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Kernel of Truth season 3 episode 1: FRRouting update

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Season three jumps right into the deep end of the networking pool with a discussion on FRRouting. Kernel of Truth hosts Brian O’Sullivan and Roopa Prabhu are joined by a new guest to the podcast, Donald Sharp. With FRR being the hottest Open Routing protocol stack today, the group talks about the recent updates and features that are happening at such a high velocity now. What does that mean for the community? Listen to find out. You can also find more about FRRouting at their website here and Twitter here.

Guest Bios

Brian O’Sullivan: Brian currently heads Product Management for Cumulus Linux. For 15 or so years he’s held software Product Management positions at Juniper Networks as well as other smaller companies. Once he saw the change that was happening in the networking space, he decided to join Cumulus Networks to be a part of the open networking innovation. When not working, Brian is a voracious reader and has held a variety of jobs, including bartending in three countries and working as an extra in a German Continue reading

Cumulus content roundup: January 2020

We understand the start of the new year can be pretty busy and you may have missed out on some of the great content we shared this month. You’re in luck though, we have the best of the best right here for you so you don’t have to a miss a thing.

January was full of partnership announcements, 2020 predictions, and a lot of great blogs that you can, figuratively speaking, sink you teeth into. Catch up below!

From Cumulus Networks:

It’s a fact: choosing your own hardware means lower TCO:Organizations have diverse needs, and these needs change with time. The ability to select the right hardware for the task can be a competitive advantage. Learn how choosing your own hardware means lower TCO in our blog here.

Kernel of Truth season 2 episode 15: 2019 retrospect and 2020 predictions: Hosts Brian O’Sullivan & Roopa Prabhu are joined by Kernel of Truth podcast guest pros Pete Lumbis and Rama Darbha. Listen to this jam-packed podcast to hear their 2019 retrospect & 2020 predictions. Buzzword teaser: Automation.

Cumulus Networks and Metsi Technologies partner to prepare customers for new wave of tech adoption: We’re excited to announce our partnership with Continue reading

Kernel of Truth: Season 3 Teaser

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In this episode, we tease what’s coming up for Kernel of Truth’s season 3. Be sure to subscribe to this podcast if you haven’t already so you’re notified when the first episode for season 3 is posted or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. For behind-the-scenes look of life at Cumulus Networks, follow us on Instagram too.

Kernel of Truth season 2 episode 15: 2019 retrospect and 2020 predictions

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In this episode, hosts Brian O’Sullivan and Roopa Prabhu are joined by Kernel of Truth podcast guest pros Pete Lumbis and Rama Darbha. The group looks back at 2019, discussing what they learned from the year and then move on to their 2020 predictions. Want a teaser? Automation was a hot topic in 2019 not just on our podcast but with our customers. It’s become less of a “nice to have” and more of a “need to have.” If you’re hungry for more 2019 retrospect and 2020 predictions, be sure to listen to this jam-packed podcast.

Guest Bios

Brian O’Sullivan: Brian currently heads Product Management for Cumulus Linux. For 15 or so years he’s held software Product Management positions at Juniper Networks as well as other smaller companies. Once he saw the change that was happening in the networking space, he decided to join Cumulus Networks to be a part of the open networking innovation. When not working, Brian is a voracious reader and has held a variety of jobs, including bartending in three countries and Continue reading

Cumulus content roundup: December 2019

We wrapped up December, and really 2019 with some pretty big news! Project DENT was officially announced and we’re excited for the possibilities will bring. Not sure what project DENT is? Luckily for you, we have all the coverage available for your reading pleasure in this month’s content roundup.

In addition to the DENT news, we also brought you another episode of our Kernel of Truth podcast and some great education blogs. Enjoy them all below!

From Cumulus Networks:

Announcing project DENT: We are now proud contributors to the DENT project! Premier members also include Amazon, Delta Electronics Inc, Marvell, Mellanox, and Wistron NeWeb (WNC). Launched by the Linux Foundation, DENT is networking software designed to simplify enterprise edge networking. Roopa Prabhu, our Chief Linux Architect, shares why the chance to enable networking hardware vendors to leverage the same benefits that all Linux hardware technologies do today has got us so excited to join the project.

Network inventory: what do you have, and should it be there?:How do you defend what you don’t know exists? Establishing & maintaining a network inventory is both a technological & a business process problem— we talk about how a modern Continue reading

Kernel of Truth season 2 episode 14: Infrastructure as code in action

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In this episode we continue the conversation about “infrastructure as code.” Last time we chatted about it we talked to Nick Mitchell and Eric Pulvino, two of our consultants, and shared not only what it is but what the problems infrastructure as code is solving for and why you should care. In this latest episode we go a step further.​ Kernel of Truth hosts Brian O’Sullivan and Pete Lumbis are joined by​ Anton Karneliuk who talk more about what it is and also discuss how to evolve it, what the challenges are and Anton shares his real-life experiences implemented it at The Hut Group.

Guest Bios

Brian O’Sullivan: Brian currently heads Product Management for Cumulus Linux. For 15 or so years he’s held software Product Management positions at Juniper Networks as well as other smaller companies. Once he saw the change that was happening in the networking space, he decided to join Cumulus Networks to be a part of the open networking innovation. When not working, Brian is a voracious reader and has held a Continue reading

Cumulus content roundup: November 2019

There’s a lot to be thankful for this month- and not just for open networking in general. Why? Well we’ve officially headed into the holidays at full steam with the recent Cumulus Linux 4.0 announcement, Cumulus NetQ 2.4 and more!

Catch up on all the latest Cumulus news, releases, and what’s to come in November’s content roundup. If you’re feeling extra thankful, head over to our last #BeEPIC game of 2019 here and share why you’re thankful for open networking. If you do, you’ll be entered to win a LEGO set and Hall of Fame status.

From Cumulus Networks:

Cumulus Networks 4th-Generation open, modern networking for applications of the future: Learn how we’re enabling customers to meet modern network challenges with our 4th-Generation of open, modern software— designed to run and operate modern, data center and campus networks that are simple, open, agile, resilient and scalable.

Kernel of Truth season 2 episode 13: Open networking is not whitebox: In this episode host Brian O’Sullivan is joined by Roopa Prabhu and Pete Lumbis to discuss why open networking is not just whitebox, it’s so much more.

Prevent lateral compromise with microsegmentation: Good network design can minimize the damage incurred Continue reading

Kernel of Truth season 2 episode 13: Open networking is not whitebox

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Roopa Prabhu and Roopa’s hype man Pete Lumbis join Kernel of Truth host Brian O’Sullivan to discuss why open networking is not just whitebox, it’s so much more. Between the general advantages of this kind of architecture to the benefits of being backed by the Linux kernel and Linux community— open networking is a great option to have not just now but going forward. Learn how this open development community works together to the advantage of everyone, not just networking, and with companies of all sizes, including hyper-scale ones, improving things like the sanitation of code and so much more. As a special bonus you’ll also learn what to eat in the data center. Spoiler: the answer is nothing but Brian might have an opinion otherwise.

Guest Bios

Brian O’Sullivan: Brian currently heads Product Management for Cumulus Linux. For 15 or so years he’s held software Product Management positions at Juniper Networks as well as other smaller companies. Once he saw the change that was happening in the networking space, he decided to join Cumulus Networks to Continue reading

Cumulus content roundup: September 2019

And with that, September has come and gone. Did you miss some of the great content we published? In true Cumulus Networks fashion, we’ve made it easy for you to catch up on all the blog posts and articles we had to offer below so take a moment to settle in and then dive into all things open networking!

From Cumulus Networks:

How open standards help with defense in depth:Networking is a vital part of security, and of defense in depth in particular. So how would open standards help this approach to InfoSec? Read this blog to learn.

EVPN-PIM: BUM optimization using PIM-SM: Does “PIM” make you break out into hives? You’re not alone. In part one of a two part blog series we talk about using PIM-SM to optimize BUM flooding in a L2-VNI with single VTEPs.

EVPN-PIM: Anycast VTEPs: In part one we learned about EVPN-PIM. This second part of the two-part blog series we throw MLAG into the mix and break down the additional procedures needed for it.

 

News from the web:

The future of networks: switching to 100G: Pete Lumbis shares five tips on changing to 100G networking in the latest Continue reading

Cumulus content roundup: Summer 2019

Summer has flown by and you may have missed some of the great content that was published. Don’t worry, you can catch up on some of our favorite podcasts, blog posts, and articles below. So settle in and then dive into all things open networking!

From Cumulus Networks:

Customizing your network: Take a quick look at the types of automation available in Linux, from basic to dynamic, and how these automation capabilities help to enable data center-wide orchestration here.

Kernel of Truth podcast: Network monitoring: When it comes to network monitoring, have you run into a “switch that cried wolf?”Kernel of Truth host Brian O’Sullivan is joined by two new guests to the podcast Justin Betz & Faye Ly to chat more about networking monitoring here.

Best practices: MLAG backup IP: We cover the best ways to build a redundant backup IP link for multi-chassis link aggregation (MLAG).

Exploring Batfish with Cumulus – part one: With Batfish supporting Cumulus Networks this year, we show how it can fit into pipelines & replace or complement existing testing strategies in part one of a two-part series.

Kernel of Truth podcast: Innovation in the data center: Spiderman aka Rama Continue reading

Kernel of Truth season 2 episode 12: Innovation in the data center

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In this podcast we have an in-depth conversation about the different types and levels of innovation in the data center and where we see it going. Spiderman aka Rama Darbha and host Brian O’Sullivan are joined by a new guest to the podcast, VP of Marketing Ami Badani. They share that while innovation in the data center doesn’t appear sexy, outside of network engineers, in reality there has been a huge paradigm shift in the way data centers have built and operated last 3 years. So what does that mean? How is automation involved in this conversation? Listen here to find out.

Guest Bios

Brian O’Sullivan: Brian currently heads Product Management for Cumulus Linux. For 15 or so years he’s held software Product Management positions at Juniper Networks as well as other smaller companies. Once he saw the change that was happening in the networking space, he decided to join Cumulus Networks to be a part of the open networking innovation. When not working, Brian is a voracious reader and has held a variety of jobs, including Continue reading

Kernel of Truth season 2 episode 11: Network monitoring

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Don’t let your switch be the one who called wolf! Network monitoring is a hot topic here at Cumulus Networks and to talk about it more, host Brian O’Sullivan is joined by two new guests to the podcast Justin Betz and Faye Ly. They sit down to chat about the evolution of monitoring, the challenges in achieving robust monitoring and visibility, and what does it even mean to have “good network monitoring and visibility?” Listen, learn and hopefully enjoy!

Guest Bios

Brian O’Sullivan: Brian currently heads Product Management for Cumulus Linux. For 15 or so years he’s held software Product Management positions at Juniper Networks as well as other smaller companies. Once he saw the change that was happening in the networking space, he decided to join Cumulus Networks to be a part of the open networking innovation. When not working, Brian is a voracious reader and has held a variety of jobs, including bartending in three countries and working as an extra in a German soap opera. You can find him on Twitter at @bosullivan00.

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Kernel of Truth season 2 episode 10: Practical open networking

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But wait, there’s more! If you keep up with our podcast you may have noticed the previous episode where we talk about what open networking was, so why are we chatting about it again? Last time we talked about having open API’s and having the demarcation point between components but in this podcast, we’re extending the conversation out to show how everyone can take advantage of open networking in a wider, practical sense. Guests Rama Darbha and Roopa Prabhu join host Brian to share their thoughts, experiences and expertise on the subject. Listen, enjoy, and feel free to comment away here or on our social media channels if you have any questions or thoughts to add.

Guest Bios

Brian O’Sullivan: Brian currently heads Product Management for Cumulus Linux. For 15 or so years he’s held software Product Management positions at Juniper Networks as well as other smaller companies. Once he saw the change that was happening in the networking space, he decided to join Cumulus Networks to be a part of the open networking innovation. When not working, Brian is Continue reading

Kernel of Truth season 2 episode 9: Open Networking in 2019

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We had a couple of weeks off but we’re back in action, bringing to you a podcast about what makes up open networking in 2019. We took a different approach than normal this time and have guests both from sales & engineering here to discuss the different things they’re seeing from their respective “worlds” with the hopes of bridging the gap between the two of them for you. Joining host Brian is Andreas la Quiante, calling in from Germany no less, and representing the “sales” side of the conversation. On the engineering side, we have some folks you might recognize from previous podcasts: Roopa Prabhu and David Ahern. With that intro out of the way, now is the time to sit down, relax and listen to their conversation here. We hope you enjoy it!

Guest Bios

Brian O’Sullivan: Brian currently heads Product Management for Cumulus Linux. For 15 or so years he’s held software Product Management positions at Juniper Networks as well as other smaller companies. Once he saw the change that was happening in the networking space, he decided Continue reading

Validation vibes: How we’ve won the praise of customers and employees alike

The success of a company is often defined by two key factors: how your customers feel about you and how your employees feel about you. We’re excited to share that recently we’ve had some great validation by both!

Customer validation

We’re very honored to work with a variety of innovative companies that are breaking the status quo with open networking principles in data centers designed to scale. All of our customers have realized the need for an open, modern data center and are looking to build infrastructure with purpose. From web-scale giants to visionary enterprises, we give them all the ability to build something “EPIC.”

This was recently highlighted when for the second year in a row, our customers have rallied around our vision for the future of data center networking and recognized us as “The Best Data Center Networking 2019” with their reviews through Gartner Peer Insights.

As Gartner puts it, “The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice is a recognition of vendors in this market by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of reviews and the overall user ratings.” To ensure fair evaluation, Gartner maintains rigorous criteria for recognizing vendors with Continue reading

Cumulus content roundup: May

May is well in the books and summer seems to be in full swing with recent heatwaves across the country. Since we know life can get pretty busy and you may have missed some of May’s great content, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite podcasts, blog posts, and articles for you here. So settle in, hopefully, stay cool, and get ready for all things open networking!

From Cumulus Networks:

Minipack Highlight Video from OCP Summit: Listen to Brian O’Sullivan & Michael Lane, VP of Business Development at Edgecore Networks discuss the recently launched Minipack, open, modular switch.

Kernel of Truth season 2 episode 7: Certifications: Listen as we discuss the value of certifications, if any, what works for certifications and what doesn’t, who should be taking certifications and more!

Installing Cumulus packages on air-gapped equipment: Check out this excerpt to help you get additional packages into an air-gapped environment for the install where you don’t have a repo or mirror available to pull from.

ngrok on Cumulus Linux: If you have a good idea of what ngrok is and what it does, here are step-by-step instructions for turning up ngrok ssh services on Cumulus Linux.

The Continue reading

Kernel of Truth season 2 episode 8: Network of pods

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You’ve probably heard of HCI (hyper-converged infrastructure), and we’ve chatted out it before on an earlier episode here but have you heard of “Network of pods?” Kernel of Truth host Brian O’Sullivan and “resident jam band man” JR Rivers have a great conversation about what pod architecture is and how is it relevant to you so be sure to queue it up and listen!

Guest Bios

Brian O’Sullivan: Brian currently heads Product Management for Cumulus Linux. For 15 or so years he’s held software Product Management positions at Juniper Networks as well as other smaller companies. Once he saw the change that was happening in the networking space, he decided to join Cumulus Networks to be a part of the open networking innovation. When not working, Brian is a voracious reader and has held a variety of jobs, including bartending in three countries and working as an extra in a German soap opera. You can find him on Twitter at @bosullivan00.

JR Rivers: JR is a co-founder and CTO of Cumulus Networks where he works on Continue reading

The future of HCI

You may have noticed already but HCI has been on our minds lately. We’ve talked about it in-depth in our recent white paper and JR Rivers, Cumulus Networks co-founder & CTO, has shared more about it in relation to a network of pods in his on-demand webinar. JR will share more about his take in an upcoming Kernel of Truth podcast episode but in the meantime, we’ll get Naveen Chhabra’s, a senior industry analyst at Forrester, opinion on the future of HCI.

We sat down with him recently to discuss this and here’s what he had to say.

Question: Why is the network such a critical consideration in any hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) deployment?

Let’s look at the major transformational projects the organizations globally are working on. One project that spans all organizations, verticals, and geographies is digital transformation. IT leaders upgrade or acquire new technologies to support these projects. One pertinent issue across a large percentage of projects is that these are still focused on technology silos.

Specific to HCI, organizations have successfully collapsed the compute and storage silo. Network infrastructure is still not integrated to the extent that it could and should be. Firms have the capability, via HCI, Continue reading

Kernel of Truth season 2 episode 7: Certifications

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In a recent podcast, we talked with our friend Angelo Luciani from Nutanix about the value of being part of a community and what that can mean for your career. We continue along that train of thought in this podcast but pivot over to the topic industry certifications. Host Brian talks again to Nick Mitchell and Eric Pulvino, two of our consultants who’ve not only taken certifications throughout their career but worked on and helped to create our open networking certification. Listen as they discuss the value of them, if any, what works for certifications and what doesn’t, who should be taking certifications and more!

As Brian mentions in the podcast, we have a social game going on for 2019 where you can win some fun prizes. Part of the game includes some flash give-aways of free CCOMP certification exam registration and more!  Head over to our EPIC Year Game page to learn more or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Guest Bios

Brian O’Sullivan: Brian currently heads Product Management for Cumulus Linux. For 15 or so Continue reading

Cumulus content roundup: April

You know we like to stay busy here at Cumulus Networks, and April was no exception! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite podcasts, blog posts, and articles in case you missed them. So settle in and get ready for all things open networking!

From Cumulus Networks:

RIP up your dynamic routing with OSPF: Let’s RIP right into the ins and outs of Routing Information Protocol and Open Shortest Path First in this blog post by Keith Ward. Here we’ll discuss all things IGPs, history of RIPS and what you need to know about OSPFs.

Kernel of Truth season 2 episode 5: The power of community: Grab a pair of headphones and tune into Season 2 Episode 5 of our podcast, Kernel of Truth. In this episode, Brian O’ Sullivan talks with Angelo Luciani from Nutanix and our own Pete Lumbis about the power of community and self-service. Learn about the resources available surrounding building community and the importance of it all.

Cumulus NetQ Reinvented
Did you hear the news? We are pleased to announce the launch of our newest product, Cumulus NetQ! Cumulus NetQ is a highly-scalable, modern network operations toolset that provides visibility into and troubleshooting Continue reading