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Data Center Therapy
40 minutes | 5 days ago
#059 - You Shall Not Pass(word): Multi-Factor Authentication
Question: When does a 40-minute podcast episode feel like a fun 15-minute chat beside the old water cooler? (Remember when that was still a thing?) Answer: When it’s Matt “Lemme tell you something about Android” Yette and Matt “Got YubiKey?” Cozzolino talking about multi-factor authentication! Our intrepid hosts of Data Center Therapy have a lively and always topical talk about MFA and more in this latest chapter. You, our welcome listeners, get to hear about: How TouchID, FaceID, and biometrics are an important part of the multi-factor authentication story (and if they’re generally proven to be secure). How Duo, Okta, Microsoft and Google Authenticator apps as well as password management software tie into enabling better security. When a “backup plan” involving printouts, USB keys, or a big heavy safe might be a good idea for a CYA factor. You’ll also get to hear cringey tales of sticky notes under keyboards, badly designed applications (for banks!) that improperly used two-factor auth, and how back in the day PayPal sent Yette a nifty gadget, now long gone. Tune in to have some fun, learn a little, and come away from the conversation with a fresh perspective on how to lock things down. As mentioned in the episode, if you’re interested in attending Matt Cozzolino’s “Introduction to Microsegmentation with NSX-T” class, please be sure to reach out to your IVOXY Account Manager to register for the class before it fills completely up. If you enjoyed the episode, please be sure to like, subscribe and share wherever finer podcasts are found. Be safe, be healthy, subscribe to the “something you have, something you know, and something you are” model of security, and we’ll keep the lights on for you, our loyal DCT friends! See you next time.
33 minutes | 19 days ago
#058 - Software-Defined Wide Area Networks with Mack Nethkin
Join Matt “Always carry a Mobile Hotspot” Yette and Matt “Palo Alto ARE my middle Names!” Cozzolino as they welcome Senior Network Consultant and Engineering Manager Mack Nethkin to the virtual Data Center Therapy Studio, to talk about all things Software-Defined Wide Area Network, or SD-WAN it’s come to be known. Mack and the Matts chat about: What the basic recipe of SD-WAN is, and where you’d want to use it in your corporate and datacenter networks. How SD-WAN can act as a unified management platform for wide area connectivity, how it can efficiently enable cloud applications. Who the players are in the SD-WAN space, such as CloudGenix, Silver Peak, Velocloud and Viptela, and how various acquisitions of the OEMs by other companies affects them. Mack also shares an “I’ve never seen that before!” about his experience working with SD-WANs in the field. Note that there’s some audio difficulties with Mack’s studio set up on this episode, but loyal listeners will be rewarded with a great introduction to this new world of high-bandwidth, managed-performance, cloud-enabled 2021-ready networking technologies. As Yette mentions, drop the promo code PODCASTPODS when you register for Cozzolino’s Introduction to Microsegmentation with NSX-T class and you’ll receive $1,000 off and a pair of AirPods Pros, so register now before the class fills up completely! And as always, be sure to like, subscribe and share your love for DCT wherever finer podcasts and social media are found. Stay safe, stay healthy, and securely network (with SD-WAN technology!) DCT friends, and we’ll see you (listening on) our next exciting episode!
31 minutes | a month ago
#057 - Trust Nothing and No One: Micro-Segmentation with Matt Cozzolino
In this short but sweet DCT Episode, Matt “Yette never refers to himself in the third person!” Yette and Matt “Every User is an Attack Surface” Cozzolino give a great little introduction to traditional firewalling, microsegmentation, and Zero Trust concepts in the IT world. Listening to this episode, you’ll get to hear about: The history of the security “bastion” mindset, leading to how most enterprises built their network infrastructure. What Layer 2 stretch is, what Zero Trust represents, and what microsegmentation comprises and why it’s desirable. Why Windows Firewalls (and even Linux firewalls) can “fall down” after a compromise and how microsegmentation at the hypervisor layer can be a better solution. How to inspect flows between components of an application with software tools, and how to implement microsegmentation after understanding and analyzing those flows. As Matt Yette mentions in this podcast, if you register for Matt Cozzolino’s Microsegmentation with NSX-T Virtual Workshop using the promo code PODCASTPODS, you’ll save $1,000 off the class and receive a pair of Apple AirPod Pros as well, so be sure to get in and register before the class fills up! Go to ivoxy.com/micro-segmentation-using-nsxt to learn more and enroll. Be sure to like, subscribe and share wherever finer podcasts are found, and be safe, trust nothing, micro-segment like a boss, and tune into the next empathy-filled episode of Data Center Therapy, friends!
48 minutes | a month ago
#056 - Return of the VDI Jedi with Ryan Grelck
End-user computing and virtual desktop administrators: You may rejoice as IVOXY VDI Senior Consultant Ryan Grelck returns to the virtual studio of Data Center Therapy to share the latest and greatest on Horizon 8 and beyond! When you tune into this timely and relevant VDI-centered podcast, you’ll hear Matt “PiHole Schmihole” Yette and Matt “Layer 2 Stretch is cooler than MicroSeg” Cozzolino ask Ryan questions such as: How the IVOXY lab is configured to serve our students in the Horizon for Virtual Administrators class, and which virtual machines and applications you can find in the class environment. How to decode the version numbers of Horizon releases, and why they’re not exactly what you’d expect given the dates they appear on the market. When to expect more VDI classes, and what topics will appear in Ryan’s Advanced VDI courses. The Matts and Ryan also talk about hot wings, getting pepper-sprayed, Linux desktops, password managers, and ad-blockers like AdGuard and PiHole. Give it a listen and be sure to like, share, and subscribe wherever quality podcasts are found. Ryan’s second class, in July, has seats available, so if you’re interested, be sure to talk to your IVOXY Account Manager to reserve a spot soon! Cozzolino’s Microsegmentation class is also in the works so stay tuned for more news on it in our future DCT episodes! Thanks for listening, and be sure to stay safe, stay informed, block those malware and ad-infested domains with your DNS, and listen on, loyal Data Center Therapy fans! Until next time!
45 minutes | a month ago
#055 - Home Automation with the Three Muskebeards
Set the gadget geek dial to 100% for this Data Center Therapy episode, where Matt “No way do I use Just for Men” Yette and Matt “Slope Astronaut” Cozzolino welcome back to the virtual DCT studio our own Kris “Single-Pole Switch? No Problem!” Lamet to talk about everybody’s favorite post-lockdown hobby tech - Home Automation. Kris and the Matts cover in this episode: Which platforms, protocols and technologies the Matts and Kris have in their homes including Z-Wave, HomeKit, NodeRed, Ecobee thermostats, Apple Hub, Amazon Echo devices and Home Assistant. How to train your loved ones to do easier electrical wiring work (and how to get frustrated working on the more complicated switches and rooms yourself!). Whether or not to advertise that your home is a “Smart Home” when putting it on the market - and how Kris’ experience turned out, even after the home was sold. You, our faithful DCT listeners, are guaranteed an episode completely devoid of anything Data Center related, but you’re also guaranteed to have some fun! The crew riffs on novel uses for key fobs, If-This-Then-That, and shares opinions on how to make sure an Internet outage doesn’t render a Smart Home into a dumb one. Give it a listen and enjoy the show. Get ready for our upcoming vSphere 7 Fundamentals and Microsegmentation class and as always please be sure to like, share and subscribe to Data Center Therapy wherever quality podcasts are found. We’re in the home stretch - so please be safe, be informed, and see you soon in one of our signature IVOXY hands-on classes this spring and summer, DCT friends!
41 minutes | 2 months ago
#054 – Networking with Joe
Proud family that we are, IVOXY formally invites you to tune into this special episode of Data Center Therapy, where our hosts Matt “LAN party” Yette and Matt “Beard Ambassador” Cozzolino welcome Network Consultant Joe Lentz to the virtual DCT studio. Joe shares stories with the hosts about his networking background (dating back to high school!), his service in the Air Force, and his experiences working between security policy implementation and datacenter networking deployments. Learn more: https://www.ivoxy.com/networking-with-joe In other news, registration is open for our upcoming Introduction to Virtualization with vSphere 7.0 class.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
#053 – Scaling with Terraform (On-Demand Lab Part VI)
Here we go – the final episode of this series [insert Return of the Jedi reference here]. This week we here at Data Center Therapy we’re bringing you the ultimate conclusion of the IVOXY On-Demand Lab podcast series, where the subject is all things Terraform. Keep an eye out for our Terraform Demo Day coming in March, and consider saving your seat for our Hands-on VMware Horizon for Administrators class later this month. Learn more: ivoxy.com/scaling-with-terraform
37 minutes | 4 months ago
#052 – Cisco Intersight with Dave Nentarz
If the acronym “API” excites you, the phrase “software-defined infrastructure” tickles your fancy, or if skating ahead of where the technology puck is going is your MO, be sure to tune in to this one to hear Dave share about what’s coming down the pike from Cisco across networking, hyper-converged and computing solutions. Learn more at ivoxy.com/cisco-intersight By the way, we just announced our upcoming Hands-on VMware Horizon for Administrators – learn more and save your seat now: ivoxy.com/vmware-horizon-for-administrators/
47 minutes | 4 months ago
#051 – Holiday Sundries
Need a quick break from work? On this episode of Data Center Therapy we've just got fun water cooler topics like TV shows, home improvements and delicious beef dinners. Learn more at ivoxy.com/holiday-sundries
38 minutes | 4 months ago
#050 – Network Automation with Keith Emmanuel (On-Demand Lab Part V)
This week Keith astounds and delights the systems folks as well as the network infrastructure die-hards on this episode as he gives details on the parts and pieces needed to command, control and deploy a network from scratch. Learn more at ivoxy.com/network-automation-with-keith-emmanuel PS: There is still time to save your seat for our Hands-on Network Automation with Ansible hosted by Keith: ivoxy.com/ansible.
39 minutes | 5 months ago
#049 – VDI with Ryan Grelck (On-Demand Lab Part IV)
Our intrepid hosts welcome back to the virtual studios IVOXY’s very own Ryan "Magnum VDI" Grelck to talk about a smorgasbord full of Horizon topics, including how it has changed and how it’s been implemented in our On-Demand Lab. You will also find out why Matt Cozzolino doesn’t need a stud finder in his new house (and no, it is not the obvious joke you’re thinking of!!) Learn more at ivoxy.com/vdi-with-ryan-grelck PS: There is still time to save your seat for our Hands-on Network Automation with Ansible hosted by Keith Emmanuel (with Cozz helping along as Teacher’s Assistant and lab proctor): ivoxy.com/ansible.
44 minutes | 5 months ago
#048 – Network Virtualization (On-Demand Lab Part III)
Our series reaches new depths as the guys discuss nesting NSX-T instances, GNS3 integration into the lab, and why on-prem solutions like vSphere & NSX-T are convergently evolving towards the DevOps space. Learn more at ivoxy.com/network-virtualization PS: Don't forget about our December 15 Gene Kim event – the first 50 to RSVP & attend get a complimentary copy of his latest book: ivoxy.com/gene-therapy PPS: Save your seat for our Hands-on Network Automation with Ansible coming this January right here: ivoxy.com/ansible.
38 minutes | 6 months ago
#047 – Sizing with Shane Bradley (On-Demand Lab Part II)
We welcome back Shane to share how our On-Demand Lab was conceived, sized and configured. Topics include the evolution from VMware Workstation virtual machine to full-on co-located infrastructure, NSX-T, Nested ESXi, Terraform, TrueNAS, ESXi on Arm and more. PS: We just announced an exciting event with Gene Kim coming up on December 15 – and the first 50 to RSVP & attend get a complimentary copy of his latest book: ivoxy.com/gene-therapy Learn more at ivoxy.com/sizing Save your seat for our Hands-on Network Automation with Ansible coming this January right here: ivoxy.com/ansible.
41 minutes | 6 months ago
#046 – Origins (On-Demand Lab Part I)
This episode is the first of our new series. Matt & Matt discuss how the new IVOXY lab was designed, how it was implemented, the things it can do, where it’ll go in the future and what it all means to you! This is a fun and delightful episode that shares adventures from just about all disciplines: networking, storage, compute, cloud and automation, so be sure to give it a listen if your technical interests veer towards any of those. Learn more at ivoxy.com/origins. Save your seat for our Hands-on Network Automation with Ansible coming this January right here: ivoxy.com/ansible.
34 minutes | 6 months ago
#045 – VMworld 2020 REDUX Epilogue
Our hosts Matt ‘Ask me about my Pi’ Yette and Matt ‘Barbecue-As-A-Service’ Cozzolino welcome back to the virtual studios our very own IVOXY Principal Consultant, Mr. Alec Taylor, who shares his camaraderie and technical perspective on this casual, fun edition of Data Center Therapy which was recorded #live at our VMworld 2020 REDUX event. You’ll get to hear about a few odds and ends that have the Matts and Alec thinking about the future like ESXi-on-ARM, DR testing, Carbon Black, and active-active data centers. PS: We're hosing one more chance for your to catch the full VMworld 2020 REDUX on November 5. This is our can't-miss event of the year – learn more and register here for free: ivoxy.com/redux. We hope to see you there, including at a very special episode of Data Center Therapy #Live to kick off the day!
39 minutes | 7 months ago
#044 – VMworld 2020 Predux with Alec Taylor
Alec's got his crystal ball and he's giving you a peek! With VMworld squarely in the rear-view mirror, we're looking forward at what all the big announcements will actually mean for you and your organization. Consider this episode the appetizer to our main entre online event, with two convenient dates to choose from: October 20 and November 5. Whether you caught some of the event or not, VMworld 2020 REDUX is our can't-miss event of the year. Learn more and register here for free: ivoxy.com/redux. We hope to see you there, including at a very special episode of Data Center Therapy #Live as a part of both dates.
34 minutes | 8 months ago
#043 – Project Management Conundrums with Jenn Bahneman & Dan Stoecker
It’s the people and the processes that make that classic IVOXY data center refresh and network optimization magic happen. In this episode, our humble hosts welcome to the virtual studios two professionals from our Project Management Office: Jenn Bahneman and Dan Stoecker to discuss how we approach projects with our customers. Learn more at: ivoxy.com/project-management-conundrums. As mentioned, VMworld 2020 REDUX registration just opened – we hope you can join us: ivoxy.com/vmworld-2020-redux PS: We added more dates to our Hands-on vSphere 6.7 Advanced Class, save your seat now: ivoxy.com/vsphere-6-7-advanced.
34 minutes | 8 months ago
#042 – Matt "The Toolman" Yette
Remember Tim & Wilson catching up across the fence on Home Improvement? This episode feels a lot like that! It's a holiday week, so the Matt & Matt slowed things down a bit to catch up on a potpourri of personal and semi-technical topics like: Their top choices of hard breakfast beverages. One of Yette’s old DMB fan stories. All things printers (including how to actually get a reliable home printer. Cozz’s recent off-roading experiences. A crude form of packet-based radio messaging you’ve likely never heard of. Yette’s home reno, especially focused on bringing his back yard to life! Some helpful tips for installing LED strips anywhere, and other home improvement need-to-knows. Enjoy the show! Learn more at: ivoxy.com/matt-the-toolman-yette. PS: We just added more dates to our Hands-on vSphere 6.7 Advanced Class, save your seat now: ivoxy.com/vsphere-6-7-advanced.
1 minutes | 8 months ago
Teaser: DCT #Live – Ask us Anything
We have a special podcast episode coming this Thursday at 10am PT! This is your chance to interact with hosts Matt & Matt, who are going to be recording #Live and taking your questions. Register now: ivoxy.co/live
34 minutes | 8 months ago
#041 – Curb your Catastrophes with Neil Kassal
We welcomed Neil (our multi-talented Systems and Storage Consultant) in to share some thoughts on how to approach DR planning, what kinds of tools there are out there to automate testing & failover of recovery plans, and how the disaster recovery landscape has changed over the years. Learn more at: ivoxy.com/curb-your-catastrophes. Our upcoming Hands-on vSphere 6.7 Advanced virtual class is sold out so we are about to add more dates, learn more and join the waitlist here: ivoxy.com/vsphere-6-7-advanced.
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