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Tomversations: Episode 8 – Middlebox Mayhem

Everything we do on the Internet is end-to-end, right? Either between us and another person or our system and the cloud. However, the truth is that there are a lot of other things that get in the way of our packets as they go back and forth to their destinations. These middleboxes are starting to take the blame for things like packet slowdowns, fragmentation issues, and other problems that are hard to diagnose but easy to see. In this Tomversation, we take a look at some of the common issues and how some companies are trying to solve those problems with creative use of hardware and software. But is it enough to make a difference? And is it worth the costs?

Show Notes

Wikipedia Definition of Middlebox and Term History

Google QUIC Protocol

Fragmentation Issues with Middleboxes from CloudFlare

Companies Mentioned

Teridion –

Mode –

Aryaka –

Adaptiv Networks –

About the author

Tom Hollingsworth

Tom Hollingsworth is a networking professional, blogger, and speaker on advanced technology topics. He is also an organizer for networking and wireless for Tech Field Day.  His blog can be found at

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