Hedge 193: Network Automation with the Network Automation Forum

By Russ | 1 September 2023 |

Year after year network engineering media, vendors, and influencers talk about the importance of network automaion—and yet according to surveys, most network operators still have not automated their network operations. In this episode of the Hedge, part 1 of 2, Chris Grundemann and Scott Robohn join the Hedge to give their ideas on why network automation isn’t happening, and how we can resolve the many blockers to automation.

Hedge 192: Addiction Recovery

By Russ | 24 August 2023 | Comments Off on Hedge 192: Addiction Recovery

Addiction and addiction recovery are not a “normal” Hedge topic, but addiction afflicts many people in Information Technology. We’re all “hard driven” types, who feel failure keenly, and we tend to spend more time working than is probably healthy for us. Brett Lovins has been through addiction and recovery, and joins Tom Ammon, Russ White, and Eyvonne Sharp to talk about this high impact topic.

Hedge 191: Power in the Data Center with Sarah Martin

By Russ | 18 August 2023 | Comments Off on Hedge 191: Power in the Data Center with Sarah Martin

While power is crucial for data centers, it’s also something network engineers don’t talk about a lot. In this episode of the Hedge, Sarah Martin from HED Design joins us to talk about the history, current state, and future of power in data centers.

Hedge 190: Sunspots

By Russ | 10 August 2023 | Comments Off on Hedge 190: Sunspots

What impact would Electromagnetic Pulses (EMP) from a large-scale sunspot have in the modern world? One this episode of the Hedge, Ulrich Speidel and Jaap Akkerhuis join George Michaelson and Russ White to discuss space weather and its impact on communication systems. Note this is a joint episode with <em>Ping, APNIC’s podcast. Because this is a joint recording, the format is a little different than normal.

Hedge 189: Data Center Careers with Carrie Goetz

By Russ | 4 August 2023 | Comments Off on Hedge 189: Data Center Careers with Carrie Goetz

When network engineers think of a data center, we think of fabrics and routers and switches. There is a lot more to a data center, though—there is power, building construction, environmentals, and a lot of others. What possible jobs are out there in the data center space for people who want to work in IT, but don’t either want to code or build networks? Carrie Goetz, author of Jumpstart Your Career in Data Centers joins Tom Ammon and Russ White to tell us about a few, and about the importance of other careers in the data center.

Hedge 188: Sidewalk, Who’s Responsible?, and Data Breaches

By Russ | 28 July 2023 |

It’s the last show of the month, which means it is time for a roundtable! Today we are discussing three news stories, including Amazon’s Sidewalk Labs, a court case in California involving Cisco and the Great Firewall of China, and yet another data breach.

Hedge 187: Buffer Bloat with Bjørn T

By Russ | 21 July 2023 | Comments Off on Hedge 187: Buffer Bloat with Bjørn T

Buffer bloat causes permanent delay at multiple points along the path between a server and client—but it is hard to measure and resolve. Bjørn Teigen joins Tom and Russ on this episode of the Hedge to discuss the problem, solutions based in routers, and research into how to solve the problem at the host. You can find Bjørn’s recent paper in this area here, and he blogs here.

Hedge 186: Hardware Root of Trust

By Russ | 13 July 2023 | Comments Off on Hedge 186: Hardware Root of Trust

The idea of a root of trust is somewhat foreign to network engineers—what is it, and why would it be important? Michael and Marcus from Hedgehog join Tom Ammon and Russ White to discuss how hardware roots of trust work, what problems they are designed to solve for network hardware, and the current state of this technology.

Hedge 185: Retrocomputing

By Russ | 6 July 2023 | Comments Off on Hedge 185: Retrocomputing

Computers only have a history stretching back some 60 or 70 years—and yet much of that history has already been lost in this mist of time. Are we focusing so deeply on the future that we have forgotten our past? What might we learn from the past, even the recent past, and how does forgetting our past impact the future. Federico Lucifredi joins Tom Ammon and Russ White to discuss some of his projects finding, repairing, and operating old personal computers.

Hedge 184: Open Source Value, Fake Agile, Cloud & Skills

By Russ | 30 June 2023 | Comments Off on Hedge 184: Open Source Value, Fake Agile, Cloud & Skills

It’s roundtable time at the Hedge! This month, Tom, Eyvonne, and Russ kick off the conversation talking about the value (and some dangers) of open source software. Fake Agile is up next—what does it really mean to be agile, and can organizations use agile tools without being truly agile? Finally, cloud computing, vendors, and skills come to the fore.