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How REST APIs are Eating Infrastructure

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In 2011, Marc Andreesen said that "software is eating the world". This talk is a riff on Andreesen's claim, but relating to the impact of REST APIs on Infrastructure. Originally presented at POST/CON 2018.

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How REST APIs are Eating Infrastructure

  1. 1. 1© 2018 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Public How REST APIs are eating infrastructure Ashley Roach -- Principal Engineer Evangelist asroach@cisco.com / @aroach
  2. 2. 2© 2018 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Public REST APIs are “eating” infrastructure
  3. 3. 3© 2018 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Public Software is eating the world Marc Andreesen, 2011
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  5. 5. 8© 2018 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Public ● DevOps and SRE are now accustomed to automating infrastructure ● Automation is driven by APIs ● Rise of powerful scripting languages (Python, JavaScript/Node) ● REST APIs are pervasive REST API Market Drivers
  6. 6. 9© 2018 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Public “Infrastructure as Code”
  7. 7. 10© 2018 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Public Terraform configuring Data Center Infrastructure Spin-up/Config ● Definition of infrastructure (AWS, OpenStack, etc) via declarative code
  8. 8. 11© 2018 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Public Ansible ● Configuration management and deployment ● E.g. install/config MongoDB in VM
  9. 9. 12© 2018 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Public CI/CD Driving Changes to Network
  10. 10. 14© 2018 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Public Lots of infrastructure APIs
  11. 11. 15© 2018 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco Public http://cs.co/cisco-postman-collections
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