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Network Engineering In A World Of Data Center Haves & Have Nots

If we assume economies of scale, eventually, it may become silly for a business to own lots of IT infrastructure. Why not lease it from cloud providers? They'll be able to do it cheaper, and besides…they’re experts. I think it’s possible that businesses will eventually migrate most (if not all) of their applications to the cloud.

SD-WAN’s Value Prop Conundrum

My interpretation of the SD-WAN value prop can be boiled down to cost savings, simplified operations, and improved application performance over inconsistently performing WAN links. Here's the conundrum. An engineer might instinctively recoil at this sort of value proposition.

Is Juniper The Next Cisco?

Juniper flexed its muscles at the Innovation Showcase held in March 2015. What did they talk about? What does it mean for their customers going forward? I perform an introductory analysis.

Production Designs Are Compromise – And That’s Okay

During a bout of stress & jet lag induced insomnia, I logged onto Twitter in the wee hours to see what folks were saying. I found a number of twitpisses in my timeline. Twitpisses are arguments in which people assert that Someone On The Internet Is Wrong in 140 characters or less. After […]

The ‘Why Talented Employees Stay’ Listicle – ORLY?

I’ve seen a list entitled “Why Talented Employees Stay” floating around Twitter. The list has been bothering me, because I don’t think it’s quite…right. The list is interesting, but I don’t believe it tells the whole story. Taken at face value, I think the list could even make it more difficult to retain certain people — not less.

What is the difference between throughput & goodput?

Throughput Throughput is the rate at which data is traversing a link. For example, take a look at the virtual router output below. The throughput rate is 643Kbps in each direction. [crayon-54facc3328376599378258/] Goodput Goodput is the rate at which useful data traverses a link. Assuming an uncongested path between endpoints, goodput and throughput will […]

Review: Hosting WordPress with GoDaddy

GoDaddy recently entered the turnkey WordPress hosting fray, offering a one year trial for $1 a month. I had been toying with the idea of another blog, so I decided to give them a try. The experience of hosting at GoDaddy has been...sort of neutral.

Let’s Meet at Interop Las Vegas 2015

I will be at Interop Las Vegas this year from Tuesday, April 28 through Thursday, April 30. If you are a vendor who would like to brief me, someone who would like to explore consulting opportunities, or if you just want a word, let's connect. I'd be happy to swing by your booth, meet for coffee, or simply hang out.

News Analysis: CloudGenix, LightCyber, VMware, Meru

This week, Greg and I decided to do a review of some of the briefings we received via an audio recording. We published the audio on the Packet Pushers Community Show feed, which you can subscribe to specifically on iTunes or access via the Packet Pushers Fat Pipe iTunes feed. Here's a summary of my take on these briefings.

Questions I’m Asking Myself About SD-WAN Solutions

There’s a lot to SD-WAN technology, and there are a number of devils in the implementation details that have been nagging at me as I listen to briefings and record podcasts from vendors in the space. SD-WAN technology questions that bother me… What’s the impact to hosts on virtual machine based endpoints, i.e. how much CPU does […]

News Analysis: Big Cloud Fabric 2.5 Released

Big Switch Networks has released version 2.5 of their Big Cloud Fabric SDN offering. Read the full press release here. What’s Big Cloud Fabric? BCF is an SDN-based IP fabric where you manage all of the individual switches as one “big switch.” In other words, you manage the fabric as a whole, and not individual switches. Big […]

News Analysis: Brocade Vyatta Controller Gets a Developer Wiki

A little bird pointed out this link to me, a wiki for the developer community for the Brocade Vyatta Controller (BVC). The big idea is to help foster community for folks building SDN applications for the BVC. What do I mean by “SDN applications”? I mean an application that does something interesting, and interacts with […]

News Analysis: Anuta NCX 4.0 Feature Updates for OpenStack, NFV, YANG

Anuta Networks’ NCX platform is for multi-vendor orchestration at scale. NCX fits in the SDN space, allowing operators to create service catalogs that can be deployed across a wide variety of gear from various networking vendors, including Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, and Ericsson. I co-hosted a webinar with a live demo of an earlier version […]

It’s About Application Delivery, Not Networking

Send to [email protected] tweets: @packetpushers – at the beginning you appeared very Cisco centric. Now not so much. What do you guys “like” working on? Be warned, @DrDust. This is probably not the post you’re looking for. But it’s where my mind went after reading your question. ;-) On Early Cisco-centrism I don’t especially remember that […]

A Look Ahead to Packet Pushers Content in 2015

Here’s an update on some Packet Pushers news, and a look ahead to the content we’re planning for 2015. No scary announcements, just some thoughts to share. Circling Back Around On Show 200 I think we’ve mentioned it before, but the response we received to show 200 was very encouraging to us. That’s understated. You really blew […]

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Ethan Banks

Ethan Banks, CCIE #20655, has been managing networks for higher ed, government, financials and high tech since 1995. Ethan co-hosts the Packet Pushers Podcast, which has seen over 3M downloads and reaches over 10K listeners. With whatever time is left, Ethan writes for fun & profit, studies for certifications, and enjoys science fiction. @ecbanks

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