Response: Docker Networking | Chris Swan’s Weblog

I’ve spent some hours taking a look at Docker containers and how they connect to the network. The short summary is “messy” and better description is “train wreck”. Chris Swan has a 30 minute presentation on his experiences with Docker as part of his company VNS3. Docker Networking | Chris Swan’s Weblog. At this point […]

Tech Notes: Difference Between OS1 and OS2 Fibre Optic Cable


These are two standards for single mode fibre optic cabling from a total of  five types of fibre that are generically used today known of “OF types” (OM1, OM2, OM3 for multimode and OS1,OS2 for single mode.) OS1 is for indoor use  i.e. Campus, Data Centre. Cabling is is tight buffered (i.e. manufactured into solid […]

Less Sales, Simpler Products, Easier Buying


Out of sheer frustration this week, I tweeted this and got a big response: The Back Story I’ve wasted about 60 hours of customers time working with resellers & vendors to get a quote for a relatively simple network upgrade. Neither the vendor staffers or the reseller employees knew how the product was licensed or […]

Cisco On Net Neutrality Isn’t What It Seems


Chambers pointed the finger at Net Neutrality for a slow down in purchasing by carriers in US markets and that he perceives it as damaging to Cisco business interests. I find it more credible that SDN/NFV is slowing capital investments than some far off political change.

Response: Black Energy 2 Malware Router Abuse – Kaspersky

Kaspersky published a research note on Black Energy malware that uses backdoors and exploits on Cisco routers to install a TCL file, perform surveillance or destruction of the device configuration.   And, they revealed that their Cisco routers with different IOS versions were hacked. They weren’t able to connect to the routers any more by […]

Musing: Subscription License Economics


The rise of software licensing in networking changes some of my assumptions about the 5 year cost of ownership of products. Roughly, lets assume that you are buying virtual appliances like firewalls, DNS/DHCP, IDS/IPS, proxy servers and load balancers and that you pay some type of yearly license to use the product. Capital Upfront The legacy […]

Response: I’m Terrified of My New TV


Smart Televisions are tracking everything you do and sending that data to unknown services: The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how, and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email […]