This video is fantastic. Funny, smart satire with real commentary. Worth watching.
Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count.
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This video is fantastic. Funny, smart satire with real commentary. Worth watching.
Grace Hopper is a towering figure in the computer history. Here she is being interviewed at 80 years of age. Today this is especially relevant since she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom today.
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) November 17, 2016
Enterprise IT is willing to pay high prices and deliver large profit margins to suppliers. Stop whining about the price.
Lets consider the evidence:
In technology, there are no penalties for spending up big in the name of downtime. You sit on your cheap chair, look at your cheap desk in a rented building, check your payslip (you get paid the least amount possible) and get ready to buy the most expensive technology because its the “right thing to do”.
Tonight, as you drive home in your well-priced car, think to yourself “Do I really need buy the most expensive IT products on the market?”
At least, stop pretending that you are getting a “good deal” or the “best price” and then complaining that technology is expensive. Thats all on you for not buying the cheaper option every now and then.
Looking backward at last week or forward into next week.
unregenerate – adj. not reformed, unreconstructed, obstinate, stubborn
Arrived in Las Vegas VMworld early for Vmworld as press/media.
I’m presenting on the big stage at Future:Net – an [invitation only conference on the future of networking – on Thursday Morning “Breakfast With Packet Pushers”
Seriously, look at the calibre of the speakers and topics under discussion.
— EtherealMind (@etherealmind) August 27, 2016
UK Government research into the telecommunications market. A chance to see into the future.
Thought provoking read about how mentally unsuited humans are for space.
CIO: Why are you lying on the grass outside of headquarters?
Me: Working on our cloud strategy
CIO: that's brilliant!
— EtherealMind (@etherealmind) August 26, 2016
snap is designed to:
• Expose a consistent set of telemetry data
• Simplify telemetry ingestion across storage systems
• Improve the deployment model, packaging and flexibility for collecting telemetry
• Allow flexible processing of telemetry data on agent
• Provide powerful clustered control of telemetry workflows
Link: snap | Welcome – http://snap-telemetry.io/
Link: intelsdi-x/snap: The open telemetry framework – https://github.com/intelsdi-x/snap
One thing I've learned the hard way is that politicians and business executives do not need talent, skill or expertise to have their jobs
— EtherealMind (@etherealmind) August 23, 2016
Many corporations strive to stay on top of innovation by creating buzzwordy accelerator programs. The goal is to support and learn from startups.
But here’s the problem: if you’re a giant, slow-moving company not known for being particularly innovative, the startups attracted to your accelerator are going to be second or third tier.
Link: CB Insights Presents: Corporate Innovation Theatre – https://www.cbinsights.com/blog/corporate-innovation-theatre/
I read widely, not just on networking. This is a solid set of resources but you need to wade through a lot of poor quality vendor bumpf before you find the magic.
Link: Intel® Network Builders – University – https://networkbuilders.intel.com/university
Link: The End of the Router ? — Hyperscale Routing — Medium – https://medium.com/hyperscale-routing/the-end-of-the-router-e4d769aea60f
Short answer: Yes. The concept of “router” is changing rapidly and it seem likely that devices that do routing only will be gone within 5 years.
IETF 96 paper : Consider a service chain: “How do you prove that traffic follows the service path?”
Self-Adulting Award: Cooked bacon this morning and didn't eat it immediately.
Related: Made BLT sandwich for lunch.
— EtherealMind (@etherealmind) August 24, 2016
Doing some research on vSwitch performance and started thinking about hardware acceleration in fancy NICs. The latest generation Mellanox ConnectX-5 is a beast for performance.
I’m considering how much power and server resource can be saved by using a proper NIC instead of the cheap onboard NICs that come with servers.
We have seen a lot of discussion around converged and hyperconverged systems in the data centre but the trend is happening across all parts of the IT market. First, my current definition of IT convergence: “Elements were previously separate are now bundled into a single, integrated unit”.
With this definition, convergence can be at rack scale with Cisco’s Hyperflex, Nutanix or Dell Converged Infrastructure range. Containers are converged bundles of operating system, libraries and applications into a single functional unit.
Take this example of the Intel Joule announced at the IDF keynote as IOT edge hardware device:
Before: Intel makes the silicon and then partners put the chips onto boards, further down the line a company builds an operating system, then builds a framework then an application that is presented to users.
From Intel Joule product description:
Explore high-end computing in a tiny form factor and scale prototypes quickly. Featuring a complete suite of software, tools, and preloaded Linux* packages, this powerful system on module (SoM) was designed to help inventors and IoT developers create more, faster. Contribute to a new generation of robots, drones, and IoT devices that are equipped with Intel® HD Graphics, 3D modeling, object recognition, and interactive capabilities.
The Intel Joule a combination of silicon, operating system and software. This means that developers can start prototyping hardware devices in a shorter time frame.
The Intel Curie is another example of convergence. Physical size
It’s a complete low-power solution designed for wearable devices and consumer and industrial edge products. The Intel® Curie™ module is ideal for always-on applications such as social media and fitness activities.
The hardware includes acclerometers, gyroscopes and BLE functions and the software to get your started:
integrated with Zephyr Project, an open source, real-time OS. Get access to Arduino core libraries, tools, and documentation with the alpha release Intel® Curie™ Open Developer Kit (ODK).
A final example is Intel RealSense technology platform that has several products that combine to for robotic applications including the Euclid camera pictured here:
This device integrates sense, compute, and connect capabilities in an all-in-one candy bar size form-factor. Equipped with a RealSense camera, an Intel® Atom™ processor, and wireless connectivity, the kit comes pre-installed with a developer-friendly utility application.
The current generation of Converged products from HPE/Cisco/Dell/Nutanix et al are converged in software. The next advance of the convergence trend could be in the hardware that has far more dramatic changes. In previous posts I have indicated that I didn’t perceive how this would change data center hardware but its continues to live on. I sat through an awful presentation from Lenovo to bring you this slideshow (source):
Rack Scale Architecture is an example of convergence at a larger scale. We already have blade/chassis servers that deliver hardware convergence for a smallish percentage of highly profitable Enterprise customers. HPE Synergy composable infrastructure is closer to intel’s vision of RSA while EMC’s Vblock are more legacy oriented (a single purchase rather than an integrated product).
It possible that silicon photonics will change how the PCIe interconnect works but silicon photonics has been coming for a decade and we still don’t have it. I’ll wait to hear more on that front.
I remain keenly interested in the future of 3D Xpoint as a replacement for/convergence of DRAM & SSDs in certain types of systems (IOT and Smartphones particularly). Strangely there was no news on this front compared to previous years and the asssumption is that production problems are mounting.
I attended intel Developer Forum to record sponsored podcasts for PacketPushers.net. My opinions remain my own.
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