Educated as a Systems and Network Engineer and having dabbled with DevOps-y things for years, Pieter's official title now is "Senior PowerDNS Engineer". In the Open-Source parts of his dayjob he works on the PowerDNS source code, the build/CI/packaging pipeline, and maintains the systems run these. On the commercial spectrum, he works Professional Service teams and customers on deployments and configuration of PowerDNS at scale.
He is also involved in the broader DNS operations and standards communities to make the Internet a better place.
In the networking world, configuration management is as much a hot topic as it is in the systems world. In contrast to the systems world, the networking world is full of proprietary devices, each with their own configuration "language". The IETF has standardized (and many vendors have implemented) a protocol to configure network equipment (NETCONF) and a data modeling language (YANG) to represent configuration and state data of the devices.
This talk will give an introduction to YANG and NETCONF, discuss how they relate to concepts in systems configuration management and how it could be used to configure traditional systems.