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Day Two Cloud 060: Charting Global Internet Performance With ThousandEyes (Sponsored)

What's really going on in the cloud? ThousandEyes, our sponsor for this episode, has just released its inaugural Internet Performance Report, which tracks the performance and availability of ISPs, public clouds, CDNs, and DNS across multiple geographical regions. The report measures performance over time and also looks at the current impact of COVID-19 on Internet usage. Angelique Medina, Director, Product Marketing at ThousandEyes, is our guide.

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Day Two Cloud 056: (Not) Streaming Telemetry

Streaming telemetry is all the rage, but today's show dives into an architecture that forgoes streaming telemetry in favor of other options. We talk about why our guests went in a different direction, the problems they're trying to solve, and how it's working out. Our guests are Kevin Landreth, Director, Service Reliability; and Carl Montanari, Network Reliability Engineer, both at Packet Fabric.

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Heavy Networking 527: New Ideas For A Network Certification Program

Today's Heavy Networking explores ideas for designing a new networking certification program built around a network design challenge that focuses on broad, systems-oriented knowledge. The goal isn't to replace current certifications, but to create an option that emphasizes deep knowledge of protocols and networking concepts. Our guests are Russ White and Scott Morris.

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Heavy Networking 525: Gluware Automating Terracon’s Network (Sponsored)

Some of our favorite Heavy Networking discussions are with folks deep in the hot aisle making technology work. No slide decks, just engineers doing the thing. How did it go? What do you wish you had done differently? What worked out well? We have one of these chats today with Jamie Hughes, Infrastructure Architect at Terracon. He's rolled out many complex network changes with Gluware's network automation platform.

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Day Two Cloud 053: Effectively Monitoring Cloud-Native Applications

Monitoring is the topic for Day Two Cloud. Before you skip because you think it's boring, this conversation may change your mind. We dig into what's necessary to effectively monitor cloud-native and microservices applications to help you run infrastructure smoothly, improve troubleshooting, and anticipate issues before they affect performance or services. Our guest is Josh Barratt, Senior Principal Engineer at Twilio.

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Heavy Networking 522: How CIOs Prioritize Security – Cisco’s CIO Perspectives 2020 Survey (Sponsored)

Today's Heavy Networking, sponsored by Cisco, examines results and insights from 1,300 global CIOs in Cisco's CIO Perspectives 2020 survey. Guest Jo Peterson, VP of Cloud & Security for Clarify360, shares highlights and learnings on CIO priorities, security, digital transformation, empowering teams, and more.

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Heavy Networking 521: Diving Into Dell Technologies’ SONiC Network OS For The Enterprise (Sponsored)

Today's Heavy Networking podcast explores Dell Technologies' SONiC network OS for enterprises. This distro offers hardware support across multiple ASIC platforms and full enterprise support. We dive into technical details, discuss the business and operational value propositions, explore use cases, and more. Dell Technologies is our sponsor for this episode. Our guest is Alley Hasan, Director, Product Strategy and Business Development.

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Finding Nuance In A Time Of Negative Noise

I am put off by the mainstream media, the American president, and Twitter these days. We’re living in a media world that lacks nuance. Nearly all discussions are polarized. That polarization results in a mockery of clear thought. A polarized world views issues as binary. Good or evil. Red or blue. Masks or freedom. Shelter at home or open it all up.

No more anger, agendas, or simple-minded retweets for me. I want facts without bias and reflection on what that data might mean. I want difficult conversations with no clear answers today, in the hopes of progressing towards a decent answer eventually.

Thankfully, I’ve discovered a few folks having nuanced, engaging discussions that attempt to analyze the difficulties of our world honestly and thoroughly. If these sorts of conversations might be interesting to you, here’s what I’ve found so far.

Eric Weinstein’s The Portal Podcast

On this long-form podcast, Eric interviews heterodox thinkers about both current events and goings-on in the scientific community, physics especially. Eric is a brutal interviewer at times, refusing to let folks go down obvious trains of thought, instead forcing them to get to the point with haste. This tactic, although often uncomfortable to listen Continue reading

Heavy Networking 519: Let’s Meet Wi-Fi 6E

Just as we're getting comfortable with Wi-Fi 6, along comes 6E, an extension that enables the use of newly available unlicensed spectrum in the 6GHz frequency band (at least here in the US). Our guest to introduce us to Wi-Fi 6E is Wes Purvis. We discuss the properties of the spectrum, how it might be used, when to expect products, and more.

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Heavy Networking 517: DriveNets Disaggregates SP And Cloud Networks To Boost Capacity, Control Costs(Sponsored)

Heavy Networking gets nerdy about disaggregation with sponsor DriveNets. The company's Network Cloud routing software runs on whitebox hardware and enables service providers and telcos to quickly scale capacity, control capital outlay, and support automation. Our guests are Amir Krayden, VP R&D Customers; and Yuval Moshe, VP of Products.

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Day Two Cloud 047: Highlights And Analysis From Cloud Field Day 7

Today's Day Two Cloud podcast storms into your podcast player with product news from VMware, SolarWinds, and startup Pensando. Ethan Banks attended a virtual Cloud Field Day event where vendors with cloudy products showcased their wares. Ethan and Ned share highlights from those presentations, discuss pros and cons of the products, and tease out a theme: solving problems related to distributing computing.

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Heavy Networking 514: Aruba’s Vision Extends From The Data Center To The Edge (Sponsored)

On today's sponsored Heavy Networking we talk about building a unified network infrastructure with Aruba. Best known for wireless, Aruba also has a portfolio of data center and campus switches, SD-WAN, and an access control and policy enforcement system to bring it all together. Our guests are Keerti Melkote, Aruba President and Founder; and Michael Dickman, Senior Vice President and GM of Switching.

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Day Two Cloud 046: A Cloud Checkup During Covid-19 With ThousandEyes (Sponsored)

Day Two Cloud dives into the health and performance of the global cloud during the pandemic. Sponsor ThousandEyes measures, collects, and reports on Internet performance, giving it a unique perspective into how cloud providers are faring region by region, provider by provider, and service by service. Our guests are Archana Kesavan, Director of Product Marketing; and Angelique Medina, Director of Product Marketing.

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Heavy Networking 512: Production Ready Automation With Cumulus Networks (Sponsored)

In today's Heavy Networking episode, we talk Production Ready Automation. That's a topic we've covered before on Packet Pushers, so what wondrous newness does sponsor Cumulus Networks bring to the table? The idea is a system that's ready for you to use. Why? Because a lot of folks are finding that rolling their own artisanal network automation takes considerable time both to create and maintain. Our guests are Pete Lumbis, Director of Technical Marketing and Rama Darbha, Director of Services at Cumulus Networks.

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Heavy Networking 511: A Wireless Upgrade Case Study

Today's Heavy Networking is all about wireless. Guest Bryan Ward, Lead Network Engineer at Dartmouth College, takes us through a campus-wide wireless upgrade that the institution is currently undertaking. We get nerdy about planning, infrastructure, cabling, and more, and dive into why the college is switching vendors.

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