Infrastructure as Code: Brown and Greenfield Network Automation Strategies

David Cheriton



David Cheriton

Stanford University and Apstra



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  • Pablo Espinosa, Intuit
  • Joe Ferrell, GE
  • Aryo Kresnadi, FedEx
  • Neal Secher, BNY Mellon
  • James Younan, UBS

Session Description

The industry transition from hardware-defined to software-defined infrastructure is happening quickly. This shift impacts the entire IT supply chain and delivery model. Lifecycles are fundamentally different along with operations, maintenance, and skill sets. Organizations such as Oasis CAMP and services such as AWS’s Lambda provide examples of how the lifecycle of a software-defined infrastructure may emerge. In addition, a declarative automatic provisioning service that bubbles down infrastructure programming through the infrastructure is a key tool for managing infrastructure as code. A model that allows IT business leaders to develop a human readable design, which is abstracted away from the command-specific execution at the plumbing level, has multiple benefits including the ability to easily replace hardware so that a company is not beholden to a given vendor based upon its NetOps skill set or ability to configure it. In this panel discussion, IT business leaders discuss network automation requirements in both brown and greenfield environments and share their state-of-the-art infrastructure as code.