The Hedge Podcast 67: Daniel Beveridge and the Structure of Innovation

By Russ | 20 January 2021 |

Innovation and disruption are part the air we breath in the information technology world. But what is innovation, and how do we become innovators? When you see someone who has invented a lot of things, either shown in patents or standards or software, you might wonder how you can become an innovator, too. In this episode of the Hedge, Tom Ammon, Eyvonne Sharp, and Russ White talk to Daniel Beveridge about the structure of innovation—how to position yourself in a place where you can innovate, and how to launch innovation.

The History of the Cisco TAC

By Russ | 19 January 2021 |

The Cisco Technical Assistance Center, or TAC, was as responsible for the growth of computer networking as any technology or other organization. TAC trained the first generation of network engineers, both inside Cisco and out, creating a critical mass of talent that spread out into the networking world, created a new concept of certifications, and set a standard that every other technical support organization has sought to live up to since. Join Joe Pinto, Phil Remaker, Alistair Woodman, Donald Sharp, and Russ White as we dive into the origins of TAC.

IPv6 Buzz: Is IPv6 Baked Enough?

By Russ | 18 January 2021 |

I was recently a guest on the IPv6 Buzz podcast. Ed, Scott, Tom, and I talk about IPv6 operational maturity, IPv6 standards, and the IETF process. This was a great episode, you should really listen to it … and listen to IPv6 Buzz in general.

Hedge #66: Tyler McDaniel and BGP Peer Locking

By Russ | 14 January 2021 |

Tyler McDaniel joins Eyvonne, Tom, and Russ to discuss a study on BGP peerlocking, which is designed to prevent route leaks in the global Internet. From the study abstract:

BGP route leaks frequently precipitate serious disruptions to interdomain routing. These incidents have plagued the Internet for decades while deployment and usability issues cripple efforts to mitigate the problem. Peerlock, introduced in 2016, addresses route leaks with a new approach. Peerlock enables filtering agreements between transit providers to protect their own networks without the need for broad cooperation or a trust infrastructure.

The Hedge Podcast #65: Jacquelyn Adams and the Future of Work

By Russ | 6 January 2021 |

Everyone in networking—and beyond networking, in fact—thinks about what the future of work might look like. Jacquelyn Adams joins Eyvonne Sharp, Tom Ammon, and Russ White on this episode of the Hedge to discuss what work might look like based on this era of rapid change, and how you can prepare for that future.

George Sadowsky on the History of Networking

By Russ | 5 January 2021 | Comments Off on George Sadowsky on the History of Networking

George Sadowsky was a pioneer in recognizing the importance of networking technology for economic development, particularly in developing economies. He has worked in over 50 countries to bring training and networking infrastructure to the local population. In this episode of the History of Networking, George recounts some of the early, pre-Internet, work in computer networking, and the development of many of the organizations that make the Internet work today. His web site can be found here.

The Hedge Podcast #64: Brian Keys and Burnout

By Russ | 16 December 2020 | Comments Off on The Hedge Podcast #64: Brian Keys and Burnout

Burnout stalks most network engineers—and most people in the world of information technology—striking at least once in every career, it seems, and often more than once. In this episode, Brian Keys joins Eyvonne Sharp, Tom Ammon, and Russ White to discuss his personal experience with burnout. The discussion then turns to general strategies and ideas for avoiding burnout on a day-to-day basis.

The History of EARN, RARE, and European Networks (part 2)

By Russ | 15 December 2020 | Comments Off on The History of EARN, RARE, and European Networks (part 2)

European networks from the mid-1980’s to the late 2000’s underwent a lot of change, bolstered by the rise and fall of America Online, the laying of a lot of subsea cables, and the creation of several organizations, including EARN and RARE, to bolster the spread and use of the Internet. Daniele Bovio joins Donald Sharp and Russ White on this episode of the History of Networking to give us a good overall perspective of this history.

The Hedge Episode 63: Anycast with Andree Toonk

By Russ | 10 December 2020 | Comments Off on The Hedge Episode 63: Anycast with Andree Toonk

Anycast is a bit of a mystery to a lot of network engineers. What is it, and what is it used for? Andree Toonk joins Tom and Russ on this episode of the Hedge to discuss the many uses of anycast, particularly in the realm of the Domain Name Service (DNS). Andree helped build the OpenDNS network and service, so he has deep experience with anycast routing on the DFZ.

The Hedge Podcast #62: Jacob Hess and the Importance of History

By Russ | 2 December 2020 | Comments Off on The Hedge Podcast #62: Jacob Hess and the Importance of History

At first glance, it would seem like the history of a technology would have little to do with teaching that technology. Jacob Hess of NexGenT joins us in this episode of the Hedge to help us understand why he always includes the history of a technology when teaching it—a conversation that broadened out into why learning history is important for all network engineers.