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Network Function Abstraction Redux (Now with DevOps!)

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I wrote a few days ago  about how cool projects like OpenDaylight are abstracting network functions into consumable policies that non-network folks can use (and that’s a good thing!). I felt this quick follow-up was necessary.

Providing the right tools to the application folks that allow network provisioning to occur as quickly as anything else that’s software-defined, such as servers, while keeping those tools light on the learning curve, is exactly what the apps folks have been wanting from the network for the last 10 years or so. OpenDaylight allows us to hand off a single interface that combines many “southbound APIs” together in order to manage everything from your open source hypervisor switch all the way up to the black box at the end of the cabinet row.

Matt talks about Juniper’s efforts to bring DevOps to the networking world, complete with an overview of Puppet being used for provisioning. Check out Jeremy doing his Puppet run during Networking Field Day 5.

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Tom Hollingsworth

Tom Hollingsworth is a networking professional, blogger, and speaker on advanced technology topics. He is also an organizer for networking and wireless for Tech Field Day.  His blog can be found at

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