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Hank Preston

Network Programmability Evangelist

DevNet

Hank’s two passions are technology and theatre. Bringing them together drives him towards a borderline obsession on creating entertaining presentations, labs and demonstrations that breakdown complex technology topics for audiences. After spending several years working on and behind the scenes on stage productions, what started as a hobby turned to a profession when Hank entered the IT industry with a focus on web and database development and engineering.

Drifting from development into infrastructure engineering brought him to Cisco as a Systems Engineer, focusing on Data Center and Cloud Architecture for large enterprise customers.

And after six years as an SE, Hank has taken up the mantle of a Developer Evangelist with DevNet where he can focus full time on reminding everyone that technology can and should be fun to work with.

Hank holds a Master Degree in Information Systems as well as several certifications including CCIE R/S 38336 from Cisco.

Find Hank at:

twitter: @hfpreston

GitHub: http://github.com/hpreston

Articles

October 29, 2019

DEVELOPER

Network Service Based Automation Part 2 – Building Services

Part 2 video looks at the development process, and walks you through the 4 steps in service creation.

October 8, 2019

DEVELOPER

What Changed In My Network?!! Let Genie Tell You

Network behaving differently? See how to use Genie to discover what changed (even when everyone is saying, "nothing changed").

September 30, 2019

DEVELOPER

Network Service Based Automation Part 1 – The Experience

DevNet Sandbox is using automation to configure and manage the network in a Network Service based model.

September 11, 2019

DEVELOPER

Preparing to Automate a New Data Center for DevNet Sandbox

DevNet Sandbox provides engineers and developers access to Cisco, partner, and open source infrastructure, and software as a service from the cloud.

August 27, 2019

DEVELOPER

Some Real World Network Automation Lessons Learned

For the first time in about eight years, I was back in a role where I had day to day responsibilities for a production environment.

August 5, 2019

DEVELOPER

How Do I Get Started Learning Network Automation? – Revisited

Cisco Certifications offer a huge value to engineers looking to learn and prove new skills. The new DevNet Certification paths offer a new tool to help guide your learning.

March 20, 2019

DEVELOPER

Detecting Network Abuse with Automation

DevNet Sandbox is a free cloud service open to anyone interested in exploring Cisco APIs or building applications on one of the variety of platforms available.

March 15, 2019

DEVELOPER

NetDevOps Live! Season 2 Shines a Spotlight on Network Automation

NetDevOps Live! is back for another season with a look at network automation from start to finish. Preview our program beginning in April and culminating at Cisco Live in June.

January 24, 2019

DEVELOPER

NetDevOps Invades DevNet Sandbox

How do I get started with NetDevOps and automation in my real network? What does it take to leap the chasm from "dev" to "prod?"