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Stay current with IT news on vendor moves, new products and tech deals in this fast-moving podcast that analyzes the stories that impact Networking Professionals. Get insights and context to stay informed, all in the time it takes to have a (longish) coffee break.

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Stay current with IT news on vendor moves, new products and tech deals in this fast-moving podcast that analyzes the stories that impact Networking Professionals. Get insights and context to stay informed, all in the time it takes to have a (longish) coffee break.

    Zoom Expands Into Contact Center Biz; Will Devs Choose Cloudflare's Green Compute?

    Zoom Expands Into Contact Center Biz; Will Devs Choose Cloudflare's Green Compute?

    This week’s Network Break analyzes Zoom’s $14.7 billion purchase of Five9 and its cloud-based contact center platform, new Wi-Fi 6E APs from Extreme, and the risks of Amazon Echo Dots where sensitive data can be recovered even after a factory reset.

    We also discuss potential ramifications of a ruling against a DNS provider regarding potential copyright violations, what the availability of Cisco gear on Amazon means for resellers, and whether stunning financial returns for consumer tech companies will raise similar expectations for IT vendors–which means higher prices for you.

    Speaking of financial results, it was a very good quarter for many tech companies. We look at the numbers for F5 Networks, Fortinet, A10 Networks, Juniper Networks, and Extreme Networks. Last but not least, Cloudflare will give developers the option to run workloads on infrastructure powered by renewable energy–but will developers use it?

    Sponsor: Itential

    Itential is network and cloud automation. Itential’s software makes it easy for network teams to get insights into your entire infrastructure, immediately detect non-compliant assets for rapid remediation, and manage and deploy changes across both CLI & API infrastructure. Find out more at www.itential.com/packetpushers.

    Tech Bytes: Aruba Networks

    Stay tuned after the news for our sponsored Tech Bytes conversation on how to get visibility into, and context for, the IoT devices connecting to your network. We’ll talk with Aruba Networks about how its Edge Services Platform delivers hyperawareness of your IoT environment.

    Show Links:

    Zoom To Acquire Five9 – Zoom

    Zoom buys Five9 in $14.7 billion deal to prepare for a post-pandemic world – CNN

    Extreme Networks First in the Industry to Ship Enterprise Grade Wi-Fi 6E Solution – Extreme Networks

    Amazon echo dot or the reverberating secrets of IoT devices – ACM

    Amazon Echo Dots Store a Wealth of Data—Even After a Reset – Wired

    DNSFilter CEO Responds to Quad9 Injunction: “DNS resolvers should not police the internet for copyright violations” – DNSFilter

    Quad9 and Sony Music: German Injunction Status – Quad9

    DNS Provider Hit With Outrageous Blocking Order – Is Your Provider Next? – EFF

    Amazon.in: Cisco – Amazon

    Amazon.co.uk: Cisco – Amazon

    a href="https://investors.f5.com/news/press-release-details/2021/F5-Reports-Third-Quarter-Fiscal-Year-2021-Results-Delivering-Double-Digit-Annual-Revenue-Growth-for-the-Third-Sequential-Quarter/default.

    • 50 min
    Ericsson, Verizon Ink $8.3 Billion 5G Deal; Intel Reports Flat Revenues

    Ericsson, Verizon Ink $8.3 Billion 5G Deal; Intel Reports Flat Revenues

    Take a Network Break! We begin with a couple of follow-ups (and you can send us your own FU here), and then dive into Ericsson’s $8.5 billion deal to provide 5G gear to Verizon, discuss why Microsoft bought identity and entitlement management company CloudKnox (hint: it’s about cloud), and dig into research on flexible microprocessors and their potential impact on medical devices and packaging.

    An Akamai DNS update makes a whole bunch of Web sites unavailable, AWS cuts off access to its CloudFront service to NSO Group over spyware concerns, and Intel reports flat revenues for the second quarter of 2021.

    Get links to all these stories below.

    Sponsor: Itential

    Itential is network and cloud automation. Itential’s software makes it easy for network teams to get insights into your entire infrastructure, immediately detect non-compliant assets for rapid remediation, and manage and deploy changes across both CLI & API infrastructure. Find out more at www.itential.com/packetpushers.

    Tech Bytes: Fortinet

    Stay tuned for a Tech Bytes conversation with sponsor Fortinet. We talk to a customer in the education sector who’s using multiple Fortinet products including firewalls, the firewall analyzer, end point security and Fortinet’s Security Fabric.

    Show Links:

    Inside Ericsson’s $8.3-Billion Deal with Verizon for 5G – Futuriom

    Ericsson and Verizon ink landmark multi-year $8.3 Billion 5G deal – Ericsson

    Samsung Electronics wins $6.6 billion Verizon order for network equipment – Reuters

    Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband, Explained – Verizon

    Microsoft’s Cyber Startup Spending Spree Continues with CloudKnox Acquisition – Tech Crunch

    Microsoft acquires CloudKnox Security to offer unified privileged access and cloud entitlement management – Microsoft

    Realizing the Full Potential of the Internet of Things – Research Articles – Arm Research

    FlexLogIC – PragmatIC

    Websites back up after brief global outage linked to Akamai – Reuters

    Banks, brokerages, PSN, the Steam Store, and more went down in massive internet outage – The Verge

    • 47 min
    SolarWinds Back In Security Hot Seat; In Defense Of The Fax Machine

    SolarWinds Back In Security Hot Seat; In Defense Of The Fax Machine

    Take a Network Break! SolarWinds is back in the hot seat as Microsoft researchers discover an active exploit against SolarWinds Serv-U file transfer products. Meanwhile, SonicWall warns customers that a ransomware exploit is targeting end-of-life software on some of its products.

    NVIDIA and Palo Alto Networks underwhelm with an announcement about using NVIDIA’s Bluefield-2 DPU to offload some network traffic from virtual instances of Palo Alto’s firewall software. Greg opines on the effects of inflation for IT project management, and Amazon snaps up a team of Facebook engineers that were working on a now-defunct satellite broadband project.

    Last but not least, Japanese bureaucrats who refuse to relinquish their fax machines are stymieing the government’s digital transformation.

    Sponsor: Itential

    Itential is network and cloud automation. Itential’s software makes it easy for network teams to get insights into your entire infrastructure, immediately detect non-compliant assets for rapid remediation, and manage and deploy changes across both CLI & API infrastructure. Find out more at www.itential.com/packetpushers.

    Tech Bytes: AppNeta

    Stay tuned after the news for a sponsored Tech Bytes conversation with AppNeta. As organizations figure out how to make distributed work a more permanent feature, IT needs to be prepared to support both remote and on-prem workers for the foreseeable future. We talk with AppNeta about instrumenting application performance management to support a hybrid work environment.

    Show Links:

    Serv-U Remote Memory Escape Vulnerability – SolarWinds

    SolarWinds 0-day gave Chinese hackers privileged access to customer servers – Ars Technica

    Urgent Security Notice: Critical Risk to Unpatched End-of-Life SRA & SMA 8.x Remote Access Devices – SonicWall

    NVIDIA and Palo Alto Networks Boost Cyber Defenses with DPU Acceleration – NVIDIA

    Facebook’s satellite internet team joins Amazon – The Verge

    Japanese fax fans rally to defence of much-maligned machine – The Guardian

    Hanko Stamp – Seal (East Asia) – Wikipedia

    • 46 min
    Ransomware Clobbers Kaseya Customers; HPE Buys Zerto For Cloud Data Protection

    Ransomware Clobbers Kaseya Customers; HPE Buys Zerto For Cloud Data Protection

    It’s time for a Network Break! This week we examine the fallout of the Kaseya breach that affected dozens of MSPs and many hundreds of customers, and discuss HPE’s interests in Zerto and Ampool, two acquisitions that extend the value of HPE’s Greenlake platform.
    Fortinet goes after software developers with its acquisition of Sken.ai, the US Federal Trade Commission goes after Broadcom with allegations of monpolistic practices in the set-top box and broadband modem business, the US Defense Department starts over on its multi-billion cloud contract bid, and a court tells Netflix it has to pay network usage fees to a South Korean Internet provider.
    Sponsor: Itential
    Itential is network and cloud automation. Itential’s software makes it easy for network teams to get insights into your entire infrastructure, immediately detect non-compliant assets for rapid remediation, and manage and deploy changes across both CLI & API infrastructure. Find out more at www.itential.com/packetpushers.
    Tech Bytes: Netskope
    We talk with Netskope about why IT can’t just take the office network out of mothballs and expect everything to be fine when employees show up. Guest Hansang Bae shares a punch list of tasks you might want to complete before your end users get back to the office.
    Show Links:
    FU:
    Fastcom Deploys Extreme Fabric to Power Business Growth and Deliver Differentiated Services – Extreme Networks
    News:
    Update Regarding VSA Security Incident – Kaseya
    Rapid Response: Mass MSP Ransomware Incident – Huntress
    The Kaseya Ransomware Attack Is a Really Big Deal – Lawfare
    Why some cyber criminals are ditching bitcoin for a cryptocurrency called monero – CNBC
    Fake Kaseya VSA Security Update Drops Cobalt Strike – Threatpost
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise Expands HPE GreenLake Edge-to-Cloud Platform with Acquisition of Zerto, a Leader in Cloud Data Management and Protection – Zerto
    HPE acquires Ampool to accelerate hybrid analytics for customers – HPE
    Ampool – Crunchbase Company Profile & Funding – CrunchBase
    Apache Geode — Performance is key. Consistency is a must. – Apache.org
    Fortinet Acquires Application Security Innovator Sken.ai to Accelerate DevSecOps – Fortinet

    • 52 min
    Marvell Challenges NVIDIA With 5nm DPU; Startup WiteSand Tackles Multi-Vendor Campus Network Management

    Marvell Challenges NVIDIA With 5nm DPU; Startup WiteSand Tackles Multi-Vendor Campus Network Management

    Take a Network Break! We start with some FU (Follow Up) from previous episodes, and then dive into the latest news. Marvell has announced a new Data Processing Unit (DPU)/SmartNIC to tackle security, networking, and storage workloads; the startup WiteSand emerges from stealth with a mission to manage multi-vendor campus networks and provide cloud-based NAC; and Forward Networks adds security capabilities to its network verification platform.

    A Windows print spooler vulnerability needs to be patched because it could allow the hostile takeover of your Active Directory domain controllers, SD-WAN and SASE provider Versa Networks raises $84 million to tell the world about SASE, and we conclude with a conversation about the distributed work debate.

    Sponsor: Palo Alto Networks

    Securely enable remote workforce with Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access, cloud-delivered security that  protects all user and application traffic while ensuring an exceptional user experience. Get a virtual test drive at paloaltonetworks.com/resources/test-drives.

    Show Links:

    Not-So-Solid State: SSD Makers Swap Parts Without Telling Us – Tom’s Hardware

    Marvell Extends OCTEON Leadership with Industry’s First 5nm DPUs – Marvell

    WiteSand Emerges From Stealth – WiteSand.io

    Forward Networks Unveils New Features To Verify And Validate Zero Trust Architectures – Forward Networks

    Forward Networks Adds Security Assurance To Its Network Verification Software. Is The Company Intent On A Makeover? – Packet Pushers

    Leaked print spooler exploit lets Windows users remotely execute code as system on your domain controller – The Register

    Versa Networks Secures $84M in Series D Funding to Accelerate SASE Growth – Versa Networks

    Just 2% of workers at Silicon Valley’s VMware showed up for the first day of in-person work – SF Gate

    Will businesses continue to work from home? – World Economic Forum

    Introducing new tools to help you work from anywhere – Slack

    COVID-19 and the employee experience – McKinsey

    a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/29/more-people-plan-to-quit-as-return-to-work-plans-go-into-effect-.

    • 37 min
    HPE Raises The Stakes On Its GreenLake Strategy; Windows 11 Injects Itself With Teams

    HPE Raises The Stakes On Its GreenLake Strategy; Windows 11 Injects Itself With Teams

    Take a Network Break! This week we cover a raft of news from HPE’s Discover event. HPE is barreling ahead with its GreenLake hybrid cloud strategy by adding new features including a new cloud optimization platform called Lighthouse, a secure attestation plan dubbed Project Aurora, and an option to get CPU resources on a pay-by-use consumption model.
    Aruba Networks announced products including new switches, the addition of authentication capabilities to Aruba Central, and an IoT dashboard in Central.
    Microsoft announces Windows 11 with native Teams included, and takes a shot at Apple’s business model for in-app purchases. The US government says old-school security techniques could have thwarted leaks from SolarWinds’ compromised software, and a strange iOS bug can disable your iPhone’s Wi-Fi.
    VMware announces a fix for serious vulnerability in its Carbon Black security software, and Intel snaps up Stanford professor and influential startup founder Nick McKeown to run its Network and Edge group.
    Many thanks to guest analyst Tom Hollingsworth, who stepped in while Greg was away. Tom writes the excellent “The Networking Nerd” blog. He’s also an event lead for Tech Field Day and co-host of the GestaltIT Rundown podcast.
    Sponsor: Palo Alto Networks
    Securely enable remote workforce with Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access, cloud-delivered security that  protects all user and application traffic while ensuring an exceptional user experience. Get a virtual test drive at paloaltonetworks.com/resources/test-drives.
    Tech Bytes: Telia Carrier
    After the news we talk with sponsor Telia Carrier about their global IP backbone and the IP services it has available in the United States. We also dig into how Telia is upgrading its network for 400Gig.
    Show Links:
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise announces breakthrough HPE GreenLake cloud platform innovations spanning silicon, software and security to power edge-to-cloud era – HPE
    HPE Builds Lighthouse Platform On Greenlake Services – The Next Platform
    HPE Ezmeral Container Platform technical white paper – HPE
    Introducing Project Aurora: Enabling zero-trust security architectures from edge to cloud – HPE
    Aruba ESP Improves Network Agility for Organizations Adapting to New Business Realities – Aruba
    Microsoft just unveiled Windows 11: Here’s everything it announced – C...

    • 51 min

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