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For this week’s Kernel of Truth podcast we dive into Layer 3 networking and why we believe it’s the future of network design. In this episode we cover everything about why you should transition to Layer 3, how to make that transition, and why L3 is different than Layer 2. We bring in Jason Heller, a Principle Consulting Architect here at Cumulus, as well as Donald Sharp, a Principle Engineer to gain insight into the future of Layer 3 and the possibilities it can hold for you.

Tune in to to hear the pros and cons of L3 and the best way to begin transitioning and the options that come with Layer 3 networking. If you like what you hear on this week’s episode make sure to follow and subscribe!

Guest Bios

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. Once he saw the change that was happening in the networking space, he decided to join Cumulus Networks to be a part of the open networking innovation. 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. When not working, Brian is a voracious reader and has held a variety of jobs, including bartending in three countries and working as an extra in a German soap opera. You can find him on Twitter at @bosullivan00.

Jason Heller: Jason Heller is a Principal Consulting Architect at Cumulus Networks, helping customers design and build open networking solutions.  He first began in the IT industry by providing support and *nix system administration at various South East service providers.  Later, he switched gears and moved into networking at Cisco working in the Customer Proof of Concept lab on data center and service provider testing.  Jason is now working in open networking at Cumulus with a focus on open architectures and automation.

Donald Sharp: Donald is a Principle Engineer at Cumulus Networks who helps lead the FRRouting project.  In his off time he likes to have fun with his kids and play guitar in his spare time.