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Heavy Networking 602: All About SPF, DKIM, DMARC Email Security

Today on Heavy Networking, all about improving email security with SPF (Sender Policy Framework), DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance), and DKIM (Domain Keys Identified Mail). Our guest is Alex Blackie. He wrote an article on Email Authenticity 101 that I thought explained these topics really well. If you're a domain manager, you should listen to this one, even if you don't route mail through your domain. You can keep the bad guys from spamming in your name!

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Day Two Cloud 119: Unifying Multi-Cloud Security With Valtix (Sponsored)

Ethan Banks & Ned Bellavance have a tech discussion with CEO Doug Murray and CTO Vishal Jain about multi-cloud security startup Valtix. Along the way, we find out that Valtix is a cloud-delivered security control-plane paired with a data-plane of enforcement points (sort of firewalls, but not exactly) delivered between any two points in the cloud you need them. Engineers should walk away from this chat with a solid idea of Valtix architecture and how it fits into their cloud design.

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Day Two Cloud 118: Growing Your Open-Source Community

How does a company building a product from an open-source project get off the ground? How does it communicate its value, attract contributors, and develop a user base? And how does it spread the word without turning off engineers with typical tech marketing? Guest Emily Omier is a positioning consultant who helps companies and projects get it right.

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Heavy Networking 600: Inside A Non-Profit Internet Exchange

Internet exchange points are networks you can use to connect to some other exchange participant. Sounds like maybe that’s a service provider thing, and it can be. But IXPs are useful for businesses, too. In this episode of Heavy Networking, we’re going to learn about IXPs, and non-profit IXPs in particular.

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Day Two Cloud 117: How Akamai Helped Transform IBM Cloud Console’s Architecture (Sponsored)

Today on the Day Two Cloud podcast we have a sponsored show with Akamai and a customer, IBM Cloud. When IBM rebuilt its Cloud Console from a monolithic application to microservices, the company turned to Akamai to help improve application performance while also supporting routing, failover, and availability across six global data centers. We get details from Pavel Despot, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Akamai; and Tony Erwin, Senior Technical Staff Member/Architect at IBM.

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Heavy Networking 599: DriveNets Taps Disaggregation To Build Networks Like Cloud (Sponsored)

On today's sponsored Heavy Networking we talk with DriveNets about why it’s time to take the disaggregated model--where you buy whitebox hardware and put a network operating system of your choice on it--seriously. Along the way, we’re going to hit DriveNets network architectures and operating models, and get you thinking about why disaggregated networking might make sense for you.

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Heavy Networking 598: The Future Of Networking – Quantum Communications With Joshua Slater

Today's Heavy Networking gets entangled in a discussion about quantum communications or quantum networking. We discuss qubits, the challenges of moving them across a network, use cases such as key distribution, and more. Our guest is Dr. Joshua Slater.

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Day Two Cloud 115: Software-Defined Interconnects With Console Connect (Sponsored)

Today's Day Two Cloud sponsored episode dives into software-defined interconnects. The big idea is that you go up to a Web browser, click a few times, and now you've got a circuit stood up between your data center and AWS, or between you and a business partner, and so on. We'll get into the details about how it's done with Console Connect, a PCCW Global company.

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Day Two Cloud 113: Multi-Cloud Network Visibility And Automation With Aviatrix (Sponsored)

Today's Day Two Cloud episode dives into multi-cloud networking with sponsor Aviatrix. Aviatrix offers a cloud network platform with a common data plane and operational model that works across public clouds and supports visibility and automation. We dig into the product with Aviatrix guests and a customer.

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The Best Technologists First Try To Solve Their Own Problems

Every once in a while, I get questions from random internet folks who want me to do their homework for them. They want me to provide them with detailed technical information, solve their complex design problem, or curate content on a difficult topic so that they don’t have to do the sifting.

While I like to help folks out as much as anyone (and often do), I usually ignore these sorts of questions. Why? Partly, I don’t have enough time to fix the internet. Partly, I like to get paid for consulting. But more importantly, the best technologists first try to solve their own problems.

A Manager’s Perspective

When interviewing candidates for technical positions, one of my questions is, “If you run into a problem you’ve never faced before, how do you solve it?” There are two typical answers.

  1. “I’ll ask someone else for help. Probably you.”
  2. “I’ll search the internet, company wiki, and product documentation. I’ll set up a lab. If I’m still stuck, I’ll ask for help.”

I prefer to hire a person who first tries to figure things out. While I want neither a cowboy nor science experiments making their way into production, I Continue reading

How IT Pros Learn Online In 2021

I surveyed 53 IT professionals about online IT training in August 2021. Most of the folks I interact with are networking & cloud infrastructure professionals, and the answers reflect that. 53 responses isn’t enough to draw hard and fast conclusions from, but I still believe there are interesting trends & individual comments worth thinking about.

By the way, if you’d like to submit your own responses, I left the survey open. I told Google Forms to not collect email addresses, so your responses are anonymous.

1. Which online learning sites do you have a subscription to or have bought an IT course from?

  1. Udemy – 32
  2. Pluralsight – 24
  3. INE – 19
  4. A Cloud Guru – 16
  5. CBT Nuggets – 12
  6. Coursera – 9
  7. O’Reilly / Safari – 7
  8. ITProTV – 4
  9. LinkedIn Learning / Lynda – 3
  10. Juniper Learning Portal – 2
  11. Pearson – 2
  12. Skillshare – 2
  13. Adrian Cantrill – 1
  14. Cisco Learning Network – 1
  15. Global Knowledge – 1
  16. Ivan Pepelnjak – 1
  17. KBITS – 1
  18. Kirk Byers – 1
  19. Routehub – 1
  20. Skillsoft – 1
  21. TalkPython – 1
  22. Teachable – 1
  23. YouTube – 1

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Heavy Networking 594: TLS 1.3 Down Deep With Ed Harmoush

Like anything in the world of IT, TLS has gone through various versions. TLS 1.1 and 1.2 are still commonly used, but TLS 1.3 is really where it’s at. Our guest is Ed Harmoush. Ed’s a professional instructor who’s researched TLS 1.3 and more as he’s prepped for his latest course offering, Practical TLS, which you can find at http://pracnet.net/tls. Use coupon PacketPushers100 to get $100 off this deep dive course from Ed.

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Heavy Networking 593: Network Observability With VMware vRealize Network Insight (Sponsored)

On today’s Heavy Networking, we drill into VMware’s vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) to learn how it provides end-to-end monitoring, how it uses flow records and other data sources, and its architecture. We’ll also discuss modeling/digital twin capabilities, and applying vRNI to security, troubleshooting, and other use cases. VMware is our sponsor.

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Day Two Cloud 110: Automation’s Unintended Consequences – The Bunny.net Outage Saga

Today's Day Two Cloud podcast walks through a massive outage that hit CDN provider Bunny.net. An automated update triggered cascading failures that essentially took the company offline for two frantic hours. The company shared a detailed postmortem of what happened, and we're joined by company founder Dejan Pelze to walk us through the issues and share lessons learned about infrastructure, automation, and dependencies.

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Heavy Networking 592: The VAR Perspective On Networking And Customer Trends

Today on Heavy Networking, we talk with Remington Loose, Solutions Architect at a mid-sized VAR, to get a sense of what technology is in demand; what problems customers are trying to solve; and how cloud, DIY, and other forces affect the competitive landscape. It's a #VARlife episode.

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Day Two Cloud 109: PacketFabric Wants To Make Networking As Easy As Cloud (Sponsored)

Today's sponsored Day Two Cloud episode talks WAN networking with PacketFabric. PacketFabric lets you provision point-to-point and hybrid cloud connectivity as a service. Built on a private fiber network, the company's goal is to let you set up networking as if it was software. Our guest is Anna Claiborne, Co-Founder, CTO and CPO.

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Heavy Networking 591: Want Network Automation? Start With Compliance And Validation (Sponsored)

On today's Heavy Networking podcast we discuss network compliance. The big idea is to rethink how you do compliance so that the process is automation friendly and accommodates all the network device types you have to manage. We're sponsored by Itential and our guest is Chris Wade, CTO.

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Heavy Networking 590: What It Takes To Build An ISP In 2021

There's a huge amount that goes into building an ISP, from getting access to poles to run fiber, operating a cable plant, setting up customer support and billing, getting network gear in place---not to mention developing a viable business model and funding the whole thing. On today's Heavy Networking podcast we talk with Jim Troutman of Tilson Technology Management about building a local ISP in New England.

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