I’ve been writing and talking about the need for IT teams to reduce the lifecycle of infrastructure to 3 years. For this to happen, the following items: pay less for products so that money can be spent on projects to replace and upgrade pay less so that ROI can be achieved 3 years design so […]
I’ve been working on Mellanox S-Series switches lately in a largish network with several hundred 10GbE server ports. On the whole, the product has performed beyond my cynically low expectations and the product has good capabilities overall but the command line interface (CLI) is a really poor user experience. How about this gem for configuring […]
In this transcript from Seeking Alpha, Gary Moore, Chief Operating Office of Cisco claims that ” eight of the global ten over-the-top providers like Amazon are huge Cisco customers”. For network architect & strategy types, it’s worth reading to see how Cisco intends to extract more revenue from your budget. In particular there are several references to Cisco “analytics service offerings” which Mr Moore states are opportunities for upsell in SmartNet maintenance. It might be worth looking into those products to prepare a “defense against the dark arts” from Cisco account managers.
I was working with a PR person who asked me about some software tools. They wanted to know why I didn’t consider these tools anymore.
I was intrigued and excited about the Junipers announcement last week of QFabric. I was vaguely aware of TRILL and Cisco implementation (Fabric Path), but came to the table (so to speak) with no pre-conceptions of what I might expect. SCI-FI – Is this just me? Is the Q in QFabric taken from sci-fi […]
So Nokia and Microsoft have joined to make phones. Some Observations.
Have you ever wondered why there are three states in the 802.1d Spanning Tree Standard ?