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The state of your network - Steve Petryschuk – Ep152
Networks are at the very heart of the way business operates in the modern world, with so much of what we do driven digitally the need for us to connect our devices with our applications and data is central to almost everything the enterprise does to function. For something so central to our operations it’s interesting how little we think about it, networks are like a utility, you turn on the tap water comes out, you flick a switch electricity flows, you hook up your device you expect to get connected and in many enterprises, we are as confident of our network as we are any other utility.
But should we be? How sure are we that our networks are as robust and resilient as the modern enterprise requires? Is that confidence misplaced?
That is something I’ve been considering recently after been sent the latest Network Field Report from network management specialists Auvik. Joining me on this week’s podcast is Steve Petryschuk a Network management expert at Auvik to discuss what they discovered in their survey, how they are seeing the enterprise network changing and what we can do as IT pro’s to ensure our network continues to meet the demands placed upon it.
Join us as we discuss.
• The background behind the report
• The changing role of the networking professional
• How has the enterprise view of networking changed?
• Why we need network knowledge?
• The problem of over-confidence!
• The increasing rate of change and are we tracking it?
• Embrace change
• Proactive management giving us time back
• The benefit of better insight
• Steps to improving your network posture
• The power of automation
Steve shared some great insights into what he is seeing in the modern enterprise network, some of the challenges as well as some of the strategic shifts we need to make to ensure we continue to meet the demands placed upon it.
The Auvik network report is well worth a look and you can request your copy here www.auvik.com/networkfield21.
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Until next time, thanks for listening.
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Avoid the Machine Learning Hype – Casey Kindiger – Ep151
The entire way we look at delivering IT in the enterprise is changing, the environment we operate in, the operational expectation of our business, how we interact with customers, the speed with which we can react to change are all demanding new ways of architecting and operating our IT systems. Of course, this has led to rapid innovations across enterprise technology from the adoption of the cloud, the way we deliver applications (Kubernetes for example) through to the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to a point where all of these are now common conversations around the technologist's table.
The innovations have led to new views of how we see operations as increasingly we adopt DevOps, SecOps, DataOps and of course AIOps. The risk of course with this kind of shift is hype, getting wrapped up with the excitement but finding our changes never really delivered value.
How do we avoid that trap and ensure if we are going to use more intelligence and analytics in our operations, we avoid the hype and deliver maximum benefit?
That is the topic of this week's show with my guest Casey Kindiger, CEO at Grokstream.
Join us as we discuss.
What is AIOPS?
Pavlov's Dog and IT Ops.
Rules-based approaches must change.
What is driving change?
Wasting quality data!
Can't we just throw machine learning at it?
It's a cultural shift.
Tips for doing AIOPS well.
Avoiding the traps.
There is no doubt that analytics and AI, if they are not already, are going to be a daily part of enterprise IT and Casey provided wide-ranging insight into, what for me, is a fascinating topic and I hope you got plenty from it.
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Making Compliance Sustainable - Shubhradeep Nandi - Ep150
Compliance is a serious discussion point in most organisations, as the use of our information has become an increasingly everyday part of the way we operate our lives, ensuring organisations take care of it appropriately is critical to the privacy and security of our "digital selves". However much of the compliance technology organisations rely on is based on understanding our digital footprint, to ensure the person making the transaction is authorised to be doing it and that transaction is legal and correct.
That's great when the use of technology is commonplace, but what when it isn't, how do you examine a digital footprint when there isn't one?
On this week’s show, I am joined by Shubhradeep Nandi, co-founder at PiChain Labs a company looking at how they can use leading-edge technology trends to start to deal with the global problem of reducing fraudulent transactions in a world where technology is not always easily accessible and digital footprints are harder to identify.
Fintech and Regtech what do they mean?
How a "black box" attitude means we are missing the gaps in compliance.
The size of the problem.
How not actively engaging with compliance is a problem.
When regulation impacts a financial institution.
The problems of "hotfixes".
The problem of scale.
What happens when there is no digital record?
The three steps to making compliance sustainable.
Using leading-edge technology to solve the compliance problem.
Thanks to Shub for providing insight into what is a massive problem impacting us on a global scale and how by using technological advances we may be able to solve it.
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Looking ahead with Storage Field Day 21 – Barry Coombs, Jason Collier, Max Mortillaro – Ep149
It is 2021 and Tech Interviews is back with new shows looking at all aspects of enterprise IT. For this first show of the year, we do what all good podcasts like to do and take a look ahead to 2021 and what we expect to see in the technology space. The topic of our look ahead this week is the storage industry, as I catch up with some of my fellow delegates from a recent industry event we attended, Storage Field Day 21.
What of Storage Field Day 21? What did it have to offer? What were the key themes? And what did it tell us about current storage industry trends? That is the topic of this first show of the year as I join up with three of my fellow delegates to hear what they thought and their key “takeaways” from the event.
I am joined by Barry Coombs, Jason Collier and Max Mortillaro to discuss the key moments from another excellent Storage Field Day Event and hopefully apply some context to what we heard.
Thanks for listening.
Full show notes are here :- https://wp.me/p4IvtA-1Pt
Making tech available to all – Michael Cade & Jason Benedicic – Ep148
2020 has been one heck of a year, for all kinds of reasons, many of them of course less than positive. The world has been turned on its head, with lots of the things we took for granted as our “normal” behaviour no longer allowed or drastically changed. 2020 has also put a strain on the global community in unprecedented ways, straining healthcare, education, and business.
The technology industry has been at the forefront of much of the global response, not just in business, but across all areas of life tools like Zoom and Teams moved from corporate apps to an everyday part of people’s lives, a way to do business, yes, but also a way to stay in touch, have get-togethers, quizzes and of course of ways of carrying on education from the youngest to those studying for advanced qualifications.
However, this move to a more technologically driven world, also highlighted real disparity while for many they have plentiful access to technology and are tech literate, for swathes of the population that is not true. It was this disparity that was noted by two of my close IT community friends, Michael Cade and Jason Benedicic, both are regular guests on the show, and both have very busy day jobs, but both saw examples of that technology gap and wondered what they could do about it. This led them to start to look at different ways of making technology available, what exists today, and what we may need to change to truly make technology accessible to more people than it is today.
It was this work that caught my eye and felt like a great topic for our last Tech Interviews of 2020, so that is exactly what we do as I’m joined by Michael and Jason to explore what we can do as individuals and industry to make technology available to all. It’s a great chat and with a fine collection of Christmas outfits for you to enjoy (if you watch the YouTube version).
What Jason and Michael have taken on is a great example of what we can do as a tech community, if we just think about the way we can use technology a little differently and look to solve problems.
As this is the last show of the year, I would just like to say thanks for all of the support of the show this year from both a fantastic collection of guests and to you the listener, because without listeners there wouldn’t be a show.
May you all have an enjoyable holiday season and let’s hope 2021 is a bit of an improvement on 2020!
Until next year, thanks for listening and watching.
Full show notes are here : https://wp.me/p4IvtA-1P0
Thanks to PowerTribe for the use of their version of Carol of the Bells in our festive theme tune.
Intelligent network automation – Rich Martin – Ep147
As our technology stack continues to evolve and the demands on our IT systems grow, we need to become increasingly smarter with the way we deliver it. Increasingly we want all elements of our technology infrastructure to be software-driven, we want intelligence about performance so we can use it to drive and automate change.
However, one area that is often not considered is the area of networking. Networking is at the very heart of modern infrastructure but often we still see very traditional approaches to how it is designed and deployed. Why is that and how do we change it?
That is the topic of this week’s show as I catch up with Rich Martin, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer at intelligent network automation specialists Intential. Join us as we discuss.
• The networking bottleneck in IT automation.
• Why can’t we “spin-up” networking?
• How do we modernise when there a lack of strategy, skills and tools?
• The COVID effect.
• The problems with a traditional approach.
• The cloud networking quandary!
• Automation “sprawl”.
• Cloud networking, like a network but different!
• How networking is evolving.
• Building a network automation strategy.
• What Itential do.
• Building a network platform.
• Tips for your network modernisation approach
I find network automation an interesting part of the evolution of the way we deliver technology and one that is beginning to change. I think Itential is offering some strong solutions in helping enterprises to evolve their network automation capabilities and are well worth checking out.
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Until next time thanks listening.
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