Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 31st January 2014 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
Cisco And That Burning Platform Again – Forbes – Ben Kepes blgoging at Forbes has his own take on Cisco holding on to it’s legacy of high margins and captive customers.
It’s a perfect example, in my mind, of a vendor failing to appreciate just how rapid disruption is occurring and believing its own hype that it has longer to plan for the change than industry trends would suggest. While it’s easy to sit in Cisco’s ivory towers (and those of Juniper for that matter) and dismiss companies like Cumulus Networks as tiny and inconsequential, it would be a very dangerous mistake to do so. One only needs to look at the Taiwanese server vendor Quanta that is seeing massive growth at the expense of traditional server vendors like HP, Dell and IBM to see just how fundamental this shift is.
Snabb Switch – Luke Gorrie is writing open source software network appliance for cloud use:
Snabb Switch is an open source virtualized Ethernet networking stack. I am developing Snabb Switch because of these important trends – x86 has risen to be a powerful networking platform. – Virtualization and SDN are pulling more networking into servers. – User-space networking software is out-performing kernel-space software
Snabb Switch makes it easy to create virtualized networking software for standard Linux/Xeon servers.
I’ll be watching to see how this develops.
Too Many Communities | LINDSAY HILL – Lindsay Hill on the number of forums (where people contribute content for someone else’s benefit, especially the vendors who “run” them)
I have come to realise that I’ve tried to take part in too many communities, and it’s getting me down. Too many forums filled with too much noise, too many people not doing basic research. Too much time on my part to scroll through various RSS feeds & email lists. Time to re-evaluate what I’m doing, and why.
In my experience, participating in forums and mailing lists led me to blogging. I can control my content, explore ideas in a better format. And persistent blogging takes you to unexpected places. Look at all the bloggers who have been hired into new and exciting jobs. Rarely happens to people in forums.
DOJ Says Company That Vetted Snowden Faked 665,000 Background Checks | Techdirt – In the “things are done better by a less-efficient bureaucracy” department, a private firm in the US that was contracted to provide vetting and background write a progra/script that would go through the system “flush” the in progress checks to “approved” so that it could be done at scale. Over 600000 checks are now at risk.
When we last checked in on USIS, the contracting firm which large parts of the federal government and the intelligence community used to conduct background checks on employees (including Ed Snowden), we noted that it had been caught falsifying reports and claiming to have interviewed dead people. At the time, we noted at least one USIS employee had been accused of submitting 1,600 falsified credit reports. But, apparently, the story goes much, much deeper. The DOJ is now accusing USIS of faking background checks on 665,000 federal employees.
Bitcoin, and all the other alt-coins, is training a skillset for building password-cracking hardware that is both powerful and portable. These devices are effectively an infinite number of monkeys at an infinite number of keyboards. The implications for the security industry are significant. Suddenly, just keeping a device isolated from the internet isn’t good enough.
Vagrant with OpenDaylight | My Notes – If only I didn’t have to work for a living:
As I so often do, I took some inspiration from one of Brent’s posts on setting up OpenDaylight, and decided to try it out with Vagrant. For those unfamiliar, Vagrant is a tool to make reproducible VMs. By default it works with VirtualBox, but can be configured to work with other virtualization technologies as well. To get started you download and install Vagrant for your OS (Mac, Win, Linux are all supported): http://downloads.vagrantup.com/
And the same goes for VirtualBox if you don’t already have it: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
Once you’ve got them installed, you can copy someone’s Vagrant file, and run vagrant up in the directory to bring up the VM with the configuration specified in the file. I’ve posted my OpenDaylight Vagrant file on github