Last autumn’s SDN roadtrip left me totally exhausted – at the moment it’s so bad that I can’t push myself to work on non-urgent things – but there are some conferences are that so awesome that I wouldn’t skip them no matter what.
Troopers 16 (March 14th – 18th in Heidelberg, Germany) is a must-go-to security conference. Past events were fantastic, and when Enno Rey asked me what I’d like to talk about this year it wasn’t hard to come up with three interesting topics:
As you know I always promise my loyal subscribers at least 6 new webinars per year. Well, 2015 was a bit more fruitful. Let’s start with the easy ones:
- There was the regular Data Center Fabrics update webinar in May with guest speaker Dinesh Dutt from Cumulus Networks;
- IPv6 microsegmentation webinar in March extended the IPv6 curriculum;
- Michele Chubirka had a great webinar on open-source security tools in September;
- The Designing Active-Active and Disaster Recovery Data Centers completed the first phase of the cloud building curriculum (more to come in 2016);
However, I spent most of my time developing the SDN and network automation curriculum:
I was often asked about two emerging technologies that enable standard controller-based WAN traffic engineering: BGP-LS to extract the network topology and PCEP to establish end-to-end tunnels from a controller.
Unfortunately, I never found time to explore these emerging technologies and develop a webinar. However, after Julian Lucek from Juniper did such a great job on the NorthStar podcast, I asked him whether he would be willing to do a deep dive technology webinar on the two technologies and he graciously agreed to do it.
One of my regular subscribers wondered whether it makes sense to attend a live workshop (like the one we’re running in Miami in a few weeks) instead of listening to my webinars:
I am following your blog posts quite regularly, I’ve been a yearly subscriber for more than 3 years now and I’m even trying to attend as many webinars as I can in real time. Is there a real benefit to participate in this classroom event if we are almost aware of all your slide decks and videos?
Absolutely. Here’s what one of the attendees of a recent SDN workshop wrote when asking me whether I would be willing to do an on-site event for his company:
Last week I ran two SDN workshops, and in both of them the participants were busy taking notes as I explained the intricacies of concepts like SDN, NFV and network automation, and tools like OpenFlow or BGP.
However, how often did you revisit notes taken at a presentation and kept wondering “what exactly was he trying to say?” … or felt like the training you attended was like drinking from a fire hose and you missed most of the good stuff?
You won’t have that problem during the Miami SDN/NFV/SDDC retreat.
All you have to do to qualify is (A) download and fill in the registration form, (B) send it to Reiss Romoli and (C) pay before attending the webinar.
Yeah, I know the PDF form says “fax it back” – everyone has to use the tools that work best in their environment.
Hope we'll meet in warm and sunny Rome in a few weeks!
TL;DR: Gabi Gerber from Data Center Interest Group Switzerland (DIGS) is organizing a day-long Data Center event on September 16th, and invited me (again) as the keynote speaker. Do drop by to discuss data center design and automation challenges.
One of my readers wondered how long my NFV webinar is supposed to take (and I forgot to add that information to my web site), so he sent me this question: “How long is this webinar? An hour? Two hours? If it says "webinar" does that imply a 60 minute duration, so I shouldn't ask?”
Short answer: live webinar sessions usually take between 90 minutes and 2 hours depending on the breadth of the topic, however…
You might have noticed that I’m running three SDN-related webinars in the next three weeks, which is the highest density of live webinar sessions I ever had. What’s going on?
Before moving on, I’d like to point out that the early bird pricing for our November SDN/SDDC retreat in Miami, Florida, ends on September 1st, and there are only a few tickets left. Time to register ;)
Last week I published slide decks for Network Function Virtualization, BGP-Based SDN Solutions and SDN Use Cases webinars – they’re available to subscribers and attendees registered for individual webinars.
One of the topics I’m addressing in the Enterprise IPv6 101 webinar (after all, it’s an introductory-level webinar) is the question of “what exactly is IPv6”. After all the promises, myths, in the end it turns out all we got were bigger addresses (and ton of additional complexity).
A month ago I was asked to deliver a short presentation on “something interesting about networking” at my local university. The temptation to talk about network automation and SDN was huge, but I quickly figured out that would make no sense (the audience were students in their freshman year) and decided to talk about a fundamental question: why should a programmer care about networking.
Gabi Gerber (the wonderful mastermind behind the Data Center Day event) is helping me bring my Designing Infrastructure for Private Clouds workshop (one of the best Interop 2015 workshops) to Switzerland.
This is the only cloud design workshop I’m running in Europe in 2015. If you’d like to attend it, this is your only chance – register NOW.
One of the potential attendees of my SDN workshop sent me a long list of questions. Almost every networking engineer, team leader or CIO asks the first one:
What will happen, if we don¬¥t follow the SDN hype (in the short term, in the medium term and in the long term)?
Answering this question is the whole idea of the workshop.
The up-to-date list of scheduled SDN workshops is available on my web site.