Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 13 Mar 11:
- T-1 reflections – Part 2 –
So even though the latter part of this column might seem to be about Al, that's not the real point. It's about history and learning from it. There is no ultimate network or networking technology. Each has its own place in the continuum of technology development.
Remember that nothing is really "new." And the next generation of networkers will do well to study the basics and make sure they understand the building blocks on which the next whiz-bang technology is built. And don't forget your mentors. None of us were "born smart."
Thoughtful, insightful advice from industry figures.
- Of Greener Pastures + The Fence’s Other Side: Finding The Perfect Compromise « PACKETattack –
our job is terrible. You like the work, or at least aspects of it, and there’s a good place to eat lunch or grab some decent coffee pretty close by. But…but your boss is obnoxious / incompetent / unappreciative / controlling / a nose picker / a bad dresser, the company you work for is boring / dying / bleeding cash / working you to death / uncompetitive, your co-workers are mean / clueless / disrespectful / uncleanly / flatulent / stupid / kleptomaniacal / clique-ish / constantly intruding on your personal space, and the pay is ….
Ethan, as always, making uncommon good sense with some delicious creative writing. (yeah, jealous).
- Cisco’s ‘Jawbreaker’ seen as response to competitive pressure –
Observers are still speculating about last week's news that Cisco is developing a new Nexus switch, and perhaps fabric switches, based on Broadcom silicon instead of internally developed ASICs. Cisco won't discuss the unannounced products, so an explanation from the company isn't available.
Article makes sense. Cisco Nexus 7000 is being outclassed by other vendors, and missing a lot of features. You can build your own silicon in good time when your internal organisation is a mess. So you build merchant silicon. "Buy, Build or Partner" in action.
- Networking Thoughts from Left Field: Refactoring Enterprise Networking Design –
In summary, I feel that the current rush to design huge layer 2 networks for enterprise networking is analogous to a bunch of lemmings heading off a cliff. We know how to scale a network up to amazing degrees, its called "routing", and its the technology that has let us build a network that has scaled to worldwide levels in the Internet, including system mobility, multihoming, and redundancy. Let's learn from those who have come before us on how to do things well.
- VMware View Client for iPad Released » boche.net – VMware Virtualization Evangelist –
Development efforts for the new client stem from VMware Product Manager Tedd Fox who is no stranger to iPad Apps. Tedd also lead the development and holds the patent for the Citrix client for the iPad. Tedd’s policy? “I never charge for clients”. So long as Tedd is at VMware, this client (and future versions, of which there are going to be many, rapid fired) will be free.
Two things – this is kicking Cisco's CIUS strategy in ass because it's not on Android. Second, no one can fight free – especially Cisco who wants to charge a per seat license for the unit to include telephone, email etc. How's that for innovation, Uncle John ?