Orchestration and Automation Is Now Driving Underlay Infrastructure Purchasing Decisions

Spring 2021

Over the past 12 months it’s become clear that underlay infrastructure purchase decisions have shifted away from speeds and feeds toward orchestration and automation.   Automation platforms from Gluware, Itential, VMware VCF, Cisco’s NSO plus ACI, Hashi et al are now the driving factor as to which underlay vendor to choose.   In this session we talk about this shift and how to approach underlay infrastructure plan, build and run.


Brian is a Network and Cloud Architect at McKesson, one of the oldest and largest healthcare companies in the US and currently operating in 16 countries. He is responsible for linking the needs of their businesses with infrastructure technology so they may serve their customers. This includes architecting and designing networks for McKesson’s global backbone, regional WAN’s, distribution centers, offices, clinics, and pharmacies, in addition to our private and public cloud environments. Areas of recent focus include SD-WAN, multi-cloud public cloud enablement, security for McKesson’s Operational Technology environments, and planning and implementation of our global network organization.

Over 13 years’ experience in scoping large scale projects and is a technical expert in SD-WAN technologies. He enjoys providing challenging solutions to NetCraftsmen customers. He currently holds CCIE’s in Routing & Switching, Service Provider and Data Center.

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