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Practical Network Automation - Second Edition

A beginner's guide to automating and optimizing networks using Python, Ansible, and more

Author: Abhishek Ratan, Published on 26-Dec-2018, Language: English

Description

Leverage the power of Python, Ansible and other network automation tools to make your network robust and more secure

Key Features

  • Get introduced to the concept of network automation with relevant use cases
  • Apply Continuous Integration and DevOps to improve your network performance
  • Implement effective automation using tools such as Python, Ansible, and more

Book Description

Network automation is the use of IT controls to supervise and carry out everyday network management functions. It plays a key role in network virtualization technologies and network functions.

The book starts by providing an introduction to network automation, and its applications, which include integrating DevOps tools to automate the network efficiently. It then guides you through different network automation tasks and covers various data digging and performing tasks such as ensuring golden state configurations using templates, interface parsing. This book also focuses on Intelligent Operations using Artificial Intelligence and troubleshooting using chatbots and voice commands. The book then moves on to the use of Python and the management of SSH keys for machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, all followed by practical use cases. The book also covers the importance of Ansible for network automation, including best practices in automation; ways to test automated networks using tools such as Puppet, SaltStack, and Chef; and other important techniques.

Through practical use-cases and examples, this book will acquaint you with the various aspects of network automation. It will give you the solid foundation you need to automate your own network without any hassle.

What you will learn

  • Get started with the fundamental concepts of network automation
  • Perform intelligent data mining and remediation based on triggers
  • Understand how AIOps works in operations
  • Trigger automation through data factors
  • Improve your data center's robustness and security through data digging
  • Get access infrastructure through API Framework for chatbot and voice interactive troubleshootings
  • Set up communication with SSH-based devices using Netmiko

Who this book is for

If you are a network engineer or a DevOps professional looking for an extensive guide to help you automate and manage your network efficiently, then this book is for you. No prior experience with network automation is required to get started, however you will need some exposure to Python programming to get the most out of this book.

Abhishek Ratan

Abhishek Ratan has around 15 years of technical experience in networking, automation, and various ITIL processes, and has worked in various roles in different organizations. As a network engineer, security engineer, automation engineer, TAC engineer, tech lead, and content writer, he has gained a wealth of experience during the 15 years of his career. Abhishek also has a deep interest in strategy game playing, and if he is not working on technical stuff, he is busy spending time on his strategy games. He is currently working as a Sr. Automation Engineer at ServiceNow, learning, and expanding his automation skills in the ServiceNow platform. His earlier experience includes working for companies such as Microsoft, Symantec, and Navisite,which has given him exposure to various environments.