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.

Secure Multicloud Networking with Contrail

At Networking Field Day, Chris Grundemann got hear the latest updates from Juniper Networks’ Contrail team. The team demonstrated their growing product line, which will feature Contrail Networking, Contrail Security, Contrail Cloud, and Contrail Multicloud by the middle of 2018. For Chris, this development is a reflection of the prevalence of leaf-spine architectures, and the virtualized networks often needed to overlay them.

Cumulus Linux and NetQ

Richard McIntosh saw a presentation from a whitebox company for the first time at Networking Field Day in January, and it left an impression. Cumulus Networks presented on their Cumulus Linux and NetQ. What struck Richard is that the entire system is just a Linux distribution. This allows admins to use familiar tools for their networking, rather than have to adapt to a proprietary solution.

Orchestration From the Top Versus Automation From the Bottom

Extreme Networks and Juniper Networks made an impression with Tom Hollingsworth after Networking Field Day in January. For him, the Extreme Networks showed why they lead the way in their bottom-up approach to automation. He then breaks down how Juniper distinguishes themselves with their top-down orchestration tooling.

Juniper Woos The Enterprise With New Products

In this post, Drew Conry-Murray details the new offerings from Juniper Networks around multicloud networking. This comes from Drew’s most recent experience as a delegate at Networking Field Day last month.

The Winds of Change From January

Tom Hollingsworth had a whirlwind last two weeks of January, leading both Networking Field Day in Silicon Valley and Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live Europe from Barcelona. In this post, he begins to organize his thoughts on the two events, including the state of Cisco turning away from hardware, the death of the CLI in 2018, as well as the continuing importance of containers and automation.

Strategy Series: How do you view outside of your network?

In this piece, Nick Buraglio looks at the struggles many network administrators have in getting visibility outside of the network they directly control. This is vital for being able to answer the dreaded “the internet is slow” question, and understand the user experience. He shares a recent presentation from ThousandEyes from Networking Field Day last month, which showed their approach to the visibility challenge.

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.

How to fit an Elephant into a small car to transport it over the Networkautobahn

Load balancing across multiple WAN uplinks is a fairly common SD-WAN capability. At Networking Field Day last month, Dominik Pickhardt heard from VMware’s VeloCloud about something more challenging. They demonstrated how they can handle so-called “elephant flows”, which is when you have one large session that can’t be easily distributed.

BiB 029: Cisco At NFD17 – Automation, Telemetry & Intent

In this episode of Briefings in Brief, Drew Conry-Murray and Greg Ferro discuss what they heard from Cisco during their Networking Field Day presentation last month. Like much of the networking world, Cisco focused on how they are bringing intent, automation, and telemetry into their ecosystem.

BiB 028: VMware NSX At NFD17 – SD-WAN & Security

In this episode of Briefings in Brief, Drew Conry-Murray and Greg Ferro discuss what they saw from VMware’s NSX team at Networking Field Day last month. They touch on the company’s update on VeloCloud post-acquisition, NSX-T features, and a look at the latest version of vSphere.

BiB 027: Juniper Networks At NFD17 – A Platform Emerges

In this episode of Briefings in Brief, Drew Conry-Murray and Greg Ferro discuss the presentation from Juniper Networks at last month’s Networking Field Day. The company demoed their analytics platform AppFormix, clarified the divergence of Contrail from OpenContrail, and discussed the adoption of the P4 language across a variety of hardware.

BiB 30: Mellanox, Ixia & Cumulus At NFD17 – VXLAN & Whitebox

In this episode of Briefings in Brief, Drew Conry-Murray and Greg Ferro discuss what they saw from Mellanox, Ixia and, Cumulus Networks at Networking Field Day last month. Mellanox reviewed their switch portfolio, which can run a third-party OS like Cumulus Networks’ Cumulus Linux network OS. Ixia showed off IxNetwork, their flagship testing suite.

Networking is Finally Catching Up

Phil Gervasi reflects on why servers have been managed programmatically for years, but not networks. From what he saw at Networking Field Day last month, that’s about to change. Phil cites Extreme Networks as standing out with providing a means for greater agility and efficiency in programming networks.

Packet Capture – NSX 6.4

Inspired by the VMware presentation at Networking Field Day last month, Karel Novak wrote up an overview of packet capture in NSX. The post is in Czech, our English readers can check out the translation here:

Step by Step – Upgrade NSX 6.3.5 na NSX 6.4

Do you speak Czech? Do you want to upgrade from VMware NSX 6.3.5 to 6.4? Well Karel Novak put together a step by step guide to doing it that’s just for you, inspired from VMware’s presentation at Networking Field Day last month. For our English readers, the translation is available here:

Intentional Infrastructure

For Matt Oswalt, network automation is more than simply about making the lives of network engineers a little easier. It’s a nice side benefit to be sure, but for Matt, the goal for automation must be to make the network more responsive to the applications that use it. You can hear more of Matt from his presentation with Juniper Networks from last month’s Networking Field Day.

#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.

Off the Cuff – NFD17 Wrap Up

In the most recent “Off the Cuff” episode of Network Collective, the crew discussed what they saw at Networking Field Day last week. What happens when six delegates sit on a podcast together? Magic!

What’s new and how to one click upgrade to NSX 6.4.x ?

Mariusz Kaczorek got a look from WMware at what’s new with NSX 6.4.0 at Networking Field Day last week. He highlights the one-click upgrade available, then digs into the Application Rule Manager and Identity Firewall features of the release.