacing Excel with YAML and Ansible or Becoming a Python Coder). Here’s a rough list of concepts I think should be in there:

  • Data models and data stores
  • Data model transformations
  • Single source of truth
  • Abstraction layers
  • Idempotency

On the processes side I’ll cover:

  • Infrastructure-as-code (IaC)
  • GitOps
  • Continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD)
  • Orchestration systems and APIs

And just for the giggles I’ll share my opinion on these “revolutionary” concepts:

  • Intent-based networking
  • Imperative and declarative APIs

The slide deck for Data Models and Data Stores section is already online, the first live session will take place in early February 2021.

Revision History

Updated the webinar description based on comments received on this blog post, in emails, and on LinkedIn. Thank you all!


  1. For me the required partner to any Automation is Validation/verification - otherwise you have to babysit the robot.

  2. Testing - which types of tests should be done at which step of the automation workflow and how.

  3. Deep Dives on:
    • gRPC
    • REST API
    • Netconf/Restconf
    • Multi-threading & Performance @scale
    • Streaming Telemetry
    • GIT
    • Event Driven Automation
    • Chaos Engineering in Networking Context
    • Formal Verification
  4. Updated the webinar description: added several topics based on your comments. Thanks a million!
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