Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 15 May 11:
- Cisco IOS Hints and Tricks: Complexity belongs to the network edge –
Once we have a scalable solution that will be able to stand on its own in a large data center, most smart network admins will be more than happy to get away from provisioning VLANs and focus on other problems. After all, most companies have other networking problems beyond data center switching. As for disappearing work, we’ve seen the demise of DECnet, IPX, SNA, DLSw and multi-protocol networks (which are coming back with IPv6) without our jobs getting any simpler, so I’m not worried about the jobless network admin. I am worried, however, about the stability of the networks we are building, and that’s the only reason I’m ranting about the emerging flat-earth architectures.
Ivan, once again, show why he is the best blogger out there by telling us a bit of history and a plan for the future to handle the problems of today.
- They’re %@#$!ing Load Balancers –
For years now, the load balancing industry has been trying to shift to the new term “application delivery controllers”, or ADC. The argument is that this is a new generation of devices, and they do so much more than load balancers of the past.
It’s like the word “Cloud” – meaningless babble. Call it a load balancer and be done with. See also Network Dictionary – Application Delivery Controller
- Interop Day #1 – a set on Flickr – Aaron from http://teneo.wordpress.com/ took some photos at InterOp. I’m in some of them – not very interesting though.
- Avaya Switch Clustering using Split Multi-Link Trunking (SMLT) Technical Confiugration Guide –
Avaya has released an updated version of their technical configuration guide outlining how to deploy switch clustering using Split Multi-Link Trunking (SMLT) on the Virtual Services Platform 9000, Ethernet Routing Switch 8600, 8300 and 5000.
This is really great document that helps to outline the best practices when deploying an IST/SMLT configuration within your network.
I highly recommend reading this document so that you learn a different method for avoiding spanning tree. Cisco uses VSS/vPC but Avaya/Nortel created a whole new method that gives you exactly the same outcome but without using Stacking/Big Brother methods to achieve it. And because Stacking has been a comprehensive failure over the years, you should avoid it where possible.
- News – Good news is boring news. Funny as all get out, with a solid piece of truth. Disturbing.
- Alarm Bells –
Oh and (with the exception of @Beaker) I continue to believe IT Security dudes live in an entirely parallel independent universe with no concept of reality, consequence or costs!
I agree completely.
- Cisco’s Attempts to Fix Itself Revealed (Sort Of): Tech News and Analysis « – Om Malik talks about the Cisco’s reorganisation into five businessesCore routing and switching
Cloud computing and data center virtualization
Architectures for business transformation
Security is missing.