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Mastering Python Networking - Third Edition

By : Eric Chou
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Mastering Python Networking - Third Edition

By: Eric Chou

Overview of this book

Networks in your infrastructure set the foundation for how your application can be deployed, maintained, and serviced. Python is the ideal language for network engineers to explore tools that were previously available to systems engineers and application developers. In Mastering Python Networking, Third edition, you’ll embark on a Python-based journey to transition from traditional network engineers to network developers ready for the next-generation of networks. This new edition is completely revised and updated to work with Python 3. In addition to new chapters on network data analysis with ELK stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, and Beats) and Azure Cloud Networking, it includes updates on using newer libraries such as pyATS and Nornir, as well as Ansible 2.8. Each chapter is updated with the latest libraries with working examples to ensure compatibility and understanding of the concepts. Starting with a basic overview of Python, the book teaches you how it can interact with both legacy and API-enabled network devices. You will learn to leverage high-level Python packages and frameworks to perform network automation tasks, monitoring, management, and enhanced network security followed by Azure and AWS Cloud networking. Finally, you will use Jenkins for continuous integration as well as testing tools to verify your network.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
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In this chapter, we looked at various ways to communicate and manage network devices from Cisco, Juniper, VyOS, and Arista. We looked at both direct communication with the likes of NETCONF and REST, as well as using vendor-provided libraries such as PyEZ and Pyeapi. These are different layers of abstractions, meant to provide a way to programmatically manage your network devices without human intervention.

In Chapter 4, The Python Automation Framework – Ansible Basics, we will take a look at a higher-level of vendor-neutral abstraction framework called Ansible. Ansible is an open source, general-purpose automation tool written in Python. It can be used to automate servers, network devices, load balancers, and much more. Of course, for our purpose, we will focus on using this automation framework for network devices.