About Ethan Banks

I am a long-time IT industry veteran with practical, hands-on experience in large campuses, enterprises, ISP data services, and data centers with specialties in networking and security. I’ve worked with higher education, medical, financial, SLED, SMB, manufacturing, and other verticals. These days, I am primarily an independent IT industry writer, analyst, and podcaster creating content for a highly technical audience of IT practitioners, as well as industry insiders. You might have heard my voice with co-host Greg Ferro on Packet Pushers, read my articles on Network Computing, Network World, Information Week, or TechTarget, or heard me deliver a session at Interop.

I do business as Cogivant, LLC, registered in New Hampshire. I do most of my work for Packet Pushers Interactive, LLC, but I also work with clients like Gestalt IT, United Business Media, Movable Media, IDG Communications, and Pearson Publishing. I am a technical advisor & subject matter expert to industry analysts, financial analysts, and law firms. I also act as a consultant for companies that need an experienced network architect who is versed on emerging technology. I am an active CCIE, holding certificate #20655 in routing and switching since 2008.


I fit the geek stereotype reasonably well. I have four cats, one of whom is bigger than many dogs. Sometimes I climb mountains or hike in far-flung places. Have Internet, will travel.

You might like to read my personal blog where promiscuous mode is on – visit Unfit for Humans. Unfit is a catch-all of topics that interest me. You might also like to subscribe to The Hot Aisle newsletter, where I share networking war stories and IT industry opinion I don’t share anywhere else.