Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 12 Dec 2011:
- http://h30507.www3.hp.com/hpblogs/attachments/hpblogs/143/797/1/VC-IRF-intergration-white-paper-v2.pdf – Direct Link to PDF FIle
This document is intended to help users to setup an IRF(Intelligent Resilient Framework) cluster to work with HP Virtual Connect products from the scratch.
Because we certainly need help. Neither Virtual Connect of IRF is easily configured and this document is a detailed step by step look at how to achieve this.
- The Network Engineer’s Guide to Making Changes | Lame Journal – A 100% Pulitzer Free Zone – Great article – tl:dr version – have good process, be organised, document everything. But you knew that already, right ?
I’m not going to try to document a full change control process here (though of course, if you want to engage me to consult for your company, we can discuss that), but instead I present to you:The Network Engineer’s Guide to Making Changes
- Jon Still » Blog Archive » Learn to Teach Yourself – Sometimes you need reminding of the basics. I have reminder items that tell me not be stupid and learn from my mistakes – think I’ll add this to the list:
“We’re not here to teach you. We’re here to teach you to teach yourself.”
It’s only now that I can see how true that statement was. The best people I have ever worked with have all had an extremely good grasp of the fundamentals and the ability to take a new technology, new product, new service – whatever it may be – and make sense of the knowledge and put it to good use.
- Ode To MRTG « The Data Center Overlords – Nice touch from Tony. I also have very fond memories of MRTG in my earliest days of Network Management.
MRTG was my favorite trending utility back in the day. “But Tony, weren’t you a condescending Unix administrator back then, and isn’t MRTG a networking tool?” Yes, yes I was. But MRTG isn’t just for trending network links, you can use it to graph bandwidth in and out of servers as well as other metrics like CPU utilization, memory utilization, number of processes, etc. I had a whole set of standard metrics I would graph with MRTG, depending on the device.
- HP Blogs – IRF(Intelligent Resilient Framework) cluster to wo… – The HP Blog Hub –
HP’s Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) is a technology designed to improve the performance of network switches. In this white paper, you will learn about how to setup HP Networking A-Series switches with Virtual Connect blade interconnect modules. The whitepaper also shows how to monitor them from a couple of different packages, VWware vCenter and HP Networking IMC (Intelligent Management Center).
You might want to bookmark this one.
- On Counterfeit Chips in US Military Hardware « bunnie’s blog – This article talks about the differnt types of counterfeit parts used in military electronics. I’ts quite interesting. Although military applications are the concern here, I’m also concerned about fake products in the Enterprise
One can purchase crudely desoldered MSM7000-series chips (the brains of many Android smartphones) by the pound, at around ten cents for a chip. These chips are then cleaned up, reballed and sometimes remarked, put into tapes and reels and sold as brand new, commanding over a 10x markup. Thus, a single batch of chips can net thousands of dollars, making it a compelling source of income for skilled labor that would otherwise work in a factory for $200 per month.
- Business | Borders selling Internet addresses for $786,000 | The Detroit News –
Borders Group Inc., the liquidated Ann Arbor-based bookseller, will generate $786,000 by selling Internet addresses, thanks to the current shortage.
In September, Borders was authorized to sell most of the intellectual property to Barnes & Noble Inc. for $13.9 million. Borders’ block of 65,536 IPv4 Internet protocol numbers weren’t sold.After negotiating with multiple prospective buyers, Cerner Corp. agreed to buy the Internet addresses for $12 each. Other bids were as low as $1.50 each, according to a bankruptcy court filing.
I’ve heard IPv4 address are worth as much USD$20 each for ery large blocks.
- Talk on Web Operations — Greg Ferro – Notational Stigma –
In the first twelve minutes of this video, Theo Schlossnagle talks about key aspects of personal perspective on career development for Infrastructure Engineers. The whole talk is great, but watch the first twelve minutes if you are interested in career development.
- Alcatel-Lucent Banks on Carrier Clouds | Twilight in the Valley of the Nerds – Brad Casemore thinks that Alcatel Lucent is looking to Service Providers for their LAN networking products –
For its part, Alcatel-Lucent has sought to establish itself as a vendor that can help its operator customers derive new revenue from mobile software and services and, increasingly, from cloud computing.
I tend to agree since AlcaLu have a strong presence there. Probably worth noting, however, that both Cisco and HP firmly believe that they own the telco cloud computing market by virtue of their server products and divine right to mine cash from over-large business. I think AlcaLu will find this a tough sell.
- “VMware as Oedipus” presented by Stephen Foskett on Vimeo – “VMware as Oedipus” wherein Stephen Foskett points out that change in the storage industry is inevitable since Hypervisors mean that all traditional storage models will change in the near future.