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Show 14 – The SDN Trinity

Special thanks to Anthony Burke (@pandom_) and Kurt Bales (@networkjanitor) for joining us on this show. We sat down and talked about the three bigs in the SDN market right now: Cisco ACI, Juniper Contrail, and VMWare NSX. We try to keep it balanced and fair and discuss the pros/cons from what is known about the technologies today.

 

OpenStack video referenced in show

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Show 13 – OpenDaylight, SDN, and Tomorrow’s Network Engineer

For show number 13, we’re joined by a few folks who have really made an impact in the community surrounding SDN, and Open Source, specifically in the OpenDaylight project. In this show, we walk about OpenDaylight, general SDN, control plane, management plane, and more.

We also discuss the role of the network engineer when it comes to SDN projects like this, and how you can still contribute, whether you’re ready to write code with the pros, or completely new to it all.

“[OpenDaylight] is certainly sexy, but it’s not porn.” –Madhu Venugopal

 

Guests

Madhu Venugopal –@MadhuVenugopal

Ed Henry –@NetworkN3rd

Brent Salisbury –@networkstatic

 

Show Notes/Resources

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WabdXYzCAOU

https://www.coursera.org/course/sdn

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfd3reJmfHJ3QJpfx3waOiA

https://wiki.opendaylight.org/view/Main_Page

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv6cQWB7YvE7NExhtlLSeKA

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Show 12 – Insieme and the Nexus 9000

For Show 12 we had the privilege of sitting down for an early look at Insieme’s new hardware and Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Joe Onisick lays out exactly what Insieme’s been doing and the hardware they have coming out. We also have James Bowling on the show to provide us with the perspective of the server and virtualization admin.

 

For more information about ACI visit cisco.com/go/aci

 

Guests:
Joe Onisick – @jonisickdefinethecloud.net
James Bowling – @vsentialvsential.com

 

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Show 11 – VMware NSX

In Show #11 we talk about overlay networking, and specifically VMware NSX, announced last week at VMworld 2013.

We were fortunate enough to be joined by Ivan Pepelnjak (@ioshints) for this episode, where we talk about some of the technical details and challenges behind an overlay networking approach.

 

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Show 10 – Cisco Live 2013 Recap

This show is a recap of Cisco Live 2013. For this show, we’re joined by:

We talk about Cisco Live events, announcements, and even segway into technical topics like IPv6, LISP, SDN and more! We also talked a little bit about the upcoming VMworld 2013 (this show was recorded well before VMworld) and some of the products we’re excited to take a look at from that upcoming conference.

We talk about some of the Cisco Live announcements like:

  • The new Cisco Catalyst 6800 switch
  • The new Cisco Nexus 7700 switch
  • Dynamic Fabric Automation
  • The “Soft Launch” of Insieme at CLUS 2013

 

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The Class-C Block: It’s Alive!!!

Our Awesome Listeners,

My name is Matt Oswalt and you may have heard me on several Class-C Block episodes in the past. I’d like to drop you all a quick note and fill you in on what The Class-C Block has been working on lately.

As you all know from our previous post, CJ’s new position with Facebook has kept him super busy. Understandably, this means that a large portion of his time and attention is going to be required of him from this position.

As a result, I will be helping out at The Class-C Block as co-host. The three of us still love to get together and talk nerdy, nerdy networking, and CJ will hop on the show if his schedule permits, but for the foreseeable future, I’ll be filling that role so that you can all continue to hear our lovely voices – and isn’t that what life is really about?

On a serious note – there’s no doubt in my mind that the conversations taking place right now are some of the most important conversations the technology industry has ever seen. This show was created to talk about the nerdy networking stuff that makes us tick, and in my opinion, as long as we keep having these conversations, we’re moving forward.

This week we will be releasing brand new content – be on the lookout for this! Follow us on twitter (@ClassCBlock) or subscribe via RSS or iTunes for all your Class-C updates.

As always, drop us a line in the comments or on Twitter  for show ideas, comments, concerns, inquiries, posers, random insults, etc. We look forward to hearing from you, and hope you continue to enjoy our show!

Matt Oswalt
@Mierdin

2013 Update

Hey guys. Wanted to take a few minutes and catch you up on how things are going with us here at the Class-C Block. It’s been a crazy 2013 already and things are proving to not slow down much. As most of you know CJ has transitioned to a new on Facebook’s Datacenter networking team. This is a huge opportunity for him; however , it involves moving his family literally across the country (they lived in NY before). So while all this transition is going on we’ve decided to take a month or so break from the podcast so CJ can get fully moved and settled. I’m (Matt Stone) hoping to get a chance to go up and visit him soon and finally meet face to face. If that works out we plan to record a live show together and post it.

In any case I wanted to let you all know that for the next month or so we might be pretty quiet as we try and get CJ acclimated to his new job and life in Cali!

So everyone send a tweet to him (@cjinfantino) and let him know how cool he is.

Thanks,
Matt S.

Show 9 – Jack of All Trades or Master of None?

This is a pretty laid back show where CJ, Matt O., and Matt S. talk about focusing on only one topic in your profession or becoming a “jack of all trades” of sorts.

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Show 8 – Poking IPv6 with a stick

This show we had the Networking Nerd himself on to discuss IPv6, NAT and what the future may hold. You don’t want to miss this one!

 

 

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Show 7 – Christmas Clouds

Listen to the guys bat around ideas about Cloud and the future of IT in a Cloudy world during this Christmas edition of the Class-C Block. Thanks to Keith Miller for joining us.

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