The technology that gives me a “nerd hard-on” this month is SDN WAN. Here is why.
A Poster for your desk on building a “single pane of glass” network management system.
TL-DR: This week I’m started a magazine style newsletter called “Pieces of Human Infrastructure”. You can sign up at http://etherealmind.com/pieces-human-infrastructure-newsletter/
I was recently asked if Arista EOS could run on Whitebox network hardware. From a blog post on the Arista website on July 1, 2013 : […]
I started to think about what happened in 2014 and decide which events changed networking.
When installing Fibre Optic cable care must be taken to ensure that cable is not bent beyond a certain radius. Most people believe this is to prevent breaking of the fibre core but there is a worse scenario.
It is common to allocate /24 or /22 subnets to a single VLAN but William writes to ask why and whether is related to broadcasts. What is the best subnet size for VLAN allocation and why ? The answer isn’t what you think.
Howard Marks from Deep Storage and long-term curmudgeon sent Ethan & I the following email: As I continue to tilt at the VMware windmill I’m facing fanbois telling me that all you have to do is plug the EVO:RAIL in and turn it on. This of course leaves out the fact that the little sucker still […]
No. When compared to the operation of existing networks, SDN is much more secure.
IP Telephony is an end stage market. Here is why.
I’ve spent some hours taking a look at Docker containers and how they connect to the network. The short summary is “messy” and better description is “train wreck”. Chris Swan has a 30 minute presentation on his experiences with Docker as part of his company VNS3. Docker Networking | Chris Swan’s Weblog. At this point […]
These are two standards for single mode fibre optic cabling from a total of five types of fibre that are generically used today known of “OF types” (OM1, OM2, OM3 for multimode and OS1,OS2 for single mode.) OS1 is for indoor use i.e. Campus, Data Centre. Cabling is is tight buffered (i.e. manufactured into solid […]
Out of sheer frustration this week, I tweeted this and got a big response: The Back Story I’ve wasted about 60 hours of customers time working with resellers & vendors to get a quote for a relatively simple network upgrade. Neither the vendor staffers or the reseller employees knew how the product was licensed or […]
Chambers pointed the finger at Net Neutrality for a slow down in purchasing by carriers in US markets and that he perceives it as damaging to Cisco business interests. I find it more credible that SDN/NFV is slowing capital investments than some far off political change.
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LEDE: One of the hardest parts of DevOps movement is explaining the unique value to IT Leadership in conventional organisations that rely on ITIL principles. I'm having success by framing the debate in terms of over-capitalised on assets and under-invested in human infrastructure. Three … [Read More...]
This article continues the discussion from Human Infrastructure Poverty in the Enterprise - Part 1 Replacing CapEx with Open Source Enterprises have been reluctant to embrace open source and often state that training, expertise and support for open source are a major risk factor. Yet there are … [Read More...]
Is Enterprise IT starving its operational process by reducing headcount and overcapitalising on assets ? If so, what arguments can we make for or against this idea ? CapEx Rich but Living in OpEx Poverty Is it a misconception that heavy capital purchases can reduce operational costs ? The last 20 … [Read More...]
The Network Break is a new Packet Pushers podcast where we discuss "state of the business" in networking and enterprise infrastructure. Andrew Conry-Murray and I discuss vendors moves and news, product and ploys, analysis on product and positioning, and look at the business of networking in a short … [Read More...]
Big Switch Networks (BSN) launches Version 4.0 of Big Cloud Fabric for hardware-centric SDN data centre fabric. The Data Centre Fabric solution clearly shows the maturity gained from 5 years of shipping products while adding innovation in switch hardware through Switch Light operating system. At the … [Read More...]
When planning network architecture for the next few years, I believe that it is important to comprehend that the network is just a one part of an overall system. The ITIL foolishness that drive most IT infrastructure processes prevents clear systemic thinking and I'm often having to explain how the … [Read More...]
The future of private infrastructure ownership is moving to a new model combines the old with the new that I describe as “dolls and babies” where the major transformation in infrastructure ownership is the transition from having babies to owning dolls. Infrastructure as Babies Enterprises buy … [Read More...]
In discussions with a stealthy networking startup today, we were discussing how their overlay network technology for an SDN-enabled WAN was able to to detect network blackouts and brownouts in the physical network. Their answer was to run Bi-directional Forwarding Detection (BFD) in the overlay … [Read More...]
Can the Internet be the “Cloud Network” ? If so, when could the transition happen (if it hasn’t started already) ? Supposition/Hypothesis As a technology, the Internet has strikingly similar properties to sharing Compute and Storage as ‘Cloud’. A large pool of resource that can be used or shared … [Read More...]