Umair Hoodbhoy

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Why I Joined Rafay

Recently I made the decision to join Rafay Systems. I had been in Enterprise IT for over two decades (all in networking), and most recently at multicloud networking pioneer Aviatrix Systems. So what made me want to join Rafay? In a nutshell – application modernization. Although Multicloud Networking has grown to the point where Gartner … Continue reading Why I Joined Rafay

LastPass breach – Deja Vu all over again

Yesterday I got this notification from my Password Manager, LastPass: The key phrase here is “unusual activity within portions of the LastPass development environment.” This looked too familiar. One of the most well documented attacks of this nature is the SolarWinds supply chain attack in 2020. Although it is too early to say (the news … Continue reading LastPass breach – Deja Vu all over again

ACE IaC – Another Industry First by Aviatrix

Today Aviatrix launched the self-paced version of Aviatrix Certified Engineer (ACE) Infrastructure as Code (IAC) training and certification. This is the industry’s first multi-cloud networking and security Infrastructure as Code training, that too in a self-paced format. ACE IaC brings together the concepts of DevOps by automating a multi-cloud network infrastructure through 3 hands-on labs. … Continue reading ACE IaC – Another Industry First by Aviatrix

ACE IaC – Another Industry First by Aviatrix

Today Aviatrix launched the self-paced version of Aviatrix Certified Engineer (ACE) Infrastructure as Code (IAC) training and certification. This is the industry’s first multi-cloud networking and security Infrastructure as Code training, that too in a self-paced format. ACE IaC brings together the concepts of DevOps by automating a multi-cloud network infrastructure through 3 hands-on labs. … Continue reading ACE IaC – Another Industry First by Aviatrix

Introducing ACE Cloud Operations

Recently Aviatrix developed a new course in the Aviatrix Certified Engineer (ACE) program. Aviatrix Certified Engineer – Multi-Cloud Network Operations (or ACE Cloud Ops for short) is catered towards cloud operations practitioners who need to successfully run, operate, and manage business-critical Day-2 workloads in the cloud. The ACE program recently announced its 10,000th certified engineer. … Continue reading Introducing ACE Cloud Operations

AppIQ – Unprecedented visibility that Aviatrix CoPilot brings

Earlier in my career, I worked as a Network Engineer in the high-frequency trading industry at a capital market exchange. It was the time when electronic trading was gaining heavy momentum as open outcry was receding. This was thanks mainly in part to vendors such as Arista who leveraged merchant silicon from Broadcom to lead … Continue reading AppIQ – Unprecedented visibility that Aviatrix CoPilot brings

Building a Multi-Cloud Network for less than $1 an Hour – Aviatrix Kickstart

This is the post I had been meaning to write for ages. How do you leverage Infrastructure as Code to build a multi-cloud network? It turns out you don’t have to write the code yourself. This is the beauty of Aviatrix Kickstart. For less than $1 an hour, I was able to build a multi-cloud … Continue reading Building a Multi-Cloud Network for less than $1 an Hour – Aviatrix Kickstart

What’s the Big Deal About Multi-Cloud Networking – Part 2

If you were experiencing issues with Zoom calls today, you were not alone. But if you take a close look at today’s outage, it is clear that it was correlated with an AWS outage today. In fact, most of Zoom runs on AWS, according to AWS. This is despite Oracle’s claim that millions of users … Continue reading What’s the Big Deal About Multi-Cloud Networking – Part 2

What’s the Big Deal with Multi-Cloud Networking?

The other day I was pruning my apps on my phone to delete those that had not been used in a long time. Here are some that gave me pause: Business (Adobe, Concur, Dropbox, etc) E-commerce (Amazon, Grocery Shopping, Meal Delivery, Starbucks, etc) Financial Institutions G-Suite Apps Microsoft 365 Apps Home Automation (Amazon Alexa, Home … Continue reading What’s the Big Deal with Multi-Cloud Networking?

The Management Plane of Multi-Cloud Networking – Aviatrix CoPilot

Recently, Aviatrix launched a new product called CoPilot to address the dire need of operational visibility in multi-cloud networking. This piqued my interest because the none of the Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) provide any topology tools for end-to-end visualization, monitoring and troubleshooting. So I decided to attend the launch event. Some of the biggest challenges … Continue reading The Management Plane of Multi-Cloud Networking – Aviatrix CoPilot

Bringing Reference Architectures to Multi-Cloud Networking

Recently I attended Aviatrix Certified Engineer training to better understand multi-cloud networking and how Aviatrix is trying to solve its many problems, some of which I have experienced first-hand. Disclaimer: Since 2011, I’ve been an avid listener of the Packet Pushers podcast, where Aviatrix has sponsored 3 shows since December 2019. Ever since I embarked … Continue reading Bringing Reference Architectures to Multi-Cloud Networking

Remote User Access in the Era of COVID-19

The worldwide lockdown due to COVID-19 has given me an opportunity to reflect on many aspects of life and work. Nowadays I’m helping enable companies and non-profits for secure remote access work (i.e. not site-to-site VPN). I was looking into enterprise-grade solutions for secure remote users access to VPNs when I came across the Smart … Continue reading Remote User Access in the Era of COVID-19

Creating a Multi-Tier Kubernetes App in GCP and AWS

This post details my experience with creating a simple multi-tier Kubernetes app using Google Cloud Platform (GCP) as well as Amazon Web Services (AWS) by taking advantage of the free tier accounts for each service. The app comprises a Redis master for storage, multiple Redis read replicas (a.k.a Slaves), and load-balanced web frontends. Kubernetes acts as a Frontend … Continue reading Creating a Multi-Tier Kubernetes App in GCP and AWS

Creating a Simple Two-Tier App in GCP and AWS

This post details my experience with creating a simple two-tier app using Google Cloud Platform (GCP) as well as Amazon Web Services (AWS) by taking advantage of the free tier accounts for each service. GCP has a few easy-to-follow tutorials for their main services. For Google Compute Engine (GCE), the tutorial walks you through creating … Continue reading Creating a Simple Two-Tier App in GCP and AWS

It’s a Switch! It’s a Router! It’s a Server! It’s a new product platform – NFX250

Today marks a very special day for me at Juniper. A brand new product line that I’ve managed from the very beginning has been announced. The NFX250 is a unique platform that actualizes the concepts of Network Functions Virtualization we’ve all heard so much about, but hardly see encompassed in an end-to-end solution. The NFX250 is a Distributed … Continue reading It’s a Switch! It’s a Router! It’s a Server! It’s a new product platform – NFX250