Critical conversations on critical infrastructure

Critical Conversations bring together a diverse panel of IT pros to share practical advice on the realities of managing networks through profound disruption.

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Cloud provider DNS: what should architects know?

Cloud service providers do a great job of abstracting the complexity that is inherent in DNS. This has had the effect of breaking barriers to innovation, but also breaking architectures. As enterprises lean further into their cloud adoption, what should architects know about working with CSP DNS services in a hybrid cloud world?

This month’s discussion features a fantastic panel of practitioners in the space, including:

  • Padraig O’Connor, CCoE Network Platform Engineer, Zurich Insurance Group
  • Chris Swinford, Cloud Network Architect, The Kroger Co.
  • Eyvonne Sharp, Infrastructure Modernization Customer Engineer, Google Cloud Platform
  • Scott Penney, VP Strategy, BlueCat
  • Andrew Wertkin, Chief Strategy Officer, BlueCat

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Why join the conversation?

This year’s unprecedented shift to remote work has introduced profound disruption to critical infrastructure, new security threats, and accelerated the adoption of cloud applications and services.

This is a community of IT professionals driven by a shared passion for managing these critical DDI challenges.

By joining, you’ll get:

  • Membership to a Slack community of peers that share candid insights on the realities of these network challenges
  • Direct connection to a network of seasoned DDI experts
  • To participate in a regular series of interactive Zoom roundtables with your peers

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Past Virtual Roundtables

Should the network architects design your cloud environment?

February 19th, 2021

In this critical conversation, our panelists debate the question of who should own the design and ownership of the cloud environment.

Who owns DNS in the Cloud?

December 8th, 2020

In this critical conversation, our panelists debate the question of why the cloud and data center just can’t get along.

Should you “DIY” your DDI?

October 27, 2020

In this critical conversation, our panelists weigh the allures of full customization vs out-of-the-box operability of core network services.

Where’s the Automation “Promised Land”?

September 15, 2020

In this critical conversation, our panelists get real about the challenges and benefits of network automation.

The burning topics around automation, resilience, security & the cloud

Move fast and break build things

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) research reveals what steps you can take now to successfully adopt network automation (hint: it’s not learning Python).

You’re told to automate. Now what?

Strength in numbers networks

When NTP, which synchronizes network clocks, gets off-kilter, DNS and other network disruptions follow. Keep your NTP in shape with BlueCat’s expert tips.

7 tips to keep your NTP resilient

That ignorance is bliss risk

When everyone’s working from home, there are a few network configurations you may want to pay more attention to. Here are some best practices to consider.

Manage DNS for remote work

Reach for the stars cloud

BlueCat Chief Strategy Officer Andrew Wertkin walks through the major challenges of cloud adoption in his ONUG Fall 2020 session.

Embrace hybrid cloud

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