Archives for SDN

Show 16 – Ansible and Network Automation

For show #16, we were pleased to be joined by some fellow automation junkies to talk about network automation in general, and a little bit about our current obsession, Ansible.

In this episode, we talk about what it would take to move network automation  out of the “fear” stage and actually begin to use it for production network changes. We discuss the role of current DevOps tools like Ansible in this effort, and then segue into a more general discussion about the state of the industry, and all of the buzzwords that fly by our heads on a daily basis.

For this episode, we’re joined by:

This is a “don’t miss” episode – hope you enjoy it!

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.


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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.


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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.



Show 5 – Talking NETCONF, SDN, and Central Management

This week we discuss NETCONF, SDN, Central configuration management with Carl Moberg from Tail-F.

Listen in and hear what exciting things Tail-F is doing with your routers and switch bridges.




Show 2 – MPLS Explained!

Check out this week’s show where Matt and CJ are joined by Ivan Pepelnjak. In this show we discuss MPLS, it’s history, origins and what problem it was designed to solve. We also answer the question, if MPLS has any business being in the Enterprise. We even stray a bit off topic into the fiery depths of SDN and all things unicorns.

Come check it out!