Networking Field Day 17 is a wrap. What a week! My first Tech Field Day event did not disappoint. As expected, I met many smart, quick, and funny folks, and I got unprecedented access to some of the biggest names in networking. How better to close this event out than with a short debrief of some of the key take aways? Buckle up, it’s time for Hawt or Naught, NFD17 edition:
Hawt – Openness
- Juniper’s getting serious about putting the Open in Open Contrail
- Linux, YANG, P4, Python, JSON, OpenR, gRPC, and GitHub are showing up everywhere
- Extreme demo’d some cool tools powered by (open source) StackStorm
- Cisco, Extreme, VMware, and Juniper all showcased network devices/stacks open to 3rd party applications (often open source apps like Snabb and PerfSonar)
- Mellanox’ switches are open to several NOS’ and Cumulus is, well, Linux (hard to get much more open than that)
Naught – Closedness
Closed “yankee swap” gifts were fun for a while, but it’s long past time to open them all up
Hawt – The Network Providing Security
- Juniper kicked the week off with multicloud security through Contrail with “intent based security policy”
- Extreme demonstrated automated detection and remediation of a DDoS attack using Workflow Composer and Flow Optimizer
- VMware shared their vision for networking and security, introduced us to context-aware micro-segmentation and reported several security enhancements in NSX for vSphere 6.4
- VeloCloud, a VMware company, showed us how to provide “enterprise segmentation” across the (SD-)WAN
- Cisco showed us SD-Access’ firewall integration as well as how ISE and TrustSec work together to provide threat containment
Naught – Breaking Perimeter Security
I couldn’t work up the courage to drink a second RedBull, but I had two. I proceeded to forget about the second one in my bag on the way home – TSA was not amused.
Hawt – Telemetry and Visibility
- Juniper highlighted the visibility, streaming telemetry, and analytics provided by both Contrail, and AppFormix, including application visualizations and all layers of infrastructure
- ThousandEyes is all about visibility (they call it network intelligence), and that’s only increasing with the new Device Layer and expanded “Internet Intelligence” capabilities
- Extreme demonstrated how to use their Insight Architecture to automate both distributed packet capture and performance testing
- Vmware showed us how to use Traceflow for troubleshooting
- Cisco dug deep into the layers of telemetry and contrasted model-driven with event-driven telemetry for us
- Ixia demonstrated data center network validation, including EVPN VXLAN
- Cumulus demonstrated how to use NetQ to gain valuable insights into what your network, and your hosts, are up to
Naught – SNMP
Can we just stop already? It’s still ubiquitous, but luckily we seem to be moving to model-based telemetry.
Hawt – Automation, Orchestration, and Intent
- Juniper explained how to create a NaaS / PaaS across multiple clouds by abstracting (and proactively seeking) intent, using the infrastructure as the single source of truth, and performing automation
- Extreme showcased their cross-domain automation life-cycle through several demos
- VMware also talked about enabling a multicloud PaaS / CaaS using automation, abstraction, and context to ensure that the network looks like one router or firewall
- Cisco showcased the thought going into the UX design of DNA Center and demonstrated both SD Access’ “recommended intents” for the campus and iPXE in IOS-XR to bring ZTP to your routers
- Cumulus told us how to use Vagrant and Cumulus VX to automate a full-scale PoC, and discussed the flexibility inherent in using completely open tools
- There was a strong focus on day 2 automation across the board, which is great because:
NetOps spend most of their time monitoring, troubleshooting, and remediating; network automation needs to address that. #NFD17 https://t.co/9PDs7QuG2G
— Chris Grundemann (@ChrisGrundemann) January 25, 2018
Naught – Manually Configuring and Troubleshooting Your Infrastructure
Work smarter, not harder.
Hawt – Platforms for the Multicloud
The battle is obviously on to be the dominant multicloud (network) infrastructure fabric!
Naught – Platforms for the Sasquatch
Just kidding, this guy is super hawwwwt! How do you shred through all that fur?
Hawt – This Great Group of Delegates
I mean, just look at us
From left to right:
@Buraglio, @NetworkAutobahn, @EtherealMind, @Drew_CM, @Network_Phil, @BenTGage, @Net_Introvert, @MrLESmithJr, @NetworkingNerd, @Renegade604, @SharpNetwork, @MrTugs, myself (@ChrisGrundemann), and @802Tophat
Naught – Forgetting to say Thank You
I’m super grateful to have been invited to Networking Field Day 17! Thanks especially to Tom, Ben (Matt), and Claire for making the whole thing happen, and run so smooth!
NOTE: I will be posting more in depth analysis and synthesis of these trends in the coming days and weeks, so check back often! In the mean time, you can view all the event videos by following the links here: http://techfieldday.com/event/nfd17/