Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 12th October 2013 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
How refreshing! Meg Whitman punctures the myth of vendor partnerships — Tech News and Analysis – All networking venodrs use partnerships to drive networking sales. Cisco has strong relationships with Microsoft and VMware, for example.
Until this week, when HP CEO Meg Whitman came clean in a speech to analysts. She cited “profound changes in the competitive landscape. Our competitors are expanding across the IT stack. Current partners like Intel and Microsoft are turning from partners into outright competitors.”
If co-opetetion is breaking down as a business model, then the face of networking would change dramaticaly.
Keep your pants on: Governments want suspenders for secure routing | IGP Blog – RPKI takes on sinister overtones today because governments can control Internet routing and mandate controls that are roughly equivalent to totalitarian sate securty. Snowden has shown that democracies and republics want this capability as well as socialist states. This means it is probably a done deal.
The difficulty of applying a hierarchically organized PKI to the decentralized world of Internet routing is being fully exposed in a new Internet-draft. The document represents a rational response to an RPKI that closely ties address resources to a handful of Internet governance institutions, nicely illustrates how governments and national security policy are influencing Internet security, and portends substantial costs for network operators and beyond if adopted widely.
on the bright side, network operators might be forced to upgrade their obsolete network equipment!!
iOS7′s impact on networks worldwide | Routing Freak! – The only value proposition a service provider can reliably offer customers is bandwidth. There is nothing else that can be delivered at service provider scale. i
Ben quite succinctly sums it up on a nanog mailing list, “Your (the service provider) user is paying you to push packets. If that’s causing you a problem, you either need to review your commercial structure (i.e. charge people more) or your technical network design. Face the facts, what with everyone jumping on the “cloud” bandwagon, the future is only going to see you pushing more packets, not less ! So if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen (or the xSP industry).”
Skype faces NSA-related privacy probe in Luxembourg, according to report — Tech News and Analysis – Oops. Tax avoidance isn’t always good for business ?
Quite a few tech firms, Skype included, are headquartered in Luxembourg as part of their tax avoidance strategy. Sadly for them, it turns out that the tiny nation’s data protection authorities may have sharper teeth than those in Ireland, where many U.S. companies site their international operations for similar reasons.
The NSA/Snowden data continues deliver solid progress in the security sector of IT without any vendor involvement.
How Fast is Fast? – Russ White on routing protocol convergence
“How fast is fast?” In the “bad old days,” when routing protocols were young, and we still shot NERF guns at one another in TAC, IGRP was a going concern (not EIGRP, IGRP!). IGRP holds the distinction of being the slowest converging routing protocol (with default timers) ever deployed in real networks. How slow is slow? Well, the worst case IGRP convergence is 270 seconds — four and a half minutes!
If you use F5/BIG-IP devices to terminate SSL connections, please update the firmware on the things! We’re trying to run an Internet here and old versions of these devices are a real problem for deploying new TLS features. You need to be running at least version 10.2.4 (as far as I know), but running the latest version is generally good advice.
Because upgrading the firmware on your F5 is risky, complex and somewhat dangerous. This is why we can’t have nice things in networking.
Chambers wanted to remind people that the world’s biggest networking company has encountered such “bumps in the road” many times before, only to “come out of each of those bumps stronger than we’ve gone into them.” In a sign of just how high Cisco’s growth ambition is, the company’s layoff disclosure in August came as it was reporting fourth-quarter net income of $2.3 billion, 18% higher than in the year-earlier quarter, on 6.2% higher revenue of $12.4 billion. Call it a speed bump.
Cisco has a good history of beating off competitors over the last decade or so, however it has always done this from a position of strength or innovation. In the Enterprise, IP telephony was an innovation and no one else even considered it was possible. Cisco UCS servers entered a saturated and mature market with true product differentiation. On the other hand, the Service Provider division has been more incremental in innovation but delivering good returns while the Video portfolio has been slower to accelerate.
For SDN, Cisco appears to be a few years behind the trend and may be coming from behind. This may leave enough space for competitors to own the No1 spot and leave Cisco running somewhat behind. There has never been so many startups in networking attempting to move into the gap that Cisco may have created by ignoring SDN.
Amazon Web Services: should you stay or should you go? — Tech News and Analysis – Balanced debate on what point you start moving services OFF THE CLOUD because of the high costs of sustained use. Like I have said for a long time, private clouds are the future, public clouds are for certain busines models or use cases.
Paris Georgiallis, VP of platform operations for RMS, which builds catastrophe risk models for insurance companies, also put some credence in the $50,000 per month cut off, although he, cautioned that every user’s needs vary. “$50K a month equates to $1.8M of capital spend over 36 months.
An experienced IT team can work miracles with $1.8M in infrastructure, especially in a mid-to-large enterprise,” he said via email. RMS started out with AWS because well, it’s developers loved AWS. That appeal is Amazon’s ace in the hole.