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If you’ve been waiting for a tech-heavy deep dive, then you’re in luck. In this episode we’re getting REAL nerdy — so we decided to bring out the big guns and invite two of the industry’s biggest networking geeks to discuss hyper-converged infrastructure. Naturally, we got our fearless co-founder and CTO JR Rivers into the recording booth so he could share his wisdom (and crack a few jokes, as usual).

And who did we invite to go toe-to-toe with JR on networking knowledge? None other than the one and only Greg Ferro, co-founder of Packet Pushers! We couldn’t be more excited that Greg agreed to join us in the recording booth and share his industry insights.

So, what data center networking topic did we decide was meaty enough for these guys to chew on? Because Greg and JR are all about looking toward the future and analyzing what they see coming up on the horizon, this episode is dedicated to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). How is HCI changing the way we look at network architecture? We’ll discuss these topics (and why it’s dangerous to wear skinny leather ties in a data center) in depth and make some predictions about what’s to come in the near future.

Tweet any questions, feedback or topics you want us to discuss at @cumulusnetworks and use the hashtag #KernelOfTruth.

Guest bios

Greg Ferro: Greg is a household name in the tech industry as a co-founder of Packet Pushers. He survived 25+ years of Enterprise IT as a network engineer, architect and designer. Hear him on the Weekly Show, Priority Queue, and Network Break. You can follow him on Twitter at @etherealmind

JR Rivers: JR is a co-founder and CTO of Cumulus Networks where he works on company, technology, and product direction. JR’s early involvement in home-grown networking at Google and as the VP of System Architecture for Cisco’s Unified Computing System both helped fine tune his perspective on networking for the modern datacenter. Follow him on Twitter at @JRCumulus

Episode 05 links

Packet Pushers Twitter: @packetpushers

Cumulus Twitter: @cumulusnetworks

Slack: slack.cumulusnetworks.com

Website: cumulusnetworks.com

HCI solutions: https://cumulusnetworks.com/networking-solutions/converged-infrastructure