How much network automation stuff should I learn as a network engineer? & Passing the DevNet Associates Exam

It is important to note that the question is not “should I learn any?” but rather “how much should I learn?”. The new Cisco DevNet Certifications help us answer that question. Let me share my journey to that conclusion. In early February I decided to take the DevNet Associates Exam. I scheduled it for the READ MORE

Using Docker as an Ansible and Python platform for Network Engineers

A quick start guide for using the purpose built Docker images for Ansible and Python Built for Network Engineers by a Network Engineer Over the last few years I’ve built up a repository of Docker images to help me learn Ansible. If you are new to Ansible you may not know that while Ansible can READ MORE

The Struggle with Structure – Network Automation, Design, and Data Models

Preface Modern enterprise networking is going to require a level of structure and consistency that the majority of its networking community may find unfamiliar and perhaps uncomfortable. As a community, we’ve never had to present our designs and configuration data in any kind of globally consistent or even industry standard format. I’m fascinated by all READ MORE

Building a Production-ish Ready WebEx Teams ChatBot

Introduction Is your interrupt-driven day no longer supportable? Is there a particular Project Manager that asks you the same question every morning? Do you often have to take some technical data and simplify it for semi- or non-technical consumption? Would you like to pull out relevant sections of technical data for a sibling team? Today READ MORE

Decomposing Data Structures

Whether you are trying to find all the tenants in an ACI fabric, or all the interface IPs and descriptions on a network device, or trying to determine if the Earth is in imminent danger from an asteroid hurtling towards it, understanding complex data structures is a critical skill for anyone working with modern IT READ MORE