Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 11 Jun 2011:
Wire-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching on all 64 ports provides:
- Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching
- Up to 1.2 terabytes per second (Tbps)
- More than 950 million packets per second (Mpps)
- Supports 40 Gigabit Ethernet standards to enable a smooth transition from 10 Gigabit Ethernet to 40 Gigabit Ethernet infrastructures
Speeds’n’Feeds on the Nexus 3000. Notable because none of the silicon is from Cisco, it uses the Broadcom chipset (as used on the HP 10500, Arista (possibly) and many other white box switches) but runs NX-OS. However with a list price of USD$64000 (compare with Arista 7050-64S, $29,995 list.) it’s overpriced compared to competitors. Is Cisco really worth twice the price of a mid-range competitor (Aristra) and four times the price of a white box (Broadcom, Nicira/Pronto et al)
- Practical Analysis: IT Pros Don’t See Cisco’s Claimed TCO Advantage — InformationWeek – InformationWeek has a poll that suggests that customers are tired of Cisco:
As much fun as it is to watch a major vendor defend untenable positions, the main point is that while reliability and performance got Cisco to the top of the heap (the fans were so strong in the original AGS routers that they held the faceplate on even when the screws were removed), those attributes are no longer so important. Merchant silicon is so good that two electrical engineers and a kid with a soldering iron can make a pretty reliable wire-speed 10-Gbps Ethernet switch with redundant power supplies and fans. .
It’s a bit more complicated than this, but it seems that there is a widely held view that Cisco is not value for money and research to prove it — I would agree with that — the price charged Cisco is an overall poor solution for customers. Sadly, Cisco’s share price is fully dependent on price gouging so it’s not likely to change unless you start buying elsewhere. It seems at some point that Cisco is heading for a fall when the price premium is no longer acceptable to customers.
- Enigma Code Machine Photos — Greg Ferro – Notational Stigma –
I was at the Cheltenham Science Festival today and there a stand from GCHQ (UK Government Communications Headquarters which is the centre for Her Majesty’s Government’s Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) activities) and they had a genuine Enigma Code machine on display. It was working and able to encode and decode – just like during the war.
Some photos of an Engima Code machine from the Second World War that I took at a Science Festival. It worked, and i was allowed to encode and decode a message.
Which was awesome.
- Security Careers: 10 Reasons Why Security Professionals Get Hired – Dark Reading – Great ten list here to reference when hiring security professionals.
6. Strategic thinking
Sun Tzu, in the oft-quoted “Art of War,” had it right when he said, “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” The ability for individuals to understand how their tactical efforts support and influence the success or failure of the strategy is important — and it becomes increasingly more important as you move up the food chain. Here, I’m looking for the candidate to talk to me about how his or her strategic focus enabled the team to achieve a stretch goal, and how his or her tactics and direct leadership influenced a positive outcome.
- RSA’s SecurID Quandry: Replace or Recall? | threatpost – Threatpost on the RSA Token compromise – still no sense that RSA means to sort out the problem – and encouraging customers to ignore the issue
However, RSA hasn’t offered discounts or licensing deals to ease the pain of replacement. Customers who wish to get their SecurID tokens replaced are still bound by the terms of their licensing agreement, according to one customer who contacted Threatpost. EMC/RSA said through its spokesman that it didn’t have any information on deals or other discounts offered to customers on replacement tokens or the risk based authentication technology. “We look at that on a case by case basis,” he said.
- Why we secretly love LulzSec | Risky Business – We love LulzSec because they are telling the world “I told you so” – brilliant
Don’t even get me started on them. As BlackHat organiser turned US Department of Homeland Security advisor Jeff Moss Tweeted yesterday, “When I heard RSA had a shiny new half million dollar HSM to store seed files I wondered where had they been stored before”.We’re relying on these boneheads to lock down our most sensitive R&D? Shoot me now.
Yep, that’s RSA he’s talking about.
- Three Legs Are Better Than Four – The wireless LAN architecture blog | Aerohive Networks – Keith Parsons has joined AeroHive and talks about why he did so. Keith is a hugly public figure in wireless and this is real win for AeroHive. In my opinion, I think it’s a great win for Keith Parsons as well.
- Corporate Survivalist Cartoon | Savage Chickens – Cartoons on Sticky Notes by Doug Savage – Hold On I’ll Call the Consultants.
- HP Virtual Connect with iSCSI Cookbook – January 2011, 2nd Edition – Epic. But hard to read.
This paper will describe how to configure HP Virtual Connect for an iSCSI envirronment. This documentation will describe the tips and some troubleshoot information for iSCSI boot and install. The document outlines the steps. Detailed information regarding Emulex/SE requirements is subject to change, and readers should always refer to the documentation from the providers.