Network Zen – The Flow may only be seen when it is not present.

The Network Zen Master was meditating over his network, at oneness with the Flow when the Student came to with an unhappy look on his face. The Master waited patiently for the Student to speak what was on his mind.

The Student mustered his courage and said ìMaster, the other Students are mocking the Network and boasting that they have the most important technologyî.

The Network Zen Master waited for the question.

The Student asked ìWhich is the most important piece of the IT Infrastructure ?î

ìAhhhî said the Network Zen Master, ìonce againî. He took a deep breath and told this parable to the Student:

ìOnce upon a time, the Masters gathered to review The IT Strategy. During the Budgeting Process all of the Masters cried that their technology was the most important and needed all the Budget to continue their work. The Development Master cried that without his developers there would be no new applications. The Server Master declared that the Server Farm urgently needed upgrades and that Applications would not happen without new Servers. The Desktop Master clamoured for new tools to keep his Users safe. The Storage Master expostulated that more and faster storage was needed to host all the new data and that much Budget was needed to upgrade to new systems.

And so it went on. Each Master in turn exclaiming that their specialty was the most important and needed more budget.

Until the Network Master spoke and requested the necessary funding to meet the new requirements.

All the other Masters laughed and made fun of the Network Master. The Network was fine they said, and needed nothing. For did it not work well enough now ? And was it not a simple thing, with little impact on the IT Infrastructure.î

The Student was horrified and spoke ìMaster, this is terrible. How can they not know the vital importance of the Flow ?î

The Master said, ìIndeed. The Flow is a mystery to many ì

The Master continued ìThe Network Master returned to his network and did his best. But the upgrades to the servers, and the new applications and the new tools all put new demands on the network. And the Flow was damaged and finally stopped. In the Root Cause Analysis the Masters gathered to determine the fault and the Network Master said: ìI told you so.î

The Masters were chastened and agreed that the Network is the most important and fundamental part of the Strategy. For without the Network there are no applications, the servers have no purpose, desktops have nothing to do, and storage has nothing to store.

And the Student was enlightened. The Flow may only be visible when it is not present.

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 EtherealMind.com and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus

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  • http://pjaware.wordpress.com PRATEEK JAIN

    Excellent piece of writing,really enlightened me.Thank You Greg!!

  • Andre Gas

    Nice one…all technical writing should have this kind of spirit!!

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