Show 119 – Mission Impossible: Blast Radius, Part 1

In this free-for-all hootenanny, the Packet Pushers virtual workbench assembles a team of talking heads for a podcast that was so long, we had to split it into two parts. Ethan Banks accepts the impossible mission from Mrs. Y of hosting the show, and is joined by the following folks: Greg Ferro, exposer of hyperbole & fluff; Tom Hollingsworth, Kentucky-fried lie detector; Tony Bourke, part-time pilot, permanent skeptic; Kurt Bales, an Aussie who leaves no stone unturned, no kangaroo pouch unprobed; Ivan Pepelnjak, memorizer of RFCs; and the esoteric and ever dubious Mrs. Y.

What do we talk about? Why, I’m glad you asked!

  • The death of the VMware vTax. Or did they just shift the revenue source somewhere else?
  • Kurt talks about his new job and just how smitten he is with Juniper’s QFabric. And then we follow a rabbit obediently down the hole of musk sticks.
  • We pontificate about the Apple vs. Samsung ruling, and what it means for patent law.
  • VMware Fusion 5 gets discussed. Is it a trap?
  • Greg rants as only he can about the zombiefied Catalyst 6500, the switch that won’t die.
  • No one cares about IPv6. Well, okay. WE care, and we think you should too. So why is there STILL such a slow uptake? Lots of reasons, really…


Oh. So you’re probably wondering what a musk stick tastes like after our discussion on the show. Yeah…here’s a picture Tony Bourke captured of Tom Hollingsworth after he tried a musk stick. That help?

Tom Hollingsworth tries a musk stick.
Picture credit: Tony Bourke.

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 3M 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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  • Kurt Bales

    This one was great fun to record, but for the record Musk Sticks are awesome and all y’all a soft and cant handle the awesome!

  • Mrs. Y.

    Please provide the hootenannny RFC.

  • Brant

    was that intro done all on one breath?

  • John Reyna

    Hey guys and girl I listen to your when best I can as a Network geek. I am listening to this show now. I just want to add that I am here in North Carolina where Cisco as a campus. I interview with them about 8 months ago for a TAC position and TAC does not care Networking or Firewalling or VPN. They want to tell the customer that they need extra software or hardware.

  • Andre Amorim

    IPV6 still not kick in because the suppliers…easy peasy lemon…

  • mark h

    Mrs. Y – brilliant opening !!!
    Ethan – re. metal rope “permanent route” up the mountain … we call those “static routes” :).
    Will be patenting OSPF for same application.

  • fdg

    One words for whoever said Paul McCartney put Yesterday on a CD … “vinyl”

  • Lindsay Hill

    Thoroughly enjoyed this show – seems like too long since we’ve had a somewhat rambling, current events general chit-chat show.

    Fun to hear Greg start to wind up about the 6500 too. You could see it coming up in slow-mo, but it was like a road accident, you couldn’t turn away.

    Shame that people seem to say “Ah but we’re used to the 6500, we know what we’re doing. And besides, the only alternative is NX-OS, and that’s too buggy and feature-limited right now” – there are other options out there, especially if you’re swapping the chassis. Maybe Greg’s onto something, and it’s us as engineers that are refusing to change.