Response: HowTo Configure IP Multicast PIM on ECMP| Mellanox Interconnect Community

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Today I spent several hours reading up on PIM Bidirectional for an customer implementation on an ECMP networking. I realise that somewhere inside my head there is a lot of IP Multicast knowledge that hasn’t been lost but it is definitely hiding. I had to re-learn a number of concepts before I started feel confident. […]

Response: http2 explained

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Been researching HTTP2 protocol on the basis that is will, more or less, be the dominant protocol on the Internet and everywhere else. Aside from the sense of excitement I get from looking at solving old problems, HTTP2 is a huge change for networking and this site has the best explanation I’ve found so far. Check […]

Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

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Very, very funny quote in the Pew Research Report: How could people benefit from a gigabit network? One expert in this study, David Weinberger, a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, predicted, “There will be full, always-on, 360-degree environmental awareness, a semantic overlay on the real world, and full-presence massive open […]

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: 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.