Internets of Interest:22 Mar 11

Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 22 Mar 11:

  • How Software Will Redefine Networking: Tech News and Analysis ´

    An apt analogy to me would be the arrival of x86 servers and their impact on Sunís E10K super servers. In time, the minnows ate away at the whale. I wouldnít be surprised if the same happens to the switching business first, and then to other elements of the networking ecosystem. An engineer familiar with the Open Flow technology joked that Open Flow frees you from the tyranny of the firmware providers. That is networking speak for Cisco, Juniper and Force 10 Networks.

    Openflow has the possibility to truly disrupt the networking market as a whole and, specifically to damage Cisco’s highly profitable switching business in the enterprise. I’m hoping to find people from Openflow and record a podcast discussing the technology in the near future.

  • Dear RSA, Trust Is Earned Everyday; You’re Not Earning It Today – Network Computing

    FAQ: What new information are you disclosing in this note, and why are you issuing it now? A: We are not disclosing new information related to the incident. FAQ: Why can’t you provide more details about the information that was extracted related to RSA SecurID technology? A: Our customers’ security is our number one priority. We continue to provide our customers with all the information they need to assess their risk and ensure they are protected.

    The fact is that RSA isn’t disclosing anything, or admitting anything, or talking about what has happened in any meaningful way. The only conclusion is that SecurID has been completely compromised. Sell your EMC shares, it looks like it’s going to cost a lot to fix this.

  • Stubby Post ñ Final Tally of 3750 Failures | Aaron’s Worthless Words

    I can accept a handful of failures, but 23%?!?!? Thatís one fine platform youíve developed there, Cisco. Keep up the good work.

    Aaron has used his helpdesk system to put hard numbers against his C3750 failues.

    Also, great blog to add to your RSS feed. Best of luck with the new job, more blogging please :)

  • Fabric Computing Poised as a Preferred Infrastructure for Virtualization and Cloud Computing – Gartner catches up with the rest of the world.

    Fabric computing is nearing a stage of adolescence ó maturing quickly, but with much room for growth and maturation.

    Enterprises with serious initiatives in virtualization and cloud computing need to begin designing a fabric-based infrastructure, and the organizational structure to properly support it, as the underlying foundation for these initiatives.

    As always, Gartner is stating the obvious about six months after it happened. Still, Cisco will be well pleased with the sucking up here.

  • Cisco Blog ª Blog Archive ª Extend flexibility in Your Data Center Architecture with the Data Center Fabric.

    Based on this observation, Gartner George J Reiss and Andrew Butler organized recently a survey to evaluate which vendors are the most credible and ready to address the challenges of virtualization and cloud computing.

    When Cisco starts quoting Gartner, something is wrong. Note: the whole Gartner report is based on self selecting poll “Nearly 50% of respondents to a poll at a recent Gartner Data Center Conference “. Clever. Ask people at a Data Centre Conference and you can get the numbers you want so that you can make a report that you can sell to vendors.

  • Cisco Wireless Services Module 2 (WiSM2) – Products & Services – Cisco Systems

    Other benefits of the WiSM2 controller include:

    Connections for up to 500 access points and 10,000 clients

    Support for higher client density than other wireless LAN controllers

    Ability to update 100 access points at once

    Doesn’t sound big enough to me. 500 APs might sound like a lot for today’s networks, but in three years ? Who wants to have dozens of controllers to purchase and maintain ?

  • YouTube – HP Wireless LAN demo – HP recorded Video of the demo they gave at Wireless #TechFieldDay. It was good demo, and the HP product is interesting. We were very lucky to have access to a full time lab engineer who really knew his stuff.
  • Reverse Engineering RSAís ìStatementî | Steve†(GRC) Gibson’s Blog

    RSA may not want to do the responsible thing because it would be very expensive for themÖ but given the only deductions possible from what little RSA has said in light of the technology, any company using RSA SecurID tokens should consider them completely compromised and should insist upon their immediate replacement.

    Steve Gibson, a well respected security person, recommending that all RSA two factor tokens since you can only assuem they are compromised.

  • Open Letter to RSA Customers

    Our investigation also revealed that the attack resulted in certain information being extracted from RSA’s systems. Some of that information is specifically related to RSA’s SecurID two-factor authentication products. While at this time we are confident that the information extracted does not enable a successful direct attack on any of our RSA SecurID customers, this information could potentially be used to reduce the effectiveness of a current two-factor authentication implementation as part of a broader attack. We are very actively communicating this situation to RSA customers and providing immediate steps for them to take to strengthen their SecurID implementations.

    Sounds evasive. How deep does this go ? How much more is there to know ? Why are we not getting transparency ?

  • gfxCardStatus – Cody Krieger

    gfxCardStatus is a menu bar application that keeps track of which graphics card your unibody, dual-GPU MacBook Pro is using at any given time, and allows you to switch between them on demand.


  • Eject to Flash – Use this to install a keyboard shortcut to pop a web page from Safari to Chrome. I do this because Adobe Flash is uninstalled from my Mac for increased security and better preformance.
  • Public Service Announcement for Engineers | Router Jockey

    ACL: Pronounced exactly as itís spelled, A-C-L. Stop saying Ackel!

    QoS: Pronounced as spelled, Q-O-S. It is not kwos!!

    I disagree with Ackel, Kwoss ( you spelt it wrong), and seqwell. I hate spelling out acronyms, if I did that my tongue would wear out. I can have entire conversations that do not use correct English and I’m proud of it.

    And with Ackel – don’t forgot vackell (VACL) rackell (RACL) and qwackell (Qos ACL).

  • Calxeda’s ARM chips designed for 480-core servers – servers, processors, Midrange, hardware systems, Components, Calxeda – Computerworld

    The Calxeda chip is built on a quad-core ARM processor, and low-power servers could have 120 ARM processing nodes in a 2U box, the company said in an e-mail statement. The chips will be based on ARM’s Cortex-A9 processor architecture.

    Can’t help but feeling that this signals the end of the 20Kva racks, and we will be returning to more moderate power draws per square meter in the future.

  • Server and Firewall Settings for Google Docs : Google Apps – Google Docs Help

    Note: This article is designed for network administrators and is highly technical.

    Google Docs and Sites are designed to work on uninhibited networks. But for domain and network administrators with specific firewalls or servers, the following must be accessible for Google Docs and Sites to function properly:

    For the following, [N] means any single decimal digit. * means any string not containing a period.

    Filed for when I need to configure a firewall restriction / permission in a proxy server for Google Docs. Lists all the possible URL names and provides information on the SSL certificates.