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A New Path For Certifications

Cisco leads the industry when it comes to respected and valued IT infrastructure certification paths and last month Cisco made some significant changes to the way they do certifications. In today’s episode we discuss some of these changes and what the implications are for those of us pursuing new Cisco certifications or maintaining the certifications we already hold.  

Nick Russo
Guest
Kyler Middleton
Guest
Craig Stansbury
Guest
Jordan Martin
Host

Outro Music:
Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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NtC – Source Of Truth

In this inaugural episode of Network to Code on Network Collective, Jeremy Stretch, John Anderson, Rick Sherman, and Jordan Martin meet up around the virtual roundtable to discuss what a source of truth is, how it can play a critical role in your network automation efforts, and how the open source project Netbox might fill that role in your network.

Jeremy Stretch
Guest
John Anderson
Guest
Rick Sherman
Host
Jordan Martin
Host

Outro Music:
Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Are All Networks Created Equal?

It’s not illogical to argue that since we all use the same networking technologies that all networks are essentially the same. Routing protocols, layer two technologies, and overlays all behave the same whether they are run in SOHO, enterprise, or service provider environments. That being said, it feels like there can be worlds of difference between the application of these technologies in different environments. In this episode Nick Buraglio, Kevin Myers, and I discuss just how interchangeable these technologies are and why it feels like engineers who work on the same technologies can feel worlds apart when their paths intersect.

Nick Buraglio
Guest
Kevin Myers
Guest
Jordan Martin
Host

Outro Music:
Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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The End Of WAN As We Know It?

In today’s iteration of the Network Collective Community Roundtable, I join Kevin Myers and Darrel Clute to talk about what’s on their minds and whether or not the WAN as we know it is a thing of the past. Hardware independent software overlays are becoming more popular but does this mean that traditional WAN is going away? Hear what Keven, Darrel, and I have to say about it on this episode.

Darrel Clute
Guest
Kevin Myers
Guest
Jordan Martin
Host

Outro Music:
Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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A Look Back, Some Predictions, And Learning As Engineers

In this episode we sit down with Jed Casey and Bruno Wollmann to have a conversation about what’s top of mind. We take a quick look back at predominant trends in 2019, pull out the crystal ball and make some predictions for 2020, and discuss certifications and learning as engineers.

Bruno Wollmann
Guest
Jed Casey
Guest
Jordan Martin
Host

Outro Music:
Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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We’re Back

It’s been a while but we’re back and it feels great. In this episode I talk about the status of the show, where the heck I’ve been, and where we are headed. I also share my personal story on burnout and some of the lessons I learned along the way.

In the episode I mention the fantastic Denise Fishburn and a video she did on burnout that helped me realize what I was dealing with. That video is embedded below.

Jordan Martin
Host

Outro Music:
Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Community Spotlight – Terry Slattery

Terry Slattery has a distinguished career in networking and is well known for his contributions to the Cisco CLI, being the second person to obtain the CCIE, providing consultation to many organizations, and the list goes on. If it’s happened in networking, there’s a very good chance that Terry has experience in it. Today Terry joins us to to talk about how he got started into networking and how he’s navigated a very successful career in networking.

Terry Slattery
Guest
Jordan Martin
Host

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Lessons Learned – Asking For Help – Kevin Myers

At different points in our careers it can be difficult to ask for help. Maybe the expectation is that your customer is paying for expertise and you have to demonstrate it. Maybe it’s just embarrassing to admit when you don’t know something. Nobody can know it all though, so knowing when and how to ask for help will save you trouble and pain in your career. Listen in as Kevin Myers shares his thoughts on when, where, and how to ask for help.

Kevin Myers
Guest
Jordan Martin
Host

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Infrastructure As Code 101

As the networking world continues to embrace automation and orchestration, some of the terms used to explain this new way of doing things remain a little fuzzy. In today’s episode we’re going to look specifically at Infrastructure as Code and by the end we hope to define what it is as well as what it is not, provide some relevant examples of it in action, and clear up as much confusion as possible about what it means to network engineers.  

Ken Celenza
Guest
Damien Garros
Guest
Jordan Martin
Host

Outro Music:
Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Community Spotlight – Kevin Myers

Today’s Network Collective Community Spotlight is highlighting Kevin Myers. Kevin is an accomplished engineer working in some of the more complicated and advanced corners of the Internet. Join us as we take a look into how Kevin got his start in networking and how he ended up working on some pretty interesting technology.

Kevin Myers
Guest
Jordan Martin
Host

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Lessons Learned – Nick Russo – Leadership

There’s always something to learn from other people’s stories so we’re making it a point to spend time talking about past experiences and lessons learned. In this first foray into this format, Nick Russo joins us to talk about a formative leadership experience that happened early in his career and changed his perspective on what leadership and failure looked like.

Nick Russo
Guest
Jordan Martin
Host

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Simple Complicated Complexity

In this episode Jordan shares his thoughts on some of the nuanced differences between simple, complicated, and complex network designs. These are terms and descriptions that get thrown around a lot in our industry but do you really understand what they are or how they should impact your design?

Jordan Martin
Host

Outro Music:
Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Community Spotlight – Nick Russo

Today we’re introducing a new twist to the Network Collective Short Take, the community spotlight. One of the reoccurring themes in the listener survey was that you get to hear a lot about what our guests know but don’t get to know anything about them or how they came to have the knowledge that they do. This is an easy problem to fix so occasionally we’ll be profiling individuals in the industry who are doing good work. Today, that individual is Nick Russo. Nick has been a long time contributor to Network Collective and has participated in some of our most popular episodes. Listen in as we talk about how Nick Russo got his start in networking and how his journey brought him to where he is today.

Nick Russo
Guest
Jordan Martin
Host

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Going Independent

Many people look forward to the day that they can quit the day job and become their own boss. In this episode we chat with Jody Lemoine and Bruno Wollmann, two people who have done just that, to discuss some of the lessons learned as they transitioned into independent self-employment in the networking space.

Jody Lemoine
Guest
Bruno Wollmann
Guest
Jordan Martin
Host

Outro Music:
Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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[Sponsored] No Tunnels – No Overlays – All The Secure Routing – 128 Technology

Tunnels and overlays are all the rage in software-defined networking but 128 Technology thinks there is a better way forward. Without tunnels or overlays, 128 can provide all the features you’ve come to expect from an SD-WAN solution and more. Listen in if you would like to hear how they can do all of this without encapsulation, offering far smaller overhead yet still keeping your data secure in transit. Once you’ve watched the overview here, you can find an even deeper dive into their technology at their website https://128technology.com or you can view the full day Networking Field Day Exclusive event recordings at http://tnc.li/128tech

Thank you to 128 Technology for sponsoring today’s episode and supporting the content we’re creating here at Network Collective.

Ritesh Mukherjee
Guest
Erik Thoen
Guest
Jordan Martin
Host

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10x Engineers – Don’t Believe The Hype

The idea of a 10x engineer is just too good to be true. In this Short Take I take a look at the recent controversy and share my thoughts about the twitter thread that sparked it all. Here’s a hint, there’s no such thing as a 10x engineer but there are some things to be learned from what the author had to say.

Jordan Martin
Host

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Cloudflare’s Karma, Managing MSPs, & Agile Security

Cloudflare come out strong, pointing the finger at Verizon for shoddy practices putting the Internet at risk. It didn’t take long for karma to come around and for Cloudflare to have their own Internet impacting outage from a mistake of their own. In this episode we talk about that outage, the risk of centralization on the Internet, managing MSPs when trouble strikes, and whether or not agile processes are forgoing security in favor of faster releases.

 

Darrel Clute
Guest
Jed Casey
Guest
Jordan Martin
Host

Outro Music:
Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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BGP Blunder

Another week, another BGP hijack. This time a steel company in western Pennsylvania got surprised with a sizable portion of the Internet’s traffic. In this Network Collective short take, Nick Buraglio joins me to talk about the recent BGP blunder, its causes, some of the reactions, and discuss the BGP optimization tool that sparked the whole issue.

Relevant BGP Security episode with Geoff Houston.

Jordan Martin
Host

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MPLS is dead, Long live MPLS

The initial hype of SD-WAN claimed that MPLS was dead as SD-WAN was going to remove all need for SLA based circuits. Now that we’re several years in and have some experience under our collective belts, we take a look at whether or not the original hype was correct and what real world customers are doing when it comes to selecting circuits for their SD-WAN networks.

 

Jason Gintert
Guest
Matt Ouellette
Guest
Jordan Martin
Host
Eyvonne Sharp
Host

Outro Music:
Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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