Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 22 Jul 2011:
- Alcatel Lucent ponders offload of enterprise unit • The Register –
The French-American firm has now confirmed it is “exploring strategic options to enhance the future opportunities” for the enterprise unit, which has annual revenues of around €1bn.
“All options are being explored including discussions with third parties,” the vendor revealed in a statement.
Not good news for Alcatel Enterprise, this sort of uncertainty will prevent customers from buying their equipment until it’s resolved. On the other hand, Alcatel isn’t the right company for this business since Alcatel doesn’t much care about the Enterprise – a company that makes submarines isn’t much interested in IT infrastructure. See also Siemens.
- Cisco IOS Hints and Tricks: vSphere 5.0 new networking features: disappointing –
VMware launched a major release of vSphere and the networking features are barely worth mentioning (or maybe they’ll launch them when the vTax brouhaha subsides).
I had a really hard time finding anything networking-related in a very long list of new features and enhancements and the very slim VMware’s white paper tells you how serious VMware is about improving their networking support.
I wonder what the problem is ? Is it Cisco, or is it changing networking standards ? Or is it that delivering software switching is harder than it looks.
- Jokes from the G+hole – Boing Boing– Nerd Jokes for the intelligent and discerning consumer.My favourite ?
Q. How many designers does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Does it have to be a light bulb?
- IPexpert CCIE Written Video On Demand Series – by yours truly –
Recently I spent a great deal of time recording content for a CCIE Wireless Written Video On Demand series for IPexpert. I took the Cisco CCIE Wireless blueprint v1.0 and fleshed it out into a series of power-points and accompanying audio information to provide the backbone of information for passing the CCIE Wireless written exam. The total running time is just over 11 hours – and in the course of the content, I explain my rules of thumb and best practices for basically everything I do as a wireless engineer
- Using Mac OS X Lion’s new Wi-Fi Diagnostics Tool – The wireless LAN architecture blog | Aerohive Networks Blog –
Now on to the Apple’s latest Wi-Fi Diagnostics tool.This tool is kind of hidden. Not really placed somewhere a casual end-user might find it accidentally. You’ll find it here: /System/Library/CoreServices/Wi-Fi Diagnostics … you might want to do what I did, and make an alias and put it on your desktop.
- French Visionary Starck’s Advice to Designers: Create Fewer Useless Products | Gadget Lab | Wired.com – Phillippe Starck:
Our world has seen an explosion of new challenges, vital challenges. Design can help a little, but sadly design cannot save lives. That’s why, for me, good design doesn’t exist anymore. In fact, design has, for some decades, been rather useless. Twenty years ago it was perhaps amusing to waste time talking about the beauty of a lamp. Now it’s an obscenity.
Today, we see very talented, intelligent designers who use their skills to create useless products, which are developed not to help people but to put money in the pocket of companies, and to take money out of the pocket of a “target consumer.” It’s a very cynical way to work, and done with greed and no respect. We need to design things that are more ecological, more social.
- Cisco UCS 2.0: Cisco Stacks the Deck in Las Vegas | M. Sean McGee – Cisco really should put bloggers in charge of product announcements. I got more from this blog post by M. Sean McGee than from four hours of Cisco’s web site. Really good and useful information
CS customers now have three Fabric Interconnects, two chassis I/O modules, two Virtual Interface Cards, and multiple traditional network adapters to choose from – and they’re all interoperable.In addition to the new fabric devices, the soon-to-be-released UCS 2.0 firmware adds several features for existing and future UCS customers: Support for disjoint Layer 2 networks, UCS Service Profile support for iSCSI boot, and support for VM-FEX on RedHat KVM.
- RIPE NCC IPv4 Available Pool – Graph — RIPE Network Coordination Centre – RIPE shows that they are issuing roughly 1.5 million IP addresses a week and the rate is accelerating. At this rate, RIPE will run out of address in about 25 weeks. Bring on the IPocalypse.
This graph is interactive. You can roll over the bars to see more information.
The amount of IPv4 addresses shown includes the 8.39 million IPv4 addresses temporarily set aside for the De-Bogonising New Address Blocks project.
The graph is updated weekly and is adjusted up or down as IPv4 addresses are distributed and returned.
The last /8 that the RIPE NCC received from the IANA on 3 February 2011 is included in this graph and shown by the yellow horizontal line.
- SMART Design: Secure Network Foundation 2.0 – Advanced Deployments – Cisco Systems – You might find this relevant.
Investment in a secure and resilient network foundation not only addresses the immediate security and connectivity needs of your customers, it also allows for the effective deployment of additional network capabilities in the future. Furthermore, a properly engineered design with the suitable network elements can significantly reduce installation costs along with operational and network maintenance expenditures.Because SNF 2.0 is designed with the view of advanced technology deployment on the same platform, it provides investment protection for Small Business customers and significantly reduces network disruptions for the addition of new capabilities
- MPLS | Table – Rene continues to publish Dynamips labs at GNS3Vault
MPLS or Multi Protocol Layer Switching is hot these days! Instead of making forwarding decisions on routing information we will use tags to make switching decisions! Work your way through the labs and see if you can finish the MPLS Advanced lab…
- HP Blogs – Questions you should be asking about network manag… – The HP Blog Hub – HP has the IMC network management platform which appears to be seriously good. I’ve seen some demos and spoken with Les about his futures. It could be a deal winner in many circumstances.
I recently talked to a customer that had a mixed vendor network. The organization had 10 different management tools as each vendor and technology (i.e. wireless, voice, etc.) had its own management application. This created a swivel-chair situation where they had to touch several tools for any given management task. The customer was almost desperate to reduce the number of tools and improve their efficiency.
- Speed matters: how Ethernet went from 3Mbps to 100Gbps… and beyond– Epic Post from ARS Technica on the history of Ethernet for ordinary people. But in the end it was Ethernet that won the battle for LAN standardization through a combination of standards body politics and a clever, minimalist—and thus cheap to implement—design. It went on to obliterate the competition by seeking out and assimilating higher bitrate protocols and adding their technological distinctiveness to its own. Decades later, it had become ubiquitous.If you’ve ever looked at the network cable protruding from your computer and wondered how Ethernet got started, how it has lasted so long, and how it works, wonder no more: here’s the story.