There’s a flurry of activity around network automation, lots of discussion about its impacts, and a host of open-source and commercial tools available.
But actual adoption? Not so much.
Today’s Datanauts podcast explores NRE Labs, a free site to train network engineers in basic automation concepts and tools. NRE stands for “Network Reliability Engineering”.
As guest Matt Oswalt describes it, the goal of NRE Labs is to help network engineers take that first automation step, get unstuck, and get started. Matt is an “engineer in marketing clothing” at Juniper Networks.
While NRE Labs is a Juniper-sponsored project, you don’t have to be a Juniper customer. You don’t even have to sign up and hand over any information to use it. The site is entirely free.
You just go to the homepage, find a lesson or topic that looks interesting, and get started. The site is designed to work within a browser so there’s no software to download and no complicated virtual environment to configure.
The code that powers NRE Labs is open-source so you can grab it for yourself. The project also welcomes contributions and lessons from the community.
In today’s podcast, Matt walks Chris Wahl through NRE Labs, describes how it works, explains a couple of lessons, and shares how the community can get involved.
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NRE Labs Curriculum – GitHub
Working with Network APIs – GitHub
PQ 158: Introducing NRE Labs For Network Automation Training – Packet Pushers
Keeping It Classless – Matt’s blog