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Managing Digital Racket
The more I tune out, the less I miss it. But that has presented me with some complex choices for a nuanced approach to curb

Chicagoans: TECHunplugged Is Coming October 27, 2016

TECHunplugged is a one-day event where end users, influencers and vendors come together to talk shop. At the Chicago event on October 27, 2016, I’ll be speaking on the following big idea: how the network automation war might soon be won. If you’re a Chicagoan, I hope to see you there.

Should You Care About Cloud Native?

To hear vendors tell the story, every enterprise in the world will be running cloud native applications on hybrid cloud networks any second now. In fact, if you’re not already firing up those containers, your business is behind. I mean…gosh…you’re probably losing thousands of dollars each minute because you’re not agile enough. You’ll be doing massive layoffs before you’re done reading this article just to stay alive.

Nonsense.

Brief Me At Interop?

Want to brief me about your product or otherwise have a chat? Send an e-mail to ethan.banks@packetpushers.net while there’s still room on my calendar. I look forward to seeing you at Interop!

Should Monitoring Systems Also Perform Mitigation?

Shiny red lights and sundry messages can tell us when a transaction time is too high, an interface is dropping too many packets, database commits are taking too long, or a WAN link’s jitter just went south. That information is wonderful, but doesn’t resolve the issue. A course of action is required.

Breach Presumption: The East-West Data Center Security Problem

A recurring trend in security briefings I’ve taken over the last year is that breaches are assumed. If you don’t assume your infrastructure has been breached, you’re ignorant, and probably willfully so. Ostrich, meet sand. A weird response my brain had to this is to ponder that if we’ve lost the war, why are we still fighting?

Introducing the Citizens of Tech Podcast

Citizens of Tech is not a show about gadgets and apps, at least not specifically. It’s not a show about networking. It’s not a constipated show about IT. Rather, it’s a show for nerds who like science, gaming, books, contrarian thinking, entertainment, space exploration, transportation, energy, complex world problems, and anything else that’s somehow technology-related. Sure, that might include gadgets, apps, IT, and so on, but we’re trying to appeal to a certain kind of mind — probably yours — and not a certain kind of industry.

IPv6 — Still No Love?

When IPv6 becomes a business problem, and not a technical one, it will start seeing serious adoption in the enterprise. A lack of available IPv4 addresses and expensive aftermarket pricing might start driving North America towards broad IPv6 adoption. Finally.

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.

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.

News Analysis: Big Cloud Fabric 2.5 Released

big-switch-logoBig 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 Switch’s BigTap, a network visibility fabric that competes with the likes of Gigamon,

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