TeleGeography Explains the Internet
Introducing TeleGeography Explains the Internet

Introducing TeleGeography Explains the Internet

September 23, 2022

Get ready. There's a new season of the WAN Manager Podcast coming to your feeds next week. 

This season will be our biggest yet. It’s so big, we couldn’t contain our conversations to just the WAN. That’s why the WAN Manager Podcast is now: TeleGeography Explains the Internet.

New name. More content. Same great show. See you next week.

WAN Manager Podcast 316: What’s Wireless Got to Do With It?

WAN Manager Podcast 316: What’s Wireless Got to Do With It?

June 21, 2022

Anyone in the WAN business—from the carrier or end-user side—knows that local access can present some of the biggest challenges in corporate networks.

There's a physical geography problem that's not easy to overcome. We're talking about pulling and maintaining wires to all corporate sites, which is especially challenging when customers need physical diversity and protection.

Wireless has long been a backup of last resort for many users, but 5G has presented the promise of relieving this pain point.

Let's talk about it. Greg welcomes Inseego Senior VP and GM of Enterprise Ritesh Mukherjee to the WAN Manager Podcast. The pair chat about 5G as a local access game-changer, get into some use cases, and look to the future of wireless in the WAN. 

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WAN Manager Podcast 315: How Enterprises Are Implementing NaaS (And Leaving MPLS)

WAN Manager Podcast 315: How Enterprises Are Implementing NaaS (And Leaving MPLS)

June 14, 2022

While NaaS and the middle mile are fairly new concepts, they're not new to the WAN Manager Podcast.

In episodes past, we've highlighted the framework, concept, market players, and products available. Now we consider things from another perspective.

Ameet Naik, Director of Product Marketing at Cloudflare, takes center stage to help us tackle some real-world NaaS use cases.

You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll ponder the post-MPLS SD-WAN network and the future of the WAN business.

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WAN Manager Podcast 314: Untying the Gordian Knot, Unlocking Your Future Network

WAN Manager Podcast 314: Untying the Gordian Knot, Unlocking Your Future Network

June 7, 2022

The TeleGeography team began benchmarking networks almost a decade ago. (Time flies when you're having fun!)

Back then, the big use case was making sure that carrier and customer were on the same page about how much MPLS and access prices had fallen over the life of a contract—and how far prices would probably fall in the next several years.

We still do some benchmarks that look like this. But, more often than not, benchmarking is much more complicated these days.

Enterprises often have some idea of the network they need to accommodate changes in IT—but the path to get from here to there, and the costs of the journey—are far from clear.

To help us bring some order to the chaos, we're glad to welcome back Ian Calderbank of Calderbank Consulting. Ian chats with Greg about legacy networks, related pain points, evolving business needs, and contours of the "target state" network that WAN teams should work toward.

 

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WAN Manager Podcast 313: Very NaaS!

WAN Manager Podcast 313: Very NaaS!

May 3, 2022

Our readers likely know about NaaS: cloud-based network architecture that allows a WAN manager to stitch together different enterprise network components in a self-service, automated way.

At the WAN Manager Podcast, we've been watching the ways in which NaaS has emerged as specific products/solutions from vendors, as well as how it integrates with existing WAN strategies from the enterprise side.
Of course, there's a lot to cut through in terms of how vendors present their services to the market—and what enterprises can actually adopt right now to solve specific problems. 

It only seemed fitting that we welcome back Jason Gintert, CTO and Co-Founder of WAN Dynamics, to the pod to break it all down.

Come for the network-as-a-service talk, stay for Greg's proposed new pronunciation of "NaaS" and the pair's take on if the private WAN is disappearing (gasp).

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WAN Manager Podcast 312: SASE Isn’t Revolutionary. It’s Evolutionary.

WAN Manager Podcast 312: SASE Isn’t Revolutionary. It’s Evolutionary.

April 19, 2022

Here's a hot take: the networking hype cycle has moved on from SD-WAN in favor of SASE and now SSE.

To help us navigate how these changes are impacting the modern infrastructure team—especially with respect to SD-WAN—Greg welcomes Nav Chander, Head of Service Provider SD-WAN/SASE Product Marketing at Aruba, to the WAN Manager Podcast.

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WAN Manager Podcast 311: Running a Network for a Healthcare Company. During a Pandemic.

WAN Manager Podcast 311: Running a Network for a Healthcare Company. During a Pandemic.

April 12, 2022

Two years ago—when the world shut down—WAN managers had to scramble to accommodate massive changes. Offices transitioned to remote work and navigated brand new traffic patterns.

Our guest on this week's WAN Manager Podcast navigated the added challenge of running a network within the healthcare industry, where business needs were changing in real-time.

Carl Flaherty, Manager of Network Services at Main Line Health, shares his network story in our latest WAN Manager Pod.

Greg and Carl talk about pre-pandemic networking, as well as how Carl's team solved the many COVID-related problems thrown their way. This includes setting up pop-up COVID testing sites, preparing radiologists for remote work, and putting out infrastructure fires while social distancing. 

WAN Manager Podcast 310: How Global Events Impact the Internet

WAN Manager Podcast 310: How Global Events Impact the Internet

April 5, 2022

We've discussed the ways in which the WAN is moving away from private networks and MPLS in favor of reliance on the public internet. Not to mention the costs and benefits of that evolution.

Although it's certainly always been the case that WAN managers must stay on top of internet performance and outages, this is increasingly crucial in the internet-first WAN era in which we find ourselves.

To get into the ways in which global events, natural or human, impact the internet—and how to stay on top of those headlines—we welcome a leading expert on this topic to the WAN Manager Podcast.

Doug Madory, Director of Internet Analysis at Kentik, sits with Greg to get into recent world events that have had real, consequential impacts on the internet.

From the volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami that knocked out internet access in Tonga, to Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine and the corresponding information war, the pair had much to talk about.

WAN Manager Podcast 309: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Middle Mile?

WAN Manager Podcast 309: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Middle Mile?

March 22, 2022

Coevolve CTO Ciaran Roche is back on the pod. And he's in the hot seat to discuss how middle mile solutions are selected to solve real-world enterprise WAN issues.

When Ciaran joined us last year, we spent lots of time talking about cloud adoption and SD-WAN. You might remember that we discussed how freeing up the transport layer from single-source carrier WANs had created a brand new challenge: how to manage the middle mile.

Almost a year on from that conversation, Greg and Ciaran delve into what we've seen from enterprises who are solving this middle mile problem. The pair get into the use cases for implementing a middle mile solution, related products, and the adoption cycle for middle mile services.

WAN Manager Podcast 308: Data Centers and Digital Transformation

WAN Manager Podcast 308: Data Centers and Digital Transformation

March 8, 2022

When it comes to the cloud and digital transformation of the enterprise, it's always useful to come back to the fact that physical geography matters to our digital world.

Moving the data center off-premises or shifting data and workloads to the cloud doesn’t dematerialize this fact. You still need wires that connect to servers that sit in a rack at a hyperscaler or neutral data center facility.

More than ever, enterprises need to understand the market landscape and pricing structure at what were once “colocation” facilities. (Which were once only interesting to service providers and ISPs.) 

To help us navigate the world of data center operators and pricing, Greg welcomes TeleGeography's resident interconnection expert Jon Hjembo.

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