Hedge 100: Supply Chain Diversity with Brooks Westbrook and Mike Bushong

Most network engineers don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their supply chain—you must call your favorite vendor, order, and a few weeks later the hardware shows up on your loading dock. It’s not so simple any more. If you disaggregate, you need to manage your software and hardware supply chains separately. You need to think about security in your supply chain—is that software package backdoored? Moving to the cloud might seem to solve these problems, but they don’t. Even virtual networks have physical limits.

Hedge 99

Two things have been top of mind for those who watch the ‘net and global Internet policy—the increasing number of widespread outages, and the logical and physical centralization of the ‘net. How do these things relate to one another? Alban Kwan joins us to discuss the relationship between centralization and widespread outages. You can read Alban’s article on the topic here.

Hedge 098: DRIP with Stuart Card

Drones are becoming—and in many cases have already become—an everyday part of our lives. Drones are used in warfare, delivery services, photography, and recreation. One of the problems facing the world of drones, however, is the strong tie-in between the controller and the drone; this proprietary link limits innovation and reduces the information available to public officials to manage traffic, and even to protect the privacy of drone operators. The DRIP working group is building protocols designed to standardize the drone-to-controller interface, advancing the state of the art in drones and opening up the field for innovation. Stuart Card joins Alvaro Retana and Russ White to discuss DRIP.

Hedge 97: Low Context DevOps

Language is deeply contextual—one of my favorite sayings from the theological world is if you take the text out of its context, you are just left with the con. What does context have to do with development and operations, though? Can there be low and high context situations in the daily life of building and running systems? Thomas Limoncelli joins Tom Ammon and Russ White to discuss the idea of low context devops, and the larger issue of context in managing projects and teams, on this episode of the Hedge.

Hedge 96: Mark Nottingham and the Future of Standardization

It often seems like the IETF is losing steam—building standards, particularly as large cloud-scale companies a reducing their participation in standards bodies and deploying whatever works for them. Given these changes, what is the future of standards bodies like the IETF? Mark Nottingham joins Tom Ammon and Russ White in a broad-ranging discussion around this topic.

Hedge 95: Mike Bushong and Agile

We’ve all been told agile is better … but as anyone who’s listened here long enough knows, if you haven’t found the tradeoffs, you haven’t looked hard enough. What is agile better for? Are there time when agile is better, and times when more traditional project management processes are better? Mike Bushong joins Tom Ammon, Eyvonne Sharp, and Russ White on this, the 95th episode of the Hedge, to discuss his experience with implementing agile, where it works, and where it doesn’t.

Hedge 94: Josh Slater and Quantum Networking

If you’re like me, you’ve heard a lot of hype about quantum—but you’ve never really been able to understand what quantum networking might be useful for. On this episode of the Hedge, Josh Slater, who works in the field of quantum networking, Ethan Banks, and Russ White discuss the current state of quantum networking and potential use cases for the technology. Things are farther along than you might think.

Hedge 93: Dinesh Dutt and Observability

We talk a lot of about telemetry in the networking world, but generally as a set of disconnected things we measure, rather than as an entire system. We also tend to think about what we can measure, rather than what is useful to measure. Dinesh Dutt argues we should be thinking about observability, and how to see the network as a system. Listen in as Dinesh, Tom, And Russ talk about observability, telemetry, and Dinesh’s open source network observability project.

Hedge 92: The IETF isn’t the Standards Police

In most areas of life, where the are standards, there is some kind of enforcing agency. For instance, there are water standards, and there is a water department that enforces these standards. There are electrical standards, and there is an entire infrastructure of organizations that make certain the fewest number of people are electrocuted as possible each year. What about Internet standards? Most people are surprised when they realize there is no such thing as a “standards police” in the Internet.

Listen in as George Michaelson, Evyonne Sharp, Tom Ammon, and Russ White discuss the reality of standards enforcement in the Internet ecosystem.

Hedge 91: Leslie Daigle and IP Addresses Acting Badly

What if you could connect a lot of devices to the Internet—without any kind of firewall or other protection—and observe attackers trying to find their way “in?” What might you learn from such an exercise? One thing you might learn is a lot of attacks seem to originate from within a relatively small group of IP addresses—IP addresses acing badly. Listen in as Leslie Daigle of Thinking Cat and the Techsequences podcast, Tom Ammon, and Russ White discuss just such an experiment and its results.