Network Zen – Standardisation


The Network Master was at one with the flow when the Student approached.

The Student asked “Master, why do you have the same router with the same configuration everywhere ?”

The Master was disappointed, but not surprised. He paused to collect his thoughts and consider the matter fully.

He said “When you lose a sock, what happens to the other sock ?”

The Student looked baffled. He stopped to think and eventually said “Why, Master, the sock is of no use”.

The Master said “And if I had ten pairs of identical socks, and lost one sock, what would then happen ?”

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.

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  • Alex S

    Bow to you ,,,,(_ _),,,,

    On the other hand if you have only one type of socks, let’s say cotton, and those socks get eaten by some bug (moth), you loose most of your socks if not all and suffer from cold.
    On the other hand, if you had also silk socks together with your cotton ones – knowing that moths do not like silk – you could wear them while your cotton socks get fixed or replaced

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