Greg Ferro

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Heavy Networking 551: An Insider’s Guide To The SONiC Network OS

SONiC is a network OS that can run on a variety of whitebox switches. Originally developed by Microsoft, SONiC is now an open-source project with distributions that target hyperscale and enterprise environments. Today's Heavy Networking is a deep dive into SONiC with Dave Maltz, a Technical Fellow at Microsoft who has been closely involved with SONiC's development. While Microsoft is a SONiC backer, this is an unsponsored episode.

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Tech Bytes: Pluribus Rethinks Open Networking For Better Programmability, TCO (Sponsored)

Today's Tech Bytes dives into Pluribus Networks’ Linux-based Netvisor ONE OS for white box switches. We also discuss Pluribus’ Adaptive Cloud Fabric, a distributed, controllerless SDN solution for deploying and automating data center fabrics that promises simpler operations and a lower TCO. Our guest is Alessandro Barbieri, VP of Product Management.

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Tech Bytes: Protecting Remote Workers From VPN Risks With Zscaler (Sponsored)

Many companies use VPNs to protect their distributed workforce. But VPNs present their own security challenges, from compromised clients to insecure VPN servers. Sponsor Zscaler explains how its cloud-based security service can provide safe, high-performance remote access. Our guest is Lisa Lorenzin, Director, Transformation Strategy at Zscaler.

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Heavy Networking 550: Automation Readiness Isn’t About Your Routers (Sponsored)

Today's Heavy Networking podcast examines cross-domain automation. Our sponsor is Cisco and our guest is Omar Sultan, Leader, Product Management for Cisco's Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) product. While the discussion starts with NSO, the conversation also covers dealing with automation complexity, the need for tool choice, and the critical roles that organizational structure and teams play in a successful automation/orchestration effort.

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Tech Bytes: Nation-Wide Dentistry Network Chooses Integrated SD-WAN, SD-Branch, Security With Fortinet (Sponsored)

Today’s Tech Bytes, sponsored by Fortinet, explores an SD-WAN deployment with Smile Brands, a nation-wide network of dental practices. Smile Brands started with one SD-WAN product and then switched to an integrated security, SD-WAN, and SD-Branch solution with Fortinet. Our guest is Brett Stetzko, Senior Network Engineer at Smile Brands.

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Tech Bytes: First Bank’s Automation With Gluware. The Real Story.

In this Tech Byte, we talk with Gluware customer, First Bank. First Bank is a family-owned, privately held bank operating in the Midwest and California, with roughly 100 locations in 5 different states. Our guests are Julie Wehling, Solutions Architect at Gluware; and Mike Pazarena, Network Engineer at First Bank. Mike talks about starting his […]

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Heavy Networking 547: Building And Monitoring A User-Centric Digital Experience With Catchpoint (Sponsored)

Today’s Heavy Networking show dives into Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM) with sponsor Catchpoint. Catchpoint combines synthetic testing with end user device monitoring to provide greater visibility into the end user experience while helping network engineers and IT admins support and troubleshoot a distributed workforce. Our guests from Catchpoint are Nik Koutsoukos, CMO; and Tony Ferelli, VP Operations.

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Heavy Networking 544: Building Effective Network Monitoring Solutions With Codilime (Sponsored)

Monitoring and visibility are critical to network operations. On today's sponsored Heavy Networking show, we talk with sponsor Codilime about custom development and integration of network monitoring and management tools for the data center and cloud. Our guests from Codilime are are Monika Antoniak, Head of R&D; and Edyta Kałka, Senior Project Manager.

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The 5G Problems

The Apple iPhone 12 has 5G but its not for customers. Its because the mobile co’s wanted it. And they indirectly paid Apple for it. While its true that 5G increases bandwidth and reduces latency, it more important that it reduces infrastructure costs. Alert: This twitter thread is a trial of the “blog post as […]

Heavy Networking 540: Sinefa Blends Network Data, Synthetics To Measure End User Experience (Sponsored)

In today's sponsored show, we talk with Sinefa about its Digital Experience Monitoring capabilities. Sinefa assembles network traffic, DPI, end point monitoring, and synthetic transactions to get clear, actionable information on network performance to measure end user experience and improve troubleshooting. Our guests are Chris Siakos, CTO; and Alex Henthorn-Iwane, VP of Product Marketing.

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