Sponsored By: Plexxi
DevOps and SDN Networking Demo Synopsis: Plexxi and Opscode
SDN promises to bring OpEx-slaying automation to a networking world that far too often relies on crude automation, if any at all. To unlock the potential of automation, companies need to combine the software-centric framework with the programming discipline taking shape as the DevOps and SDN movement, a software development method that stresses communication, collaboration, and integration between software developers and IT professionals. The theories of how DevOps and SDN will reduce OpEx are great, but we think it’s time to demonstrate concrete solutions that truly automate the network.
This DemoFriday™ showcases Chef, Opscode’s automation platform that transforms infrastructure into code. We show how Plexxi and Opscode combine an SDN solution optimized for application conversations with a programmatic means of provisioning infrastructure to design a highly automated data center that is less costly to manage and ultimately less susceptible to human error.
Join Plexxi Senior Product Manager Derick Winkworth and Opscode CTO Chris Brown as they demonstrate how to assign roles to infrastructure and use those roles to drive network behavior. This is an exercise in abstract policy notation, eliminating the need to manually craft and update network policies continuously. This DevOps and SDN demo will cover:
- Using Chef recipes based on roles
- Automatic gathering of Chef-managed hosts based on roles
- Using roles to define affinity groups and attributes
- Tracing of node addition and propagation into Plexxi Control
- Installation steps when integrating Plexxi with Chef
- Automated workflow across compute and networking
- How to extend this integration yourself
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