Show 18 – The Pushers Answer Your Questions

What You’ll Hear

This week, we get a report about HP Tech Day, and then devote most of the show to answering questions sent in by you, the listener!

  • Greg talks about his visit to sunny California for HP Tech Day (click for various slideshows).  We discuss Virtual Connect in detail for no obvious reason, mostly because Ethan has great trouble expressing himself clearly.
  • Greg goes long on the HP Network product range and pontificates on how HP Networking is going to come to market, and depth on the product range, some ideas on their marketing position and pricing strategy. Overall, HP is going to be here to stay whether you like it or not and impact on Cisco position.
  • HP accelerated certification for Cisco certified people comes up as a topic – if you’re a CCNP or CCIE, HP wants to give you a crash course on how to make their networking gear do something useful.  We see this as a shrewd way for HP to bridge the familiarity gap.
  • The Pushers express colossal ignorance about GVRP or MVRP, but Greg has promised research and a blog post.
  • Dan’s getting into optical networking and DWDM a little bit.
  • Citrix Netscalar isn’t getting much love from the Pushers.  F5 owns us, you see.  (Not really.)
  • We learn that, as a child, Greg was forced into the Australian outback where he had to kill harmless animals in order to feed himself.  Explains a lot, doesn’t it?
  • We discuss a detailed demographic profile of our audience and what we’ve learned from it.  Okay…not THAT detailed.  Well actually, we’re just making demographics up based on a single e-mail from a listener who’s early on in their networking career.
  • Fact of the week16 HSRP groups only on a Cisco Catalyst 6500 with Sup 2 engines.
  • So what about getting your CCNP with no networking experience?  Realistic or overshooting?
  • How do you pick an IOS?  We talk through SafeHarbor, Dan pontificates about only getting the features you need, and we point out MD vs. ED vs. whatever else in Cisco’s various release trains.
  • Want to contribute some audio to the show, maybe a question or a comment?  Record some and send it along as an attachment.  If the quality isn’t horrible, we’ll see if we can patch it in.


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