VMWare NSX Distributed Firewall

At Networking Field Day earlier this month, Kevin Blackburn was introduced to the idea of a VMware distributed firewall. He thinks it’s a perfect example of how their NSX platform can bring additional value to your network by eliminating a lot of the need to physically segment it. Kevin sees NSX as making the network easier to manage, without ceding any control over its operation.


SD-WAN: Redundancy and Optimization

Kevin Blackburn saw a presentation from TELoIP at Networking Field Day earlier this month, and used the presentation as a jumping off point for talking about SD-WAN. TELoIP presented their VINO SD-WAN and SD-Internet solutions during the event. In a lot of ways, the end result of a lot of SD-WAN solutions remains the same, but each company goes about doing it in substantively different ways, which may have different appeal among organizations. For TELoIP, they emphasized using all available internet circuits into a logical bundle of network connections.


SSL Decryption for Increased Network Visibility

Kevin Blackburn wrote up his thoughts on Gigamon’s presentation at Networking Field Day this month. They focused their presentation on GigaSECURE, their security visibility platform that allows for inline SSL decryption. They do this with by operating a sanctioned man in the middle capture. This is vital for giving administrators the visibility into traffic needed to ensure secure practice. Kevin’s only concern was in how Gigamon’s trusted certificate were handled, which may lead to a manual process of adding these to devices they can’t be automatically pushed to. But with a predicated 80% of traffic being encrypted in the near future, the tradeoff may well be worth it to gain visibility.


VMWare NSX: A New Method of Datacenter Networking

Kevin Blackburn wrote up some of his thoughts on VMware NSX from Networking Field Day last week. The company presented on it for four hours, so he was really able to get into a technical deep dive on this interesting network control solution. Kevin seemed really impressed by how NSX lets you integrate a variety of vendors into the solution, via a layer 3 connection using BGP or OSPF. NSX also allows you to directly firewall devices, create unique policies, and extend all of this into cloud environments thanks to AWS support.


IP Infusion: The Enterprise Whitebox Solution

Kevin Blackburn heard from IP Infusion last week at Networking Field Day, and got a good look at their white box networking OS and their virtualized platform. Their OS covers enough of the white box world to cover the entire range of interfaces and speeds. One interesting feature Kevin noted was that you can program your own application directly into the OS for added customization. Overall, Kevin enjoyed the configurability and documentation available from IP Infusion. He may have not heard of IP Infusion before the event, but he found them to offer a stable platform for network engineers to move into the white box networking world.


NFD15 – TELoIP VINO – Part 1

Kevin Blackburn wrote up an excellent preview of TELoIP, an SD-WAN provider. He looks at their Virtual Intelligent Network Overlay and how it appears to operate based on existing information. He’s excited to learn specifics directly from TELoIP, and plans to learn how they differentiate themselves in the increasingly crowded market.


#NFD15 – Delegate Selection

Kevin Blackburn is heading to Networking Field Day next week, it’s his first event and we’re excited to have him there. He’s looking forward to hearing from the presenting companies with technical deep dives, and asking pertinent questions. Make sure to follow along on the live stream, and join the conversation on Twitter using #NFD15.


Kevin Blackburn

My name is Kevin Blackburn and I am a Senior Network Engineer based near Akron, OH. Through my employment and personal study, I have worked with mainly Cisco equipment day-to-day including Pix \ ASA \ Firepower Security, Nexus DataCenter, as well as iOS based networking equipment. My main hobby is technology as a whole so […]