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#EngineersUnplugged S3|Ep9: The Underlay Network (SDN w/PacketPushers)

August 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm PST

Welcome back loyal viewers--this is an episode not to be missed. Engineers Unplugged is thrilled to welcome the Packet Pushers (@packetpushers), aka Greg Ferro (@etherealmind) and Ethan Banks (@ecbanks), as they discuss the underlay network. Yes, they’re showing us the underside and future of software defined networking.

Watch and see:

Welcome to Engineers Unplugged, where technologists talk to each other the way they know best, with a whiteboard. The rules are simple:

  1. Episodes will publish weekly (or as close to it as we can manage)
  2. Subscribe to the podcast here: engineersunplugged.com
  3. Follow the #engineersunplugged conversation on Twitter
  4. Submit ideas for episodes or volunteer to appear by Tweeting to @CommsNinja
  5. Practice drawing unicorns

And it wouldn’t be Engineers Unplugged without unicorns, a software defined one here.

Packet Pushers, aka Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks, plus unicorn!

Packet Pushers, aka Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks, plus unicorn!

We’ll see you next week at VMworld! Be sure to drop by the Cisco booth and try your hand at unicorn whiteboarding.

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Virtual Symposium #2: Cisco ONE

July 2, 2012 at 10:53 am PST

We decided to take advantage of the fine collection of smart people running around at CiscoLive in San Diego, and tape another in our Virtual Symposia series.  This one was a bit different than in that we started with a Cisco-specific seed topic and we did not take live Q&A due to the logistics of being live and onsite at CiscoLive.

I think the show turned out well--we have a wide ranging discussion on not just the Cisco ONE announcement but also SDN, network programmability and implications for networking folks.

This wide-ranging discussion touched on a number of topics:

  • Contrasting Cisco’s ONE strategy with SDN and OpenFlow in general
  • APIs, OpenFlow, and XML
  • What will people do with SDN in the future?
  • Distributed and autonomous versus centralized
  • Standards: IEEE vs. IETF, de facto and interoperability
  • VXLAN and the Nexus 1000V – Is 1000V SDN?
  • Operational and organizational impacts
  • Systems engineering
  • Thinking of networks as flows

The video is hosted on the Tech Field Day site.

As I noted last week, we will be hosting Virtual Symposia #3 (more on network programmability) and #4 (VM networking) later this month.  I should have the registration links up tomorrow.  We have a killer panel coming together and we will once again have most of the show dedicated to audience Q&A, so I hope you can join us for those.

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PacketPushers @ CiscoLive

June 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm PST

So, if you are a networking geek of any sort, you should be listening to PacketPushers--for both the education and the sheer entertainment value.  This year, we tried something a little different with the PacketPushers team and had them join us onsite at CiscoLive.  Below are six of the podcasts they produced for us:

  • PQ Show 002 – Cisco Cloud Services Router With Prashant Shenoy
  • PQ Show 003 – Cisco onePK With Richard Pruss
  • PQ Show 004 – Catalyst 4500X and 4500E
  • PQ Show 005 – Cisco Nexus Updates With Ron Fuller
  • PQ Show 006 – Nexus 1000V Update With Han Yang
  • Show 107 – Cisco Software Defined Networking Strategy With Omar Sultan

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All Around the Podcast World – Cisco UCS, Nexus, VDI/VXI & Intelligent Automation

Within the Data Center marketing organization, we spend quite a bit of time focused on activities that announce new products or solutions, as well as educating customers, partners and analysts. Sometimes this is done via launches and other times it’s at events like EMC World 2011, SAP Sapphire, Citrix SynergyCiscoLive 2011 or the upcoming VMworld 2011 (Cisco is a Diamond-level Sponsor). But once that information leaves our hands and gets out into the community, it’s important for us to remember that it’s often discussed, dissected, and evaluated by a broad range of IT professionals.

Over the past few weeks and months, Cisco Data Center technologies have been features in several industry podcasts.

And of course, don’t forget this list of Cisco UCS Evangelists from every part of the world. Read More »

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