Response:IT Adoption Cycle (There, I Fixed It)

Saw this chart about Enterprise IT adoption the other day. Got pretty annoyed about the obvious mistakes so I just had to fix it up.

Musing: Private Clouds is Next. VMware and Nicira is about that.

It’s my personal suspicion that we might be approaching the start of the Private Cloud era. The herald is probably Microsoft getting their Office 2013 cloud package off the ground. By the time big companies, and especially Microsoft arrive, you realise that the early and exciting phases of public cloud are over.


Rant: Platforms All The Way Down

I’ve just been forced to sit through a vendor presentation that had a lot of talk about their “platform” and how successful it’s been, and how valuable it is. When I pointed out that it was dependent on at least three other platforms, there was pause. Silence. The sales team, clearly, hadn’t realised this and it wasn’t part of the vendor briefing. I told them, it’s “Platforms All The Way Down”.

A Rolling Upgrade Strategy, Apple OSX and Cloud Infrastructure

One point that was buried in the Apple’s Mountain Lion updates this week is that Apple is shifting to a yearly update model for OSX. Think about that in a corporate environment. Yes, it’s another piece on change management.


VRRP. CARP. Open Standards and royalties on LC Connectors

In which I look at CARP vs VRRP, the nature of open standards and closed source fibre optic connectors that you pay royalties on, but you probably don’t know about.

Dear Network Santa, For Christmas can I have ……

I’m sitting on Santa’s knee, and telling him how good I’ve and been and what I would like for Christmas.

When you say it like that, it’s kind of creepy.

EtherealMind’s Fashion Tips for Network Engineering Men

Just because you don’t speak to “customers” or “the public” it’s still necessary to look like you are a professional and take pride in your work.

Juniper Junosphere – Missed Opportunity for Enterprise Market

Juniper announced their Junosphere emulator recently and have been smugly telling everyone how wonderful it is. Except it isn’t. Here is my take FWIW.

Egregious Use of “Cloud” – Cisco Wireless LAN Flex Cloud Controller

Because nothing says “Cloud Computering” like a Wireless LAN Controller.

Diverging Ethernet Switch Markets

I’ve been catching up on the Juniper QFabric announcement from yesterday. While I’m still attempting to digest the ramifications of the technology and the methodology that this brings to the Data Centre let’s step back and take a wider look at what this means for the ethernet switching marketplace. It’s clear the Ethernet switching is no longer a single marketplace.

Rant: Hey Cisco – Your Website Still Blows

I don’t always get to use my own computer. And Corporate Desktops don’t let you change your settings. I had to use someone else’s Windows computer today to look up Cisco’s website for documentation.


Look, I get that Uncle John wants us to use the web site so he makes more profits (read: lower support costs if customers do it themselves), which isn’t a bad idea since most of us know what we want anyway and don’t particularly want anyone else to help us out. And Cisco has tried to produce a lot of documentation – its a big part of our relationship. So there is lots of good content there and I spend a lot of time looking at the site. But lets keep it working. We need to put engineers back in charge of the design and ditch the bloody hipsters who are trying to be as offensive as possible – obviously their mothers hated them because they seem to need a lot of attention.

On HP Closing Down VCX IP Telephony & Choosing Microsoft

This week saw HP announced the cessation of development of their IP Telephony product – VCX – that was acquired as part of the 3Com acquisition. Any impacts ?

Cisco Live Europe 2011 – Walking the Show Floor

In previous years I have not really spend a lot of time in the world of solutions, because it’s not been overly interesting. This year I decided to spend some time walking the floor and looking for interesting and new products and therefore I wanted to cover what I found interesting this year.

Sales is a not a ‘Game’ or a ‘War’

It’s common among certain companies for their sales people and engineers to talk about ‘winning’ or ‘beating’ their competition, or ‘slamming’ their counterparts. I want to take a minute to point out how puerile this is, and how offensive it is to be a customer to this type of high school thinking.

Remote (in band) configuration tips

However working on a Global network, especially if you are making changes in-band and you don’t have the facility to access the system via a remote console or have remote power control(For people who do have such infrastructure I am insanely jealous), then you need have a few outs to keep you out of trouble. I thought I would share some useful tips that help minimise risk for you when doing remote changes.

EtherealMinds Eleven Rules of Design Documentation

How do I prepare, develop and write Designs ? I use these eleven handy rules of Design Documentation that I have worked out over the last fifteen years.

The Case for Network Emulators

It’s time to start demanding that vendors make their emulators available to their customers so that we can save money, improve customer value, and increase the Networking Market.

VMware vCloud, Isolated Networks and L2 network overlays.

Apparently VMware vCloud product supports the use of “isolated networks”. What I just found out is that Isolated Networks are MAC-in-MAC encapsulated Ethernet. Oh my.

Network Design – Creativity and Compromise

Of all the disciplines that are needed by a ëNetwork Consultantí, the one of design is by far the most difficult for me. For years I wondered why I found designing solutions difficult. I’m a CCIE with over 15 years experience; Iíve worked with some great networking people and on some very complex networks. Iíve got a stack of excellent books, Iíve even read some of them, yet I still find it difficult to be decisive and confident when designing.

10 Networking Books to read before you dieÖ.

Are all networking books over 10 years old obsolete? Kevin Bovis a Technical Services Director with Cisco Gold Partner provides 10 examples that would suggest that some networking books are worth keeping and can provide a bit of credibility to an ageing Technical Manager.

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