Get Excited About Traceroute!

John Welsh saw SolarWinds’ Traceroute NG tool at Tech Field Day last month, and decided to give it a spin. It takes the fairly humdrum traceroute tool, and provides additional speed and features to help be an ad hoc network troubleshooting tool. John sees it as a useful tool in its own right, but also a gateway for potential customers to use SolarWinds’ Cloud Monitoring.

Security by Behavior

It was great to have Forcepoint make their first Tech Field Day presentation last month at our event out in Austin. John Welsh was there, and wrote up his thoughts on their approach to security. This is based around their User and Entity Behavior Analytics, which isn’t designed to prevent outside actors from accessing your system, but instead to identify the far murkier problem of user behavior. Their platform provides a way to categorize that behavior to better identify potential insider threats.

Why the Heck Would You Use NSX?

John Welsh got to drink from the firehose of a four hour VMware NSX presentation at Networking Field Day in April. He thinks the value the platform gives is in its ability to provide additional security layers through micro-segmentation. This isn’t meant to replace a hardware perimeter firewall, but can provide additional firewalls down to vNIC level. Effectively setting a stateful firewall policy per VM.

Networking Field Day 15 Preview

Networking Field Day started today, and John Welsh is in attendance. He wrote up a preview post looking at all the different presenting companies. Before you check out the live stream throughout the event, it’s well worth the read to get a better handle of what to expect from them.

John Welsh

Creator and Host of Engineering Deathmatch, Solutions Architect, and CCIE