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You've been using tools like Puppet and cfengine to corral the complexity on your servers. You revel in the scalability, reliability, and ease of maintenance of doing it The Right Way. You don't fear the next change because you know the tools will just get it Right. But you still tremble at an 'enable' prompt, hoping you remembered all the bits that need to be twiddled, on all the networking devices everywhere. Is your DNS tied on straight - both ways? Is it all *really* being monitored by Nagios? As your network's complexity increases, so do the errors, inconsistencies, and omissions caused by manual configuration, and brokenness abounds. But wait - there's a way out of the swamp! Come hear Brent Chapman as he reveals methods and tools for automating the mind-numbing task of configuring network devices and services. Among other things, he'll talk about his cool new open source Netomata Config Generator, which addresses some of these problems.
Brent Chapman is the founder, CEO, and technical lead of Netomata, Inc. He is the coauthor of the highly regarded O'Reilly & Associates book Building Internet Firewalls. He is also the founder of the Firewalls, List-Managers, and Network-Automation Internet mailing lists, and the creator of the Majordomo mailing list management package. In 2004, Brent was honored with the annual SAGE Outstanding Achievement Award 'for outstanding sustained contributions to the community of system administrators'. He has been a frequent and popular speaker at USENIX, LISA, BayLISA, and many other events over the past 15 years.
I expect to be there for the full NANOG meeting, from Sun 13 Jun 2010 through Wed 16 Jun 2010; if you're there, too, I hope you'll come to my talk, or at least catch me and say hello.
And if you haven't registered for NANOG yet, it's not too late... As the NANOG web site says:
NANOG49 will feature presentations on networking advancements and techniques, educational tutorials, interesting tracks, and more. Whether you are new to the networking profession or a seasoned veteran, NANOG49 will educate and inform with a full agenda of interesting topics.
I highly recommend it, and I hope to see you there!