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Hank Preston

Principal Engineer

Learning and Certifications

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

June 28, 2018

DEVELOPER

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

DEVELOPER

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

DEVELOPER

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

DEVELOPER

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

DEVELOPER

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

DEVELOPER

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

DEVELOPER

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!

January 5, 2018

DEVELOPER

Bringing Programmability and NetDevOps to Barcelona for #CLEUR

It’s right around the corner… Cisco Live Europe 2018 in Barcelona, and I absolutely can’t wait!  Every Cisco Live I’ve ever been to, or presented at, has been an amazing experience, but Barcelona is going to be in a league of its own.  From the moment I arrive in Spain on Friday morning the entire […]

December 13, 2017

DEVELOPER

Automating Cisco ACI with Ansible Eliminates Repetitive Day-to-Day Tasks

Jacob McGill is a network automation engineer at Network to Code, a network automation solutions provider that provides network automation training and professional services. He spends his time helping customers automate their networks using tools including like Python and Ansible. Jacob is also an Ansible developer who's written and contributed to many of the ACI modules that were released in 2.4. Feel free to reach out to Jacob at jacob@networktocode.com