Crystal Echo’s Network Automation Training

Industry Network Automation and Official Juniper Network Automation Training

We offer public schedule training, customised network automation training and consulting solutions, by our own Crystal Echo Engineers, or through partnerships with suppliers and specialists in given areas.

What is Network Automation?

Nowadays, everyone seems to have their own perception of what constitutes network automation. Notably, Techopedia defines network automation as the process of automating the configuration, management and operations of a computer network. It’s a broad term that includes a number of tools, technologies and methodologies used to automate network processes.

At Crystal Echo, however, we believe network automation can be best defined as clever processes designed to save time, make changes to improve productivity, and achieving more with less.

How is network automation implemented?

Network automation is implemented through the combination of hardware and software-based solutions that automatically execute and manage repetitive network environment processes.

Crystal Echo – Network automation training

Crystal Echo is proud to be Juniper Networks’ longest serving Juniper Networks Authorised Education Partner (JNAEP), worldwide. In addition, we are an ANZ-appointed Juniper Professional Services Specialist (PSS) Partner. In fact, we are one of the few Juniper Training Partners that Juniper Networks have authorised, outside of their own entity, to deliver their course: JAUT Junos Platform Automation and DevOps.

Maybe you have earmarked 2018 as the year to introduce network automation to your organisation? Or, perhaps your goal is to enhance your network automation knowledge, skills or organisational capabilities? In these situations, please bookmark Crystal Echo’s divisional websites, itemised below.

In summary, here’s an overview of each website’s core focus:

Divisional website

Use this website to

www.crystalecho.com

Training course outlines, company overview

www.juniperlab.net

Remote labs available for hire, proof of concept and recertification practice

www.junipercertified.com

Juniper certification curriculum, Juniper certification paths, graphical representation, course prerequisites and discounted Pearson VUE exam vouchers.

Note: If you have a need to do something different in your network, require guidance, or would like to implement something of best practice, a quick email or call to see if we have experience with the given topic might save you considerable time.

Official Juniper Automation Training

Official training program:

Junos Platform Automation and DevOps

Course code:

JAUT

Course overview

Junos Platform Automation and DevOps, is a 5-day, all-encompassing Juniper course that covers on-box automation within Junos. Furthermore, this course addresses modules covering industry open source DevOps tools, and how they interface with Juniper’s Junos to achieve business outcomes.

Note: This course will soon become part of an automation-based certification.

Click on our further information link:

Juniper Automation Course

Customised Juniper Solution-Based Automation Training

Crystal Echo understands that no two businesses are identical. Every organisation has its own unique specific goals and objectives. It is, therefore, not surprising that similar businesses operating in the identical industry, also have their own unique network automation needs. As such, if you require customised Juniper network automation training and solutions, simply contact Crystal Echo today.

To illustrate our custom automation solutions, in mid-2017, Crystal Echo worked with Juniper ANZ to deliver prerequisite training for a customised Throw down event, which was delivered to Telstra Melbourne. Due to the success of this customised automation training, more events are planned for 2018. The 2017 event took identified business issues within Telstra. They were then scoped and defined as problem statements, which were then work-shopped across a 5-day event using industry automation tools.

  • The objective was to solve these problem statements with automation.

To ensure the success of this event, participants needed to become competent in Junos, Software Development and Automation Platforms. Crystal Echo addressed this in a limited but in-depth format over 7.5 days (3 x 2.5 days for each subject). Materials, which were appropriate to the customised training, were developed under a Joint Venture arrangement between Crystal Echo and SDN Essentials (US-based).

To learn more about these essential core competencies, click on the relevant links, below:

Juniper Automation with DevOps

Acquiring DevOps-like skills takes time and experience. Typically, learners with programming backgrounds are most suited to the task. Crystal Echo offers courses that offer varying depths of content and practical lab activities to gain DevOps skills. For example, we offer a specialised 5-day course on Python programming, Ansible or overall Network Automation.

Crystal Echo partners with Network to Code, to facilitate 5-day in-depth training programs. These training programs have the option to extend beyond the training event itself. This optional extra, alone, presents an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the instructor’s attendance. For example, many of our clients use this time for:

  • Organisational consultancy, and
  • Seeking expert advice on architecture, implementation and deployment of automation tools.

Note: From our perspective, teachings can be put straight into practice. This can, therefore, facilitate the achievement of immediate results.

To learn more about these Dev-Op related competencies, tap on the relevant links, below:

Juniper Vendor Platform Automation

Customised tools and platforms provided by vendors provide simple user interfaces that enable configuration and monitoring of vendor-specific functions, typically limited only to their own platforms without having to program or script specific tasks.  This saves time, but the licensing of the platform comes at a cost.

Juniper provides a platform called Junos Space, which is a Network Element Management platform. Junos provides Juniper-specific tools enabling you to automate configuration, network management and reporting functions. These are turn key solutions. Juniper-specific templates and processes are already defined. These can provide a scalable means by which to manage large networks — with thousands of devices.

In simplistic terms, Junos performs the tasks of routing, switching and security in Branch, Enterprise and Service Provider networks. Licensing a Junos Space platform from Juniper can solve many network management issues for large Juniper deployments.

Learning to install, operate and maintain the Junos Space platform are addressed in the below Crystal Echo delivered courses:

Juniper Software Defined Networking (SDN)

Today’s necessity to build networks suitable for large Enterprise, Data Centres and Service Providers, has seen prolific growth of Software Defined Networking (SDN) Controllers. SDN has the ability to control network decisions from a single device with specialist software. They allow uniform changes to be quickly implemented end to end, across a network, leveraging an SDN Controller.

SDN strategy based on open source or a vendor-specific implementation can be costly and fraught with uncertainty. Our Juniper SDN training programs, and SDN consulting experience, covers concepts from many vendor and industry implementations. Juniper’s training opportunities in this space, include:

Software Defined Networking (SDN) by SDN Essentials

Leveraging our Joint Venture with SDN Essentials, we have training materials and instructors ready to deliver SDN training across multiple vendor solutions. Vendors include: Juniper, Big Switch, HP, NEC and Cisco.

 SDN – Skills Transformation Program within Industry

Recently, a unique and innovative SDN Skills Transformation Program was designed for 40 new SDN networking engineers. The training program was delivered over a 30-day period and utilised a progressive assessment strategy. The end result was miraculous; furnishing Juniper Networks with a healthy injection of SDN engineers to work on confirmed projects.

If you’re wondering what this successful SDN course consisted of, here are the modules of learning that were delivered over a duration of 30 days:

  • Intro to SDN
  • Linux Admin
  • Intro to OpenStack
  • Python for JUNOS
  • Study Day
  • 1st Written Exam
  • Yang/Netconf
  • Juniper Intermediate Routing (JIR)
  • Advanced Juniper Service Provider Routing (AJSPR)
  • Introduction to Contrail
  • Advanced Contrail Configuration
  • Study Day
  • Onsite 8-hour Lab Session

Note: Further program detail can be supplied upon request.

Orchestration with Mirantis OpenStack

There are many platform options at one’s disposal when it comes to deploying OpenStack.  Solutions from Mirantis, Redhat, Suse and Ubuntu are four popular and supported options that are available.

Crystal Echo’s Mirantis course content and training program equips engineers with universal skills. Learners will gain essential knowledge and skills that will not exclusively limit them to implementing and working on Mirantis installations of OpenStack.

Mirantis OpenStack courses focus on the core OpenStack technology and operation. This certification-based Mirantis training maps to other vendor implementations of OpenStack. In addition, small references to additional features that Mirantis can provide to assist in maintaining and easily operating your OpenStack installation.

Crystal Echo currently offers the current OpenStack training of OS50 and OS100 and in future will offer OS200 and Kubernetes-based training. Further information about these programs can be found by following the links, below:

The Launch of Juniper OpenLab

Juniper’s OpenLab is a collection of networking assets and programs that combined on a platform serves as a global resource for innovators who want to build network-integrated software applications and solutions. Any of Juniper’s customers, partners, educators, students, and start-ups can use OpenLab to develop, test, demonstrate automation and develop new solutions that harness network intelligence and automation capabilities with no infrastructure costs and time to setup a lab environment.

OpenLab offers cloud-based access to Juniper automation platforms and solutions and now has seven centres around the world whereby customers can gain access to the educational programs offered.

OpenLab offers many pre-configured demonstrations that are designed to highlight the breadth and depth of our automation platforms and embedded features/functionality. These demonstrations are hosted and scheduled within Juniper Cloud Labs (JCL) or hosted directly within the OpenLab infrastructure and can be scheduled via JCL and/or the primary Demo SME. Since OpenLab serves primarily as an incubation resource, all proven-in and stable demonstrations targeted for a scalable delivery by our field technical teams (COE and SE) will be migrated to JCL over time.

Some of the more prominent, global automation-related demonstrations that highlight Juniper product and solutions functionality include:

  • Cloud CPE Solution (CSO, NFX)
  • Mobile Edge Computing (MEC)
  • UC/Voice Services Scaling (Sonus Networks vSBC/Contrail)

Juniper OpenLab Educational Program

OpenLab offers various educational offerings that are aimed at facilitating a much-needed skills transformation in the industry such that Juniper customers and partners can take full advantage of new disruptive technologies such as SDN, virtualisation and automation.

Hands-on Technology Sessions at one of the OpenLab approved locations are designed to introduce external audiences to SDN and automation technologies as well as the Juniper platforms.  Most sessions utilise hands-on access to Juniper products for exploring system functionality, interfaces, and use cases.  External audiences are provided with access to an OpenLab sandbox environment for the hands-on exercises and may typically keep the access for a limited period after the formal session has completed. While most sessions are delivered at one of the OpenLab sites, web-based sessions are also made available. The current set of automation sessions includes Contrail, Building Blocks of Junos Automation, and NorthStar, although we will be expanding the offerings over time.

Today’s OpenLab locations are;

  1. OpenLab New Jersey (Founding Location – Bridgewater)
  2. OpenLab Silicon Valley
  3. OpenLab Amsterdam
  4. OpenLab London
  5. OpenLab Tokyo
  6. OpenLab Singapore
  7. OpenLab Sydney

Customer Automation Throwdowns

The Customer Automation Throwdown is a “hands-on” Junos Automation Program that spans preparatory training and a live on-site workshop with the use case focussing on your Network Operations.  The program is aimed at sparking near-term action on the part of the customer to build scripts/programs leveraging available Juniper functionality. The on-site workshop is conducted within ~3 working days for a manageable number of qualified customer employees (25 to 30) who work in small teams to build scripts/programs against relevant customer automation use cases. Orange was the first receiver of a throwdown in November/December 2016.

2017 Telstra Throwdown – CRN Article

SDN Essentials Asia Pacific (Crystal Echo Joint Venture) delivered prerequisite training to Telstra Throwdown engineers over a 6-day program that covered a selection of technologies that were likely to appear in the Telstra Throwdown event

The goal of the prerequisite training was to bring everyone up to the same level of skill which was covered in 3 learning modules;

  1. Junos Fundamentals
    • JUNOS Software Fundamentals, JUNOS CLI, L2 Bridging with RSTP, L3 Routing Protocols, BGP Policy Options, Basic Firewall Filters, Securing the Routing Engine, MPLS
  2. Software Skills
    • Python Introduction, Python and Network Device Communication, Python Data Structures, Comparisons, Loops, Functions, Program Structure, Object-oriented programming, File storage
  3. Automation APIs
    • Automation Overview, Python Programming Review, PyEZ Overview, Configuration Management Tools, Automation Overview Review, PyEZ Deep Dive, Templating, Data Serialization, and Ansible Overview

The below CRN article covers the launch of Juniper’s Sydney OpenLab by Chief Executive Rami Rahim after the recent Telstra Innovation Throwdown event held in Melbourne.  It further details Juniper’s involvement at university level through its Academic Alliance Program with partners Melbourne RMIT and Sydney UTS and the current graduate program.

Crystal Echo has delivered both Academic Alliance programs at the universities in 2015 and 2016, training over 200 students combined.  The 3-day program enables students to complete lectures, work through lab activities and sit the Juniper Associate certification JNCIA-Junos.

By delivery of Juniper’s Academic Alliance program in Australia and delivery of the prerequisite training for Telstra’s recent Throwdown around Juniper, Crystal Echo continues to grow its capability and experienced customer base.