The Hedge 19: Optional Security is not Optional

Brian Trammell joins Alvaro Retana and Russ White to discuss his IETF draft Optional Security Is Not An Option, and why optional security is very difficult to deploy in practice. Brian blogs at and also writes at APNIC.

The Hedge 18: Programming Fundamentals for Network Engineers

Network engineers do not need to become full-time coders to succeed—but some coding skills are really useful. In this episode of the Hedge, David Barrosso (you can find David’s github repositories here), Phill Simmonds, and Russ White discuss which programming skills are useful for network engineers.

The Hedge 17: Michael Natkin and Strong Opinions Loosely Held

According to Michael Natkin, “in the tech industry, with our motto of “strong opinions, loosely held” (also known as “strong opinions, weakly held”), we’ve glorified overconfidence.” Michael joins Tom Ammon and Russ White to discuss the culture of overconfidence, and how it impacts the field of information technology.

The Hedge 16: Pavel Odinstov on Fastnetmon Use Cases

In a previous episode, Pavel joined the Hedge to talk about the origins and architecture of the Fastnetmon open source network monitoring tool. In this episode, Pavel joins Russ White and Tom Ammon to talk about the many creative use cases to which you can apply this tool.

The Hedge 15: Alistair Woodman on Supporting Open Source

Many companies rely on open source, regardless of whether or not they realize it. In this episode of the Hedge, Alistair Woodman joins Russ White and Tom Ammon to talk about not only why you should support the open source projects you use, but how you can.

The Hedge 14: Ron Bonica and SRM6

SRv6 uses IPv6 header fields to perform many of the same traffic engineering, fast reroute, and other functions available through MPLS. The size of the header with a large label stack, however, can be problematic from a performance perspective. Further, adding the concept of actions to SRv6 would bring a lot of new functionality into view. On this episode of the Hedge podcast, Ron Bonica joins Russ White to talk about SRm6, or Segment Routing Mapped to the v6 address space, which compacts the label stack and actions into a smaller space, resulting in an easier to deploy version of SRv6.