Network Field Day 21 – Forward Networks – Useful Intent Based Networking

In this piece, Ed Horley looks at what Forward Networks presented at their recent Networking Field Day appearance. The company came out of stealth at Networking Field Day back in 2016, and this recent appearance impressed with how the company has refined their intent-based networking solutions.

What Do Boba Tea and Network Verification Have in Common?

Forward Networks came out of stealth a Networking Field Day a few years ago, and it’s always great to have them come back as a presenter. During their most recent presentation, they were subject to some tough question. In this post, they discuss how they answered them, and how the company has proved it can perform at scale.

Probing the Last Mile

Ixia is helping Tech Field Day celebrate our 10th anniversary! For their presentation, Ixia has Phil Trainor giving his unique field perspective on security and how better visibility into what’s happening on the network can help you avoid some potentially nasty outcomes including ransomware pwnage.

Meet the #NFD21 Delegates: Micheline Murphy

Going from a two decade career as an attorney and becoming a network engineer and CCIE is a big career change. In this post, Aruba digs into how Networking Field Day delegate Micheline Murphy made that shift, and what she hopes to get out of the event.

Building Better Policies With Machine Learning and Edgewise Networks

Security is all about the policy. So why not leverage your technology to help you create it? Tom Hollingsworth takes a look at the Security Field Day presentation from Edgewise Networks and how machine learning is the key to building better security policies.

Taking Control of the Last-Mile Delivery

It was great to have Ixia return to Networking Field Day at our most recent event. In this post, Amy Arnold, one of the delegates at the event, digs into their newly announced IxProbe. This provides traffic stats, link status, and when used in conjunction with Ixia’s Hawkeye, a battery of QoS and link quality tests, going a long way to solving the last mile visibility gap.

One API to Rule Them All, and in the Ether(net) Bind Them

Amy Arnold heard from Itential at Networking Field Day, where they showed off an interesting solution. They created an API accessible platform that takes modern API and abstraction focused principles, and leverages them toward solving this problem of API overload. Can an orchestrator of orchestrators, or an API for APIs, help solve the problem? Amy digs into the details in this post.

Bringing a Butter Knife to a Screwdriver Party: Three Network Automation Tools From NFD21…Just for Fun.

At our recently Networking Field Day, Micheline Murphy got to hear from three different companies with different approaches to network automation. In this post, she breaks down what she heard from Forward Networks, Aruba Networks, and NetworkToCode.

NFD21 | NetworkToCode

Jeremy Schulman has a long history with network automation, so he was excited to hear from NetworkToCode at Networking Field Day. He was really intrigued by their distinction of network automation strategy, from those building a platform to those investing in power tools. This is an important decision for any organization and one that the company astutely identified.

Network Change Validation Meets Supersized Network Emulation

In this piece, Amy Arnold considers the classic problem of having to roll out large scale network changes when many engineers lack a full-scale lab to do comprehensive testing. This impacts organizations of all sizes, and can cause no end of headaches. At Networking Field Day, Tesuto made their debut presentation, showing how they leverage the cloud to perform large scale emulation of networks, while allowing engineers to leverage modern automation tools and testing.

Aruba SD-Branch – Evolution

Aruba is a familiar face at Networking Field Day, and at our most recent event thye did a deep dive into their latest with SD-Branch. In this post, Ed Horley breaks down how it offers a unified interface and flexible configuration to appeal to a lot of organizations.

Aruba’s SD-Branch Part #1: Solution Components

Remington Loose got to hear from Aruba as a delegate at Networking Field Day. They went into details about the latest for their SD-Branch offering, something that Remington wasn’t too familiar with it. From their basic summation that SD-Branch= SD-WAN + SD-LAN, Remington digs into the technical details about what makes it stand out.

My Thoughts on Networking Field Day 21

A.J. Murray got to experience the super sized event that was Networking Field Day. This saw an incredible array of companies presenting to our delegates over the course of four days. In this post, he shares his thoughts about each of the presentations. Remember, if you’ve ever wondered how you can become a delegate, we have a sign-up form right on the website. Join us at our next event!

Network Sausage Automation

Josh Warcop creates perhaps the most delicious metaphor to talk about networking in this post. Using sausage (yes, sausage) as his framing device, he looks at how both have a rather broad definition, why automation is like buying from the grocery store, and why there are so many variations. We’re glad Networking Field Day could inspire such a scrumptious piece of writing.

Who Is Network to Code @ Networking Field Day 21

There’s probably no hotter topic in networking right now than automation. At Networking Field Day, we got to hear the debut presentation by Network to Code and see what solutions they offer in the area. This post helps to introduce the company’s overall mission, be sure to check it out before diving into the video coverage.

NFD21 – NetBox Automation Integrations

Network to Code presented at their first Networking Field Day event this fall, and they packed a lot of interesting content into their time. In this post, they dig into their Netbox solution and its role as a robust source of truth within a network automation framework. If you didn’t catch their presentation live, be sure to watch the entire video from the event!

Itential Debuts at Networking Field Day 21

The team at Itential made their first presentation at Networking Field Day. They choose to make a splash at one of our biggest events of the year. In this post, they break down what they discussed in each part of their presentation. Be sure to check out what this company is doing with networking automation.

Arrcus: An Application of Modern OEM Principles for Whitebox Switches

Arrcus definitely made an impression on Amy Arnold after Networking Field Day. If nothing else, it spurred some pirate puns. But perhaps more importantly, she was impressed by their approach to whitebox switching. They showed off the latest with ArcOS, which now leverages advanced capabilities of the Jericho-2 chipset. Be sure to check out the rest of the post for all the details.

Fast Friday Thoughts – Networking Field Day 21

Tom Hollingsworth usually has some keen insights after a Networking Field Day event. As the organizer, it’s not surprising. In this post, he shares some quick thoughts about overall trends from the event. He’s seeing SD-WAN moving to become application-centric, automation getting a more human touch, and why owning the stack leads to disappointment. Be sure to check out the whole post for lots of great insights.

NFD21 Delegate!

Remington Loose was a first time delegate at Networking Field Day. While it can be a little intimidating to drink from the IT fire hose at such an event, Remington definitely did his homework. He profiles the presenting companies in this piece and what he expected to see from each. Now that the event is over, we can’t wait to hear what he thought of the presentations.