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About Michelle Kincaid

Michelle Kincaid is the director of communications for Kentik. Previously, she ran a cybersecurity news site in Washington, DC and then moved to San Francisco to run public relations programs for US and EMEA-based cybersecurity startups. In 2015, while serving as a director at global communications agency LEWIS, Michelle met Avi Freedman and the Kentik (then-CloudHelix) team and served as a PR consultant for the company's launch from stealth. Two years later, Kentik found a permanent place for Michelle on the team and, as they say, the rest is history. When not nerding out to news on hacking and internet outages, you can find Michelle offline and out on the hiking trails.

The New Normals of Network Operations in 2020

June 23, 2020

Today we published a report on “The New Normals of Network Operations in 2020.” Based on a survey of 220 networking professionals, our report aims to better understand the challenges this community faces personally and professionally as more companies and individuals taking their worlds almost entirely online.

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Why Network Capacity was Critical for the NFL Draft – And Will Be for Other Sporting Events to Come

May 5, 2020

The NFL Draft created a network traffic spike and set an example for other sports leagues considering entirely-online drafts. In this post, we show Kentik’s view of network traffic from the draft and compare it to traffic seen from the Super Bowl. We also discuss why the data shows network capacity is critical for new normals.

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Kentik Virtual Panel Series, Part 2: How Akamai, Uber and Verizon Media Are Supporting Remote Work and Digital Experience

April 22, 2020

If you missed Akamai, Uber and Verizon Media talking about networking during COVID-19, read our recap of Kentik’s recent virtual panel. In this post, we share details from the conversation, including observed spikes in traffic growth, network capacity challenges, BC/DR plans, the internet infrastructure supply chain, and more.

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How Superloop Connects APAC to the World with Network Insights from Kentik

December 10, 2019

“My advice to anyone who is considering Kentik is to get into it. Get a trial, import your data, and start playing with it,” says Rick Carter, head of networks at Superloop and Kentik user. In this vlog, Rick shares how Kentik helps Superloop bring connectivity to APAC by uncovering important network and business insights.

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How Packet Uses Kentik to Make Infrastructure a Competitive Advantage

November 14, 2019

Packet is focused on automating single-tenant bare metal compute infrastructure. On a mission to enable the world’s companies with a competitive advantage of infrastructure, Packet turned to Kentik for network visibility and insights.

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How Zoom Uses Kentik for Network Visibility, Performance, Peering Analytics & Improved Customer Support

August 13, 2019

Learn how enterprise video communications leader, Zoom, uses Kentik for network visibility, performance, peering analytics and improved customer support. Zoom’s Alex Guerrero, senior manager of SaaS operations, and Mike Leis, senior network engineer, share how they use Kentik to help Zoom deliver “frictionless meetings.”

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Network Engineering and Operations in the Multi-Cloud Era

March 20, 2019

In this post, we provide an overview of a new research report from EMA analyst Shamus McGillicuddy. The report is based on the responses of 250 enterprise IT networking professionals who note challenges and key technology requirements for hybrid and multi-cloud networking.

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Viasat Taps Kentik for Real-Time Visibility of Critical Broadband Networks

February 28, 2019

Broadband providers must manage high infrastructure costs on a price-per-bit basis. Visibility into their network performance and security is critical. In this post, we dig into how that led Viasat, a global provider of high-speed satellite broadband services and secure networking systems, to tap Kentik for help.

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Report: It's a Multi-cloud, Cost-containment World

January 24, 2019

Today we released a new report: “AWS Cloud Adoption, Visibility & Management.” The report compiles an analysis based on a survey of 310 executive and technical-level attendees at the recent AWS user conference. Simply put, we found: It’s a multi-cloud, cost-containment world.

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Enterprise & Service Provider Trends in Cloud Transformation

January 16, 2019

In a new report, 2019 Trends in Cloud Transformation, 451 Research analysts dig into seven trends happening amidst the move to the cloud, as well as recommendations, and clear winners and losers for each of the trends. In this post, we provide an overview and a licensed copy of the report for you.

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How Pandora Leverages VPC Flow Logs + Kentik for Google Cloud Visibility

December 19, 2018

Music streaming service Pandora recently announced its migration to Google Cloud Platform (GCP). For the NetOps and SecOps teams behind the migration, we know cloud visibility is now more important than ever. That’s why we caught up with Pandora’s James Kelty to tell us how the company plans to maintain visibility across its infrastructure, including GCP, with help from Kentik.

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The Recap: Kentik at Networking Field Day 19

November 13, 2018

During Networking Field Day 19, Kentik presented on new capabilities for service providers, cloud and cloud-native environments, and gave a technical talk on tagging and data enrichment. In this post, we recap the event highlights and provide the videos for watching and sharing.

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This Halloween, Don’t Get Spooked by Cloud Visibility Myths

October 31, 2018

To some, moving to the cloud is like a trick. But to others, it’s a real treat. So in the spirit of Halloween, here’s a blog post to break down two of the spookiest (or at least the most common) cloud myths we’ve heard of late.

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The State of Network Management in 2018

August 23, 2018

With increased business reliance on internet connectivity, the network world has and will continue to get increasingly complex. In this post, we dig into the key findings from our new “State of Network Management in 2018” report. We also discuss why we’re just in the early stages of how our industry will need to transform.

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The Launch of Kentik’s First Open Source Project: Mobx Form

July 16, 2018

We just published our first open source project on GitHub and npm. Called Mobx Form, in this blog post we look at how the project helps developers with coding complex forms.

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Case Study: How Immedion Maintains Always-On, Secure Data Centers

May 31, 2018

With increased reliance on cloud and data centers, providers are under more pressure to maintain real-time network visibility to reduce potential threats to their service offerings. That’s why provider Immedion chose Kentik. Read the case study.

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What’s Driving Advanced Network Analytics Adoption? Instant ROI

February 12, 2018

A new EMA report on network analytics is full of interesting takeaways, from reasons for deployment to use cases after analytics are up and running. In this post, we look specifically at the findings around adoption to see why and how organizations are leveraging network analytics.

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What Do Poker and Networking Have in Common?

February 7, 2018

If you’ve spent any amount of time with Kentik Co-founder and CEO Avi Freedman, you know he’s a networking nerd at heart. You may have also heard of his past (and sometimes current pastime) as a high-stakes poker player. Now, in merging two of Avi’s passions together, we’ve launched Kentik Poker!

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News in Networking: Advanced Analytics for an Oil Company & HCI for an NFL Team

January 19, 2018

This week Verizon invested in an Open Network Automation Platform membership. Oil company Shell talked about the success of its predictive analytics. The Chicago Bears said they’re all in on hyperconverged infrastructure. And a Google Cast protocol bug caused temporary Wi-Fi outages. More stories after the jump…

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News in Networking: Cisco’s Acquisition, Juniper’s Security M&A, and Elon’s AI

December 8, 2017

Cisco will acquire cloud-cost comparison tool Juniper Networks may also be moving on cloud-focused M&A, specifically in the multi-cloud cybersecurity sector. Beyond cloud, the hype of AI continues. Elon Musk’s Tesla team is working on an AI project that could be “the best in the world,” he said this week. More news after the jump…

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News in Networking: SD-WAN for $3.3B and Facebook’s Free Open/R Networking Tool

November 17, 2017

This week, we learned the SD-WAN market is forecasted to reach $3.3 billion by 2021. Everyone from Cisco and VMware to AT&T and Charter are taking note. Also this week, Facebook open-sourced its Open/R networking development platform, which it uses for its own wide-area networks, data center fabric and wireless mesh topologies. More after the jump…

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News in Networking: The Big Misconfig and IoT’s Enterprise Time Bomb

November 10, 2017

Last year it was the Dyn outage. This week, a network misconfiguration at Level 3 caused Comcast, Spectrum, Verizon, Cox, RCN and other telecos across the country to feel the effects of the outage. Also this week, findings from a Forrester survey revealed IoT is now an “enterprise security time bomb,” with a huge challenge around being able to identify these types of devices on the network. More after the jump…

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News in Networking: VMware for SD-WAN, Google’s SDN, and Chevron’s Cloud

November 3, 2017

This week, VMware announced plans to acquire SD-WAN startup VeloCloud. Google released a new Andromeda SDN to reduce its cloud latency. SoftBank, Facebook, Amazon and others made plans to lay a 60-Tbps undersea cable from Juniper. And Energy giant Chevron selected Microsoft as its preferred cloud provider. Those headlines and more after the jump…

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News in Networking: Russian Internet for North Korea, Google Finds DNS Vulnerabilities

October 6, 2017

Reports this week suggest a Russian teleco started providing internet connectivity to North Korea. Russia also made headlines for its covert efforts to steal secrets from the NSA. Oracle made a bunch of news with its OpenWorld conference this week, including taking aim at AWS. And Google disclosed seven vulnerabilities in DNS’ Dnsmasq software. More headlines after the jump…

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News in Networking: 160-Tbit/s Cable, Airline Network Issues, and a Patched-Mac Vuln

September 29, 2017

Microsoft, Facebook and teleco provider Telxius announced this week that their high-capacity subsea cable project is complete. A “network issue” in a global flight-booking system caused major airline delays. And an “alarming number” of patched Macs are vulnerable to an issue in the Extensible Firmware Interface. More after the jump…

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News in Networking: Cisco Without Chambers, CCleaner Malware & Programmable Networks

September 22, 2017

Cisco Chairman John Chambers announced this week that he will not seek re-election. The networking giant also announced a partnership with Viacom. Meanwhile, Cisco researchers found that the CCleaner malware was targeting at least 18 tech companies. More after the jump…

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News in Networking: Data Center Hurricane Prep, Gambling with DDoS, and Rural Broadband

September 8, 2017

As the east coast prepares for Hurricane Irma, those with data centers in the storm’s path are also making efforts to avoid interruptions. DDoS attackers took a gamble this week, making a hit on popular online poker site America’s Cardroom. And a debate has up on how CenturyLink’s plans to acquire Level 3 Communications could affect broadband in rural areas. More after the jump…

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News in Networking: New Data Centers, Same Old Internet Trolls

August 25, 2017

Apple announced two new data centers in Iowa. Cisco made another acquisition. VMware reported a strong quarter. DDoS attacks spiked. Google sped up TCP/IP. And Wired put together an interactive map to show where internet trolls live. More headlines after the jump…

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News in Networking: Internet v. Hate, DDoS Waves, and a $300M Cyber Hit

August 18, 2017

Web companies put the brakes on hate group Daily Stormer using their services. The EFF responded with a warning. A new DDoS attack known as “pulse wave” was uncovered. DDoS attacks hit a bunch of Blizzard Entertainment games. And the biggest shipping company said a single attack cost it nearly $300 million.

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News in Networking: Docker, Disney, and Big Data Caps

August 11, 2017

Docker’s $1.3 billion valuation. Disney $1.6 billion acquisition for streaming services. And international internet speed tests and U.S. home internet data caps. Those stories and more after the jump.

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News in Networking: DDoS Mitigations and VPNs in China and Russia

August 4, 2017

DDoS attacks for all: Netflix tests against these disruptive attacks. Analyst firm Frost & Sullivan talks about how service providers need better DDoS mitigation. New Kaspersky Lab research recognized a Chinese telecom as seeing the biggest DDoS attack in Q2. More after the jump…

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News in Networking: The Best Network Speeds, Cuba’s DIY Internet, and the Cost of Automation

July 28, 2017

This week, Verizon was dubbed a winner of network speeds. Mitel agreed to buy ShoreTel. Viacom said it wouldn’t buy Scripps. Packet grew globally. The Ericsson-Cisco partnership slowed. And feature articles highlighted Cuba’s internet and IT automation costs. More headlines after the jump…

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News in Networking: Google’s Networking Algorithm, NASA’s IoT, and Another S3 Leak

July 21, 2017

Google announced a new algorithm for higher bandwidths and lower latencies. NASA gave advice on IoT networks. Python is the most popular programming language. And Dow Jones is the latest to see an S3 misconfiguration.

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News in Networking: Apple’s New Data Center, Intel’s New Chip, and a Survey on Network Challenges

July 13, 2017

Out with the old, in with the new, or so it seems this week. Apple has a new data center, its first in China. Intel announced a new line of microprocessors. Ericsson announced a new network services suite for IoT. Also this week, Kentik’s survey from Cisco Live reveals network challenges affecting digital transformation. More after the jump.

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News in Networking: Verizon-Disney Rumors, ‘Most Promising’ 5G Operators, and UN List of Security Gaps

July 6, 2017

Verizon’s deal with Yahoo may still be on the minds of many, but Disney may be Verizon’s new big brand-of-interest. Also on acquisitions, Forrester’s CEO says Apple should buy IBM. Juniper Research released a list of the most promising 5G operators in Asia. And the UN released a list of countries with cybersecurity gaps. More after the jump…

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News in Networking: Intent-based Networking, a Huge S3 Data Leak, and BGP Route Leaks

June 22, 2017

This week Cisco made a series of product announcements, including intent-based networking for automation. NTT launched an SD-WAN. An open Amazon S3 server exposed millions of voters’ PII. A group proposed a way to reduce BGP route leaks. More after the jump…

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News in Networking: AWS Downtime, Skills for DevOps Engineers, and Tabs vs. Spaces Debate

June 15, 2017

The NSA officially blamed North Korea for the WannaCry ransomware attacks. A Virginia school got creative to keep its students on fast broadband. Ericsson predicts a 5G user spike. The tabs versus spaces programmer debate continues. And the Kentik team advises on avoiding AWS downtime and offers skills for DevOps engineers to know. All that and more after the jump…

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News in Networking: Security-Defined Networking, SD-WAN, and Container Strategies

June 7, 2017

The meaning of SDN changed. That is, if you’re working in Cisco’s Security Business. It means “security-defined networking,” which is where they’re focusing. SD-WAN is still hogging the spotlight, but CenturyLink says it’s “no quick fix.” Meanwhile, containers are a big part of AT&T’s network strategy. “Not everything is suited for virtual machines,” said AT&T’s CTO. More after the jump…

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News in Networking: Meeker’s Internet Trends, SD-WAN Adoption, and OS Networking

May 31, 2017

In headlines this week, investor Mary Meeker released her annual “Internet Trends” report, which includes internet growth across regions. SD-WAN is not top-of-mind for IT professionals, according to a new survey. And open source networking tools may be getting better, but there’s still a lot of challenges with them. More after the jump…

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News in Networking: Open Data Centers, Internet 911, and $138.5B for Data

May 24, 2017

This week in networking news, GE and HPE are just two of the companies pushing for open data center designs via a new nonprofit. Meanwhile, researchers are pushing for a way for first responders to have faster internet access. And 451 Research is forecasting the data platforms and analytics market will reach $138.5 billion by 2021. More after the jump…

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News in Networking: Australia Internet Woes, VMware’s Deal, and NFV at BCE

May 17, 2017

This week we learned Australia invested $36B to modernize broadband. But it’s not working, according to NY Times, which reports on the country’s crawling internet speeds. Also happening this week, VMware swooped up mobile app intelligence startup Apteligent for more analytics capabilities. Meanwhile, over in Austin, the annual BCE is taking place. That’s where BT talked NFV challenges. More after the jump…

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News in Networking: ISPs, NFVs, and a SpaceX-based Internet

May 10, 2017

Following reports of a Russian BGP hijacking last week, in the headlines this week is new research to suggest a similar hijacking incident could take down bitcoin’s ecosystem. Meanwhile, Light Reading is talking network functions virtualization (NFV) and how network operators can face relevant challenges with it. SpaceX also makes our highlights, with news of more than 4,000 internet satellites it plans to launch. Read about these stories and more after the jump…

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News in Networking: Transatlantic Typos, Money in the Cloud, and Pandora's New Visibility

May 3, 2017

Digital transformation is underway. If you don’t believe it, read this week’s WSJ recap of a panel on the topic. You should also check out the earnings reports released this week by the big-three public cloud providers, who all saw spikes. Lastly, watch to Pandora talk about how the music-streaming company is getting better network performance for better customer experience. All that and more after the jump…

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News in Networking: ONUG, Bufferbloat, and DDoSing with IoT

April 26, 2017

Today we’re launching a weekly blog series called “News in Networking.” Tune in each week for a quick roundup of industry news that seems noteworthy to the Kentik team. This week’s highlights include a look at hot topics at the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) Spring 2017 conference, an article on bufferbloat (yes, it’s real) and the causes behind a slow internet, a list of IoT-enabled DDoS attacks that underscore security risks, and more…

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