This week on Heavy Networking we’ve assembled a roundtable of network engineers to talk about…stuff. Each guest has brought a topic to discuss with the table, so we’ve got lots of subjects and lots of experiences and opinions. In particular we explore:
Topic 1: SPB
Why running Shortest Path Bridging in your multi-tenant environment is seriously niche, and yet still wonderful.
Topic 2: Career Progression And Frustration
What would you advise the folks affected by recent layoffs, fed up and looking to start their own thing (not sure what is the most fashionable name these days … startup or small company). It feels a bit that networking is becoming a commodity, and I’m getting a bit frustrated.
Topic 3: Automation Isn’t Hard But It Ain’t Easy Either
Writing automation for software isn’t complex, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. Classic CS problems or leet-code style issues are very rare in the network automation and orchestration space, but it’s still VERY hard to get things going as you have to spend most of your time on figuring out all the details and coordination bits that aren’t software related.
Topic 4: Self-Hosting
What are the barriers to the “common Joe or Jane” or small business to hosting their own file and photo sharing or other resources? Is it too complicated, too much responsibility, too costly? Other things? What could the tech industry do to resolve these barriers?
Our roundtable guests are:
We’ll hold more roundtable sessions in the future. If you’d like to participate, you can join our Slack channel and raise your hand, or contact us at our Follow Up page at packetpushers.net/fu. We welcome beginner and senior engineers alike.
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