NetBeez Presents at Cisco DevNet Create 2019

Cisco DevNet Create

On April 24 and 25, 2019, NetBeez will be attending Cisco DevNet CREATE! DevNet is Cisco’s developer program. It was established to help developers and IT professionals who want to write applications and develop integrations with Cisco products. The DevNet CREATE event is Cisco’s annual conference for Net DevOps that will be held, for the second year in a row, in Mountain View at the Computer History Museum. The first DevNet CREATE event was held in 2017, in San Francisco.

At this conference, dozens of speakers from Cisco and its partners, get together to showcase the technologies, integrations, and products that have been developed as part of the DevNet program. This year, NetBeez is presenting on April the 25th as well in a lightning demo titled, “Collecting Network Performance Analytics from a Swarm of Network Sensors”.

NetBeez and Cisco DevNet

NetBeez has proudly been a Cisco partner since 2017. Our affiliation with the DevNet program started in that same year. In 2017, we developed an integration with the Cisco Integrated Service Router (ISR). The NetBeez ISR integration enables Cisco users to run a NetBeez agent as a virtual service on top of an ISR router. This functionality simplifies the deployment of NetBeez agents at remote branches.

In 2018, I read on DevNet about a new virtualization framework for the Catalyst 9000 (Cat9K) series switches called App Hosting. The Ca9K is one of the most deployed and well-known enterprise switches in the world. Deciding to have an integration with this platform was easy. On top of that, App Hosting is based on the Linux’ Kernel-Based Virtual Machine (KVM). Creating a NetBeez virtual agent for KVM is a very easy process (and well documented by Fabrizio Maccioni). I am pleased to report that in 2018, we released the NetBeez Cat9K integration!

NetBeez Lightning Demo at DevNet CREATE

Although the lightning demo that I’ll present on April 25th won’t cover App Hosting, instead, it will  introduce the NetBeez API. I picked this topic because I believe it will be more relevant to DevNet CREATE’s attendees. In fact, DevNet CREATE is not organized primarily for network engineers. The target audience of DevNet are Net DevOps, which are a new breed of IT professionals formed by the intersection of network engineering and DevOps. I have to admit that, to date, I have never met a self proclaimed Net DevOps. One of the goals I’ve set for myself at this conference is to verify whether they are unicorns or real people 🙂

My Lightning demo “Collecting Network Performance Analytics from a Swarm of Network Sensors” will focus on the network performance analytics data that is available via the NetBeez API. As I will explain, the NetBeez data can be used to build service status dashboards at large and distributed enterprise networks. Here, end-users can check the dashboard to verify if their network is performing well or not, at all of their locations. Another use case of the NetBeez API is to feed end-to-end performance measurements to other applications that need a comprehensive view of the network.

Other DevNet sessions

Outside of presenting, I have several other workshops and lightning demos to attend. The 2019 DevNet CREATE agenda is jam packed with interesting Cisco technologies, partnering companies, and speakers. Here are some of the sessions that I’ll be attending:

 

Time April 24 Topics
9:00P – 9:45A Automate Your Network with Nornir – Python Automation Framework
10:00A – 11:30A Opening Keynote
11:45A – 12:05P Advanced Location Analytics Using WiFi data
1:30P – 2:50P Packaging Network Automations with Docker
3:00P – 3:20P Network Data Analysis with Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana
Time April 25 Topics
10:00A – 11:30A Day 2 Keynote
11:45A – 12:30P How to Train an Image Classification Model Using TensorFlow
1:30P – 1:50P The Path to NetDevOps – The DOs and DON’Ts
1:55P – 2:15P Understanding API users: A Case Study
2:40P – 2:50P Collecting Network Performance Analytics from a Swarm of Network Sensors (my presentation!)
3:00P – 4:20P Get Your Hands Dirty with ML

Conclusion

I am very excited for the upcoming Cisco DevNet CREATE event in Mountain View. At this event, I am planning to connect with as many speakers, attendees, and event organizers as I can. Building applications for computer networks has been an interest that I have had since my early twenties. I hope that this event will reinvigorate my love and passion for computer networks, software development, and engineering in general.