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Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Network Automation with AOS8 and AOS6

Groupe_887Jan. 08, 2020

By Gilbert Moisio, Senior consultant, specialist on knowledge acquisition, technologies and methodologies. He published several papers about automation, Software-Defined Networking and Wi-Fi.

The Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch portfolio of switches have two operating systems to simplify equipment automation: AOS6 and AOS8.

AOS8 has more automation features than AOS6, but the common features between the two systems are:

  • Zero-touch Provisioning.

        - DHCP / FTP / TFTP servers.
        - [OmniVista 2500 NMS](https://www.al-enterprise.com/en/products/network-management-security/omnivista-2500-network-management-system) on-premise or cloud server, such as [OmniVista Cirrus](https://www.al-enterprise.com/en/products/network-management-security/omnivista-cirrus).
  • Python / SSH with my Netmiko module in Off-box scripting.

        - I recommend using Netmiko with the Python Nornir framework: [More information about this framework are available in this previous article on Spacewalkers](https://www.spacewalkers.com/netmiko-for-omniswitch/).
  • Ansible / SSH with my Network Modules available in the Galaxy.

On AOS8, an Off-box automation method consists of using the Python language and access to Web Services. This approach allows you to build a complete application in CLI mode or in web mode with a framework like Django or Flask.

You can find more information about the Python code by following this link to the article written by Gilbert Moisio: