Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 28th March 2014 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
Brocade – Brocade Extends Ethernet Fabric Leadership – Brocade hasn’t given up on the Campus. This announcement from February talks about their switch platform, most interesting is that it spells out pricing. I applaud this innovation.
An emerging requirement for both CSPs and enterprises that offer Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is the ability to provide multitenancy support at scale to ensure each tenant’s traffic remains private while sharing a common infrastructure. To address this requirement, Brocade has developed two multitenant solutions: VCS Virtual Fabric and the VCS Fabric Gateway for VMware NSX.
Cisco Event Response: Semiannual Cisco IOS Software Security Advisory Bundled Publication – Cisco Systems – Cisco Patch Day is here.
Cisco released its semiannual Cisco IOS Software Security Advisory Bundled Publication on March 26, 2014. In direct response to customer feedback, Cisco releases bundles of Cisco IOS Software Security Advisories on the fourth Wednesday of the month in March and September of each calendar year. The publication includes 5 Security Advisories that address vulnerabilities in Cisco IOS Software and 1 Security Advisory that addresses a vulnerability in the Cisco 7600 Series Route Switch Processor 720 with 10 Gigabit Ethernet Uplinks. Exploits of the individual vulnerabilities could result in a denial of service (DoS) condition.
In my dream network, patching IOS would ONLY happen twice a year.
In many of the open offices I see, it’s just a gigantic room crammed with people and desks. Too many people are mentally suffering.
Yes, definitely. I can see that open plan offices work for people who communicate as their primary function. But for people who need think & create:
The first space will be completely enclosed (though workers can see out), well-lit, and will contain a desk.”These are spaces where people can innovate,” she says. “Solitude is a crucial ingredient in innovation.”
This is the crocheted (I always feel weird typing that because it looks so much like crotched) unicorn mask for dogs made by Flickr user roko20. Pretty magical, right? Everyone wants to ride a unicorn. I mean, in addition to riding dragons and pterodactyls. If you could only ride one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? “Dat ass.” Good answer. Very good answer.
Bits or pieces?: Daisy Chains and HR – So cynical and yet, true. Seen it happen repeatedly.
Until this is somehow resolved, then the golden rules of getting in a job in IT tend to be a) don’t grow old b) don’t stick with an employer for a long time and most importantly c) have a job in IT. In terms of progression, make sure you get yourself on a good daisy chain and so be friendly to your recruitment consultant however unpalatable that seems.
Gartner Says 70 Percent of CIOs Will Change Their Technology and Sourcing Relationships in the Next Two to Three Years – If the survery data is accurate, then this is an interesting result. Consider that business units turning to the cloud will create some of the change, and that changing suppliers in the face of private cloud. But changing long standing supplier agreements ? Hard to see that happening at significant level of penetration.
“The picture is clear for service providers as clients are struggling to keep up with change,” said Eric Rocco, managing vice president at Gartner. “They are strongly considering changing the providers they work with as part of responding to this change. Market share will shift to service providers able to help clients respond to the business and IT opportunities and challenges that are overwhelming more than half of organizations today. Service providers need to convert this picture into an opportunity rather than a threat.
Silicon Photonics MXC Connector – Intel and Corning are looking to standardise a new “MXC” connector with 64 fibers carrying 25Gbps per fiber at 1310nm for 300 metres. Since 100GbaseSR use 4 x 25Gbps lanes this means 16 x 100Gbps interface in a single cable. Now think what happens when you connect this cable between two pre-made patch panel. Patch panel – MXC – Patch Panel ? End of fixed fibre optic cabling in the data centre!
Intel and Corning have developed a new optical connector and fiber technology to support future Intel® Silicon Photonics Technology products. The combination of these technologies could enable massive data rates, up to 1.6 terabits per second, at lengths up to 300 meters into and around servers in data centers. These technologies promise dramatically higher speed, lower-cost, and more energy efficiency and will help enable new approaches to data center design such as rack-scale architectures. Corning and Intel are investigating the possible ways to standardize this in the industry.
Google Drive Blog: Save more with Google Drive – Google drops the prices on 100GB of storage to $1.99 per month. Which means that there are a lot of small to mid-side “cloud” storage providers regretting that they chose EMC VMAX with generous leasing terms last year.
We’ve lowered the price of our monthly storage plans to $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99), and $99.99 for 10TB, with even more storage available if you need it. How big is a terabyte anyway? Well, that’s enough storage for you to take a selfie twice a day for the next 200 years and still have room left over for… shall we say… less important things. Like before, storage continues to work across Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos. And, of course, the 15GB plan remains free.