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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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In this chapter, we looked at how Ansible can be used for server-side configuration management of network devices and looked at some of the industry leading network vendors, such as Arista, Cisco, and Juniper, who have all changed their operational models to use open standards and protocols that are well-suited to automation.

After reading this chapter, you should now be familiar with networking operating system from Cisco, Juniper, and Arista. The Ansible configuration management tool and concepts, such as Ansible Inventory, Ansible Modules, Ansible Playbooks, Ansible Roles, and Ansible var files and Jinja2 templates. Readers should also be familiar with Ansible Galaxy, the core Ansible modules available for network automation and methodologies to manage network devices using Ansible.

This chapter gave readers an understanding of use cases where tools such as Ansible can be used to automate everyday network operations that are carried out by network engineers. It should also give...