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OpenConfig, Data Models, and APIs

Jason Edelman writes on his blog:

In summary, it appears OpenConfig is in fact focused on developing a multi-vendor network device API that uses vendor-neutral data models. Fair? Sure. At least, that is what I thought going into a recent Tech Field Day Event.

As you can see first hand, I asked Anees Shaikh (Google) some specific questions about the OpenConfig working group, specifically around whether or not the group is focused on APIs or data models. As you’ll see if you watch the video, it’s all about data models.

What is a data model anyway? Isn’t having a uniform API what we really want?

Not so much. Let’s see why.

This is a great breakdown of OpenConfig from Jason. There’s a lot to this and it has a lot of potential to help networking professionals in the future.

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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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