Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 29th June 2012 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
The SDN Opportunity – Juniper outlines their SDN “strategy” at Interop in Tokyo. It seems to me that they are only remessaging their existing (very good) APIs and future integrations so it looks like nothing has changed. Or did I miss something ?
Data Center Infrastructure, Baseline Reference … | Brocade Communities – Brocade releases a Data Centre Reference Architecture. I’ve had a quick read and it’s very good. Download the PDF version for future reference and bookmark this version. We asked for it, and they delivered.
EA4500: weird login screen; can’t login – Page 3 – Cisco Home Community – Cisco Home is forcing upgrades (no opt in or opt out) on their routers. Features and configurations are lost.
There are apparently some people that are trying very hard to sell us on a feature that is not being well received by the community. I am not pleased at being forced to log into the Connect Cloud just to access what I consider basic functionality on my router. The product management team that made this decision should be managed better. I do not blame the product manager, I blame the entire team that thought this would be a good idea. I have been a Linksys customer since it’s earliest models, and regretfully am switching to another vendor. This will also include those purchasers I influence.
Cisco is also taking rights to collect data on users without their knowledge or opt in. The upgrade is automatic, user data is stolen automatically thereafter. This is true evil and Facebook has made it acceptable. What’s next ? Cisco inserting advertisements via the network and giving out routers for free ?
Software-Defined Networking: One Config To Rule Them All… – Omar Baldonado takes on the weak points in Cisco’s OnePK and SDN launch at Cisco Live:
Cisco’s recent announcement about its position on Software-Defined Networking (SDN) gave me a feeling of “deja vu.” After delving into what Cisco’s made available, I think the feeling was justified: Cisco isn’t really planning anything that different from what it’s been doing for the last 10-15 years.
Omar is right in part. Cisco is covering all it’s customers with an answer for all solutions and since the question is not clear yet, then it’s a viable option. Omar makes good points though.
We need both OpenFlow and NETCONF « ipSpace.net by @ioshints – Ivan bangs the nail right on the head
Given all of the above, can we implement SDN networks without NETCONF? Of course we can assuming we go down the OpenFlow-only route, but not many users or vendors considering OpenFlow are willing to do that (Google being one of the exceptions); most of them would like to retain the field-proven smarts of their networking devices and augment them with additional functionality configured through OpenFlow. In a real-life network, we will thus need both NETCONF to configure the existing software running in networking devices and potentially OpenFlow to add new functionality where needed.
Sonic.net stopped saving logs for more than 14 days in order to frustrate copyright trolls – Boing Boing – This iSP cut their logging to two weeks:
They noticed that neither their sysadmins nor the cops ever needed logfiles going back more than 14 days, and that only scummy copyright trolls benefitted from longer log retention, so they cut their logging to two weeks
Think how much money saved and hassle avoided by not having forensic grade logging. That is a really serious amount of savings. Logs are hard, expensive and resource intensive.
Cisco’s SDN Response: Mission Accomplished, but Long Battle Ahead | Twilight in the Valley of the Nerds – Bead Casemore’s take on the Cisco’s SDN and wrap up on the SDN industry movements. Note that bloggers have a very different perspective from the professionsal analyst (who haven’t said anything about SDN yet).
Data Mining CEO Says He Pays For Burgers With Cash To Avoid Junk Food Purchases Being Tracked – Forbes – More on Social Media and negative consequences.
Kevin Pledge, the boss of Insight Decision Solutions, an underwriting-technology consultancy based near Toronto… Insurance firms will also analyse grocery purchases for clues about policyholders, he predicts. But that raises some sticky questions about privacy. Mr Pledge himself has begun to forgo his supermarket loyalty-card discount on junk food and pay for his burgers in cash.