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Profile of Ethan Banks

Senior Network Architect
Blog Posts: 40

Ethan Banks, CCIE #20655, is a hands-on networking practitioner who has designed, built and maintained networks for higher education, state government, financial institutions, and technology corporations. Ethan is also a host of the Packet Pushers Podcast. The technical program covers practical network design, as well as cutting edge topics like virtualization, OpenFlow, software defined networking, and overlay protocols. The podcast has  more than one million unique downloads, and today reaches a global audience of more than 10,000 listeners. Also a writer, Ethan covers network engineering and the networking industry for a variety of IT publications and is editor for the independent community of bloggers at PacketPushers.net.



Articles by Ethan Banks

How Important Is Network Hardware?
05/13/2016

In this episode of Network Matters with Ethan Banks, learn about the pros and cons of specialized network hardware. Ethan explains when and where custom hardware makes sense, when commoditized hardware fills the bill, and the role software plays.

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Understanding OpenStack: Capabilities & Challenges
03/23/2016

In this episode of Network Matters with Ethan Banks, learn about the basics of OpenStack and why the open-source cloud platform has become so popular. Ethan explains exactly what OpenStack is, then dispels some of the myths around IT's expectations for OpenStack adoption. Ethan is the co-host of the Future of Networking Summit at Interop Las Vegas. Learn more about the conference program or register for Interop, May 2-6 in Las Vegas.

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Stop Thinking About SDN!
03/09/2016

In this episode of Network Matters with Ethan Banks, learn why Ethan's advice to most enterprises is to stop thinking about SDN. Rather than viewing SDN as a shrink-wrapped magic solution, Ethan explains why enterprises need to focus on their specific business problems and the networking products that can solve them – SDN or not. Ethan is the co-host of the Future of Networking Summit at Interop Las Vegas. Learn more about the conference...

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IoT On The Network: Think Security
02/25/2016

In this episode of Network Matters with Ethan Banks, learn about what the Internet of Things means to you, your network, and your business. Ethan explains how IoT is significant and why security is the main consideration when it comes to the network. Ethan is the co-host of the Future of Networking Summit at Interop Las Vegas. Learn more about the conference program or register for Interop, May 2-6 in Las Vegas.

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Emerging Networking Technologies You Must Know
02/17/2016

In this episode of Network Matters with Ethan Banks, learn about the two major trends happening in network technology that are bound to affect your business. Ethan discusses network disaggregation and converged technology stacks, what they are, and why you need to know about them. Ethan is the co-host of the Future of Networking Summit at Interop Las Vegas. Learn more about the conference program or register for Interop, May 2-6 in Las Vegas...

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NFV: 4 Home Lab Options
02/23/2015

Network functions virtualization is well suited to the home lab. Ethan Banks describes how he built his NFV lab and the pros and cons of different configurations.

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50 Shades Of Open SDN
04/28/2014

The word open is used frequently in the software-defined networking market, but a closer look at three SDN initiatives shows that the meaning of open depends on your point of view.

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Firewall Administration For Sysadmins: A Primer
11/12/2013

For sysadmins trying to get their applications to work, the firewall can seem like an impediment. With more insight into firewalls and the job of a firewall administrator, a sysadmin will be able to communicate better with the security team.

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