"Lets talk cloud networking - unscripted" - Tea podcast with Nauman Mustafa and John Gonsalves

Main podcast site: https://anchor.fm/netjoints


S2-EP5 “ Rise of SaaS in cloud and why #Aviatrix is becoming key for SaaS providers” - with Principal Solutions Architect Barry Li

In this podcast, Barry shares his experience and lessons learned working with some of the prominent #SaaS vendors who are leveraging Aviatrix as their foundational platform for variety of needs.

Some of the key points covered include:

- 6 Key requirements from SaaS vendors hosting their offering in cloud.

- How Aviatrix is making it easy for SaaS vendors to operationalize their offering in cloud and making it future proof.

-Why Security cannot be overlooked and importance of architecture?

- Meeting End Customers where they want SaaS providers to meet them is crucial to business expansion.

- How Aviatrix is solving complex end-customer onboarding and complex overlapping IP address scenarios.

If you are a SaaS provider or a partner helping SaaS Vendor manage their offerings in cloud, you would find this very useful.

Enjoy !!



S2 EP4 - Networking is cool again, if you can unlearn and relearn it in Cloud - with DC networking legend and AWS cloud expert Brad Hedlund

Networking is cool again, if you can unlearn and relearn it in Cloud - with DC networking legend and AWS cloud expert Brad Hedlund



S2-EP3 “How Cloud is helping businesses realize THE ART OF POSSIBLE and importance of Cloud Network Architecture” - with special guest LEON N’ GUETTA [Managing Director@ VDC.cloud 

Leon N’Guetta leads the VDC.cloud’s growing UK and globally dispersed team as the Owner, Managing Director & Certified Aviatrix Multi-Cloud Expert. In this episode, we get together with Leon to learn about his interesting journey in transforming his business to cloud. We also discussed how cloud has made them realize "The Art of possible" with elastic, on-demand infrastructure and cloud services at finger tips. 

Below are some key points he shared:

1. Importance of Cloud Network architecture and why leveraging multiple clouds to use best of breed services is key

2. Power of Cloud marketplace in  value creation and ability to quickly bring ideas to life by spinning up solutions almost instantly in cloud.

3. Why he thinks "Aviatrix Certified Engineer"  (ACE) program is key for cloud network/security architects to build enterprise grade networks.

4. Customers are desperately looking for skilled partners who knows cloud really well and can act as prescriptive, trusted advisors.


As Aviatrix trusted partner, VDC.cloud is rapidly expanding their customer footprint and becoming trusted advisors for customers especially in Legal, Finance and Insurance sectors along with helping SaaS vendors manage their offerings in the cloud - https://vdc.cloud/

Enjoy the podcast !!!




S2-EP1 - "How do you pick the right partner for your cloud journey ? Choose wisely as your success depends on it " - with special guest Justin Donohoo [Founder and CTO @ Observian]

Justin Donohoo is the Founder and CTO Observian & most knowledgeable when it comes to app modernization, cloud migration, cloud security & big data. A trusted advisor with real world cloud experience that is gold when it comes to helping customers with their cloud journey.

In this episode, we talked about his cloud journey, customer lessons learned & how Observian is helping enterprises in this rapidly evolving cloud space. Some key points:

* Importance of "safe and repeatable architectures" & why lack of automation is detrimental.
* If your leadership doesn't empower you to fail fast and experiment, your cloud journey is going to suck.
* How does #VMWare Tanzu compares with CSP offerings, #GKE#Anthos#awscloud EKS, #azurecloud AKS, Arc etc..
*Status quo is existential threat to businesses. 
* Why he sees #aviatrix as critical part of modern cloud architectures
* How Cloud is making lines blurrier b/w traditional "paper-pusher" partner model , MSP & Pro services.
* Why traditional partners are being excluded from future strategic conversations

Enjoy !!



S1-EP11 - Why DevOps engineers loves Aviatrix ? and how Network/Security roles need to pair with DevOps to form CloudOps - with special guest and Sr. DevOps engineer John Smoker !!

Abstract: John Smoker is an experience DevOps engineer and infrastructure architect with solid command on cloud technologies, infrastructure as code, cloud patterns, and automation. Prior to joining Aviatrix, John was a customer leveraging Aviatrix as part of his CI/CD application delivery in the cloud. He loved it so much, that he ended up joining Aviatrix and now helping customers who are looking for guidance in their cloud journey:

In episode 11, we touch some key topics around:

  • Role of DevOps engineer and why it was formed in the first place.

  • How Aviatrix helps DevOps engineers bring necessary design attributes around security, availability, visibility and operational simplicity while not compromising on Agility.

  • Evolving Role of on-prem Networking and Security engineers in cloud and how they must tag team with DevOps to build Modern CloudOps for their businesses.

We loved the learning and hope you will find it useful too.



S1- EP10- "Secret behind AWS Success and how Aviatrix helps" - with special guest and AWS cloud networking expert James Devine


James Devine is AWS Networking expert who recently joined Aviatrix as Principal Solutions Architect. In EP10, we go together with James to get his views on reasons behind AWS wild success. We also talked about how Aviatrix cloud networking platform makes Customer's AWS experience more impactful, secure and enterprise grade. There is also some thought provoking discussions on why world needs "modern breed of CIO/CTO's " to drive innovation strategy of the future and how VMware VMoAWS type strategy may help provide a "DRaaS to cloud" as a starting point for many enterprises who are not ready to jump to cloud or want a intermediate solution for workloads not yet in cloud.



S1-EP9 -"Don't be afraid of Cloud; Embrace to Innovate" - with special guest and Head of Corp Networks at Inmarsat - Daniel Swan

Abstract: This week we got together with Head of Corp Networks at Inmarsat to talk about their cloud journey. Sone key points we covered include:

Why it's important for business leaders to fail fast to succeed faster.  We talked about speed of innovation and simplicity as the key tenets to strive for in the cloud.  Dan also touched on how critical Aviatrix has been for their cloud strategy allowing them to consume services in each cloud [AWS/Azure,GCP/OCI] Lastly how Dan navigated through up-skilling his teams to be effective in cloud world and role of Aviatrix ACE in doing this



S1-EP8 - What is Azure X-factor behind their rapid growth and Is your Azure deployment multi-cloud ready ? -with Aviatrix Principal Architects and Microsoft global networking black belts Bryan Ashely & Manny Calero. 

Abstract: In this episode we got together with Aviatrix Principal Architects and  former Microsoft global networking black belts Bryan Ashley and Manny Calero to discuss:

- What is Azure x-factor behind their rapid growth?

- How do customers ensure their  Azure deployment is multi-cloud ready ?

- Customer trends, common pain points and lessons learned

- Key takeaways to get the best out of cloud deployments

Hope you find it useful.



S1-EP7 - Government sector - Observations and 3 key takeaways,  with special guest Jason Langone

Abstract: You would surprised with pace of innovation that public clouds have enabled when it comes to Govt and public sector. 

Listen to industry expert Jason Langone as he shares his observations and key trends in Govt. and public sector space.



S1-EP 6 - Healthcare sector - Cloud networking trends, with special guest Phil Davis


Abstract: Healthcare vertical is seeing massive digital transformation and cloud has indeed enabled customers to innovate faster.

Phil Davis is top cloud architect that has been closely working with several healthcare customers. In this episode Phil shares his experience and lessons learned.



S1-EP 5 - Cloud security is not a shared-responsibility.  Its yours !! 3-takeaways with special guest Shahzad-Ali

Abstract: Organizations questioning have changed from  "Is Cloud secure" to "Are we using cloud securely". As enterprises mature with better understanding of how their data flows in and out of CSP infra, realization is kicking in that at the end of the day, cloud security is customers responsibility. It must be protected with a sound security posture and at multiple levels. 

In this episode, John Gonsalves and Nauman Mustafa chat with lead architect Shahzad Ali on what he is learning from various customers who are experiencing this first hand and continuously optimization their cloud security strategy.



S1-EP 4 - Cloud "Build vs Buy" and what is CloudNative+ ?

Abstract: 1.Enterprises moving to cloud face this build vs buy dilemma and how smart customers addressing it. 2. What is CloudNative+ and why it’s the most optimal approach



S1-EP 3 -Whats happening to SD-WAN and why its losing relevance ?

Abstract:  Very interesting discussion talking about the harsh reality of SD-WAN being a diminishing technology. There were some thought provoking questions from Nauman and John and insights were provided by Dana Yanch, former pioneer architect in the SDWAN world and now a Principal engineer at Aviatrix.



S1-EP2 - Career transformation tips for Cloud Networking/Security Professionals

Abstract: Talk with industry experts and principal cloud architects Shahzad Ali, Dana Yanch and Hammad Alam about their journey to the Cloud and what tips and recommendations they have to fast track their skills in cloud to support their businesses.



S1-EP1 -Cloud networking lessons learned 

Abstract: Nauman and John talks about state of cloud and the importance of cloud networking and security in the digital modernization world.\




About the hosts:

John Gonsalves : jgonsalves@aviatrix.com

I joined Aviatrix as a Principal Field Evangelist in January 2021 to partner and build relationships with top customers as well as peers at AWS, Azure and GCP helping to pave the way for the future of networking and security in public clouds. Prior to joining Aviatrix, I spent the past 20 years at Citigroup as the Global Head of Network Engineering. Most of my career has been in strategic leadership roles working for large financial enterprises helping drive innovation and adoption of next generation technologies  


Nauman Mustafa: nmustafa@aviatrix.com

Vice President Solutions Engineering and Architecture @ Aviatrix. I run a world class team of cloud networking black belts with a goal to enable  enterprise customers succeed in cloud, unlocking exponential business benefits that cloud promises. Prior to Aviatrix and learning the CSP world (AWS, Azure, GCP, Oracle and AliCloud), I had a very rewarding and successful career at VMware and Cisco in various leadership roles.




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