After deciding to take a slightly longer coffee break I went through the list of outstanding projects trying to figure out which ones I could complete in first half of 2021, which ones I’ll get to “eventually” and what’s a lost cause.
Irena is telling me that I should stop inviting guest speakers – our calendar is full until June 2021. Here’s what we have planned and what we got done at the time of the last update (March 3, 2021).
- Deep dive into NSX-T Federation by Jerome Catrouillet is complete, and concludes the NSX-T 3.0 update process.
- In the Kubernetes Deep Dive webinar we already covered basics, services, and details of Container Network Interface. Next on the list: service mesh.
- We still have several sessions of Cisco ACI Deep Dive to do.
- Rachel Traylor started an intensive course on reliability theory
- Jason Belk will redo the NETCONF/YANG material and add RESTCONF to the mix
- Dinesh Dutt will talk about IP routing in 3-tier leaf-and-spine topology
There are a few things I simply have to update to feel good (last status update on March 3, 2021):
- Networking part of Introduction to Cloud Computing webinar is complete.
- Ansible webinar already got updated material on task includes, roles, collections (published). I will also redo the section on Ansible debugger, and add a short intro to Jinja2 includes. I won’t however waste any more time describing their N+1-st attempt to get networking modules right.
- The network automation curriculum is pretty well rounded, what’s missing is a deep dive into network automation concepts (infrastructure-as-code, data models, data stores, single source of truth, intent-based networking…). We started with data models, more to come in late spring/early summer.
- Gateway Load Balancer has to be added to AWS webinar.
- Virtual Hub has to be added to Azure webinar.
- Miha Markočič has developed tons of AWS new automation examples (already published).
- I have to add more recommended design information to Designing Active-Active and Disaster Recovery Data Centers webinar
- The description of configuration and state management automation tools is out of date – an update is planned for late spring
I will keep working on How Networks Really Work webinar. The current plan is to cover the details of routing protocols including fun stuff like LFA, rLFA, TI-LFA, PIC, NSF, SSO..
I will also add HTTP/2, HTTP/3 and QUIC to the TCP, HTTP and SPDY webinar. I will get it done – I just don’t know when it might happen.
Potential Update Candidates
These webinars would deserve an update, but I won’t make any promises:
- VXLAN Technical Deep Dive would need a major rewrite. It still mentions NSX-MH and Nexus 1000v
- Introduction to Virtualized Networking is in no better shape
- Network Function Virtualization webinar would need an update on fast packet switching in Linux. If only I’d be able to persuade Thomas Graf to do it ;)
- Data Center Infrastructure for Networking Engineers needs an update of the Network Reference Architecture section (and no, I will not touch the storage part of it)
What I can promise is that I WILL NOT spend any more time going through the vendor data sheets to update the product overview parts of Data Center Fabric Architectures. Creating those updates was one of the worst content creation experience I ever had.
Not Going to Happen
I had a few more ideas on the back burner. They might happen in another lifetime ;)
- OpenStack Networking
- Open Networking on Linux
- BGP Security and MANRS
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- Introduction to cloud networking is complete.
- Reliability course has started.
- Data models part of automation concepts is mostly complete, more to come in late spring.
- Kubernetes Deep Dive is progressing nicely.
- Updated with a few more things to fix found in January 2021
- Have to add Virtual Hub to Azure webinar
- Ansible webinar needs an updated debugging playbooks section.
- We completed NSX-T federation sessions in January.
- Ansible Creating Reusable Code section has been updated.
- We have the final webinar outline for Automation Concepts and extensions to Reliability Theory.
- Miha Markočič completed AWS examples.