The most popular shows from the Packet Pushers Podcast Network in one feed. 1-The Weekly Show (network engineering). 2-Priority Queue (even more network engineering). 3-Datanauts (the full IT stack including cloud). 4-Network Break (IT news and analysis from the week). 5-Briefings In Brief (interesting vendor stories in 15 minutes or less).
Heavy Networking 558: No Time For Hardware – The Case For NFV
Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Taking that thing that used to be a router or firewall or load balancer on fancy hardware and sticking it on a generic x86 or ARM server. You now have a virtualized version of the network function. Pretty handy when you’re constrained for rack space or want to spin these things up and down on demand. Cloud friendly. Multi-tenant friendly. Service chaining friendly.
But if you love to hug your router, maybe you’d rather avoid NFV. Maybe you’d rather run physical networking hardware with very special silicon and virtualize that. And you have good reasons. And stories. And scars.
It’s 2021. Are your reasons for hating on NFV still good reasons? Our guests today think just the opposite. In fact, they don’t have time for hardware.
Let’s talk through what that means with Michael Pfeiffer, Cloud Networking Architect working in the salt mines at a VAR; and Brad Gregory, Senior Product Manager at Equinix. This isn’t a sponsored show. We’re just going down the road of seeing if the NFV juice is worth the squeeze these days.
* Whether NFV performance on commodity x86 is sufficient
* Overcoming trust and control issues with NFV providers
* Whether NFV instances are ephemeral or forever
* How much operational effort is required to adopt NFV
Michael Pfeiffer on LinkedIn
Brad Gregory on LinkedIn
Ethan Banks on Twitter
Greg Ferro on Twitter
Tech Bytes: VMware’s vRealize True Visibility Suite Illuminates Dark Corners Of Your IT Stack (Sponsored)
On today’s Tech Bytes podcast we discuss VMware’s True Visibility Suite (TVS), an add-on to the VMware vRealize Operations systems management tooling that helps you understand transactions from the physical layer all the way through to the application layer. TVS can enhance the visibility of your infrastructure to include not just compute but also network devices, storage systems, and more.
Our guest is Apolak Borthakur, VP/GM at VMware.
* The acquisition of TVS
* How it’s integrated with VMware’s vRealize Operations
* TVS capabilities and benefits
* TVS management packs for Cisco, Dell, Arista, and others
* The product roadmap
Both vROPS and True Visibility Suite are available for free evaluation. Go to vmware.com/try-vmware and scroll down to Data Center and Cloud Management section.
True Visibility Suite – VMware
Day Two Cloud 081: Abstractions Should Save Typing, Not Thinking
Today’s Day Two Cloud episode is part one of a two-part show on abstractions. Hosts Ned Bellavance and Ethan Banks riff on the idea that “Abstractions are there to save you typing, not to save you thinking.”
The public cloud is a massive abstraction, and it’s often sold as a service that frees you up from having to think about stuff like power, cooling, running a data center or co-lo, and so on. But if you aren’t thinking about what you’re doing, design goes out the window. And then you run into issues with an Availability Zone and suddenly you’re faced with an outage.
The upshot? Abstractions don’t eliminate issues, they just move them someplace else. And that has repercussions for design, development, infrastructure, and operations.
* The benefits and drawbacks of abstractions
* Where abstractions exist in IT
* The degree to which you need to understand the moving parts below the abstraction
* Being pragmatic about abstractions
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Tech Bytes: VMware vRealize True Visibility Suite
Stay tuned for a sponsored Tech Bytes conversation where we discuss True Visibility Suite, an add-on to the VMware vRealize Operations systems management tooling that helps you understand transactions from the physical up through application layers. Our guest from sponsor VMware is Apolak Borthakur.
The many lies about reducing complexity part 2: Cloud – R&A Enterprise Architecture
@Ned1313 – Ned Bellavance on Twitter
@ecbanks – Ethan Banks on Twitter
Ned In The Cloud – Ned’s Web site
[00:00:00.970] – Ethan
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Welcome to Day Two Cloud. And today you’ve got Ned and Ethan in a two part show talking about abstractions are there to save us typing not to save us thinking we’re going to riff on that because I heard this in some other podcast I was listening to and it really caught my attention, this whole notion of abstractions. And when we’re done that conversation, we’re going to chat with some folks at VMware about VR ops and then the true visibility suite in ...
Network Break 316: New CPU CEO Bids VMware Adieu; NSA Says Check Your DoH
Take a Network Break! This week’s tech news analysis covers the breach of Ubiquiti customer data via a third-party cloud service, Pat Gelsinger’s appointment to the CEO role at Intel, and the NSA offers advice for enterprises on deploying DNS over HTTPS (DoH).
Cisco adds a $1.9 billion sweetener to its acquisition deal with Acacia Communications, T-Mobile strikes 5G deals with Ericsson and Nokia, and silicon chip shortages hamper auto production.
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Tech Bytes: NetBeez
Stay tuned after the news for a sponsored Tech Bytes interview with NetBeez on monitoring a distributed wide-area network and end-user experience.
Ubiquiti, maker of prosumer routers and access points, has had a data breach – The Verge
Ubiquiti: Change Your Password, Enable 2FA – Krebs on Security
Note from Pat Gelsinger to Intel – Intel Newsroom
Intel Appoints Tech Industry Leader Pat Gelsinger as New CEO – Intel Newsroom
NSA Recommends Using Only ‘Designated’ DNS Resolvers – Dark Reading
Adopting Encrypted DNS in Enterprise Environments. – NSA (PDF)
Investor Relations – Cisco and Acacia Communications Announce Amended Merger Agreement – Cisco
T‑Mobile to Expand and Advance the Nation’s Largest 5G Network with New 5‑Year Agreements – T-Mobile
T-Mobile Inks 5-Year, Multi-Billion Dollar 5G RAN Deals With Ericsson, Nokia – SDX Central
Ericsson selected for massive T-Mobile 5G network expansion across the United States – Ericsson
Trump’s China tech war backfires on automakers as chips run short – Reuters
Lack of Tiny Parts Disrupts Auto Factories Worldwide – NY Times
Tech Bytes: NetBeez Enables Active Monitoring For The Distributed WAN (Sponsored)
NetBeez provides network monitoring for the WAN, Wi-Fi, remote workers, and the cloud. On today’s sponsored Tech Bytes, we discuss how NetBeez customer AmWINS Group uses NetBeez sensors in conjunction with a Cisco IWAN deployment to better understand the end user experience.
The NetBeez sensors also gather metrics on key services of IWAN, such as PfR selections, and provide readable data to business leaders on how each branch is performing.
Our guests are NetBeez cofounder Panos Vouzis; and Brad Addington, Network Engineer at AmWINS Group.
* The deployment process
* Using NetBeez to understand app response times
* Matching configuration changes to network performance
* How NetBeez helps a small engineering team support a sizable distributed workforce
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@NetBeez – NetBeez on Twitter
Heavy Networking 557: User Experience Is A Full-Stack Responsibility (Sponsored)
On today’s Heavy Networking we talk about experience monitoring, the whole idea of which is to get a sense of what the user perceives when they consume an application. IT folks tend to view this issue from their own particular area of responsibility–networking, security, app development–but the reality is there’s a common set of data that IT should look at.
The industry calls this Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM). DEM borrows from network monitoring, but enhances that information with other sources (synthetic transactions, Internet performance metrics, page load times, and so on).
Catchpoint, our sponsor for this episode, provides DEM tools for monitoring the end user experience. Our guest is JP Blaho, Director, Product Marketing at Catchpoint.
* How Catchpoint combines user and Internet data
* How Catchpoint differs from traditional network monitoring tools
* The need to share relevant information across IT silos
* The role of the Site Reliability Engineer (SRE), and whether your organization needs one
* What experience monitoring looks like in a post-pandemic environment
Catchpoint Network Insights
@catchpoint – Catchpoint on Twitter
Heavy Networking 547: Building And Monitoring A User-Centric Digital Experience With Catchpoint (Sponsored) – Packet Pushers
@jpblaho – JP Blaho on Twitter
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