This chapter will focus on an important part of the software development lifecycle as well as DevOps, testing, and quality assurance. This chapter will describe why it is essential to incorporate network changes as part of the continuous integration process and test them thoroughly. It will then go on to look at open source test tooling that is available to facilitate the creation of tests suites for network operations.
This chapter will focus on the overall quality assurance process, outlining some of the best-practice approaches that can be adopted by network teams or teams implementing network operations.
We will also look at the benefits of implementing feedback loops, quality reporting, and what checks can be implemented to make sure that the network is functioning as expected. These are all essential topics as network teams move toward code-driven network operations.
In this chapter, the following topics will be covered: