Getting to Know Peter Sprygada, Director of Engineering

October 15, 2015 by Carrie Drummond

Knowing the members of our Ansible community is important to us, and we want you to get to know the members of our team in (and outside of!) the Ansible office. Stay tuned to the blog to learn more about the people who are helping to bring Ansible to life.

ansible-team-peter-sprygada This week we're happy to introduce you to Peter Sprygada, who recently joined Ansible to tackle all things networking. Prior to joining us at Ansible, Peter built a long career building and operating next generation network infrastructures and most recently ran the EOS+ CS team at Arista focusing on the integration of network operations with DevOps methodologies.


What’s your role at Ansible?

Mostly my days revolve around working closely with customers, partners and the fantastic Ansible community to bring more robust support for networking devices into Ansible and Ansible Tower. This includes applying Ansible to help evolve DevOps methodologies to solve problems associated with running network operations teams.

What exciting Ansible networking projects can you tell us about?

To start, we have been working closely with our network partners to transition many of the great modules that have been available in the wild and make them available to customers through our "extras" repository. Beyond that we have been working on a number of initiatives to make using Ansible with network devices even easier. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements coming in the near term around these initiatives.

What makes Ansible’s approach to network operations stand out from the crowd?

There are so many great things happening at Ansible right now that make it the best framework for solving the challenges associated with network operations, especially around configuration management. Certainly the simplicity of Ansible is a major contributor to working with network devices. In addition, the agentless architecture is a tremendous benefit as many network device operating systems are not open yet. There are also some fantastic capabilities in Tower to really enhance network teams, including using survey to build a lightweight provisioning system, as well as system tracking for collecting ephemeral state information over time.

Where can we find you next?

AnsibleFest San Francisco on Thursday, November 19.

What else should we know about you?

When I am finally able to pull and drag myself away from my work (which is no small feat mind you!), I tend to engage in all sorts of activities. I am an avid aviation buff and currently working on my private pilot license. When not in the air, I take to the depths of the water scuba diving. My wife and I love to travel and take every opportunity to include our Doberman Pinscher wherever we go.

Have other questions for Peter? Connect with him on Twitter @privateip.


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Carrie Drummond

Carrie is the Marketing Coordinator at Ansible by Red Hat. Carrie came to Ansible after spending the last five years in the marketing and public relations field. She’s an avid hockey fan, mother of an #Ansipup and responsible for most of the Ansible swag online and at events. She can be found on twitter at @carriedrummond.

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