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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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    • 4.8 • 89 Ratings

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.

    Juniper Mist-ifes 128 Technology; US Telcos Spend Big For 5G Spectrum

    Juniper Mist-ifes 128 Technology; US Telcos Spend Big For 5G Spectrum

    Take a Network Break! This week we discuss a slate of announcements from Juniper Networks including the incorporation of the 128 Technology SD-WAN routers into the Mist AI platform, as well as a new switch family and the integration of Juniper’s SRX with Mist.
    HPE acquires CloudPhysics, a SaaS company that helps organizations manage their on-prem and cloud spend; and US telcos spend a combined $81 billion to acquire spectrum that they will target for 5G rollouts.
    VMware announces version 4.0 of its Photon OS. SolarWinds announces Q4 results, but we’ll have to wait until Q1 and Q2 to get a real sense of the financial impact of the breach. VMware announced its Q4 and full year results for fiscal 2021, and the numbers look good.
    Nutanix also announced financial results, with flat revenues year over year. Last but not least, Firefox has announced a new privacy feature to limit data sharing among third-party cookies, but new research also shows ad companies playing games with CNAME cloaking to thwart privacy controls.
    Get links to all these stories below.
    Sponsor: Palo Alto Networks
    Palo Alto Networks is excited to introduce a fundamentally new approach to cloud-delivered security with Prisma® Access 2.0. Find out more at its upcoming Prisma Access 2.0 launch event on March 17. 10 AM PDT. You’ll also hear about the latest industry trends and customer perspectives from industry leaders. Register at https://start.paloaltonetworks.com/prisma-access-2-launch
    Tech Bytes: Aruba EdgeConnect

    Stay tuned after the news for a sponsored Tech Bytes conversation with Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN customer FordHarrison, a law firm that’s using SD-WAN to enable its remote work strategy and boost performance of critical apps.
    Show Links:
    Juniper Networks Combines Mist AI with Session Smart SD-WAN and SRX Secure Branch Gateway for Optimal User Experiences from Client-to-Cloud – Juniper Networks
    HPE reimagines customer and partner experience with software and data-driven insights – HPE
    HPE Acquires Cloud Assessment ‘Crown Jewel’ CloudPhysics – CRN
    FCC announces winners in $81bn 5G spectrum auction. Congrats to Verizon, which must cough up $45.4bn – The Register
    Photon OS  4.0 Release Announcement – VMware
    What is New in Photon OS 4.0 – VMware
    SolarWinds Announces Fourth Quarter 2020 Results – SolarWinds
    VMware Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2021 ...

    • 44 min
    Palo Alto Buys Bridgecrew For IaC Security; Azure Steps Up Its Firewall Game

    Palo Alto Buys Bridgecrew For IaC Security; Azure Steps Up Its Firewall Game

    Take a Network Break! In this week’s episode we examine Palo Alto Networks’ acquisition of the startup Bridgecrew, which makes software to secure Infrastructure as Code (IaC). We also discuss a preview of a new next-gen firewall option for Microsoft Azure, and a new private cloud option from Dell that bundles ready-made hardware and software for the enterprise premises.
    NVIDIA has announced it’s making a chip specifically for mining cryptocurrency and will make changes to software drivers on a popular gaming GPU to make it unappealing to miners. DNS security provider Quad9 relocates its HQ to Switzerland to put the weight of law behind its privacy stance, and Verizon adds more options from Cisco for managed SD-WAN.
    Google hints that the Loon Internet balloon project was shelved in part because of government regulations around air space, blackouts in Texas hit chip manufacturers, and Mobile World Congress moves forward with an in-person event in Barcelona in June. Too soon?
    Get links to all these stories below.
    Sponsor: Palo Alto Networks
    Palo Alto Networks is excited to introduce a fundamentally new approach to cloud-delivered security with Prisma® Access 2.0. Find out more at its upcoming Prisma Access 2.0 launch event on March 17th at 10 AM PDT. You’ll also hear about the latest industry trends and customer perspectives from industry leaders. Register at: https://start.paloaltonetworks.com/prisma-access-2-launch.
    Tech Bytes: Aruba EdgeConnect

    Stay tuned after the podcast for a sponsored Tech Bytes conversation where we’ll talk to Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform customer InterBank about its rollout of Aruba EdgeConnect to improve voice quality and application performance at bank branches across Texas and Oklahoma.
    Show Links:
    Palo Alto Networks Announces Intent to Acquire Bridgecrew – Palo Alto Networks
    Prisma Cloud Shifts Left With Proposed Acquisition of Bridgecrew – Palo Alto Networks
    Azure Firewall Premium now in preview – Microsoft Azure
    Build The Cloud Of Your Choice – Dell Technologies
    Dell extends its infrastructure-as-a-service offering to on-premises private clouds – Silicon Angle
    GeForce Is Made for Gaming, CMP Is Made to Mine – NVIDIA
    Quad9 public domain name service moves to Switzerland for maximum internet privacy protection – Quad9
    Verizon Business expan...

    • 58 min
    Juniper Rebrands Service Provider Automation Offerings; Fortinet Gets SASE With Latest OS

    Juniper Rebrands Service Provider Automation Offerings; Fortinet Gets SASE With Latest OS

    Take a Network Break! Juniper Networks rebrands and organizes a suite of automation products as the “Paragon” portfolio, Fortinet debuts SASE and Zero Trust Network Access capabilities with the 7.0 release of its OS, and cyber-insurance premiums are on the rise as more insurance companies pay out for ransomware attacks.
    Google says a new subsea fiber optic cable will deliver capacity of 250Tbps, HPE touts research into optical lasers for high-performance compute, Fortinet reports healthy financial results, and HPE sends a server into space.
    Get links to all these stories below.
    Sponsor: Palo Alto Networks
    Palo Alto Networks is taking a fundamental leap forward with cloud-delivered security with Prisma Access 2.0. Join Palo Alto for a launch event on March 17th to find out how Prisma Access 2.0 enhances security, supports your hybrid cloud strategy, and protects your remote workforce. Sign up at start.paloaltonetworks.com/prisma-access-2-launch.
    Tech Bytes: Fortinet
    Stay tuned after the news for a sponsored Tech Bytes conversation where we talk with Node4, a managed security service provider, about deploying and operating Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN for its customers. Fortinet is the sponsor.
    Show Links:
    Unleash Experience-First Networking with Juniper Paragon Automation – Juniper
    Fortinet Delivers SASE and Zero Trust Network Access Capabilities with Major Updates to its FortiOS Operating System – Fortinet
    New Zero Trust Network Access in FortiOS 7.0 Supports the Evolution of VPN – Fortinet
    Cyber insurance prices increase on ransomware claims: Moody’s – Business Insurance
    Network Monitoring, Moral Hazards and Crumple Zones – EtherealMind
    Google’s Dunant subsea cable is now ready for service – Google Cloud Blog
    HP Labs leading Silicon Chip Innovation From Santa Barbara – HPE
    Behind The Machine – HPE via YouTube
    Fortinet Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results – Fortinet
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise accelerates space exploration with...

    • 54 min
    Arista Unveils Zero Trust Offering; Google Searches For Cloud Profits

    Arista Unveils Zero Trust Offering; Google Searches For Cloud Profits

    Take a Network Break! This week we start with a couple of follow-ups, and then dive into the week’s news. Arista Networks announced a Zero Trust offering that has room to grow, Google’s Stadia game streaming service shuts down its in-house game development studio, and Comcast and Cisco team up to deliver Meraki VPN for home workers.

    IBM is reportedly cutting back on its blockchain business, a Chromium update reduces unnecessary DNS root server queries by 60 billion a day, and Starlink launches 10 satellites with laser links to cover the polar regions.

    AWS and Google Cloud both released their Q4 and full year results. AWS notched $12.7 billion in revenue for the quarter with 28% growth year over year, while Google Cloud had revenues of $3.8 billion, up 47% year over year. While Google Cloud had more growth, it has yet to make a profit.

    Sponsor: Nokia

    Nokia launched its Data Center Fabric solution, building on over 20 years of IP know-how and expertise. The new DC Fabric solution includes SR Linux, a new open, extensible and resilient Network Operating System based on standard Linux; interconnect routers, a portfolio of leaf, spine and super-spine platforms based on merchant silicon; and the Fabric Services Platform, a declarative, intent-based automation and operations toolkit for Day 0, Day 1 and Day 2+ operations. Find out more at nokia.com/networks/dc-fabric.

    Tech Bytes: Infoblox

    After the news, check out our sponsored Tech Bytes conversation with Infoblox about its NetMRI network and configuration management software that provides change control, compliance, and automation capabilities.

    Show Links:

    The Time for Zero Trust Networking is Now – Arista Networks

    Arista Multi-Domain Segmentation Overview – YouTube

    Google Stadia Shuts Down Internal Studios, Changing Business Focus – Kotaku

    Focusing on Stadia’s future as a platform, and winding down SG&E – Google Stadia

    Comcast Tackles Remote Work With Cisco Meraki – SDX Central

    IBM Blockchain Is a Shell of Its Former Self After Revenue Misses, Job Cuts: Sources – CoinDesk

    IBM Cuts Back on Blockchain – Axios

    How Chromium reduces Root DNS traffic – APNIC

    Chromium’s Impact On Root DNS Traffic – Verisign

    Chromium cleans up its act – and daily DNS root server queries drop by 60 billion – The Register

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    • 1 hr
    Cisco Unveils New Catalyst Hardware; Internet Sleuth Uncovers Global IPv4 Misuse

    Cisco Unveils New Catalyst Hardware; Internet Sleuth Uncovers Global IPv4 Misuse

    Take a Network Break! Today’s explores new products from Cisco, including edge appliances for SD-WAN and micro switches to bring fiber to the desktop. In other product news, Fortinet has announced FortiXDR, a detection and response offering that combines an endpoint agent with cloud-based analytics.

    Independent researcher Ron Guilmette uncovers IPv4 address misuse at AFRINIC, where an employee allegedly made millions of dollars selling misallocated addresses. Guilmette has also uncovered shenanigans by Russian hosting provider DDOS-Guard, which broke rules to get access to v4 addresses for Latin America.

    We analyze financial results from Juniper Networks and F5, and examine a $208 million investment in routing startup DriveNets.

    Get links to all these stories below.

    Sponsor: Palo Alto Networks

    Enable secure access for your remote workers from anywhere with Palo Alto Networks’  Prisma Access, a cloud-delivered, tier-one network. Prisma® Access offers comprehensive network security in a single services edge platform designed for all traffic, all applications, and all users. Learn more at paloaltonetworks.com/secure-remote-workforces.

    Tech Bytes:

    Stay tuned after the news for a sponsored Tech Bytes conversation with Aruba Networks on its Fabric Composer software, which automates the provisioning of your data center network underlay and overlay, plus other features for orchestration, visibility, and troubleshooting. Find out more at Aruba Fabric Composer.

    Show Links:

    New Catalyst Products Bring 5G and Accelerated SASE to the WAN Edge – Cisco

    Cisco Catalyst Micro Switch Series – Cisco

    Cisco intros desktop switches, one with USB-C to power your laptop – The Register

    Fortinet Announces AI-powered XDR for Fully Automated Threat Detection, Investigation, and Response – Fortinet

    The Great $50M African IP Address Heist – Krebs On Security

    Outcome of the AFRINIC Audit – RIPE Labs

    A Comprehensive audit of the AFRINIC WHOIS Database – AFRINIC – Regional Internet Registry for Africa

    Misappropriation of IP addresses in the AFRINIC region – AFRINIC – Regional Internet Registry for Africa

    DDoS-Guard To Forfeit Internet Space Occupied by Parler – Krebs On Security

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    • 53 min
    Citrix Bets The House On SaaS Collaboration; AWS Forks Elasticsearch

    Citrix Bets The House On SaaS Collaboration; AWS Forks Elasticsearch

    Take a Network Break! Citrix spends $2.25 billion, including a $1.45 billion loan, for digital work management provider Wrike. Citrix also announced its Q4 and full year fiscal results, with an 8% revenue bump year over year. Red Hat says RHEL will be free to run on up to 16 production servers.
    Cisco warns customers of two serious bugs in its SD-WAN software. Elastic takes Elasticsearch closed-source and AWS forks the project. Alphabet (Google’s parent company) shoots down its project to deliver wireless broadband via balloons. A California employment law expert says VMware’s lawsuit against a former executive is weak.
    Get links to all these stories after our sponsor messages.
    Sponsor: Palo Alto Networks
    Enable secure access for your remote workers from anywhere with Palo Alto Networks’  Prisma Access, a cloud-delivered, tier-one network. Prisma® Access offers comprehensive network security in a single services edge platform designed for all traffic, all applications, and all users. Learn more at paloaltonetworks.com/secure-remote-workforces
    Tech Bytes: AppNeta
    Stay tuned after the news for a sponsored Tech Bytes conversation with AppNeta where we discuss how to deploy real-time monitoring so you can define and actually measure performance and ensure a good end user experience.
    Show Links:
    Citrix to Acquire Wrike, Delivering Modern Digital Workspace and Advancing Future of Work – Citrix
    Inside Citrix’s $2.25-Billion Acquisition of Wrike – Futuriom
    Citrix Quarterly Results – Citrix (PDF)
    CentOS is gone—but RHEL is now free for up to 16 production servers – Ars Technica
    Cisco SD-WAN Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities – Cisco
    Critical Cisco SD-WAN Bugs Allow RCE Attacks – Threatpost
    Doubling down on open, Part II – Elastic Blog
    FAQ on 2021 License Change – Elastic
    Amazon: NOT OK – why we had to change Elastic licensing – Elastic
    Stepping up for a truly open source Elasticsearch – AWS Open Source Blog
    The SSPL is Not an Open Source License – Open Source Initiative
    Elastic changes open-source license to monetize cloud-service use – ZDNet
    Stepping up for a truly open source Elasticsearch – AWS

    • 46 min

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Cmc5000 ,

My favorite show of all

This is THE one podcast I look forward to more than any other. Great perspective and info. If there is one single podcast you listen to, make it this one. It is positively the most essential networking podcast to listen to.

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I guess my snark filter needs mor vCPUs

Corey tries too hard to be snarkily clever and funny. It doesn't work for me. I spend too much brain power trying to follow his meandering versus his point. I don't have time for all of his self righteous, self loathing, obfuscated points. Tiring. I'm already tired from trying to keep up with on average 8 new significant features per day.

Austin.Bike ,

Great Catch-up of the week in networking

OK, let me start with the disclaimer, I am occasionally a guest on this podcast. But I actually prefer to listen when its not me because they do a great job of bringing in guests with interesting viewpoints. It is great to hear opposing viewpoints on the show.

For me the biggest value that the network break brings is a recap of the top news in networking each week. You get more than just the headlines, they'll spend 5-8 minutes per topic batting around opinion and theories about how whatever they are talking about will impact the admin, the network or the market.

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