Two of the hottest trends in networking today are SDN and network disaggregation. This is great for many reasons. It’s also confusing. The marketing hype makes it hard to understand either topic. SDN has become so vague that if you ask 10 experts what it means, you are likely to get 12 different answers. Network disaggregation […]
Automation is a controversial topic. On the surface, automation translates into a loss of jobs for people. We think that if we assign to software what we once did, that we won’t have anything left to do. This is a theme in futurist fiction purporting to be news. The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Humans will no longer have work to do! Automation will take our jobs! But I disagree. I have felt for sometime that automation equals paradise for the skilled meatbot ready to make the shift.
Introduction Trigger is an open source network automation framework with batteries included. Trigger differs from other automation projects such as Ansible, which is based on top of the Python SSH library Paramiko, by being built with the asynchronous I/O framework Twisted. Twisted allows for a staggering number of devices to be managed concurrently thanks to […]
Apstra is not about configuration management. Yes, configuration of network devices happens along the way in the paradigm most of us work in. But Apstra is after something much bigger.
Disclosure: I’m the networking co-chair at the Open Compute Project and I work for Cumulus Networks in my day job. The opinions in this post are all mine, though. Enjoy. Howdy. Over the last several weeks, we’ve seen a lot of press releases around a small networking startup called SnapRoute and its software stack, FlexSwitch. […]