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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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Configuration management processes to manage network devices

DevOps is primarily all about people and process, so just focusing on some examples of playbooks or roles in isolation against a switch or firewall wouldn't help network engineer deal with the real-world networking challenges that they encounter every day. Selecting the correct tooling to facilitate processes is also important after the actual goals of a project have been established. Tooling should be selected after the business requirements have been made clear and not the opposite way round.

A network engineer could easily type in those commands into a network operating system as they could type commands into an Ansible playbook, so it is important to look at where the use of a configuration management tool such as Ansible adds real business value.

Implementing a new tool in isolation doesn't really help the network teams improve efficiency as a standalone activity, but the modules that have been created in Ansible to manage Arista...