Mellanox and bad CLI choices

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I’ve been working on Mellanox S-Series switches lately in a largish network with several hundred 10GbE server ports. On the whole, the product has performed beyond my cynically low expectations and the product has good capabilities overall but the command line interface (CLI) is a really poor user experience. How about this gem for configuring […]

Musing: Cisco Playing the Underdog

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Couple of quotes from John Chambers keynote during Cisco Live that I seemed to leap out at me: “You are going to see a brutal, brutal consolidation of the IT industry where out of the top five players, only two or three of us will be meaningful in as quick as five years.” “When we […]

Cisco COO Claims Amazon as Huge Customer and Other Insights

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In this transcript from Seeking Alpha, Gary Moore, Chief Operating Office of Cisco claims that ” eight of the global ten over-the-top providers like Amazon are huge Cisco customers”. For network architect & strategy types, it’s worth reading to see how Cisco intends to extract more revenue from your budget. In particular there are several references to Cisco “analytics service offerings” which Mr Moore states are opportunities for upsell in SmartNet maintenance. It might be worth looking into those products to prepare a “defense against the dark arts” from Cisco account managers.

Musing: Working for Companies in Financial Trouble

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Your employer is having financial problems. There is a lot of pressure to do “more with less”, to pull together and “do the deals”, close the sales before end of quarter. But really, what do you owe your employer in the modern era ? What is best for you ? This situation is one where the modern paradigm of fail fast, fail often and fail early applies.

Musing: VMware Pays More for AirWatch for VDI than Nicira for SDN

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As a network professional, it can be difficult to maintain a sense of perspective in relation to other areas of IT. Certainly, networking is the foundation on which all other services depend but it isn’t all that important to customers overall. VMware announced that it was buying AirWatch to boost it’s VDI capability in mobile […]

Musing: 40GbE BiDir Optics Means Less Cable In The Data Centre

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Many people are noticing that part of the Cisco ACI announcement includes mention of 40GbE BiDi optics where a 40GbE SFP needs only two MMF fibre cores for 40GbE connectivity. It’s worth noting that all vendors will also ship BiDi optics in the near future. For example, Arista is promoting a single mode 40G BiDi […]