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DevOps for Networking

By : Steven Armstrong
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DevOps for Networking

By: Steven Armstrong

Overview of this book

Frustrated that your company’s network changes are still a manual set of activities that slow developers down? It doesn’t need to be that way any longer, as this book will help your company and network teams embrace DevOps and continuous delivery approaches, enabling them to automate all network functions. This book aims to show readers network automation processes they could implement in their organizations. It will teach you the fundamentals of DevOps in networking and how to improve DevOps processes and workflows by providing automation in your network. You will be exposed to various networking strategies that are stopping your organization from scaling new projects quickly. You will see how SDN and APIs are influencing DevOps transformations, which will in turn help you improve the scalability and efficiency of your organizations networks operations. You will also find out how to leverage various configuration management tools such as Ansible, to automate your network. The book will also look at containers and the impact they are having on networking as well as looking at how automation impacts network security in a software-defined network.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
DevOps for Networking
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Why SDN solutions are necessary

SDN solutions are necessary as they allow businesses to simplify their network operations, and it also allows them to automate network functions. It fits well with the DevOps initiative and the need to make network operations more agile.

A byproduct of SDN is that it allows network functions to become as accurate and repeatable as creating a new virtual machine on a hypervisor.

SDN solutions from vendors are made up of a centralized controller that is implemented to become the nerve center of the network. SDN controllers rely heavily on Open vSwitch database (OVSDB), which is a programmable, open standard schema which utilizes the OpenFlow protocol, which integrates directly with switches to route packets in the network as well as applying ACL policies to particular virtual machines, physical servers, or containers.

As long as a switch can talk OVSDB and OpenFlow, then it can integrate with common SDN controllers. There are now a wide variety of SDN controllers...