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The Packet Pushers Podcast is an audio program published multiple times per month covering the data networking industry. Co-hosts Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks are professional network architects and writers with many years of network engineering and design experience in a variety of industries, as well as being Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts.

The podcast is deeply technical, providing hardcore networking information to fellow engineers through discussions with subject matter experts from around the world. At the same time, we don’t take ourselves too seriously, having a bit of entertaining fun and exchange of strong opinions when called for.

Since our April 2010 inception, the podcast has grown from the initial weekly show into three different channels: Packet Pushers continues to be the main show; in the Priority Queue, we deep dive on niche topics; and Healthy Paranoia covers Infosec with host Michele Chubirka.

In addition to our podcast network, we are a community of bloggers that contribute technical, work life, and opinion articles from the customer’s perspective.

All of our content is free. Search iTunes for “Packet Pushers” or visit our Subscribe page for our RSS feeds. The links below offer other ways ways to stay in touch with our community.

What People Say About Us

 

From “kelps” on Reddit/r/sysadmin

The pros: Super super technical hosts. I felt lost easily 40-65% of the time. My plan was to learn more by simply being exposed and picking things up where I could. I’ve not stayed current with this podcast but I did get through nearly 100 episodes. I strongly recommend it for anyone interested in networking.
The cons: This is actually a pro, depending who you are, but there’s a relatively high level of assumed knowledge and exposure. Little time is spent covering basics and if you can’t keep up, you’ll be lost. Some might also argue they’ve done a lot of sponsored episodes that promote certain products. I can’t blame them, it’s hard to make a living podcasting and the reality is, we all voluntarily attend trade shows and crap which is no different.

 

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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 2M downloads and reaches over 10K listeners. With whatever time is left, Ethan writes for fun & profit, studies for certifications, and enjoys science fiction. @ecbanks
Ethan Banks
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