Steven Carter

Solutions Architect

Cisco US Public Sector

Steven Carter has over 20 years of industry experience working in large universities, government research and development, and the private sector. He has spent time as a system administrator running some of the World’s largest supercomputers and a network engineer building out the World’s first SDN network for the Department of Energy. In addition, Steven has a wide range of experience in networking including operations, embedded software development, and sales. He has spent the last couple of years helping large customers automate their networks and build out NetDevOps workflows.


January 17, 2024


How to Use Ansible with CML

6 min read

Ansible can be used with CML (Cisco Modeling Labs) to automate the deployment and management of network infrastructure, offering reproducibility, consistency, and automation in network infrastructure management.

September 9, 2019


Automating Your Network Operations: Focus on Outcomes

5 min read

Automation should begin with a thoughtful process that identifies the most important outputs of your infrastructure and what the current bottlenecks are in producing those outputs.

February 21, 2019


Automating your Network Operations, Part 5 – Just the Facts

5 min read

To come up with a template or model for all your network devices before you automate any of them would delay the benefits of automation.

December 3, 2018


Automating Your Network Operations, Part 4 – Dude, Where’s My Data?

4 min read

If you are relatively new to Ansible, you might have noticed that the playbook examples in my last blog did not have any variables defined in them. Common examples often...

October 24, 2018


Automating Your Network Operations, Part 3 – Data-Driven Ansible

5 min read

The combination of YANG and NETCONF give us structure and determinism to enable network programmability, and give us several operational advantages over CLI.

September 26, 2018


Automating Your Network Operations, Part 2 – Data Models

5 min read

Before I get into data models, I want to take a slight diversion to incorporate some of the feedback that I received from the first blog. It was pointed out...

September 5, 2018


Automating Your Network Operations, Part 1 – Ansible Basics

3 min read

New blog series gets you beyond the hype and simple demonstrations, and lets you dive more deeply into how and why to automate your network operations.