Tag Archives: Open Source

Ansible Automation Technology

CloudComputingIt was quite the week attending the VMworld 2015 conference in San Francisco, but all good things must come to an end at some point, and this event is no exception. During my time there, I have had several briefings from a variety of different companies on their technologies. Given my love and passion for automation, I wanted to introduce you to a company called “Ansible,” if you have not had the opportunity to hear about it before.

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OpFlex, Standards-Based Protocols, and Cisco’s Messaging Problem

SDN-IconOn April second, Cisco introduced something that seems to make a lot of sense in its new declarative-based, ACI-led world of software-defined networking: a policy mechanism. The blog post about it was pretty straightforward: it included the obligatory nods toward the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and open-source communities, defined the differences between the traditional imperative and the newer Cisco declarative models, and had snazzy graphics. Cisco laid out the core challenge clearly:

For this declarative model to work across a multi-vendor environment, to translate and map policy definition into the infrastructure, there has hitherto been no standard protocol to do that across physical/virtual switches, routers and L4-L7 network services. This vacuum has led to the development of OpFlex, a new open standard recently submitted to the IETF.

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