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Thursday, March 21 • 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Network Management at Scale with gRPC - Anees Shaikh & Rob Shakir, Google

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For decades, network operators running large global backbones or small enterprise campuses were encumbered by monitoring and management systems based on legacy, inefficient protocols that limit data utility, or proprietary implementations that add further complexity to already heterogeneous environments.

Motivated by these limitations, the networking industry set out to reimagine what a modern network management system could look like, by developing a set of software systems to manage network devices in a vendor-neutral, scalable, and secure way based on gRPC. In this talk, we will describe a comprehensive ecosystem of open tools and services for network management, covering configuration, forwarding, and operational management, network telemetry, and network testing. With growing adoption by network operators and vendors, all of these tools leverage gRPC as their underlying substrate, and demonstrate its versatility and applicability to infrastructure management.

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Anees Shaikh

Network Architect, Google
Anees Shaikh is a Network Architect in the Network Infrastructure team at Google where he works on management automation, cloud networking, and network reliability in Google’s production networks. Prior to joining Google, he was the Chief SDN Architect at IBM where he was responsible... Read More →

Rob Shakir

Network Architect, Google
Rob works in Google’s Network Architecture team where he focuses on the software surrounding the network - particularly, defining interfaces to network devices suitable for the needs of modern network operations, and evolving on/off-box control planes. Prior to Google, Rob contributed... Read More →

Thursday March 21, 2019 3:40pm - 4:10pm PDT