UPDATE: Kernel of Truth episode 2 is now available for your listening pleasure! New episodes debut on a biweekly basis, so be sure to mark your calendars — you can also find us on iTunes, Google Play, SpotifyCastbox, Stitcher & more.

There’s no doubt that we’re in the gilded age of podcasts. Anyone you ask has at least one or two podcasts that they love to listen to and won’t stop talking about! But you’re probably tired of hearing that one friend repeat every single episode of “This American Life.” You need a new, engaging show that focuses on thought leadership and the topics in data center networking that you care about. Something to liven up your commute and make a long work day fly by. Something to help you stay up to date and relevant in your networking  knowledge, hear about real examples of innovation in the data center and turn you into a super star employee that shoots up the career ladder. If that’s what you’ve been looking for, your search is finally over.

Seven years ago, Cumulus Networks took the world by storm and rocked the data center. Today, we’re giving the podcasting world a healthy dose of Cumulus goodness — introducing the official Cumulus Networks podcast, “Kernel of Truth!”

Why are we starting a podcast? In addition to wanting to share our thoughts and insight about all things networking, including automation, disaggregation, data center interconnect and more, we’re diving into the current podcast phenomenon because we believe that the more voices in networking discussing innovation and pushing the status quo, the better. We’re thrilled to join the conversation that many other great podcasts out there in the networking space have started.

“Kernel of Truth” is a podcast dedicated to bringing the best of open networking thought leadership straight to your ears. Tech news, data center trends, exciting developments in networking technology, best practices, nerdy jokes and more are all on the table. Tune in for entertaining analysis and discussion from a panel ranging from Cumulus’ best and brightest, to fellow thought leaders in networking, to special surprise guests from all areas of the industry! We invite you to be a part of our open conversation — seriously, if you like what you’re hearing or want to add your two cents, reach out to us across the Twitter-verse by sending a Tweet to @cumulusnetworks and using the hashtag #kerneloftruth. Make sure you’re subscribed to the Cumulus Networks blog to make sure you’re always notified when your new favorite podcast puts out a new episode, and stay tuned — Kernel of Truth will soon be available on some of your favorite podcasting apps like iTunes and Spotify!

What’s in store for our debut episode? Glad you asked. We decided to kick off our latest project with a discussion around one of the most transformative solutions in data center networking: automation. Specifically, we’ll dive into how it’s changing expectations for skill sets, creating new, ambitious roles on networking teams and enabling engineers to push the boundaries of innovation. For our guests, You’ll be treated to the sweet, dulcet tones of Cumulus Networks’ automation experts, Brian O’Sullivan (Product Manager) and Rama Darbha (Senior Consulting Engineer). Your host is, well, yours truly — apologies in advance for the terrible puns, but if you’ve read any of my regular blog posts, you understand those are inevitable.

So, if you haven’t already, hit play and dive into the podcast that’s about to break the Internet! Any links or relevant resources mentioned in the podcast are included below. We hope you enjoy our foray into the world of podcasting.

Happy listening!

Episode 01 links

Twitter: @cumulusnetworks

Slack: slack.cumulusnetworks.com

Website: cumulusnetworks.com

Automation solutions page: https://cumulusnetworks.com/networking-solutions/automation/

Networking how-to automation video series: https://cumulusnetworks.com/learn/how-to-videos/why-automation/

NetDevOpEd: Automation — start small, dream big: https://cumulusnetworks.com/blog/first-steps-for-automation/

Podcast guest bios

Rama Darbha: Rama Darbha is a Senior Consulting Engineer at Cumulus Networks, helping customers and partners optimize their open networking strategy. Rama has an active CCIE #22804 and a Masters in Engineering and Management from Duke University.

Brian O’Sullivan: Brian O’Sullivan is a generalist who happened to end up in a highly specialized field through no fault of his own. For 15 or so years he’s held software Product Management positions at Juniper Networks as well as other smaller companies. He currently heads Product Management for Cumulus Linux, working closely with internal and external teams to build a product to deliver a delightful experience to customers. You can find him on Twitter at @bosullivan00.