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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

August 30, 2018

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Introducing NetDevOps Live!

Our new, weekly webinar and video series is dedicated to NetDevOps and network programmability topics, giving you expert-led lab time, and making it easy to keep up and participate.

August 17, 2018

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New NetDevOps Home on DevNet Brings Resources and Community Together

The new NetDevOps page on DevNet puts blog posts, videos, webinars, learning labs, and current community discussion in one convenient place.

June 28, 2018

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virl up – NetDevOps Network Simulation Done Right

With "virlutils" NetDevOps engineers get a CLI tool for managing network simulations. A DevNet blog, sandbox, and video show you how to get started

March 8, 2018

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Why is Cisco Teaching Me Python? 

Is learning topics related to programmable networks - like Python, JSON, REST APIs - really critical to your success as a network engineer?

March 6, 2018

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How Do I Get Started Learning Network Programmability?  

Learning Labs, Sandboxes, live events, certification courses, and even a network programmability basics video course offer excellent resources to get you launched on your network programming journey.

February 19, 2018

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Bringing Programmability and NetDevOps to Melbourne for #CLMel

Wow... Cisco Live 2018 in Melbourne is going to be an amazing time, and I can't wait to see everyone there.  Let me know what you are most looking forward to. For convenience, here are the links to my sessions again, register now!

February 12, 2018

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NetDevOps was Center Stage at #CLEUR

The DevNet team brought an amazing array of sessions, workshops, and demos on network programmability and NetDevOps to CLEUR. Here's a review, plus links to the people and presentations.

February 7, 2018

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What Does “Network as Code” Mean?

Networking Evangelist Hank Preston proposes three principles for Network as Code within NetDevOps. Do you agree?

January 8, 2018

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Introducing the Network Programmability Video Course

The Network Programmability Basics Video Course is a collection of 28 videos organized into 6 modules. We created it to help jumpstart your journey into network programmability. It's LIVE now!