Today’s Weekly Show is a sponsored episode with Cumulus Networks. We’re joined by JR Rivers, Cumulus’s co-founder and CTO.
We discuss a variety of topics with JR, including the emergence of Web-scale IT, which is about building a robust and flexible fabric that can support a variety of applications and use cases. This is compared to the old (or perhaps current) IT model in which an application is built to a specific framework, leaving IT to operate and manage disparate architectures for different applications.
We also get into details of Free Range Routing (a fork of the open-source Quagga router) and a wider discussion of open networking, and why so much networking is happening on Linux hosts.
Other discussion topics include the breaking down of the monolithic structure of networking software and hardware, how organizations can get to SDN (and why), the role of NetDevOps, and the how and why of automation.