Join one of the leading independent networking experts on the exclusive 2-day workshop to learn the key principles of network automation, get familiar with the available tools, and learn how to use them in enterprise networks.

Whenever you hear about someone using network automation in a production network, it's usually a startup or a large web property (Netflix, Spotify, Twitter, Facebook ...). While some ISPs have been using automatic service deployment for decades, it seems nothing's going on in the enterprise networks. In the Hands-On Network Automation Workshop, Ivan Pepelnjak, one of the leading independent networking experts and the author of the workshop, will show you how wrong that notion is.

The workshop will be held on September 20–21 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. UPDATE: You can attend the workshop also remotely via our Technology-Led Training solution. This is an exclusive event and the number of seats are limited, therefore we strongly suggest to register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending. Feel free to contact our team if you have any questions regarding the registration or the workshop content.



We’ll start with some easy tasks like generating network device configurations using Ansible instead of Excel spreadsheets, and you’ll see that you don’t have to be a programmer or speak fluent Python to get the job done.

We’ll also explore what the vendors already offer us: most data center vendors provide Puppet or Chef agents on their boxes, and you can use them to solve one of the most mundane networking challenges: configuring VLANs on server-facing ports.

Moving to slightly trickier topics, we’ll discuss collecting network configurations with RANCID, storing them in Git, and automating the deployment of our configurations while still retaining full control and sanity checks with tools such as Gerrit and Jenkins.

Finally, we’ll tackle a troubleshooting challenge: find a device with a known MAC address hiding somewhere within a large network.

Visit the Hands-on Network Automation Workshop page to learn more about the content, objectives, and the detailed workshop outline.


Who is it for?

Network engineers who want to start honing their network automation skills without throwing away everything they have learned in the last decades just because everyone-should-be-a-programmer is the latest fad. You might be a network architect, or an engineer deploying or troubleshooting networks – understanding what network automation can do for you and how it works will never hurt.

Finally, you might be a programmer looking for new challenges, in which case a healthy mix of programming skills and arcane networking knowledge might be exactly what you're looking for. Welcome to a new frontier!


About Ivan Pepelnjak

Ivan Pepelnjak, CCIE#1354 Emeritus, 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 the author of several Cisco Press books, a prolific blogger and writer, occasional consultant, and the 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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