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 […]

SDN Started as a Customer Movement (Not a Vendor Innovation)

With the vast marketing budgets from big vendors and their well paid “evangelists”, the startups vying to introduce new methods and the clamour of engineers trying to understand new technology it might be time to pause and remember that Software Defined Networking was a customer-driven initiative. Vendors had to be forced to accept that SDN was a necessary change.

Response: RFC 7045 – Transmission and Processing of IPv6 Extension Headers

IETF RFC  on the Standards Tracks that talks about the problem of chaining headers in IPv6. I’m getting a sense of deja-vu since this was also has issue with IPv4 and, ultimately, use of chained IPv4 headers died away. If they encounter an unrecognised extension header type, some firewalls treat the packet as suspect and drop it.  Unfortunately, […]

Response: IP PBX sales decline 10% | Dell’Oro

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The IP PBX business is shrinking as mobile phones replace desk phones. More importantly, voice calls are replaced with chat applications like Skype, FaceTime, SnapChat. Modern companies are using messaging platforms like Slack to replace time wasting telephone calls – we run the Packet Pushers business zero telephone calls. I’ve been predicting this for a year […]

Response: Extreme Charges License Fee When Using OEM SFPs, Limits Bandwidth

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Extreme Network now charges a license fee for ports that have 40G/100G OEM or third party SFPs installed. If you don’t purchase a license within 90 days, it will limit bandwidth to 25%. How crappy is that ? Hiding the full price of the switch in SFP pricing strategies is a dumb idea that all the vendors have, what about simply being honest and calling it what it is – a per-port licensing fee designed to extract more revenue from a shrinking market.