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Network Collective is a community-focused network engineering podcast. Our episodes bring knowledge and insights of industry experts, pioneers, and peers to wherever you are. Topics range from protocol deep-dives to career management, but through a lens of what is relevant and valuable today. We get engineering because we are engineers. You can find all of our content at our website: https://networkcollective.com

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Network Collective is a community-focused network engineering podcast. Our episodes bring knowledge and insights of industry experts, pioneers, and peers to wherever you are. Topics range from protocol deep-dives to career management, but through a lens of what is relevant and valuable today. We get engineering because we are engineers. You can find all of our content at our website: https://networkcollective.com

    What is gNMI?

    What is gNMI?

    A few weeks ago we released an episode on the fundamentals of gRPC. And while programmatic interfaces are excellent tools for network automation, often that is only the beginning of the story. That’s no exception with gRPC. In this episode we continue down the path of that gRPC conversation and into gNMI, a standards based approached to programmatic interaction with network devices utilizing gRPC. We discuss what it is, how it works, and where it stands in today’s fast moving environment.

    Relevant Links:



    * Cisco’s reference to using gNMI with Python

    * Nick Russo’s Evolving Technologies book

    * gNMIc Tool





    Outro Music:

    Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 53 min
    The case for App Acceleration with SD-WAN

    The case for App Acceleration with SD-WAN

    In this episode we will discuss the idea of SD-WAN vs. Application Acceleration and WANop.  With the proliferation of SD-WAN we’ve heard a lot of people say that SD-WAN gives you the traffic control, but does it negate the need for application acceleration or WAN optimization tools?  We attack this common misconception and discuss our stance on the matter in this episode.

    Reference Links:



    * https://www.riverbed.com/blogs/sd-wan-or-wan-optimization.html

    * https://community.riverbed.com

    * https://riverbed.com

    • 31 min
    Introduction To gRPC

    Introduction To gRPC

    As the world of network automation continues to evolve, we are seeing different options emerge in how we programmatically interface with our devices. In this episode we take a look at one of the newest and more interesting methods, gRPC. gRPC was developed by Google as a way to execute remote procedure calls in the orchestration of their system and includes such concepts as Protocol Buffers, authentication, bidirectional streaming, and flow control. Join us as we dive into how gRPC works, why it’s different than what you may already know, and why you may want to look into using it to orchestrate your infrastructure.



    Outro Music:

    Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 56 min
    SuzieQ with Dinesh Dutt and Justin Pietsch

    SuzieQ with Dinesh Dutt and Justin Pietsch

    In this episode, we talk with Dinesh Dutt, former Cisco Fellow & Cumulus Chief Scientist, and Justin Pietsch, former AWS veteran, about SuzieQ. SuzieQ is an open source network observability platform they launched last year. We talk about the general problem space of network monitoring and how the industry needs better tools to understand operational state data.

    Reference Links:



    * https://github.com/netenglabs/suzieq

    * https://suzieq.readthedocs.io/en/latest/

    * https://elegantnetwork.github.io/index.html





    Outro Music:

    Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 44 min
    80/20 Rule For SaaS and IaaS

    80/20 Rule For SaaS and IaaS

    In this episode we discuss the 80/20 rule for SaaS and IaaS, what it is according to Vince, and why you should care. Is this a temporary phenomenon due to the pandemic and WFH or is it how we should view WAN traffic from now on?  We’ll answer that question and more in this episode.

    Reference Links:



    * https://community.riverbed.com

    * https://riverbed.com

    • 32 min
    High Value Certifications For 2021 And Beyond

    High Value Certifications For 2021 And Beyond

    In looking back on 2020 we think about all of the things we did to keep ourselves busy.

    Some of us starting baking bread at home, some started home gardens, and if you are part of the networking twitter community you probably saw a lot of folks chasing some new certifications.

    Throughout 2020, with isolation and the pandemic in full swing, networking vendors and certification facilitators found ways to serve the community by providing remote exams and free trainings.

    Whether it was the need to stay busy or trying to learn something new, whatever your reason is to pursue a new certification, the question is which one?

    With 2020 now behind us and our future constantly changing, which certifications will give you the biggest impact for 2021 and beyond?

    In today’s episode we talk to 2 prominent networking influencers:



    Ernest the “Cisco Panther” and

    Yasmin Lara the “mom who can fix anything”



    We’ll go over topics covering



    their certification journey

    how it’s positioned them to continue growth throughout the pandemic and

    which certifications give you the best bang for your buck for 2021 and beyond.





    Outro Music:

    Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Javolono ,

Amazing network podcast!

Love how the guys discuss relevant topics in a very smart, educational and professional way. I’m addicted guys keep up the good work! Thank you!

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Solid podcast with tremendous expertise

These guys are extremely knowledgeable and make me feel like I’m learning something every time I listen

Ko_nrad ,

Great stuff!

Anyone in the network/IT field needs to listen to this podcast! Awesome content and Russ always makes it fun and informative.

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