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:

Juniper Course, Certification Changes, IJOS, JSEC, AJSEC Promotion

In the history of Juniper Education Services, this would have to be the largest number of changes made to courseware and curriculum within a 6-month period.

It’s important you take note of the changes and to be 100% sure before requesting budgetary approval to attend training, that you check you are referencing the latest version of a course and to confirm that the course and certification is still current before investing time and energy on your studies.

Some have found the extension of classroom days too onerous or work has been inflexible in the allocation of time to study, and therefore we do have the luxury to hand-pick only the chapters and topics required so you can then adequately support and troubleshoot your specific network environment.

Juniper Education Services retired courses

Even though the below list of courses may no longer be available as individual deliverables, the content could easily be found in an update to an existing course or courses.

  • All Troubleshooting courses; AJEXT, AJERT, AJEST and AJSPT have had their content moved to the respective stream.
  • DCX and TDCX content has now been merged into a 5-day ADCX course.
  • JSDNF is now incorporated into the NACC course.
  • Junos MPLS and VPNS (JMV) 5-day course has been retired and replaced with 7 days of training over 3 courses, JMF, JL2V and JL3V which were gradually phased into the line-up in 2016.
  • Junos Space for the Service Provider (JS-SP).
  • Junos Switching Enablement (JSLEX).
  • Junos Enablement: IOS to Junos OS (JSLJUN).
  • Junos Security Enablement: ScreenOS to Junos OS (JSLSEC).

Recently added courses to Juniper’s offerings or curriculum

  • NA-DC, Network Automation in the Data Center is delivered over 3 days (released March ’17).
  • NA-WAN, Network Automation in the WAN also occupies a 3-day training schedule (released October ’16 – yes it’s almost a year old however it deserves a mention).

Existing Juniper courses reworked and modified (released in 2017)

Many of Juniper’s courses have received additional content from retired courses and therefore automatically warranted extending the course duration by a day or more.  The below list is a short summary of those courses that contain the same name but have had content added and likely the number of days extended.

  • IJOS absorbed the JRE content along with the Appendices from IJOS and JRE being delivered as mainstream content over 3 days (release dated April ’17).
  • AJER extended from 3 days to 4 days (release dated in May ’17).
  • AJEX includes AJEXT troubleshooting and Junos Space Network Director content, however the 2-day delivery format remains (release dated April ’17).
  • JSEC absorbed some of the IPSec VPN content from the AJSEC course (release dated June ’17).
  • AJSEC let go of the advanced IPSec VPN content and added more Nextgen Firewall features (release dated June ’17).
  • DCX changes from a 2-day to a 5-day course with the merging of the courses DCX / ADCX / TDCX to become a single course called ADCX run over 5 days (release dated April ’17).
  • AJSRP includes troubleshooting modules taken from the retired AJSPT course taking it to a new 5-day delivery (release dated June ’17).
  • JAUT received a complete overhaul, vMX replaces our MX80s with rep so you could almost classify it as a new course with a new name Junos Automation & DevOps (release dated June ’17).
  • NACC addressing your Contrail requirements now incorporates content from the JSDNF course and is delivered over a 5-day period.

Course Price Changes

You will observe that all Crystal Echo prices are in AUD and have not changed in quite some time.  If you happen to be on the corporate Juniper Education Services website, prices have increased this year and are displayed in USD.  Our pricing is in AUD and summarised below:

  • JNCIA and JNCIS associated core Junos curriculum are priced at USD$800/day, where Crystal Echo’s Price remains at AUD$860 ex GST per day.
  • JNCIP and JNCIE courses as well as new and emerging products and software (Data Center, Automation, etc.) where the Crystal Echo Price remains at AUD$860 ex GST per .

Exams Retired

All support-related certifications (JNCSP-ENT, JNCSP-SP, JNCSP-SEC) have gone EOL March 31, 2017 and therefore the courses of AJEXT, AJERT, AJEST and AJSPT no longer exist.

Certification Exam Change and Pricing

Introduction of JNCIP-DC and JNCIE-DC in April 2017 is based on the new 5-day ADCX course.

Pearson Vue have increased all Juniper exams by $100 an exam.  Below you will find the new pricing in USD$ for each exam attempt.  Also remember that you will need to complete your JNCIA-Junos exam before your JNCIS exam, then before your JNCIP exam, etc.

  • JNCIA-Junos: $200
  • JNCIS: $300
  • JNCIP: $400
  • JNCIE: $1600

Confused?

There is a lot to digest here with courses retiring, content being redeployed or absorbed into existing courses and the number of days required for existing courses slightly increasing.  I’m sure you’d like to see a graphical view of where everything sits?

If you need to locate training fast here’s the best way to find a course delivered by Crystal Echo: