Internets of Interest for 11th January 2013


Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 11th January 2013 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:

Don’t complicate my cloud! It’s just infrastructure with an API « Rob Hirschfeld’s Blog

What do you think?  Is API a sufficient definition of cloud in your opinion?

PS: Yes, if you have a physical server/network/store that is completely controllable by an API then you’ve got a cloud on your hands.

YES! That’s my definition. It’s something in your cloud doesn’t have an API then it’s a data center. This includes vCloud, ESX, Load Balancers, Switch, Firewalls, IDS. Everything. 

VXLAN is not a Data Center Interconnect technology « by @ioshints – Ivan lists out all the reasons. FWIW, I agree with his view.

The current VXLAN implementations (as of November 2012) are a far cry from what I would like to see if being forced to implement a L2 DCI solution. Stick with OTV (it’s now available on ASR 1K).

Microsoft: Kill the Craptops Before They Destroy Windows! – @SFoskett – Stephen Foskett, Pack Rat – I agree with what Stephen is saying here. Microsoft has been making cheap computers and now inextricably linked to low prices and poor quality. Hard to see a way out day, changing millions of customers views on your product to pay twice or three times as much as can be really hard today. Colour me dubious.

Microsoft should take matters into their own hands. OEMs are locked in a race to the bottom, and big box retailers are playing along. Microsoft must put a stop to it, but it might already be too late!
The craptop/netbook factor is already strangling the Windows PC market. Most consumers really don’t like Windows anymore, believing it’s a bloated mess since it runs so poorly on the “latest technology” PC they just bought for under $500.

Brother-proofing a christmas card | Products of Mike’s Mind – Someone has way too much time on their hands. Really.

When we were younger, my brother and I had a game of ‘brother-proofing’ each others cards; this consisted of covering the envelope with as much tape as we could before we were told off for wasting it. This year I decided to revive this game; on Christmas day I presented my brother with his card:

Using Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)
to Optimize Routing in IP Encryption Environments
– Using LISP and IPSec (DMVPN and GET) for dynamic endpoints.

This paper examines how recent network-based protocol innovations can be used to simplify the overall deployment, functionality, and operation of networks in which IPsec VPN devices (IVDs) are required—specifically, in Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), and secure enterprise networks.
The main innovation addressed in this paper is the Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) routing architecture framework, which, when deployed in an IVD environment, addresses some of the major deployment and operational challenges common in IVD networks today.
This paper compares the use of LISP with technologies currently used in IVD deployments today. It also highlights the advantages and differentiation that simplify operations and deployment, and offers current and future enhancements that could change the way IVD networks are deployed.

The routing security battles intensify | IGP Blog – The RPKI debate continues to rage. Get popcorn.

The SIDR output has all the earmarks of a government-driven standardization process. It reveals the self-perpetuating cycle of the defense-industrial complex, in which a real routing problem was identified by researchers, a contractor proposed a solution, an agency hired them. The funding cycle ends, the contractor writes another proposal and convinces the agency to continue funding. This is done largely in absence of empirical evidence that the problem identified is the same problem operators actually deal with.

How to Draw Clear L3 Logical Network Diagrams – Hugely popular post on Packet Pushers on drawing Visio Diagrams:

It’s so simple to draw logical network diagrams, once you know a suitable method. It is a time-consuming, manual process, but there is no magic. Once you have a complete L3 diagram, it is not hard to keep it up to date. The benefits are well worth the effort.

End-of-Sale and End-of-Life Announcement for the Cisco Secure Access Control Server for Windows and Secure Access Control Server Solution Engine 4.1  [Cisco Secure Access Control Server for Windows] – Cisco Systems – At last, End of Support date Nov 30, 2011. Rejoice for we can finally move on …….

End-of-Sale and End-of-Life Announcement for the Cisco Secure Access Control Server for Windows and Secure Access Control Server Solution Engine 4.1

Explaining Windows 8 PC Sales Over the Holidays | Windows 8 content from Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows – MS Windows 8 is clearly struggling and this is the best explanation I’ve seen. In short, most people figure that $400 is about right for a computer – after all, they “don’t use it for much, cos I’m not like you Greg”. Repeatedly people tell me thye just use the web and send some email so that they don’t see the value in the spending money on a expensive Windows computers.

Years of relying on cheap netbook sales to bolster the shaky PC market have colored our perception of both Windows and the hardware on which it runs. For Windows 8 to succeed—reach or exceed that 20 million licenses per month figure—the average selling price of touch-based PCs and devices is going to have to come down. On a side note, I suspect this was the real impetus behind the push to get Windows 8 on ARM: ARM-based chipsets and devices are much less complex and thus less expensive to manufacture today than traditional PCs. That Microsoft then milked customers with higher Surface prices is, of course, unfortunate.

CY12-Q4 Community Analysis — OpenStack vs OpenNebula vs Eucalyptus vs CloudStack

It can be seen that

(1) OpenStack has the largest total population, followed by Eucalyptus, CloudStack, and OpenNebula;

(2) OpenStack has the largest active population during the past quarter, followed by CloudStack, Eucalyptus, and OpenNebula;

(3) OpenStack has the largest active population during the past month, followed by CloudStack, Eucalyptus, and OpenNebula.