REDtalks.live #33 – Joel King on What is Code?

Great to have Joel King join me again on REDtalks.live to answer the question, “What is code?”

The answer isn’t as straightforward as you may think, not with practices like Infrastructure as Code at play. In this episode, Joel does a great job at clarifying some misconceptions and clearing up some concepts that should not have been assumed one way or the other.

Also, a significant bonus, I learned more about the Apollo Space Missions in this episode than I thought I’d ever know. Thanks for the wealth of space-launch knowledge, Joe.

Thanks for listening!

REDtalks.live #28 – Jason Edelman of NetworkToCode.com

Today we’re joined by Jason Edelman, co-founder of awesome network automation training and services company networktocode.com, and co-author of the recently published O’Reilly book titled, “Network Programmability and Automation“.

As the subtitle states, this book is a reference tool aimed at developing “skills for the next-generation network engineer”. Joined by co-authors, Scott S. Lowe & Matt Oswalt, the book covers many great concepts, including one pushed heavily by the f5.com/super-netops training program (and one of my personal favorites), the importance of abstraction and templating.

Watch the episode here:

Thanks for joining us, Jason!

REDtalks.live #26: WWT on why Super-NetOps is different

Some great content from friends at World Wide Technology (WWT) explaining how the Super-NetOps Training Program differs from traditional infrastructure automation training.


“Its a very interesting and very exciting program”
– Mark Wall


 

In this podcast, live from the WWT Global Sales Conference in Las Vegas, Principle Solutions Architect, Joel King, and Practice Lead for Application Delivery, Mark Wall, explain what the Super-NetOps training program is all about and why its so important.

From the podcast
On the challenges organizations are facing, Mark Wall shares, “What it really boils down to is the infrastructure, the networking infrastructure, traditional IT Operations folks really have a very hard time keeping up with the development side of the organization.”

Wall continuous, “Theres a big gap in how the infrastructure side is able to deliver services that are required by the development organization. So, it almost boils down to ‘I can’t keep up‘, ‘I cant deliver those services fast enough‘ or ‘I don’t really understand how my piece, my networking component, my application delivery component, fits into the public cloud or into this automated process’ and there’s kind of a disconnect in there.”

“That skillset gap is something that all of our customers ask about, and they struggle with. Traditional network engineers don’t have the programming background. They don’t have the understanding of some of the technologies around different data structures.” adds Joel King, “How do I train those engineers to be able to have the skills that they need to do the type of automated deployments that Mark’s talking about. That’s a big key area for many of our customers is, what skills do I need, what training, what education do I need, and thats one of the things that the Super-NetOps program is trying to address. To enable those engineers with new skills to be able to be successful”.

WWT is supporting the Super-NetOps movement by putting together enterprise environments that support multiple technologies, beyond just F5’s BIG-IP, to help customers build end-to-end solutions.

Conclusion
As I stated in my DevOps Enterprise Summit talk last year, “Give me a Swiss Army Knife, and MacGyver I do not become”. So, its great to see Mark and Joel building upon the initial Super-NetOps program and adding huge value to their customers.

Enough from me! Make time to listen to this great podcast here: WWT on Super-NetOps

 

REDtalks.live #25: MiniKube for Dev’s

Another great episode from our F5 Incubator friends, ApsenMesh.io. In this episode I’m joined by Sr Architect, Andrew Jenkins, who explains how, in mere seconds, he spins up Kubernetes clusters on his laptop in a docker container.

An awesome solution for rapid dev/test environments that I will be adopting as soon as I’ve hit post on this article.

Here’s the video with Andrew:

 

And here’s a blog Andrew put together with the technical details: Building Istio with Minikube-in-a-Container and Jenkins

Many thanks for joining us on REDtalks.live, Andrew. I look forward to hearing from you again!

REDtalks.live #23 – Aspen Mesh w/ Shawn Wormke

Want to learn about Service Mesh? Well, you’re in luck! Today I am joined by Shawn Wormke, Sr. Director of Aspen Mesh – aspenmesh.io – an F5 Networks Incubator innovation.

Aspen Mesh is an ‘enterprise service mesh’ built on Istio. In her recent blog, industry thought leader, Lori MacVittie (@lmacvittie), announced the drivers behind launching Aspen Mesh with:

…we believe a robust microservice communication fabric is the best possible path to scaling containerized apps whether in the data center or in the cloud (or both). But we also understand the needs and complexity of enterprise production environments. A service-mesh needs to do more than just scale apps; it also needs to monitor and secure them.

Watch this video to understand the future of Aspen Mesh: the microservices architecture its destined for, and the use cases it will address regarding the application of dynamic policy and service visibility through continuous feedback.

Thanks for joining us, Shawn!

REDtalks #22 – IBM Cloud with Simon Kofkin-Hansen

In this episode I’m joined by Simon Kofkin-Hansen of IBM Cloud.

As Distinguished Engineer of Cloud Automation, Simon travels the world enabling organizations a smooth transition towards their hybrid cloud goals. Watch this episode to understand some of the realities of a journey to cloud, what to look at for, and what you might want to do differently to make the most out of your newly adopted operating model. HINT: automation is key!

Thanks for joining us, Simon! Great to have you on REDtalks.live

REDtalks #21 – Super-NetOps Live Q&A

UPDATE: incase you missed it, see a recording of the “What is Super-NetOps Live Q&A” here: https://youtu.be/qFbmiVrvxlE

On October 24th, at 9am PST (UTC -7) we will be hosting a Live Q&A forum on Super-NetOps (NetOps for DevOps) – click on the video below for details, or open directly on YouTube here.

Whether you’re a total beginner to infrastructure automation, or well on your way with Programmable Infrastructure, bring your questions for our Super-NetOps champions to answer. Simply enter your question into the ‘live chat’ window now, or during the live broadcast.

For some background, we’ve covered Super-NetOps in previous articles including Does DevOps need a “Super-NetOps”? and REDtalks #19 – Super-NetOps Explained. Due to the overwhelming interest we’re hosting this Live Q&A session to help accelerate your journey.

Live Q&A will commence October 24th, 9am PST (UTC -7).

 

REDtalks #20 – Programmable Infrastructure 101 – be Declarative

While the payoff of a successful implementation can be HUGE, the beginning of your Programmable Infrastructure journey may be difficult and fraught with danger. There are decisions you need to make right from the start that will dictate the experience you and your customers, external or internal, encounter. To avoid ‘kicking an operational nightmare can further down the road’ (or into the orchestrator as it may be), ensure you are employing declarative API interfaces and appropriate levels of abstraction in your automation tooling.

In this episode I explain the importance of declarative API interfaces. Trying to move all of the knobs and buttons of programmable infrastructure into your deployment tooling WILL come back to bight you later. It will be costly to support, it will create an integration too rigid to adapt to new systems and services, and it will increasingly inhibit business agility as time goes on.

 

Thanks for joining us on the 20th episode of REDtalks.live

REDtalks #19 – Super-NetOps Explained

Due to popular demand, here is a short (16 minute) video explanation of the Super-NetOps persona.

I frequently give talks on the need for Super-NetOps engineers and architects to support modern development/DevOps processes. However, that talk (especially with enthusiastic Q&A sessions) takes about 90 minutes. Hence, below is a quick ‘why you need Super-NetOps’ version I put together for those in a hurry.

Brilliantly summarized by my colleague, Joe Cassidy, “Great short video by Nathan Pearce explaining the “Super-NetOps” concept wherein NetOps embraces principles and practices of DevOps to reduce the skills gap between Infrastructure and Developer silos. Like DevOps, “Super-NetOps” is not a technology, tool or person but rather a culture change where infrastructure teams adopt “systems thinking”. This shifting focus towards “systems thinking” empowers the traditional infrastructure silos to collaborate, continuously improve delivery, enhance communication, enable self-service and speed development. F5 is helping enterprises embrace this concept by (among other things) enabling APIs, exposing Declarative Interfaces and executing on Self-Service Models and Templates.

Thanks for listening!

https://f5.com/supernetops

 

REDtalks #17 – Orchestration 2.0 (w/ a side of bacon)

Greeting automators and welcome to edisode #17 of REDtalks. Today’s guest is Tyler Hatton who is from WWTs own internal IT Operations team. Tyler is the F5 BIG-IP Subject Matter Expert for WWT and is hell-bent on replacing the mundane with declarative interfaces and orchestration systems.

Watch this episode to hear about the interesting culture at WWT and their regular hack-a-thon’s. These events themed at breaking the routine and investing internally in continuous education and, my favorite, “continuous improvement”. Following this, Hatton talks us through his brilliantly named, hack-a-thon winning, “(P)orchestrator” solution!

Tune it to understand the time-saving, self-service interface that Tyler produced, quite literally, from the Ops ‘drivers seat’.

 

Many thanks, Tyler, for sharing your story!