Everyone delivering IT service is on a journey - our businesses are so dependent on us as foundation for their process that availability isn't even about SLAs any more – 100% up time is the expectation. And with the dependencies between elements of IT infrastructure becoming ever more complex, we are constantly looking for ways of managing the complexity. In our recent white paper 'The Road to the Self-Driving Network' we dig into the idea that through automation and orchestration, supported by network assurance, we can reach a goal of a self-healing, autonomous network that configures itself to provide the business with the service it needs, then validates that it is doing as it should.
The foundation to that is Intent-Based Networking, which defines a structure for network operations to work smarter now, but drive towards that automated nirvana. It carves up network operations into 3 areas:
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Intent is the way we describe the service we want the network to provide - how we translate business requirements to network config and policy
Fulfilment is the way we take that intent and render it into actual network device configuration – whether that is manual, through automation or using full service orchestration
Assurance is the way in which we validate the network is doing what it should. This area covers monitoring and performance measurement but also such things as network modelling, behaviour analysis and configuration compliance.
Jose Moreno & Daren Fulwell are networking and automation experts that join us for another #CommunityFabric event where we focus on the question of what network automation has done for us.
Jose has 20+ years experience in the networking industry. He has worked in critical data centers as support and architect, 10 years in Cisco focusing on data center networking and SDN, and he is since 2016 in Microsoft helping customers to design and implement their cloud networks.
Daren Fulwell is a Cisco Champion, Member of the CCIE advisory council, CCIE, CCDE and IP Fabric’s Network Automation Evangelist among many other things. Daren has spent the best part of 25 years working in our industry and has seen many changes over that time, but his true passion is in Network Automation. Daren is a leading light in the community, being a regular guest on podcasts and giving his view in interviews and blog pieces on the role of automation and its future uses, as well producing vast amounts of content with #init6, and many other outlets.
Daren has held roles with global giants in telecoms, banking and transportation but took a leap into the vendor world to join IP Fabric last year.
Du’An is an Air Force veteran and the creator of the LabEveryday community. He has 15+ years of experience designing, implementing, and supporting enterprise infrastructures. Over the last 4 years, his passion has become Network Automation and DevOps. This focus has helped him become a Sr. Cloud Networking Developer Advocate at AWS, where he helps customers learn and build on AWS.
Next upcoming Podcasts
Upcoming PODCAST #2
"From Design to Source of Truth": The Intent in an Intent-Based Network.
Upcoming PODCAST #3
"Monitoring, modelling behaviour and compliance": the Assurance in Intent-Based Networking
Upcoming PODCAST #4
"Changing Network Operations": The Journey to the Self-Driving Network
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