As you may have seen, we have made the decision to shift NSO Developer Days scheduled for Monday 15th June -Thursday 18th June in Stockholm to an online experience due to concerns about the current outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). While we are disappointed that we cannot continue with this event as planned, we believe this is the right decision given the current circumstances. Cisco has some of the best collaboration technology in the world. As we work through the details of this new digital experience, we will continue to share updates. For more information or if you have questions, please reach out to, NSO Developer Days Team , Sincerely, NSO Developer Days Team
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You need to come to NSO Developer Days this year!
This is not just an event where presenters s hare about NSO, but a community event - where you can connect with people in a different place than you in their automation journey . Your voice and presence are needed!
We have prepared up an amazin g line-up of speakers, topics and labs. We have also put a special emphasis on the content to be practical and include code samples for you to refe rence after the event.
Regardless of where you are in your career, you will be able to walk away from this Developer Days event with new skills, new energy, and new friends.
- So, are there any other ways for you to up-level your skills and career today?
A good start is to become a DevNet Specialist!
For Developer Days attendees 2020 we will open up a test lab for certification. The new SP Automation Certification is an opportunity for you t o put your kn owledge to the test. The DevNet certifications are the industry standard way to showcase to your team and yourself that you are an expert in y our automation field. This covers more than just NSO, so be sure to read up on all the other relevant SP automation topics the exam covers.
If you t ake the certification on the first day of Developer Days (or before the event) , I will give you a 30% discount on the event attendance fee and get recognition on stage in front of all your peers and leaders .
Find out more about all DevNet Certifications and how to earn the DevNet 500!
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Do you have experiences that you think will benefit the NSO developer community?
Take the opportunity to give a talk at Developer Days in June while j oining industry peers from around the world for our days of learning and collaboration.
Call for Papers is now open. This is a tremendous opportunity for the NSO community to share experiences on the automation journey and/or technical challenges. Priority will be given to speakers that can reference concrete examples such as open-source code or best practices that attendees can benefit from immediately.
Submit your abstract using this link!
Registration opens early March, so don't sit on your hands!
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If you missed the event or did not have time to attend all sessions I recommend checking out the Cisco Live content calendar. One of my favorites is Hank Prestons Working 9 to 5 as NetDevOps Engineer and Expand your automation journey with new Cisco NSO usecases and features with Roque Gagliano and Marcus Hjortsberg.
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For many of us, it is time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, or just the New Year. Regardless, if you celebrate any of these festivities it means time off and we get some extra time to spend with family and friends while we recharge and reflect.
I want to take the opportunity to extend my gratitude to all of you in the NSO Developer Community. Thanks to all of you and your engagement, we are all able to cut downtime to market and serve our customers better as we make NSO more valuable and better as a product! It is so rewarding to see your questions being answered and turned into accepted solutions and to hear your success stories at Developer Days. To me personally, the highlight of the year is when I get to meet with you in person and contribute to your knowledge enhancements.
During 2019, the growing community activities have continued to raise eyebrows internally within Cisco, and this year we have increased our investments and extended the team with people like Jason Belk, a dedicated NSO Developer Evangelist. Jason left Cisco for other ventures, but he never left the developer community. Now he is back at Cisco and with the NSO team, bringing a wealth of knowledge related to network automation to help you do more useful stuff faster than ever! Please join me in welcoming Jason to our team!
If 2019 was a good year, I promise you even more for 2020! Right now, we are working to secure the venue for the next Developer Days in Stockholm (June 15-18). It is still too early to share details but one of the ideas we are playing around with is to organize a Hackathon. Let me know if you like this idea! Also, expect to see a call-for-paper email early next year, encouraging you to apply for a speaker slot! Be aware that we have your feedback from the June 2019 survey in the back of our minds when we are fine-tuning the details.
Now, I am only hours away from taking time off from the duties and spend time with my family. I look forward to coming back in 2020 with lots of new energy and rolled-up sleeves!
Until then, I and the NSO team wish you a fun-filled holiday season and best wishes for a happy New Year!
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Here is a summary of the Developer Days content with quick links
NSO State of the Union, Fredrik Lundberg, Dir. Strategy & Planning, NSO
Workflow vs NSO Service vs Nano Service, Viktor Leijon, Technical Leader, NSO
A Breakneck Journey into Network Service-Based Automation in DevNet Sandbox, Hank Preston, Principal Engineer, Cisco DevNet
Network Automation Delivery Model, Fredrik Swahn, NSO Customer Success Advocate
NSO 5.x Migration, Martin Akerstrom, NSO Solutions Architect
NSO in Docker, Kristian Larsson, Architect
Fastmap Templates in Cisco NSO, Michael Maddern, Technical Marketing Engineer
Brownfield Service Reconcile Operations, Dan Sullivan, Principal Architect, Sales
Optimization and Trouble Shooting, Sebastian Strollo, Principal Engineer
Introduction Nano Services introduction, Try Ryeng, Technical Leader, Cisco, NSO
NSO In and On Kubernetes, John Mullooly, Distinguished Architect, Sales
NSO In and On Kubernetes - Lab instructions , John Mullooly, Distinguished Architect, Sales
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I’d like to thank all of you who came to New York City to meet other NSO users, core developers and subject matter experts on the two-day developer community meeting last week. The conference, held for the third year in a row, gathered 120 people from 30 different companies at Madison Square Garden to discuss and learn more about how NSO can help automate networks and bring more value to our end users faster.
Developer Days is a live event, held annually in Stockholm and New York, where the NSO Developer Community get together to share experience and learn from each other. All content can be found on the discussion forum, NSO Developer Hub. You find the discussion forum, getting started, hand-on labs and much more on NSO DevNet.
Through history, we understand the present and can better determine our destiny. Fredrik Lundberg held the opening session where he gave us a historical perspective of NSO and Tail-f, where we are today and where we are going. He concluded that Automation is a top priority in the industry, 5G is happening and NSO is not only a product for the big tier one companies!
Hank Preston from the DevNet team gave a very interesting talk about how NSO is used to manage a data center hosting DevNet Sandboxes. The Data Center actually went live the week after and from his tweet we could read that services are running inside the equipment, and everything looks fine.
The venue was set up for connecting and sharing the experience with industry peers, partners and the NSO team. Round tables allowed people to mingle and open up discussions. During lunches, we organized themed tables, hosted by our experts to focus on hot topics like Nano Services, Performance and Troubleshooting, Network Automation Delivery Model and more.
This year we focused on technical presentations, demos and hands-on labs. The main objective of the conference is to enhance our knowledge of network automation. Diving into running code to show details is inevitable although it can be exhaustive. During the longer breaks, we provided 7 demo stations where Cisco TME’s and Cisco CX showcased a variety of NSO use cases. Our technology partners Itential and Netrounds, as well as the Cisco CrossWorks platform, were on display. The concluding panel session on the first day discussed network automation trends in general and plans for NSO. The audience got the opportunity to ask all the tough questions to the panel including Nils Petter Tisell (NSO product manager), Hank Preston ( Principal Engineer, Cisco DevNet) , Kristian Larsson (Architect), Sebastian Strollo (Principal Engineer, NSO), Chris Wade (CTO Itential)
Day two allowed the participants to go deeper into the details of performance and troubleshooting and test their abilities practically on how to write Nano Services or run NSO in and on Kubernetes. As we all know and experience from our everyday automation work - getting the right sponsorship, attracting the relevant competencies and getting a productive culture is difficult but not impossible. Being able to share challenges and opportunities among industry peers has shown to be an appreciated and efficient way to learn and get back home with new ideas and methods. This together with Cisco’s experience from numerous successful customer cases and our Network Delivery Automation Model we feel confident in adding more value in the area of “how” to implement network automation powered by NSO into your organizations.
The overall appreciation for the event was evident when we did the closing survey. It was great to see that all the effort we put into planning and execution was well spent time.
All presentations are now uploaded to NSO Developer Hub. Go to www.cisco.com/go/nsohub and search for “NSO Developer Days US 2019”
AGENDA DAY 1: Wednesday, Dec. 4
8:30 AM Welcome and Introduction Nicklas Wagerth, NSO Community Lead
8:45 AM NSO State of the Union Fredrik Lundberg, Dir. Strategy & Planning, NSO
9:15 AM Workflow vs NSO Service vs Nano Service Viktor Leijon, Technical Leader, NSO
10:30 AM A Breakneck Journey into Network Service-Based Automation in DevNet Sandbox Hank Preston, Principal Engineer, Cisco DevNet
11:15 AM Network Automation Delivery Model Fredrik Swahn, NSO Customer Success Advocate
1:00 PM NSO 5.x Migration Martin Akerstrom, NSO Solutions Architect
1:45 PM Cisco NSO in Docker Kristian Larsson, Solutions Architect
2:30 PM Fastmap Templates in Cisco NSO Michael Maddern, Technical Marketing Engineer
3:45 PM Brownfield Service Reconcile Operations Dan Sullivan, Principal Architect, Sales
4:30 PM NSO Roadmap and Future – Panel
Day 2: Thursday, Dec. 5
8:30 AM Optimization and Trouble Shooting Sebastian Strollo, Principal Engineer
10:45 AM Introduction Nano Services introduction Try Ryeng, Technical Leader, Cisco, NSO
1:15 – 5:00 PM Labs and Leadership Tracks @ Cisco Office
Lab 1: NANO Services Try Ryeng, Technical Leader, Cisco, NSO
Lab 2: NSO In and On Kubernetes John Mullooly, Distinguished Architect, Sales
Strategy and Leadership Track Fredrik Swahn, Product Marketing Manager
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Kristian Larsson, Architect See how placing NSO in a Docker container can help you streamline your development, testing and deployment flow. Kristian goes through why you might want to use Docker for your NSO development and shows the official NSO Dockerfile as well as how to apply it to your NSO projects.
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Fredrik Jansson, Principal Engineer & John Mullooly, Distinguished Architect, Sales In the first half of this lab, we build a k8s deployment of NSO from the ground up. We will start packaging NSO in a docker container, from there we will gradually build up to having Helm charts that can deploy NSO in a k8s cluster. In the second half, we will turn things upside down. We will use NSO to orchestrate deployment and "day-n" configuration of an example cloud-native application running in k8s via NSO integration with Helm. This is an intermediate lab; You need to be comfortable with container concepts. You need to be comfortable with container concepts, hands-on container experience will help but is not mandatory.
Find lab instructions here.
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Michael Maddern, Technical Marketing Engineer
This session will demonstrate the use of template-based fastmap in Cisco NSO. It’s easy to underestimate how quickly and simply a new service can be configured based on a synced configuration and templates. Rapid service velocity can be a major competitive differentiator. The presentation will include an introduction to the templating functionality and a demo focused on creating a service from scratch using template-based fastmap in Cisco NSO.
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