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    Heavy Networking 558: No Time For Hardware – The Case For NFV

    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.

    We discuss:



    * 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

    * More



    Show Notes:

    Michael Pfeiffer on LinkedIn

    Brad Gregory on LinkedIn

    Ethan Banks on Twitter

    Greg Ferro on Twitter

    • 1 hr
    Tech Bytes: VMware’s vRealize True Visibility Suite Illuminates Dark Corners Of Your IT Stack (Sponsored)

    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.



    We discuss:



    * 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

    * More



    Show Notes:

    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

    TVS Demo

    • 13 min
    Day Two Cloud 081: Abstractions Should Save Typing, Not Thinking

    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.

    We discuss:



    * 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

    * More



    Sponsor: Onix

    As an award-winning cloud solutions provider, Onix provides consulting services for cloud infrastructure, collaboration, devices, enterprise search and geospatial technology. For a limited time, Onix is offering your organization a FREE 6 Hour Cloud Data Strategy Workshop (normally valued at over $2,000). For more information on this special offer, visit onixnet.com/packetpushers.

    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.

    Show Links:

    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

    Episode Transcript:

    [00:00:00.970] – Ethan

    [Ad] Day Two Cloud sponsor Onix is a premier Google cloud partner and an AWS advanced consulting partner their also an 11 time Google Cloud Award winner and was recently recognized as tech times number one for best cloud consulting services in 2020. For a limited time, Onix is offering a free six hour cloud data strategy workshop. That’s kind of a big deal. That’s normally a 2000 dollar service. For more information and to find out more about the six hour Cloud Data Strategy Workshop, visit onixnet.com/packetpushers.

    [00:00:38.430]

    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 ...

    • 48 min
    Full Stack Journey 050: What, Exactly, Is Serverless?

    Full Stack Journey 050: What, Exactly, Is Serverless?

    Serverless is all the rage these days, but what is “serverless,” exactly? What does that term mean and what should the technology be used for? Is it the same as Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS)?

    Alex Ellis weighs in on these and many other questions in today’s Full Stack Journey podcast. Alex consults on cloud application development, business, and marketing. You can follow him on Twitter @alexellisuk or visit his website).

    Scott and Alex talk serverless, FaaS, using serverless/FaaS in on-premises environments, and what serverless/FaaS means for listeners.

    Topics include:



    * Serverless/FaaS projects and platforms

    * Whether serverless/FaaS make sense for on-prem environments

    * Is serverless/FaaS right for your environment? (Spoiler: it depends!)

    * Practical use cases for serverless/FaaS



    Links to resources, projects, and products mentioned during the show are found below. Also included are a couple extra links for additional paid resources available from Alex, for those who are interested. Thanks for listening!

    Show Notes:

    @alexellisuk – Alex Ellis on Twitter

    OpenFaaS

    Weekly subscription e-mail and OSS sponsorship link for Alex Ellis (paid resource)

    “Serverless for Everyone Else” ebook (paid resource)

    Inlets

    OpenWhisk

    Knative

    Kubeless

    Linux Foundation course on Introduction to Serverless on Kubernetes

    • 44 min
    Network Break 316: New CPU CEO Bids VMware Adieu; NSA Says Check Your DoH

    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.
    Sponsor: Palo Alto Networks
    Enable secure access from anywhere with Palo Alto Networks’ cloud-delivered, tier-one network, eliminating the complexity of using disjointed products. Prisma® Access delivers 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: 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.
    Show Links:
    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

    • 41 min
    Tech Bytes: NetBeez Enables Active Monitoring For The Distributed WAN (Sponsored)

    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.

    We discuss:



    * 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

    * More



    Show Links:

    NetBeez.net

    Schedule a NetBeez Demo

    @NetBeez – NetBeez on Twitter

    • 13 min

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