Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 15th December 2013 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
CCIE Preparation: Commitment | LINDSAY HILL – Lindsay Hill with a 5-part series on studying and preparation for the Cisco CCIE. This is the first post and the final part was posted just this week. Dive in and get some good tips!
This is the start of a new series on preparing for the CCIE lab. This will address many of the common questions would-be CCIEs have when they start out, such as study processes, training vendors, lab equipment and bootcamps. Hopefully it will also prevent a few of the time-wasting mistakes candidates make
PayPal gives yet another glowing report of an app rewritten in node.js experiencing substantial performance improvements. PayPal rewrote their account overview page, one of the most trafficked apps on the website, which was previously written in King Java.
Vendors should take note that performance and reliability is not optional in SDN controllers and applications. Choosing the right language and platform is part of the solution. I understand that most vendors have Java skills but making good Java is effectively impossible when judged by what has been delivered.
Time to move on ?
The Status of Moore’s Law: It’s Complicated – IEEE Spectrum – Silicon chips may not be able to shrink any more. And technologies that will carry the improvements in materials and manufacture have not yet appeared. Are we at the limits of semiconductor technology for a few years ?
Would today’s state-of-the-art switch—a three-dimensional transistor dubbed the FinFET—be able to carry chips “to the finish,” a distant, possibly unreachable horizon where transistors are made up of just a handful of atoms? Or would we need a new technology to get us there?
The Banality of IT Failure: Overlooking Mundane Insider Threats – – Michele Chubirka on the handling of IT security internally and how most comanies can’t do it.
In most cases an organization’s worst enemies aren’t on the outside, but I’m not referring to an Edward Snowden type of malicious insider threat. The biggest risks to an enterprise are generally the most mundane: The absence of documentation, poor planning for upgrades or changes, lack of communication between teams, shortfalls in oversight, badly designed applications, and non-existent or inadequate testing. Most organizations don’t need to be attacked by hacktivists or a foreign power. They can implode very nicely from the inside and from the most banal causes.
First Impressions – Cumulus Networks « BigMStone.com – Matt Stone has gotten his hands onto a switch running Cumulus Networks software
One of those new names is Cumulus Networks, and I’ve been lucky enough to get hands-on experience with Cumulus gear during the last couple of weeks. This post is simply my opinion of what I’ve experienced with the gear and how it compares to my experience with other vendors.
Intel Video on Youtube: How Silicon Photonics Works – Intel Video for Introduction on Siicon Photonics.
Want to know a secret? There’s no law saying you have to get better at what you do. In fact, so many network engineers are working so hard to improve their skills that it’s making for stiff competition at the top. (I’ve heard.) So why bother? Take the easy road. Kick back. Relax. Let those other people do the hard things. Mediocrity is quiet – low risk. Low risk is good.
SDN Will Lock Enterprises in Tighter Than Ever | IT Connection Blogs – Mike Fratto on the issue of SDN creating vertically integrated stacks of technology that are technology lock in.
SDN changes that dynamic in significant ways; the integration required between multiple networking products to bring an SDN to life and the nature of market dynamics that limit partnerships to a subset of all vendors will create technical dependencies that will be highly disruptive to change later. Vendors will embrace standards and reference architectures to remain relevant. They will extend those standards and reference architectures to add value for their particular product line, and finally, they will extinguish commoditization and freedom from lock-in. No, I don’t think vendors are evil or even doing this on purpose; it’s simply a natural evolution that will occur organically.