On today’s Tech Bytes, sponsored by Silver Peak, we talk with homeware retailer Dunelm about how they rearchitected their WAN to improve the in-store experience for customers, lower IT costs and boost the bottom line.
A quick look at Solo.io and their service mesh offering
Today we welcome sponsor SnapRoute for a Tech Bytes conversation. SnapRoute makes CN-NOS, a network OS that runs on whitebox hardware. We discuss the NOS’s containerized design that lets you update, test, and replace components; its use of Kubernetes to tie into automation pipelines; and customer use cases.
Gluware Intent is a live event we’re holding in NYC on May 14, 2019. Come hang out with the Packet Pushers, the Gluware team, and customers to learn about practical network automation. Register via https://packetpushers.net/gluware to reserve your seat, hear presentations, and see the Packet Pushers record a Heavy Networking episode live.
SD-WAN vendor Versa Networks has announced Versa Titan, which combines SD-WAN capabilities with built-in security features. Customers can get Titan delivers as a service by MSPs and VARs, or deploy it themselves.
Quick review of Cumulus NETQ, an SDN tool for analytics and operation of your network.
Today’s Tech Bytes episode explores the Link State Vector (LSVR) protocol, an IETF draft standard that lets you use BGP to build a data center fabric. Sponsor Arrcus joins us to discuss how LSVR works, and how Arrcus’s ArcOS network operating system leverages this protocol.
Lightbits Labs has announced a software defined storage with hardware acceleration product. In a nutshell, the product is a global flash translation layer that decouples SSDs and compute. Put your compute wherever, mount a box full of fast storage via Lightbits using the NVMe over TCP protocol, and get storage latency that performs like directly attached storage, but without the waste of space. Lightbits is aiming this offering at folks running their own composable stack who want an API and storage speed. But another big winning use case? iSCSI replacement. Hmm…interesting!
HammerSpace announced the ability to provide a global namespace for persistent storage in Kubernetes environments. HammerSpace has tackled this issue with what they are calling data-as-a-microservice. This is not a new type of K8s specific storage, which HammerSpace thinks is about the last thing the Kubernetes world needs. More importantly, HammerSpace is trying to answer the question, “How do we get storage to evolving workloads?”
Today’s Tech Bytes episode explores new features in sponsor Nubeva’s cloud packet broker, including packet processing capabilities, integration with open-source tools such as ntop and Zeek, and its ability to work with cloud-native taps such as Azure VTAPs.
Instana is modern, automated application performance management. How do they do this? An agent sits on a host or in a container, and performs continuous real-time discovery and monitoring of all components.
Find out how packet capture and flow data can serve both the network and security teams to solve performance problems and investigate security events in this sponsored Tech Bytes conversation with VIAVI Solutions. Our guest is Charles Thompson, Sr. Director, Product Management at VIAVI.
CenturyLink suffered a major outage in December 2018 that affected services in large swathes of North America. On today’s Tech Bytes episode, sponsored by ThousandEyes, we look at the causes of the outage and lessons learned, including the importance of ISP redundancy and why management networks are critical.
Drew Conry-Murray & Ethan Banks were briefed by SnapRoute co-founders Adam Casella and Glenn Sullivan in February 2019. After a year plus of post-launch quiet, SnapRoute has re-emerged with a new focus and energy centered around a shiny new whitebox network operating system called CN-NOS. The NOS is aimed at making operations easier, and features Kubernetes inside. Not just a K8s plugin, either.
What would be Cisco’s motivation to call for social justice publicly. Logically there must be reasons.
Plixer has announced the FlowPro network probe to shine some light on sections of the network with limited flow export capability. Available both as hardware and virtual appliances, FlowPro observes network packets via SPAN or ERSPAN and can, based on its observations, create and export flow records to Scrutinizer. But that’s not all that FlowPro can do. There’s a bunch of analytical capability baked into the tool with both APM and security use cases.
Today’s Tech Bytes, sponsored by Nubeva, dives into Nubeva Prisms, a public cloud packet broker that acquires, processes, and distributes packets for cloud or on-premises packet analysis tools.
On today’s Tech Bytes, sponsored by Comstor, we’re going to dive into Cisco’s Smart Net Total Care. We discuss different service options and examine the Collector software that can help organizations get a handle on Cisco software licenses, updates, and bug fixes.
Aporeto is an identity-based security solution. Not only user identity, but also workload identity. That is, when using Aporeto, workloads can only talk to each other when their identity is authenticated by fingerprint and authorized by policy. Aporeto decouples the network infrastructure from security, adding a whole new dimension to microsegmentation strategies.
Today’s Tech Bytes, sponsored by Silver Peak, discusses how SD-WAN can give you more leverage over your MPLS providers and improve performance for users. Our guest is Bruce Jarrett, Infrastructure Team Lead and Network Architect at Gentherm.
On today’s Tech Bytes, sponsored by HPE and Intel, we explore HPE’s Composable Fabric. It combines top-of-rack switches and automation software to pool networking resources and help your data center scale. We also discuss how Composable Fabric integrates with Simplivity, HPE’s hyperconverged platform.
BlueCat Networks offers a free add-on product to their DDI (DNS, DHCP, IPAM) product called Gateway. Gateway is a platform customers can use to create their own custom APIs that make sense for their business. Put another way, Gateway provides a REST API endpoint for other applications within the business to talk to. That makes for some interesting workflow capabilities.
Complex cloud applications need decent visualizations to help infrastructure engineers understand what’s going on. For cloud visibility, Kentik absorbs AWS & GCP flow logs, with Azure support coming. Kubernetes & Istio are also data providers to Kentik. Using the Kubernetes API, Kentik correlates pod IPs to pod names and cluster namespaces. With that information, Kentik can visualize pod to pod and service to service traffic flows within a Kubernetes cluster.
Barefoot Networks has announced the newest version of its Tofino programmable ASIC. Tofino 2 offers 12.8Tbps total throughput and promises greater efficiency thanks to its 7nm design.
In this Tech Bytes episode we talk with sponsor VIAVI about performance management and the essential role that end user experience metrics play in turning piles of data into actionable insights.