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Network Break 189: The Big Cisco Live Roundup; LiveAction Buys Savvius

Take a Network Break! Cisco Live US 2018 took place last week, so we spend a some time covering show news, overall impressions, and a touch of tea-leaf reading.

In non-Cisco news, VMware has a new lower-cost pricing tier to encourage customers to try VMware on AWS, LiveAction acquires packet capture/network monitoring vendor Savvius for an undisclosed amount, and orchestration vendor Gluware can now upgrade OSs for seven different vendors.

Metaswitch joins the OpenSwitch project, ONAP announces the Beijing release of its network automation package, and Comcast has deactivated its “congestion management system” (aka throttling).

Speaking of Comcast, the ISP has made a $65 billion bid for 21st Century Fox. In other provider news, AT&T gets the greenlight to merge with Time Warner. And last but not least, Cisco has joined an investment round in the startup Avi Networks, which makes software load balancers and service meshes.

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Network Break 187: China Tech Tariffs; FBI Advises Router Reboot

Take a Network Break! The Trump administration proposes sanctions on a portion of Chinese tech imports, the FBI advises router reboots to help thwart the VPNFilter malware, and Huawei completes a 200Gbps backbone network in Spain.

CenturyLink becomes certified on Cisco Meraki to compete with resellers, OpenStack matures, and network engineers decry an ITU proposal to speed IPv6 deployments in emerging countries.

Apstra extends its network orchestration coverage, Cisco wrestles with how to sell cloud, VMware posts a positive financial quarter, and AT&T tests an all-weather communications drone called a Flying COW.

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Couchdrop provides Secure Copy Protocol,or SCP and Rsync to Dropbox, Box and other cloud storage providers. Find out more at Couchdrop.io.

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White House announces tariffs, investment restrictions on China over intellectual property abuse – Axios

Donald Trump to hit US$50 billion of Chinese imports with 25 per cent tariffs and restrict investment in US hi-tech industries – South China Morning Post

Sen. Warner warns against ZTE deal – Axios

Huawei and Orange Spain finalize the construction of 200 Gbps Backbone Network – Huawei Press Center

Foreign Cyber Actors Target Home and Office Continue reading

Network Break 186: VPNFilter Malware Spreading; Happy GDPR Day!

Take a Network Break! Security researchers are tracking the VPNFilter malware, which has infected an estimated 500,000 devices, GDPR regulations have gone into effect, and the OpenStack Summit debuts a new project called Airship.

Startup Lumina Networks bags $10 million in funding from Verizon, AT&T, and others; Pica8 releases PicaPilot for network fabric orchestration; and Huawei wins “Supplier of the Decade” from Vodaphone.

HPE released its quarterly earnings and warned of challenges for the second half of the year, and Amazon’s Echo unexpectedly recorded and sent a couple’s conversations.

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Sponsor: Cisco Systems

Find out how Cisco and its trusted partners Equilibrium Security and ePlus/IGX can help your organization tackle the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. Tune into Packet Pushers Priority Queue episode 147 to get practical insights on how to get your arms around these wide-ranging rules.

Coffee Talk: Silver Peak and Solis Mammography

On today’s Coffee Talk conversation we discuss SD-WAN with Solis Mammography and how its Silver Peak SD-WAN deployment helped the company streamline the movement of about a petabyte of imaging data efficiently and security.

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Network Break 185: HPE Acquires Plexxi; New Batch Of Cisco Security Advisories

Take a Network Break! In this week’s episode we examine why HPE acquired Plexxi, dig into the latest batch of security advisories from Cisco, and discuss Intel’s reference architecture for new uCPE gear.

The Appropriations Committee in the U.S. Congress wants to keep up sanctions pressure against ZTE, AWS adds Verizon as a customer, and a new DDoS attack technique looks to thwart a common filter.

Toshiba clears its last hurdle to sell is semiconductor business, Cisco posts a positive third quarter, and Symantec announces an internal audit into its financial results.

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Sponsor: Cisco Systems

Find out how Cisco and its trusted partners Equilibrium Security and ePlus/IGX can help your organization tackle the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. Tune into Packet Pushers Priority Queue episode 147 to get practical insights on how to get your arms around these wide-ranging rules.

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Network Break 184: Arista’s Core Switch Challenges Cisco; Qualcomm Reconsiders Servers

Take a Network Break! Arista challenges Cisco in the campus with a new a new core switch, Qualcomm is reportedly considering backing away from data center server processors, and a security survey shows woeful patching habits.

Another security survey reveals that three quarters of respondents have been breached at least once in 2017, Apple abandons a planned data center site in Ireland, and ZTE halts major operations because of a US export ban on parts and software from American companies.

Finally, Google acquires cloud onboarding startup VeloStrata, while Google’s Duplex voice assistant raises hackles.

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Sponsor: InterOptic

InterOptic offers high-performance, high-quality optics at a fraction of the cost. Find out more at InterOptic.com, and if you re attending Interop 2018 in Vegas, stop by the InterOptic booth to learn how they can help you spec the right optics for your network.

Sponsor: Cisco Systems

Find out how Cisco and its trusted partners Equilibrium Security and ePlus/IGX can help your organization tackle the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. Tune into Packet Pushers Priority Queue episode 147 to get practical insights on how to get your arms around these wide-ranging rules.

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Network Break 183: VMware Embraces Cloud Networking; Cisco Acquires Accompany

Take a Network Break! VMware announces its Virtual Cloud Network vision and outlines the product portfolio to bring that vision to life. Dell Technology World showcases new servers and storage and cements Dell’s one-stop-shop strategy. Cisco spends $270 million to buy relationship intelligence purveyor Accompany.

Cisco also shed its service provider video business, Anuta Networks makes its orchestration platform available as SaaS, and the Lojack laptop recovery software suffers a serious vulnerability.

Meanwhile, a Webex vulnerability enables remote code execution, Arista shares dip despite a strong quarter, and Juniper shares rise slightly despite a poor one.

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Sponsor: Couchdrop

Send files to the cloud quickly and easily with Couchdrop, a cloud-based service that uses the Secure Copy Protocol to transfer files. Couchdrop integrates with Dropbox, GoogleDrive, Amazon S3 buckets and more. Head to Couchdrop.io to get details, and get two months free with a one-year subscription.

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VMware Advances Networking for the Digital Era with the Virtual Cloud Network – VMware

Dell outlines a one-stop-shopping portfolio for technology-hungry businesses – Diginomica

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Accompany – Cisco

Permira Funds to Acquire Cisco’s SPVSS Business – Cisco

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Network Break 182: BGP Hijacked For Cryptocurrency Heist; Juniper, Big Switch Unveil New Products

Take a Network Break! A cryptocurrency heist combines BGP hijacking with some DNS tomfoolery, Juniper targets enterprise multicloud with Contrail enhancements, and Big Switch adds packet capture and analytics appliances to its product line.

The Linux community swaps out iptables for BPF, Google pushes the Rich Communication Service (RCS) to compete on messaging, and Cisco unbundles Nexus 9000.

Apple exits the home WiFi router market, Innovium snags $77 million to market its programmable ASIC, and Net Neutrality rules have yet to be revoked–why?

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Sponsor: Cisco Systems

Find out how Cisco and its trusted partners Equilibrium Security and ePlus/IGX can help your organization tackle the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. Tune into Packet Pushers Priority Queue episode 147 to get practical insights on how to get your arms around these wide-ranging rules.

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MyEtherWallet DNS Attack Offers Opt-In Lessons – Dark Reading

Make Way for Secure and Automated Multicloud for Any Cloud, Any Workload and Any Deployment – Juniper Networks

Juniper Preaches Multicloud To Win Contrail Converts In The Enterprise – Packet Pushers

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Network Break 181: Russia Accused Of Infrastructure Attacks; US Targets ZTE

Take a Network Break! The US and British governments have accused Russian state actors of compromising routers and other network infrastructure, the United States forbids American companies from selling components to Chinese telecom firm ZTE, and Huawei rethinks its US strategy.

Cisco releases notes on its 9500 switches and UADP silicon, IBM releases a mainframe that takes the same space as a traditional 19-inch server rack, and VMware shares rise on rumors that Dell won’t reverse-merge with it.

Arista’s share price stumbles, and then recovers; Cisco ditches the Spark brand name; a Cisco security exec says we’re all screwed; and the United States is the leading source of botnet attacks in the world.

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Sponsor: InterOptic

InterOptic offers high-performance, high-quality optics at a fraction of the cost. Find out more at InterOptic.com, and if you re attending Interop 2018 in Vegas, stop by the InterOptic booth to learn how they can help you spec the right optics for your network.

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Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Actors Targeting Network Infrastructure Devices – US-CERT

Huawei, Failing to Crack U.S. Market, Signals a Change in Tactics – The New York Times

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Network Break 180: Tetration In The Cloud; Attackers Target Cisco Switches

Take a Network Break! Cisco puts its Tetration workload protection product into the cloud by announcing a SaaS version, and attackers target Cisco’s Smart Install feature on the IOS and IOS XE operating systems.

Juniper aims to entice service providers by integrating telemetry, AppFormix, and its NorthStar WAN SDN controller for improved remediation, HPE acquires a cloud consultancy, and Riverbed CEO and cofounder Jerry Kennelly retires.

Cradlepoint partners with Webroot for secure SD-WAN, an activist investor target MicroFocus to go private, and cryptomining attacks increasingly target the enterprise.

Last but not least, Gartner predicts explosive cloud growth, and IDC says lines of business will outspend IT departments on technology.

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Cisco Tetration Now Available As A Cloud Service And Virtual Appliance – Packet Pushers

Cyber-Espionage Groups Are Increasingly Leveraging Routers in Their Attacks – Bleeping Computer

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Network Break 179: Microsoft Targets Edge Computing; HCI Revenues Boom

Take a Network Break! Edge computing is the new hotness for traditional IT vendors as Microsoft and HPE, via its Aruba business unit, target edge computing infrastructure and software for new growth.

Meanwhile, Intel sells embedded software developer Wind River to a private equity firm, and we review the potential financial impact to legacy networking vendors as AT&T plans a massive whitebox rollout.

HCI revenues skyrocket in 2017; Delta, Sears, and Sacks Fifth Avenue get hacked; and Panera Bread picks a security fight with the wrong person.

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Sponsor: InterOptic

InterOptic offers high-performance, high-quality optics at a fraction of the cost. Find out more at InterOptic.com, and if you re attending Interop 2018 in Vegas, stop by the InterOptic booth to learn how they can help you spec the right optics for your network.

Coffee Talk: Kentik

Stay tuned after the news for a Coffee Talk conversation with sponsor Kentik. Kentik makes a big data platform to provide actionable insight from network data. Our guest is co-founder and CEO Avi Freedman, and we talk about how to use network data for fun and packets!

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Network Break 178: Cisco Disaggregates, ATT Bets Big On Whitebox

Take a Network Break! Cisco announced that it would allow third-party OSs to run on Nexus 9200 and 9300 switches, and let customers run NX-OS on other hardware. The company is also making its IOS-XR router OS available for “curated” third-party hardware.

AT&T announces a plan to deploy 60,000 whitebox routers as part of its 5G rollout, and its dNOS open network OS moves to the Linux Foundation. Juniper’s OpenContrail also joins the Linux Foundation and gets renamed Tungsten Fabric.

The P4 network programming language becomes an official project of the Open Networking Foundation, HPE buys Cape Networks for WLAN performance monitoring, Microsoft reorganizes the company, and Arista announces new 25 and 100GbE switches.

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Sponsor: Couchdrop

Send files to the cloud quickly and easily with Couchdrop, a cloud-based service that uses the Secure Copy Protocol to transfer files. Couchdrop integrates with Dropbox, GoogleDrive, Amazon S3 buckets and more. Head to Couchdrop.io to get details, and get two months free with a one-year subscription.

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An Architectural Approach to Flexible Consumption for Service Providers with IOS XR – Cisco

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Show 383: Optimizing Internet Traffic With Expereo (Sponsored)

BGP is good for keeping the Internet connected. And that s about it. BGP isn t good at optimizing the path between two endpoints, as it s more about optimizing service provider costs than traffic performance.

Therefore, there are products on the market that optimize your traffic flows across the Internet despite default BGP behavior. Some of these products actually manipulate BGP, which will be the focus of our sponsored show today. Our sponsor Expereo is here to discuss their XCA and XCA Edge products with us.

Joining us from Expereo are Francois Devienne, VP of Networks; and Sander Barens, VP of Commercial Development.

Expereo is a managed service provider. We discuss how the company optimizes BGP to get the best out of the Internet, and explore Expereo’s XCA and XCA Edge products.

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Network Break 177: Dell Launches New Branch CPE; Sonic In The Spotlight

Take a Network Break! In this week’s show, Dell EMC rolls out new branch hardware to run VNFs, the Sonic switch OS gets its turn in the open networking spotlight, and Innovium announces sampling of its Teralynx programmable ASIC.

The IEEE ratifies a standard for 25Gbps over single-mode fiber, Dropbox embraces security researchers, and Micro Focus suffers a massive drop in value.

Cryptojacking roars onto the threat scene, and Orbitz reports that attackers may have breached a legacy site, exposing up to 880,000 customers.

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ThousandEyes gives you performance visibility from every user to every app over any network, both internal and external, so you can migrate to the cloud, transform your WAN, troubleshoot faster and deliver exceptional user experiences. Sign up for a free account at thousandeyes.com/packetpushers and choose a free ThousandEyes t-shirt!

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Dell EMC Takes on Cisco, Launches Open uCPE for SD-WAN – SDX Central

Dell EMC Takes Open Networking to the Edge for Next-Generation Access – Dell EMC

Innovium announces OCP SAI and open-source SONiC solution to accelerate TERALYNX market adoption – Innovium

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Show 382: Whitebox In The Enterprise With Pica8 (Sponsored)

On today’s show we explore whitebox switching in the enterprise with our sponsor Pica8.

Pica8 makes a network OS for data centers and enterprises, which customers can run on a variety of third-party switches including Dell, HPE, and Edgecore.

Our guests are  James Liao, CEO and co-founder of Pica8; and Sharad Ahlawat, VP of Technology.

We get details about Pica8’s switch OS, called PicOS, and find out how Pica8 differentiates itself from other OSs.

We also talk about how SDN has to change to be useful, such as targeting specific use cases. We look at the state of the whitebox market, the role of open source, and why Pica8 is shifting its focus to enterprise customers.

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