How to Rapidly Automate Data Center VXLAN Changes

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Joksan Flores, Solutions Architect, Itential

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Many enterprise data centers have been engineered to handle the demands of highly virtualized, dynamic workloads. Under the management of intelligent systems, like hypervisors or controllers, these application workloads have the ability to automatically grow, shrink, and shift across different compute platforms in response to demand, outages, or any number of other factors. This has forced network protocols to evolve to support network connectivity for constantly shifting applications. Protocols like VXLAN and BGP-EVPN have been widely deployed to provide a reliable and efficient network environment that can keep pace with the rate of change with applications, but many teams are still using manual processes to access data from IT systems to make VXLAN CLI configurations changes on data center devices. The high rate of change for applications requires more changes to the data center network, creating a significant backlog of work for network engineers who are stuck with these manual procedures. The Itential Automation Platform enables network engineers to turn this manual process into a start-to-finish automation, including steps for gathering data from different sources, executing VXLAN configuration changes on the network, and documenting and reporting the results. In this demo, you will learn how to build an automation workflow that can: • Query a source of truth for IP and VLAN details. • Transform data from different sources to generate CLI configurations. • Automate VXLAN configuration changes for VLAN to VNI mapping. • Send notifications of changes to your messaging systems.

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