Cumulus – Not Your Average Networking

Cumulus Networks presented at Networking Field Day recently with their partner Mellanox. Larry Smith reviews what he saw from the company. Cumulus takes a core Debian Linux OS, and optimizes it to allow network engineers to configure in CLI without having to learn specific Linux commands. The benefit of a Linux core is amplified because the OS supports almost any automation tool a network admin will need.


Bringing DevOps To Routing – Cisco XR

Larry Smith got his first deep dive into Cisco XR at Networking Field Day last month. This is Cisco’s Linux-based OS that adds application and configuration management to their platforms. This piece looks at how native and Docker application hosting works on XR, as well as how it supports ZTP and iPXE.


#NFD17 – It’s A Wrap

In this post, Larry Smith Jr says goodbye to the most recent iteration of Networking Field Day. He’s looking forward to reviewing everything he saw and heard during the three day hire hose of IT networking, but his initial takeaway was everyone having some story around either automation or intent-based networking. It’ll be interesting to hear what Larry thinks of each specific solution.


TFD14 – NetApp

Larry Smith Jr. takes a look at the open source initiatives from NetApp, as presented at Tech Field Day earlier this year. This reflects a change in focus from the company. Previously seen as a pure storage company, their embrace of open source and DevOps culture through thePub marks a decidedly different company. Larry was particularly impressed by their NetApp Docker Volume Plugin, moving into the world of container storage management.


TFD14 – NetApp

Earlier this year, Larry Smith Jr saw NetApp present at Tech Field Day. The company presented their work with open source projects to further their relevance to the DevOps community, centered around their thePub initiative. Larry found it an impressive change in tone from a company mostly known for storage arrays.


Tech Field Day – VMTurbo

Tech Field Day – VMTurbo


Tech Field Day – Diablo Technologies

Tech Field Day – Diablo Technologies


Tech Field Day – NFD10

Tech Field Day – NFD10


Learning Vagrant and Ansible Provisioning

Learning Vagrant and Ansible Provisioning


Tech Field Day – Scale Computing

Tech Field Day – Scale Computing


Tech Field Day – #VFD4 – Platform9

Tech Field Day – #VFD4 – Platform9


Dell FX Architecture

Dell FX Architecture


Tech Field Day – VFD4 Experience

Tech Field Day – VFD4 Experience


Tech Field Day

Tech Field Day


Larry Smith

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