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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.

    Network Break 271: Global Espionage Agita Kicks Up A Notch; Forescout Gets Bought For $1.9 Billion

    Network Break 271: Global Espionage Agita Kicks Up A Notch; Forescout Gets Bought For $1.9 Billion

    Take a Network Break!

    Guest analysts Keith Townsend and Ned Bellavance stop by to give Greg a chance to sun himself on a tropical island and re-charge the snark batteries. We discuss a trio of international espionage/security stories including charges by the US government that hackers working for China’s People’s Liberation Army were responsible for the Equifax breach, accusations of back doors in Huawei equipment, and reports that the United States bought and ran a Swiss cryptography company to spy on allies and adversaries.

    VMware adjusts licensing to a per-CPU pricing, Tufin launches a cloud security policy service, and Arista officially announces its Big Switch acquisition.

    A private equity firm drops nearly $2 billion for NAC vendor Forescout, Microsoft backpedals on forced Bing adoption, and the FTC takes a hard look at big tech.

    Get links to all these stories below.

    Sponsor: Illumio

    Illumio is a leader in security segmentation. Prevent the spread of breaches and meet regulatory compliance requirements  inside your data center and in your cloud environments. Find out more at www.illumio.com.

    Sponsor: ThousandEyes

    ThousandEyes gives you performance visibility from every user to every app over any network, both internal and external, so you can migrate to the cloud, troubleshoot faster and deliver exceptional user experiences. Sign up for a free account at thousandeyes.com/packetpushers and choose a free ThousandEyes t-shirt.

    Tech Bytes: Silver Peak

    Today’s Tech Bytes podcast explores how J-U-B Engineering built a better end user experience using SD-WAN from Silver Peak. We look at benefits and outcomes, including improved storage and file share and a stronger security posture.

    Show Links:

    The CTO Advisor – Keith Townsend’s Website

    Keith Townsend on Twitter

    Ned In The Cloud – Ned Bellavance’s Website

    Ned Bellavance on Twitter

    Day Two Cloud Podcast – Packet Pushers

    US charges 4 members of Chinese military with Equifax hack – CNN

    Criminal Indictment (PDF)

    U.S. Officials Say Huawei Can Covertly Access Telecom Networks – Wall Street Journal

    US finds Huawei has backdoor access to mobile networks globally, report says – CNET

    Media Statement Regarding WSJ “Backdoor” Story – Huawei

    U.S.

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    Network Break 270: Google Reports Cloud Revenues; HPE Acquires Cloud Security Startup Scytale

    Network Break 270: Google Reports Cloud Revenues; HPE Acquires Cloud Security Startup Scytale

    Take a Network Break! Google breaks out its cloud revenues for the first time, Cisco releases a bundle of patches for serious vulnerabilities in its Cisco Discovery Protocol, and HPE acquires the cloud security startup Scytale.
    Microsoft endures an embarrassing Teams outage due to a certificate that wasn’t renewed, the Trump administration flirts with the notion of an all-American 5G (with maybe a little Ericsson and Nokia),  and Huawei sues Verizon for alleged patent infringement.
    Google announces version 2 of its Enterprise Edition of Google Glass and Twitter gets hit by attackers looking to match users with their phone numbers.
    Sponsor: WAN Summit
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    Sponsor: ThousandEyes
    ThousandEyes gives you performance visibility from every user to every app over any network, both internal and external, so you can migrate to the cloud, troubleshoot faster and deliver exceptional user experiences. Sign up for a free account at thousandeyes.com/packetpushers and choose a free ThousandEyes t-shirt.
    Tech Bytes: Riverbed
    Stay tuned after the news for a sponsored Tech Bytes conversation with Riverbed, where we talk about how to accelerate the performance of your SaaS applications.
    Show Links:
    Google just reported cloud revenue for the first time ever, showing that it’s growing fast but nowhere close to Amazon Web Services – Business Insider
    Alphabet earnings show Google Cloud on $10B run rate – TechCrunch
    Cisco Patches Critical CDP Flaws Affecting Millions of Devices – Bleeping Computer
    Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) enabled devices are vulnerable to denial-of-service and remote code execution – CERT
    CDPwn – Armis
    HPE acquires cloud native security startup Scytale – TechCrunch
    HPE acquires Scytale to advance open, secure, edge to cloud strategy – HPE
    Microsoft Teams goes down after Microsoft forgot to renew a certificate – The Verge
    U.S. Pushing Effort to Develop 5G Alternative to Huawei ...

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    Network Break FU Special Edition 001

    Network Break FU Special Edition 001

    This is a special episode of Network Break. We’ve been carefully curating your follow-ups over the past several weeks for an all-FU show. Grab a virtual donut and a fresh cup of coffee while we open the digital mail bag for your corrections and comments.

    There’s no news and no ads, just us responding to you responding to us.

    We love to get your feedback and insights. If you’ve got something to tell us, you can leave it here.

    Follow-Up Topics

    DNS over HTTPS (DoH) from Network Break: The 2019 Wrap-Up Show

    Russian police raid NGINX offices from Network Break 266: Accenture Buys Symantec Security Services Biz; Cisco Reorganizes Around Intent-Based Networking

    Linux Foundation’s DENT project from Network Break 266: Accenture Buys Symantec Security Services Biz; Cisco Reorganizes Around Intent-Based Networking

    Ad blockers from Network Break 267: Equinix Buys Packet For Bare Metal; Google, Verizon Flirt With Privacy

    1Blocker – Greg’s favorite ad blocker

    Vendor licensing in Network Break 268: VMware Acquires Nyansa; Microsoft Plans To Hijack O365 Browser Search

    Privacy and search from Network Break 267: Equinix Buys Packet For Bare Metal; Google, Verizon Flirt With Privacy

    Startpage.com (recommended by a listener)

    Vendor marketing and sportsball from Network Break 267: Equinix Buys Packet For Bare Metal; Google, Verizon Flirt With Privacy

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    Network Break 269: Apstra Enhances Intent-Based Data Center Capabilities; Cisco Brings Kubernetes To Hyperflex HCI

    Network Break 269: Apstra Enhances Intent-Based Data Center Capabilities; Cisco Brings Kubernetes To Hyperflex HCI

    Take a Network Break! Apstra debuts version 3.2 of its intent-based AOS software with new features including data center rollback, Cisco brings Kubernetes to its Hyperflex HCI platform and rolls out new integrations for application and infrastructure teams, and VMware’s layoffs get social media attention.
    The United Kingdom sets its rules for a limited amount of Huawei gear in its telecom networks, Ubiquiti Networks gets on our radar, and F5 uses its Q1 financial statement to let the market know that software will become a bigger part of its revenue mix.
    Juniper and Extreme both announce quarterly results, and IBM gets a new CEO.
    Get links to all these stories below.
    Sponsor: VIAVI Solutions
    VIAVI Solutions is a network performance management leader enabling IT teams to understand user experience with a patent-pending End-User Experience score. VIAVI delivers  outcomes, not just more data. Learn more at viavisolutions.com/packetpushers.
    Sponsor: Illumio
    Illumio is a leader in security segmentation. Prevent the spread of breaches and meet regulatory compliance requirements  inside your data center and in your cloud environments. Find out more at www.illumio.com.
    Tech Bytes: Forward Networks
    Stay tuned after the news for a Tech Bytes conversation with sponsor Foward Networks about their Network Query Engine. Forward creates a data model of your network that you can query to verify intent, speed troubleshooting, and check configuration changes.
    Show Links:
    Apstra AOS 3.2 Redefines Network Recovery with First and Only Vendor-Agnostic Intent Time Voyager Capability – Apstra
    Cisco Webex Room USB for Wireless Sharing and Video Meetings – Cisco
    Cisco Accelerates Applications in a Hybrid Multicloud World – Cisco
    Introducing the HyperFlex Application Platform – Cisco Systems
    Cisco ushers in a bright new age of bridges – The Network
    VMware? VM… now where? It’s that time of the year again when Dell’s virtualization software giant sheds staff – The Register
    Surviving A Reduction In Force – Packet Pushers Human Infrastructure Newsletter
    Tough UK Limits on Huawei’s Role in 5G Threaten Telco Plans – Light Reading
    BT will hope to turn Huawei pain into gain by calling in favours – The Guardian

    • 56 min
    Network Break 268: VMware Acquires Nyansa; Microsoft Plans To Hijack O365 Browser Search

    Network Break 268: VMware Acquires Nyansa; Microsoft Plans To Hijack O365 Browser Search

    Take a Network Break!

    VMware snaps up visibility and monitoring company Nyansa for an undisclosed amount, Sonos EOLs hardware lines in a manner similar to IT vendors, and US telcos put an expiration date on 3G.

    A rumor has Arista buying Big Switch but there’s no official confirmation, Microsoft plans to hijack browser search in an upcoming version of Office 365, and Intel and IBM announce Q4 and full year fiscal results.

    Get links to all these stories after our sponsor messages.

    Sponsor: ThousandEyes

    ThousandEyes gives you performance visibility from every user to every app over any network, both internal and external, so you can migrate to the cloud, troubleshoot faster and deliver exceptional user experiences. Sign up for a free account at thousandeyes.com/packetpushers and choose a free ThousandEyes t-shirt.

    Tech Bytes: Riverbed

    Stay tuned after the news for a Tech Bytes conversation on conquering hybrid network complexity with sponsor Riverbed. We discuss how its SteelConnect EX enables SD-WAN, security, and a full routing stack to smooth your transition from a legacy architecture to a modern hybrid network.

    Show Links:

    VMware Announces Intent to Acquire Nyansa – VMware

    Sonos legacy and modern products – Sonos

    Starting in May 2020, some of our oldest products will no longer receive software updates or new features. We want to explain why and your options. – Sonos

    Smart Licensing and Smart Accounts FAQ for Partners, Distributors and Customers – Cisco

    Killing 3G – POTs and PANs

    Arista rallies as analysts weigh Big Switch deal reports – Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) – Seeking Alpha

    Chrome suddenly using Bing after installing Office 365 Pro Plus… Yeah, that might have been us, mumbles Microsoft – The Register

    Microsoft to Force Bing Search in Chrome for Office 365 ProPlus Users – Bleeping Computer

    Intel Reports Fourth Quarter 2019 Financials – Intel

    IBM 4Q 2019 Earnings Announcement – IBM

    Did IBM’s Quarter Just Prove their Hybrid Cloud Strategy? – Welcome to CIMI Corporation’s Public Blog

    • 53 min
    Network Break 267: Equinix Buys Packet For Bare Metal; Google, Verizon Flirt With Privacy

    Network Break 267: Equinix Buys Packet For Bare Metal; Google, Verizon Flirt With Privacy

    Take a Network Break. Equinix acquires bare metal service provider Packet for an undisclosed amount, Google announces plans to phase out third-party cookies over the next two years, and Verizon releases a privacy-friendly search engine.
    A Senate proposal would spend $1 billion to drive 5G development in the United States, NetScout loses its long legal battle against Gartner, and we want your follow-up on whether vendor sponsorship of sports means anything to you.
    Sponsor: ThousandEyes
    Today’s sponsor is ThousandEyes gives you performance visibility from every user to every app over any network, both internal and external, so you can migrate to the cloud, troubleshoot faster and deliver exceptional user experiences. Sign up for a free account at thousandeyes.com/packetpushers and choose a free ThousandEyes t-shirt.
    Tech Bytes: ThousandEyes
    Stay tuned after the news for a sponsored Tech Bytes conversation with ThousandEyes as we review some of the biggest outages from 2019, what caused them, and why Internet visibility is critical.
    Show Links:
    Equinix Acquires Packet for Bare Metal Edge Automation – Light Reading
    Ping, Power & Processors – Packet
    Equinix to Acquire Bare Metal Leader Packet – Equinix, Inc.
    Building a more private web: A path towards making third party cookies obsolete – Chromium Blog
    Google Chrome towards making third party cookies obsolete – Ethereal Mind
    Yahoo parent Verizon promises it won’t track you with OneSearch, its new privacy-focused search engine – The Verge
    Verizon Media launches privacy-focused search engine, OneSearch – Verizon Media
    Huawei in early talks with U.S. firms to license 5G platform – Huawei executive – Reuters
    Huawei’s latest US headache: Senate bill would spend US$1 billion on developing a 5G competitor – South China Morning Post
    Remember when Netscout got so upset at ‘challenger’ label in Gartner Magic Quadrant, it sued? Well, top court just ended all those shenanigans – The Register
    Cisco Announces Six Professional Golfers As Brand Ambassadors – ...

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