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