Episode 1: Introduction to FortiCast

The first episode of FortiCast, the podcast for all things Fortinet. This episode includes a brief overview of what you can expect from the podcast and a preview from an upcoming episode.


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Dated: October 27th, 2016
Host: Victoria Martin

Host: This is FortiCast, the podcast for all things Fortinet. I’m your host, Victoria Martin.

Welcome to the very first episode of FortiCast! In this episode, I’ll give a brief overview of what you can expect from this podcast, and play a preview from an upcoming episode.

First, let me introduce myself. My name is Victoria Martin, and I’m a technical writer at Fortinet, working as part of the FortiGate documentation team. I’ll be both hosting the podcast, as well as editing it.

As I mentioned in the introduction, this podcast is about all things Fortinet. In each episode, experts will talk about something new and exciting from the world of Fortinet. Episodes will be released at the beginning of each month, and you can expect them to be about 15-20 minutes each.

To give you an example of what to expect, here’s a clip from our next episode about Wave 2 Wireless, which will be released in November.

Sneak peek: Hi and welcome to this FortiCast! I’m Ben Wilson.

I’m, er, Koroush Saraf.

We’re Wireless PMs, and we look after the wireless products within Fortinet, between us. We’re going to concentrate on what’s really happening, uh, within the world of wireless, and the main buzzword at the moment is ‘Wave 2’.

So, Wave 2, what is it?

Wave 2, okay—we’re talking about the IEEE, WiFi standard that the industry has split into two, because it’s kinda difficult to get all of the standard [sic] implemented in the chip and get it all working in time to get to market right? So—

So what we’re kinda saying is is that Wave 2 is actually really, purely a marketing term; there’s no such thing as the ‘AC-Wave 2 Standard’, it’s just something the industry has come up with to say that this is a next generation of chips with a few more features in, right?

Pretty much, yeah I mean you can down the history lane of how the 802.11 standard
has evolved from 11b, the 11 megabits back about 15 years ago, to 11n where you got
the multiple antennas which was, I would say, fairly revolutionary—made WiFi quite
stable and kinda started this all-wireless-office phenomenon and then you have the
iPhones and iPads come along and all of a sudden wireless becomes a nice-to-have to—a necessity—

Yeah, didn’t it just?

And then—so the 11ac is the next thing that just makes everything go faster (inaudible
2:29) the term “Gigabit WiFi” was used, and there’s a lot of just complex algorithms,
and math, and silicon, and firmware that’s involved to just make this whole thing work, so—I’m actually quite amazed at [laughter] how fast (inaudible 2:41) possible to do this kind of a thing.

Host: To hear more of their discussion, keep an eye out for the rest of the episode coming soon.

We also have a few other episodes in the works right now, covering topics like
FortiSwitch, FortiCloud, and the new SOC3 chip.

FortiCast will be available on iTunes soon, if it isn’t already. You can also find us on
SoundCloud, YouTube, or by going to cookbook.fortinet.com/forticast.

If you have any questions about the podcast, send an email to forticast@fortinet.com.

That’s it for this episode, thanks for listening!

FortiCast is hosted and edited by me, Victoria Martin. Our show is produced by
Michael Strickland and Bill Dickie. Our executive producer is Darren Turnbull. Our
music is from bensound.com.

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