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:
Use this website to
Training course outlines, company overview
Remote labs available for hire, proof of concept and recertification practice
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
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.
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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:
- Network Automation using Contrail Cloud
- Network Automation in the WAN
- Network Automation in the Data Centre
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.
- Introduction to SDN
- SDN Foundations
- SDN for Network Engineers
- SDN Overview
- OpenStack and SDN for SEs
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
- 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: