Tom Hollingsworth

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Tom Hollingsworth, CCIE #29213, is an event lead for the Tech Field Day events series. He also writes about networking and related technolgies on his blog at With over 10 years of experience in the IT field, Tom has covered the breadth of technology from desktop deployment to data center installation. He brings his unique perspective to his writing both on his blog and at Network Computing. Tom can also be found prognosticating and commenting about technology from his Twitter account @networkingnerd.

Event Staff

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  1. Does SPB Mean “Secure Path Bridging”?
  2. Answers at Your Fingertips With Forward Networks
  3. Meraki Is Almost an Enterprise Solution
  4. Cisco Live Europe Reactions | Gestalt IT Rundown: January 29, 2020
  5. Priming Your Application Performance With Intel Application Device Queues
  6. Captivating Wireless Connectivity With Cisco OpenRoaming
  7. Testing the Whole System With NetAlly EtherScope nXG
  8. Really Late Company Christmas Shopping
  9. Assuring Your Service Level With Ixia IxProbe
  10. Over the Ramparts, Metageek Watched
  11. Stopping vMotion Roulette With Virtana
  12. Rethinking Networking Architecture With Arrcus
  13. Tackling Troublesome IoT With Fortinet
  14. The Value of Virtual Networks From Tesuto
  15. AI and Trivia
  16. The Name’s the Thing With Guardicore
  17. Monitoring Cloud Network Traffic With ExtraHop
  18. Meet the First #TFD Delegates: Tom Hollingsworth
  19. Building Better Policies With Machine Learning and Edgewise Networks
  20. Fragmentation Free With Aruba’s Newest Switches
  21. Malware Microsegmentation With Illumio
  22. All-In on AI With Mist and Juniper
  23. Fast Friday Thoughts – Networking Field Day 21
  24. Stopping Security Silos With Palo Alto Networks Cortex
  25. Bleeding the Dragon With WPA3 and Aruba – Gestalt IT
  26. 128 Technology – The Best Voice Routing Platform You’ve Never Heard Of
  27. Securing Your Enterprise With VIAVI Observer Apex
  28. Fast Friday – Mobility Field Day 4
  29. Stopping Network Blame With Kemp
  30. Rooted in Security With Banyan
  31. The Contention Window: S1E12 : TechFieldDay – Mobility Field Day 4 Preview
  32. Cross Pollinating Catalyst Platforms With NetBeez
  33. Remote Access Amazement With Opengear
  34. The Briar Patch of Software Patches
  35. The Development of DevNet’s Future
  36. Tackling Troublesome Tunnels With 128 Technology
  37. Meraki’s Eye in the Sky
  38. Intelligence in the Mist
  39. The Good, the Bad, and the Questionable: Acquisition Activities
  40. Avoiding Automation Archipelagos With Extreme Networks
  41. Yellow Capes and Safe Escapes – The Journey of Zoë Rose
  42. All-In With SD-WAN and Fortinet
  43. Security Field Day – The Non-Conference
  44. Layered Security Isn’t About Devices
  45. Defeating DDoS in the Network With Nokia
  46. Keeping the Network OS Contained With SnapRoute
  47. NSX-T Is Transformative for the Future of VMware
  48. Who Do You Trust in Your Community?
  49. OpenConfig and Wi-Fi – the Winning Combo
  50. Gestalt IT Live Blog – Aruba HER Keynote Address
  51. The Foundation of the Future With Barefoot Networks
  52. Fast Friday – Aruba Atmosphere 2019
  53. Device Validation Security in Service Provider Networks
  54. Drive Your Own Demo With Riverbed
  55. Making Way for the New With Cisco
  56. Kentik and the Negative Roadmap
  57. The Future of Sports Wi-Fi Is Intelligent With Extreme Networks
  58. Using Identity To Secure Workloads with Aporeto
  59. Aruba and the Need for WPA3 with OWE
  60. Visual Networking At It’s Finest with Apstra
  61. The Power of a Great Demo with Illumio
  62. Building More Factors For Security with Cisco Duo
  63. Some Random Thoughts From Security Field Day
  64. Automating the Mundane with Silver Peak
  65. When Is It Not Always DNS?
  66. The Need for Security Field Day
  67. Presenting To The D-Suite
  68. Jack Daniel and Tom Hollingsworth Discuss Community and Security
  69. Ookla Acquires Ekahau – The Future of Wi-Fi Design is Speedy!
  70. ARM Servers and End Times | Gestalt IT Rundown: September 19, 2018
  71. A Matter of Perspective
  72. The Cargo Cult of Google Tools
  73. Arista Is Finding Their Mojo In Wireless
  74. Becoming a Wi-Fi Superhero with Cape Networks
  75. Arista Is Finding Their Mojo In Wireless
  76. Friday Musings on Network Analytics
  77. Independence, Impartiality, and Perspective
  78. Cisco’s Container Journey to the Cloud
  79. Accessing Security Insights with SolarWinds Network Insight For Cisco ASA
  80. Unlocking VXLAN with Mellanox
  81. Extreme Networks SLX Platform – Extremely Easy Analytics
  82. Wireless Thoughts From Aruba Atmosphere
  83. Orchestration From the Top Versus Automation From the Bottom
  84. Is ACI Coming For The CLI?
  85. Legacy IT Is Not A Monument
  86. Going Faster with 400Gbps Ethernet and Andy Bechtolsheim
  87. Architecting Container Direction with Nirmata
  88. Keeping An Eye On Containers with Ixia CloudLens
  89. Network Visibility with Barefoot Deep Insight
  90. Unmasking Bad Actors with Gigamon
  91. Dedicated Wireless Troubleshooting Doesn’t Have To Break The Bank
  92. Pluribus Networks Is the Definition of “Software Defined”
  93. Back In The Saddle Of A Horse Of A Different Color
  94. It’s Probably Not The Wi-Fi
  95. The History of The Wireless Field Day AirCheck
  96. Off The Cuff – Conferences And Social Media For Engineers
  97. Not The Cisco of John Chambers Anymore
  98. Don’t Build Big Data With Bad Data
  99. Short Take – The Present Future of the Net
  100. Extreme-ly Interesting Times In Networking
  101. Datanauts 077: Transitioning To A Less Technical Role
  102. Building Reliability
  103. Sorting Through SD-WAN
  104. Two Takes On ASIC Design
  105. Bringing 2017 To Everyone
  106. The Power of ONUG And What It Means To You
  107. OpenFlow Is Dead. Long Live OpenFlow.
  108. Nutanix and Plexxi – An Affinity to Converge
  109. Designer or Architect? It’s A Matter Of Choice
  110. Facebook Wedge 100 – The Future of the Data Center?
  111. DevOps and the Infrastructure Dumpster Fire
  112. Ten Years of Cisco Live – Community Matters Most of All
  113. DockerCon Thoughts – Secure, Sufficient Applications
  114. Flash Needs a Highway
  115. Tech Field Day Extra at ONUG Spring 2016 Live Blog – Day 2
  116. How Networking Is Driving Systems Development
  117. Tech Field Day Extra at ONUG Spring 2016 Live Blog – Day 1
  118. Intel and the Network Arms Race
  119. Wireless As We Know It Is Dead
  120. Don’t Touch My Mustache, Aruba!
  121. Drowning in the Data of Things
  122. Will Cisco Shine On?
  123. The Tortoise and the Austin Hare
  124. Critical Applications And the WAN
  125. A Voyage of Discover-E
  126. A Stack Full Of It
  127. ONUG Spotlights Shift To Software And Services – Network Computing
  128. Join Tech Field Day at ONUG Fall 2015 in New York City
  129. Open Networking Needs to Be Interchangeable
  130. Tips For Presenting On Video
  131. This WAN Is Your WAN, This WAN Is My WAN
  132. Open Choices In Networking
  133. Hypermyopia In The World Of Networking
  134. NBase-ing Your Wireless Decisions
  135. VFD4 – The email
  136. Time For A Data Diet?
  137. A Bright And Happy 2015 Ahead
  138. Cisco Just Killed The CLI
  139. Riding the SD-WAN Wave
  140. HP Networking – Hitting The Right Notes
  141. Wires Are The Exception
  142. The Atomic Weight of Policy
  143. SDN Use Case: Content Filtering
  144. Why is Lync The Killer SDN Application?
  145. Do We Need To Redefine Open?
  146. Maybe MU-MIMO Matters
  147. 08 – Wireless Field Day 7 Kickoff « On The Fly Wi-Fi
  148. Cisco Live 2014 – Recap
  149. The SDNicorn
  150. Tom Hollingsworth Offers Snazzy Insight on the 2014 SDDC Symposium
  151. Throw More Storage At It
  152. Tech Field Day is a community event for the community
  153. Dear Syslog, regarding NAT & #VFD3 Day 0
  154. The Slippery Slope of Social Sign-In
  155. 2014 – Introductions Are In Order
  156. Write Like The Wind
  157. SDN and Appeal of Abstraction
  158. Should Microsoft Buy Big Switch?
  159. Avaya and the Magic of SPB
  160. HP Networking and the Software Defined Store
  161. SDN 101 at ONUG Academy
  162. Cisco CMX – Marketing Magic? Or Big Brother?
  163. Your Data Center Isn’t Facebook And That’s Just Fine
  164. Know the Process, Not the Tool
  165. The Vision Of A ThousandEyes
  166. A Complicated World Without Wires
  167. SDDC Interview: Tech Field Day’s Stephen Foskett and Tom Hollingsworth
  168. Software Defined Data Center: Marketing or Meaty?
  169. Show 153 – Cisco Live 2013 Roundtable Discussion with Tech Field Day
  170. Cisco Live 2013 Wrap Up
  171. Tech Field Day 9
  172. Cisco Live 2013 Tweetup
  173. WhoIS Episode 004: Tom Hollingsworth
  174. Brocade’s Pragmatically Defined Network
  175. Juniper and the Removal of the Human Element
  176. Plexxi and the Case for Affinity
  177. Brocade Defined Networking
  178. Causing A Network Ruckus
  179. Solarwinds – The Right Tool For A New Job
  180. Cisco Borderless Idol
  181. Cisco Data Center Duel
  182. Show 139 – Making Your Way Down The Path To Nirvana
  183. Aerohive Is Switching Things Up
  184. Network Field Day 5
  185. Enterprise Networking’s 10 Ten to Watch List
  186. Juniper MX Series – Review
  187. BYOD vs MDM – Who Pays The Bill?
  188. Cisco To Buy Meraki?
  189. Juniper – Land of Unicorns and Broccoli
  190. Cisco – Borderless Speed Dating
  191. 99 Problems But A Switch Ain’t One
  192. Brocade – Packet Spraying and SDN Integrating
  193. Spirent – Bringing The Tests To You
  194. Opengear – A Box Full Of Awesome
  195. Statseeker – Information Is Ammunition
  196. When Demos Attack
  197. Network Field Day 4
  198. Reality As A Service