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  • Packet Pushers Future of Networking Summit - Day 2

    Location:  Room 114
    Format: Summit
    Conference Journeys: Networking
    Track: Infrastructure
    Pass Type: All Access, Summits & Workshops - Get your pass now!
    Vault Recording: TBD
    Audience Level: Networking

    The Packet Pushers' Future of Networking Summit explores the technologies and trends that will impact networking over the next 5 to 10 years. We'll cut through the industry-driven FUD and obfuscation to offer insights, information, and perspectives on emerging technologies and how they'll affect the data center and the WAN--and your own career.

    Understanding the Future of Networking isn't about predicting more bandwidth, bigger devices, or better software. Instead, we aim to challenge your notions, expand your thinking, and illuminate the technological and economic forces that are changing how networks are designed and operated.

    Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks will lay out a roadmap of where the networking industry is going, share insights on why these changes are occurring and how you can get there, and offer no-nonsense guidance on the technologies and tools that will drive the evolution of your infrastructure.

    Over the course of two days, Greg and Ethan will delve into four key areas:
    • Automation and Orchestration
    • Visibility and Analytics
    • Public and Private Cloud Networking
    • The Next-Generation WAN

    9:00 - 10:15 AM: What Software Defined Networking Means in 2017 (Greg Ferro)
    You can't predict a future that's obscured by over-marketing and vendor hype. This session will discuss:
    • A mental framework for understanding the many types of SDN
    • Many networks not one network
    • SDN in the Data Center - Where are we at? Applying SDN principles.
    • The difference between hardware and software-centric SDN
    • The end of the network device. It's a solution
    • Why software beats hardware and choice brings confusion

    10:15 - 10:30 AM: Lightning Talk (Jay Gill)

    10:30 - 10:45: Break

    10:45 - 11:30 AM: Preparing For IoT Networking (Mike Fratto)
    Luckily, we've been here before, first with laptops and personal devices, then with VoIP phones and video cameras, and most recently smart phones and tablets. So the changes brought by IoT aren't completely unknown. At the same time, vendors are spinning products and features to better support IoT initiatives in the enterprise.

    IoT will impact networking in three ways:
    1. Managing the device life cycle from provisioning, ongoing operations, through to the end of life. We'll look at how networking vendors hope streamline IoT device on-boarding and traffic management.
    2. Securing legacy and new devices that, for all intents and purposes, are bot magnets. There are a number of complementary strategies for enhancing device isolation with and without encryption.
    3. Infrastructure decisions for local control, data collection, and analysis for IoT devices.

    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Automating Workflows (Ethan Banks)

    Automation, at its core, isn't about pushing a configuration into one device. Automation is about making a system do something useful in a programmatic way. In the context of networking, the "system" is the network as a whole.

    Thus, fully realized network automation implies programmatic processes that take the entire network into account. That's quite difficult to achieve, especially in the age of snowflake network architectures.

    In this session, we introduce the notion of a workflow as the proper context to consider network automation. VLAN creation is cited as a baseline workflow that might be automated in just about any organization, illustrating that it's surprisingly complex.

    12:00 - 1:00 PM: Lunch

    1:00 - 2:30 PM: Intent, Tools, Resources (Ethan Banks)
    Application programmatic interfaces (APIs) are used by automation to express exactly how the network is do to what it is supposed to do. This requires a knowledgeable engineer to express properly what is to happen and in what way.

    Network intent takes a step back from "how," expressing the "what." How the network is supposed to accomplish the what is an exercise left to software. Intent is an important concept, because it is a probable future of network automation. Eventually, an operator will write what the network is supposed to do using a policy language, allowing an abstraction layers to provide the APIs with the appropriate specific instructions.

    In this session, we consider network intent and the impact it will ultimately have to network automation. Intent is a game changer, assuming it comes to pass.

    We also conclude the session with a detailed look at network automation tooling as well as resources network engineers should be following to keep up with the state of the art in the rapidly evolving discipline.

    2:30 - 3:00 PM: Break

    3:00 - 3:45 PM: Automation & Troubleshooting (Pete Lumbis)
    Automated network configuration continues to be a hot topic as we look at programmatic ways to interact with our routers and switches to deploy new kit and make configuration changes.

    As network engineers we've used automation to take out the first boring part of our job: pushing VLANs and routes. Now let's start thinking about the next boring part: routine troubleshooting.

    Any good engineer will tell you that troubleshooting is a process. We have well-defined orderly steps we follow to solve a problem. But if we are following the same set of steps for troubleshooting a problem, can't this also be automated?

    Learn how the same principles that drive our journey to automated configuration can be applied to solve network failures or speed up our time to resolution.

    3:45 - 4:15 PM: Modern Network Security Design In 2017 (Greg Ferro)
    Network security remains a key component in any security strategy, but many people are unprepared to modernize their execution. In this session, I will discuss network defense with a three-part strategic model for approaching solution design. With this foundation I will drive into execution concepts with information on choosing products and solutions that can fit your needs while avoiding over-implementation.

    • Identify the five types of network defense
    • Three-tier hybrid network security methodology for your design / architecture
    • Baseline information to inform product, platform, and vendor selection
    • Tactics to drive better business processes around security design
    • Microsegmentation in DC, WAN and Cloud for blast reduction

    4:15 - 4:30 PM: Lightning Talk (Art Fewell)

    4:30 - 5:00 PM: Modern Network Security Design In 2017 Continued (Greg Ferro)