Design & Build is a podcast series that focuses on common networking challenges that engineers and operators are likely to face in their careers. The podcasts feature guests who have direct experience with the challenges being discussed to share their experiences and provide practical insights.
If you’ve got an idea for the series, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and describe what you’ve got in mind. We’ll see if we can build a show around it.
Design & Build 1 – Network Mergers (Link)
In this episode we talk about network mergers, where the network you know and love needs to work with a network that you don’t. We’re going to hear from some folks who’ve dealt with this sort of project before. We’ll share wisdom and experience, from deep within the trenches.
Design & Build 2 – A New Network From Scratch (Link)
Eric Dennington, Steve Occhiogrosso, and Jason Lavoie join the Packet Pushers to chat about building a new network from scratch. We walk through three phases: Design, Build, Operate.
Design & Build 3 – Dual Stack IPv4 + IPv6 (Link)
Guilherme Goes & Jeff Carrell join Ethan Banks for a discussion about running IPv4 & IPv6 dual stack.
Design & Build 4 – Data Center Migration (Link)
Join us for a step-by-step discussion of what’s involved in a data center migration, including new builds, cloud/hybrid options, power & cooling, team preparation and planning, and execution.
Design & Build 5 – BGP In The Data Center (Link)
BGP is typically found in the data center at the edge, but it keeps popping up in SDN conversations. For data centers of a certain size, maybe BGP makes sense. To find out, we gathered four engineers to discuss data center BGP.
Design & Build 6 – VXLAN Use Cases (Link)
VXLAN is an encapsulation protocol you can use for network virtualization. We’ll discuss VXLAN use cases, pros and cons, and design considerations.
Design & Build 7 – Security In Small/Medium Enterprises (Link)
The Packet Pushers talk with Jay Swan, Operations Security Engineer at GitHub, about how small and medium-size organizations can build robust security and ops without spending a ton of money.
Design & Build 8 – NSX Deployment (Link)
NSX has become a popular option for data center network virtualization. If you do choose to go with NSX, what should you be thinking about? Our focus for today’s show is what to consider when designing an NSX implementation, why planning is so essential, and what will change operationally once NSX is in production.
Design & Build 9 – Automation With Python And Netmiko (Link)
This 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.
Design & Build 10 – Data Center Fabric (Link)
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.
Design & Build 11 – DMVPN (Link)
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.
Design & Build 12: Certificate-Based DMVPN Design (Link)
This episode of the Design & Build series digs deeper into DMVPN. Today’s focus is on using certificates for endpoint authentication. Our guest for this conversation is Nick Moody, a network and security engineer with experience in the enterprise, the public and financial sectors, and service providers.
Design & Build 13: Network Orchestration With Salt (Link)
In this episode, we cover Salt architecture, operating a network in a Salt environment, handling Salt failures, and the many useful things you can do with your network once Salt is up and running. Our guests are Seth House and Mircea Ulinic.
Design & Build 14: DDoS Mitigation (Link)
Distributed denial of service attacks are easy to launch these days. The question is, how do you defend your infrastructure against such attacks? So much of them, so little of you. Our guests are Rich Groves and Eric Chou, both of whom have their fair share of DDoS mitigation scars from the work they have done in this space.