Demystifying Networking

With Dinesh Dutt- Chief Scientist, Cumulus Networks

Network Automation: Tips & Tricks

Guest Speaker:  David Barroso (Network Engineer, Fastly)

Join us for a 60min Discussion and Q & A

Aug 30, 10:00 am (PT)

So you've started on the road of network automation. You've gotten battered and bruised, and sometimes just plain stumped. Maybe you're sailing along just fine, happy as can be, except for a few minor scares. Whatever the case maybe, we can all benefit from the tips and tricks from experts.

What can we learn from customers/experts who deploy network automation in production ?

Stumped by Jinja2 ?

Come and learn how to build a mini-IPAM using Ansible and Jinja2.

What about VLANs and MLAG ? How does one tackle their complexity ? Network automation has focused almost exclusively on configuration. What happens at the end of the configuration road ? Is the world of network automation flat ?

Come find answers to all this and more in the next episode of Demystifying Networking Webinar Series. Post us your questions before hand and we'll answer them during the webinar.

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Join us and learn:

  • Building mini-IPAM using Ansible and Jinja2
  • How to tackle VLAN and MLAG complexity

Dinesh Dutt

Chief Scientist, Cumulus Networks
Dinesh G Dutt has been in the networking industry for the past 15 years, most of it at Cisco Systems. Most recently, he was a Fellow at Cisco Systems. He has been involved in enterprise and data center networking technologies, including the design of many of the ASICs that powered Cisco's mega-switches such as Cat6K and the Nexus family of switches. He also has experience in storage networking from his days at Andiamo Systems and in the design of FCoE. He is a co-author of TRILL and VxLAN and has filed for over 40 patents.

David Barroso

Network Systems Engineer, Fastly
David is a Network Systems Engineer at Fastly where he spends most of his time dealing with the network with code. On a normal day his job involves building abstractions to make the network easier to deploy, operate and verify or finding ways to expose the network to the application. Prior to Fastly, David has worked on web companies like Spotify and service providers like NTT where he's done his share of automation and SDN. In addition, David is the creator of some open source projects like N.A.P.A.L.M. ( or the SDN Internet Router (

Ivan Pepelnjak

Network Architect / Independent Blogger
Ivan is a CCIE Emeritus and has been designing and implementing large-scale service provider and enterprise networks as well as teaching and writing books about advanced technologies since 1990. He’s author of several Cisco Press books, prolific blogger and writer, occasional consultant, and author of a series of highly successful webinars. His current focus includes large-scale data centers and cloud deployments, software-defined networking (SDN) and data centers (SDDC), and network function virtualization (NFV).

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