Event-driven network configuration management using Salt
One of the major challenges in networking is data representation diversity which is often vendor specific. Vendor APIs are inconsistent and incomplete, some mainstream platforms are closed, and custom software is not allowed on proprietary devices. By combining the Salt Proxy Minion, with third party libraries such as NAPALM (which represents the data in a vendor-agnostic shape) we are able to leverage DevOps methodologies in networking. NAPALM support is now integrated in the latest Salt releases. Beyond cross-vendor configuration management, reaction to network events becomes easy and there are no orchestration boundaries.
About the Speaker
Mircea Ulinic, Cloudflare network systems engineer