Network Field Day 23 Overview, or Throw Out Your Net Management Tools, They’re Obsolete!

There is a network management revolution going on, and legacy systems are no longer going to cut it. Airvine, Apstra, Arista, Boradcom, Catchpoint, Cisco, Intel, IP Fabric, Juniper Networks and Path Solutions came together at Network Field Day 23 to showcase how each of their products is making waves in the network management space. Peter Welcher, Network Field Day 23 delegate and tech expert came to the conclusion that it is time to modernize company’s network management tools, or die, based on what he saw at the event.

Mist Is the New Edge

Tom Hollingsworth had the chance to see Mist present at Mobility Field Day this past July. He writes that since being acquired by Juniper Networks, both Juniper and Mist have grown and gone through an incredible transformation. That has led to Mist being on the cutting edge of utilizing AI to change the way we do networking. Tom writes that he’s never been so excited to see radical changes coming in the way we network and is looking forward to seeing what Juniper and Mist have up their sleeve next. Check out Tom’s article on and all of the Mobility Field Day presentations on our website.

Thoughts From Networking Field Day 23

Networking Field Day this Fall was full of quality content and sponsors. Event lead Tom Hollingsworth shares some quick thoughts about this event on his latest blog post. Tom writes about his thoughts on the transformation of network monitoring, developments for SD-WAN, and how companies are going to have to better support their employee’s connectivity with the shift to remote work. He also talks about Networking Field Day presenter Juniper and their evolving place in the market. For more great Networking Field Day content including Juniper Network’s presentations, check out our website!

Looking Forward to Network Field Day 23

Pete Welcher posted about our September Networking Field Day event over on LinkedIn. He’s looking forward to the event overall, but the highlight of this article are his thoughts about the presenting companies. He mentions Arista, Cisco, Juniper Networks, and Palo Alto, which he calls “four of the top five” networking companies. He’s also keen on seeing Apstra, Broadcom, Catchpoint, Intel, PathSolutions, and VMware, though the latter is not able to present at this event this time.

De-Mist-Ifying Contact Tracing

As a delegate at Mobility Field Day, Dave Benham saw presentations by Mist Systems and was intrigued by their Proximity Tracing system and its potential impact on Contact Tracing and limiting the spread of COVID-19. Dave writes that the applications of their new systems are significant for contract tracers because the it gives organizations the potential ability track where infected individuals have been in a specific facility and identify what areas might need a deep cleaning. This tracking has the possibility to provide users with increased information and help increase the safety of people utilizing a given space. Check out all of Mist System’s presentations at Cloud Field Day on our website.

Mist Announces New Wi-Fi 6 Access Points at Mobility Field Day 5

At Mobility Field Day, Mist Systems made a return presentation. The company is now part of Juniper Networks, and had a number of new additions to their AI-enabled access point portfolio. All of these APs support Wi-Fi 6 and come with the rich feature set included with 802.11ax. One of the things that really helps these APs stand out is a custom-built BLE antenna array, which is designed to give angle of arrival information for Bluetooth signals, letting Mist obtain more accurate location information.

Bad Behavior Analysis With Juniper Networks

It can be hard to determine what bad behavior looks like on a network. Signals are crowded and searching through the noise is time consuming. The industry has heard that AI is a possible solution, and it looks like this may be moving from hypothetical to reality very soon. Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at the way Juniper Networks is using AI to find bad actors before they can get what they’re after. He got to hear from Juniper at Security Field Day, be sure to checkout their full video presentation for all the details.

#MFD5 Day 1-Quick Recap

John Deegan knows how to enjoy a vacation, a full day of IT goodness at Mobility Field Day. In this post, he looks back at the presenters feature in day one of the event. From the day, he was saw Mist having an early leg up as it further expands its AI-based analytics in enterprise networks, even while introducing tools to make the traditional dashboard obsolete. Celona showed off how their CBRS tech stack has matured since the last time they presented, and John was excited to see endpoint hardware supporting the spectrum needed for it. The day was definitely full of quality presentations, and he was definitely hungry for the rest of the event.

Coffee Hour – Mobility Field Day 5

Rowell Dionicio and François Vergès over at the Clear to Send podcast recently previewed what to expect at Mobility Field Day. They were particularly interested to see VMware as a presenting company and can’t wait to hear what they’ll be discussing. They also look at some of the delegates attending to the event, note the increased importance of wireless security within the voices around the table, and how the virtual event is changing who can be a delegate.

Juniper’s Active Network Defence Concept

Juniper Networks went into detail about their Advanced Threat Protection at Security Field Day. For Justin Warren, it took a little bit to start digging into what Juniper was showing, eventually understanding their machine-learning based threat detection approach. Justin sees this as potentially effective, but having to overcome a lot of negative preconceptions, dependent on making sure the system is smart enough at detection to be a tool rather than an annoyance to avoid. A lot of the success of Juniper’s Advanced Threat Protection will depend on organizations laying the groundwork to work well with it, something that Justin doesn’t think is commonly the case. That being said, he thinks the approach and overall goal are sound, and that perhaps organizations need lofty goals to reach for to ultimately get better.

“Hey Juniper, How’s the Security State of My Network?”

In this post, Pieter-Jan Nefkens looks at how Juniper Networks is usingAI/ML on detecting anomalies or other weird behavior on your network. Based on what he saw at Security Field Day, this can help you a lot in gaining more visibility and control in your network. Pieter sees these kind of tools as vital for spotting odd one-off behavior that might go unnoticed, but could have big security implications. Ultimately these are tools to help admins sort through ever increasing loads of data. He’s aware that they aren’t perfect, and that human review of findings is probably still warranted for some time, but he likes what he saw from Juniper.

A Measure of Automation With Juniper Networks

You may be automating all the things, but are you verifying and measuring the outcomes of your automation? You need to be sure before you move forward on your journey. Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at Juniper Networks Contrail Insights and how it can help you make sure you’re automating the right things. Juniper did a deep dive on Contrail Insights at Networking Field Day, showing how a journey to automation is a matter steps. For Tom, Contrail Insights might not be the most exciting step in that journey, but arguably one of the most important.

Mist a Refreshing Experience When You Need a Support Case

Haydn Andrews got his hands on a Mist AP43 during Mobility Field Day last summer, and just found time to run it through its wireless paces. In his initial testing, Haydn found the setup process to be incredibly easy. When he did run into some issues and questions while trying to do some advanced configuration, he was even more impressed by the support system at Mist Systems. Instead of having to send all sorts of log and license information over to the support team, they got him answers to his questions within a few minutes. It was a refreshing change of pace for what is considered standard in much of the industry.

Renewing Juniper’s Enterprise Focus – Part 2

Jordan Martin discusses what he learned from Networking Field Day Exclusive at Juniper NXTWORK 2019 and he makes the case that it’s worth your time to check out the fantastic work that Juniper is doing.

NXTWORK 2019: Mist, ML, and the Future of Juniper Networks

Jonathan Davis shares a recap of Networking Field Day Exclusive at Juniper NXTWORK 2019 in Las Vegas. His sum up is pretty simple: Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Application Programming Interfaces. Be sure to check out the post for all the details.

AI for the Sake of AI? Or the Start Something Else?

Jake Snyder was at Networking Field Day Exclusive at Juniper NXTWORK 2019, and got to hear the latest from Mist Systems. Jake’s been skeptical about uses of AI and ML in the enterprise, but was impressed with what he saw from Mist. They were able to identifty a missing VLAN relatively, without requiring extensive training of individual models.

Checking Out Juniper NXTWORK 2019 With Tech Field Day

Drew Lentz was a delegate at Networking Field Day Exclusive at Juniper NXTWORK 2019. With Juniper’s recent acquisition of Mist Systems, Drew was pretty excited to see how the company would integrate its AI networking assets. He made a ton of videos at the event, so be sure to check them all out for his takes on what he saw.

AI and Trivia

Tom Hollingsworth didn’t get to attend Networking Field Day Exclusive at Juniper NXTWORK 2019, but definitely has thoughts about what was presented at the show. With Juniper making major investments and acquisitions in ML and AI, Tom considers how this will effect networking. In his mind, if algorithmic approaches can deal with troubleshooting, it’s definitely a technology he’s interested in.

Day 1 @ #NXTWORK 2019

In this video, Drew Lentz shares his thoughts after the first day of Networking Field Day Exclusive at Juniper NXTWORK 2019.

What’s So Cool About #AI for Networks?

Drew Lentz was a delegate at Networking Field Day Exclusive at Juniper NXTWORK 2019. Leading up to the event, he shares his thoughts about the event, considering why networking needs AI and ML, and if this will make the lives of networking professionals better.