Network ZEN: A Switch

The Zen Network Master was meditating over his network, at oneness with the Flow. He became aware that a change was needed.

The Master called the Student to him and said: “Please fetch me a switch”.

The Student said “A switch, Master ? That is quickly done” and went to fetch a switch.

Shortly, the Student returned and presented the switch to the Master. The Master smiled and shook his head. “This is not the switch I need”. The Student was mystified. Had he not brought a switch for the Master ?

And the Master spoke “You must realise that all things have a purpose, and the purpose defines the function needed. Therefore, you must always understand your task before you start work. Ask how and why and you shall know”.

And the Student was enlightened.

Other Posts in A Series On The Same Topic

  1. Network ZEN: Do Not Tell Me About Yesterday, Tell Me About Tomorrow (9th June 2013)
  2. Network ZEN: The Same Problem can Seem Different (25th July 2011)
  3. Network ZEN - Frames or Packet (11th February 2011)
  4. Network Zen - The Flow may only be seen when it is not present. (7th February 2011)
  5. Network Zen - Standardisation and Failure (18th November 2010)
  6. Network Zen - Standardisation (17th November 2010)
  7. Network ZEN - Storage traffic isn't so Important (20th October 2010)
  8. Network ZEN: A Switch (20th April 2010)
  9. Network ZEN: OSPF or EIGRP (25th March 2010)
  10. Network ZEN: Management or Monitoring (20th January 2010)
  11. Network ZEN: Stackable or Chassis Switches (3rd August 2009)
About Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count.

He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus

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