“It’s always possible for a person who owns a pistol to shoot themselves in the foot. This is the worst possible outcome because the gun is meant to shoot something else. Missing the target is bad enough but shooting yourself is much worse. ”
The Mendicant smiled and spoke thus to the Master, “Master, there are choices that are dangerous and can cause problems. Choosing to redistribute routes from OSPF to BGP comes with risk of route loops. One must practice and respect for the tools.”
The Master replied “It’s also possible to have a pistol in each hand and shoot oneself in both feet.”
The Mendicant spoke thus “More complex technologies come with greater risks. In complex systems it may not be possible to know all risks. New technologies may come with ‘unknown unknowns’.
And the Master, much impressed, took the lesson further, “One must also realise that different guns will have different results. Two shotguns will have a different result to two small pistols.”
The Mendicant paused, deciding what to say next. Finally he spoke, “Master, one must also realise that there are many kinds of feet”
The Master was delighted. The Mendicant was on the path to enlightenment and he was so close. He said “Almost. It doesn’t matter if your feet are different. All feet are exactly the same when they have been shot”.
And the mendicant was enlightened.
Other Posts in A Series On The Same Topic
- Network Zen: You Cant Change The Fact But You Might Change The Perception (8th April 2015)
- Network Zen: All Feet Are Different (4th September 2013)
- Network ZEN: Do Not Tell Me About Yesterday, Tell Me About Tomorrow (9th June 2013)
- Network ZEN: The Same Problem can Seem Different (25th July 2011)
- Network ZEN - Frames or Packet (11th February 2011)
- Network Zen - The Flow may only be seen when it is not present. (7th February 2011)
- Network Zen - Standardisation and Failure (18th November 2010)
- Network Zen - Standardisation (17th November 2010)
- Network ZEN - Storage traffic isn't so Important (20th October 2010)
- Network ZEN: A Switch (20th April 2010)
- Network ZEN: OSPF or EIGRP (25th March 2010)
- Network ZEN: Management or Monitoring (20th January 2010)
- Network ZEN: Stackable or Chassis Switches (3rd August 2009)