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Nerd knobs are treating the symptom but not the cause of bad networking.
In the middle of 2014, Justin Warren sent me a series of interview questions on the topic of why I hate ITIL so much. The […]
There are signs that the global economy is slowing down. Is It Time To Delay Your Projects To Get Better Pricing and what does this means for IT Infrastructure ?
This video from Ken Duda at Arista is, perhaps, the best explanation of Arista’s success with customers. As an engineer, I found this talk inspirational. No bonuses for hitting ship dates. This avoids “good enough” code getting shipped. Sure there are money problems associated with this but Arista believes quality is better. You write the […]
Russ White wonders if the resurgence of Walled Gardens on the Internet is bad or a good thing. The long-term rise of Facebook, WeChat, Snapchat and other applications seems to be a sustaining trend. Overlay Network Previous walled gardens like AOL and CompuServe have been composting for many years. Their unique value was that they […]
Whitebox & Whitebrand network equipment has a lower purchase price than branded products. But why ?
My work life has been closely tied to Cisco’s success over the last 15 years and “Uncle” John Chambers has been my constant companion in that journey. Now that he has moved on to Chairman of the Board it is time to talk career tips that I learned from the master.
The following is a “paper review” of Project Calico following a recent briefing. I’ve conducted a short review of the technology and business issues around the product and conclude that its unlikely to be competitive with Docker libnetwork that was announced a few weeks back or existing SDN Solutions in the market today.
This four minute demonstration from Mellanox is really well done. It provides a simple and direct demonstration of the OCP Platform Control system. I note the simplicity of the linux commands to drive the configuration of the switch. Especially, if you use Ansible/Puppet etc, you will appreciate how easy it is to configure and monitor […]
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In the middle of 2014, Justin Warren sent me a series of interview questions on the topic of why I hate ITIL so much. The process of writing a response got me ... um, motivated and spat a substantial amount of bile. Here it is. Why do you hate ITIL so much? How did you arrive at this point of … [Read More...]
@FStevenChalmers left three questions on the Do Networking Vendors Make Their Own Products ? - EtherealMind post. Question One Question One: This disaggregation tends to work best when there's a single ASIC family for the software vendors to focus on. In servers, one price of disaggregation has … [Read More...]
Customers want to use Linux as the Network Operating System (NOS) on their switches and routers for many reasons. Takeaways Linux has provisioning tools that they want to use i.e. Puppet, Chef, Ansible etc. Linux has a lower overall cost, especially lower capital cost which makes human … [Read More...]
Today you design resilient, redundant networks with what you have. Tomorrow, we need networks that use using software and freedom to be predictable and safe. For the last 20 years, network design has been focussed on working around limitations of the protocols anddevices that are available. … [Read More...]
There was a time when Enterprise IT defined the future of computing. Laptops were designed for corporate consumption first and the best software was sold to enterprise for business use. The other markets for computers was "home users" who were offered cheap, low quality and low performance versions … [Read More...]
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...]