Happy new year! The Packet Pushers put out a lot of content last year. If you’re wondering if you missed any especially good ones, here’s the 10 most downloaded shows from 2016 as tallied by our podcast-hosting platform.
I see two broad trends represented in the most-downloaded shows. First is that people are curious about where the technology industry is going, as evidenced by episodes about the future of networking, and the Datanauts episode about developing a Google-like infrastructure.
The second theme is that, even as we try to anticipate industry developments, people still need to get things done. To that end, several of the shows on this list revolve around practical tools and technologies or real-world product implementations.
We’ll continue to try to scratch these two itches (managing today’s needs while keeping an eye on the horizon) throughout 2017.
I’ve also included the ten most downloaded shows from the month of December 2016, which has a broader sampling of shows across all the Packet Pushers channels.
As always, if there are things we can better, subjects we should cover, or people we should talk to, leave a comment or send an email to packetpushers at gmail dot com.
10 Most-Downloaded Episodes Of 2016
On today’s podcast we learn about Riverbed’s open source efforts, including its corporate sponsorship of packet analyzer Wireshark, its open APIs that automate performance analysis processes enabled by Wireshark and other solutions, and how security teams can use Wireshark.
*This show ended up being posted on a Wireshark site in addition to Packet Pushers, which considerably boosted the download numbers. This isn’t to say it’s not a good show (especially if you’re into Wireshark), just that it’s a bit of an outlier.
On today’s Future of Networking episode, Geoff Huston, Chief Scientist at APNIC, joins us for a far-ranging and often contrarian conversation on a variety of topics, including why we may not need IPv6 after all, DNSSEC, and more.
In this episode, Ethan Banks sat down with network architect Russ White for a live interview about the current state of the network, emerging trends such as SDN and open networking, and why we need more protocols instead of fewer.
Today’s show is a thought-provoking look at anycast TCP. We start with anycast basics, explore use cases for providers and the enterprise, and then dig into the technical issues of anycast use in production.
Join the Datanauts for a ride to the land of GIFEE, or Google Infrastructure for Everyone Else. GIFEE is a combination of tools and processes to launch code and applications quickly and at scale. But is it relevant to you? Probably it is!
On today’s edition of Design & Build we’ll talk through a data center business problem and solution that led our guest Tom Grisham to install Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation. We’ll talk about the good, the bad and the in-between.
On today’s show, sponsored by VMware, we talk to a VMware NSX customer to get their real-life experiences with the technology. And just to make it more interesting, this customer also uses Cisco ACI, which we’ll get into.
This episode drills into OpenStack networking, including the Neutron component. It covers L2 and L3 capabilities, virtual switches, load balancing, firewalling, overlays, IP addressing, and more. If you’re looking for a better understanding of OpenStack networking, this is a conversation you want to hear.
This Design & Build episode explores simple network automation using Python and netmiko. These tools make it easy to write scripts that perform basic tasks quickly and gather and present information in an easily consumed format.
Today’s Weekly Show explores new projects in the IETF Routing Area, and examines the organization’s role in an age where open-source projects are driving ad hoc standards.
10 Most Downloaded Shows From December 2016
The Future of Networking series continues with Doug Gourlay. He and Greg discuss the state of SDN and where it’s going.
2. Show 319: Modern Networking – Where Are We Now? Part 1
Today’s Weekly Show is part one of a two-part series on modern networking. We’ve invited a few guests from the Packet Pushers community to explore what’s happening in production networks today.
3. Show 317: Nuage Networks’ Virtualized Security Services (Sponsored)
Sponsor Nuage Networks joins the Packet Pushers to discuss Virtualized Security Services (VSS), a new security module for real-time analysis, monitoring, and remediation of incidents.
4. Network Break 115: Avaya Considers Bankruptcy; AWS Reinvents
Today’s Network Break episode looks at Avaya’s reported consideration of Chapter 11, financial results from HPE & Nutanix, announcements from AWS ReInvent, and more.
5. Datanauts 063: Unikernels Vs. Containers
Unikernels are emerging as an alternative to containers. Find out why with the Datanauts and guest Adam Wick.
6. Show 320: Modern Networking – Where Are We Now? Part 2
Listen to part two of our series on what’s happening in production networks with three guests. In this episode we discuss the realities of SDN and automation, and what’s happening with MPLS and SD-WAN.
7. Datanauts 64: Advancing Your IT Career
Today’s Datanauts episode is about how to advance your IT career. We talk with trainer Neil Anderson about developing a plan & get insights from a survey of CTOs & HR leaders about what they’re looking for in IT employees.
8. Network Break 116: New Brocade, Arista Switches; Google Gets Green
The latest Network Break podcast covers new switches from Brocade & Arista, looks at Google’s claim to use 100% renewable power by 2017, reviews quarterly financials from Dell Technologies & more.
9. Network Break 117: Cisco, Arista Notch Legal Wins; Intercloud Is Out
Today on Network Break, Cisco & Arista notch legal wins, Intercloud gets shuttered, PwC tries to squash vulnerability research, Ashley Madison gets a slap on the wrist & more tech news.
10. PQ Show 103: Design & Build 11: DMVPN
The Packet Pushers Design & Build series continues with DMVPN, a proprietary Cisco technology for hub-and-spoke connectivity using multipoint VPNs. Our guest is Eugene Khabarov, a network engineer and CCIE.