Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 4th March 2014 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
Meetup HQ Blog • No doubt, this has been a tough weekend for… – Meetup.com talks about their handling of a DDOS shakedown with some very good points.
We chose not to pay because:
- We made a decision not to negotiate with criminals.
- The extortion dollar amount suggests this to be the work of amateurs, but the attack is sophisticated. We believe this lowball amount is a trick to see if we are the kind of target who would pay. We believe if we pay, the criminals would simply demand much more.
- Payment could make us (and all well-meaning organizations like us) a target for further extortion demands as word spreads in the criminal world.
- We are confident we can protect Meetup from this aggressive attack, even if it will take time.
Juniper Networks – Juniper Networks Adds Intrusion Deception on the Firewall to Protect Enterprises From Advanced Malware – It seems to me that Juniper has productised their Mykonos acquisition into “deception as a service” for the Juniper SRX firewall/IDS. Here is the press release announcing the release o “Argon Secure”. Competitively this brings Juniper closer to NGFW without any of the performance limitations of those platforms.
Argon Secure addresses the advanced malware problem by leveraging Juniper’s innovative Intrusion Deception approach to detect attacks and prevent data exfiltration. The service uses the firewall features of the SRX Series platform as an enforcement engine to instantly take malware-infected machines off the network before they can steal sensitive information.
IT’s choking the life out of me. – Storagebod – Martin Glassborow hits a recurring theme that Enterprise IT is producing poor quality results.
However, it is no longer just my home PC; I’ve got better software tools and back-end systems; my home workflow is so much better than my work workflow; it’s not even close. And the integration with my mobile devices, it’s a completely different league altogether. I can edit documents on my iPad, my MBA, my desktop, even my phone and they’ll all sync up and be in the same place for me. My email is a common experience across all devices. My media; it’s just there.
I have the same problem.
tomakehurst/saboteur – GitHub project – Causing deliberate network mayhem for better resilience by Tom Makehurst.
Saboteur is a network fault injection tool that aims to simplify resilience and stability testing. Its core component is an agent that accepts commands over HTTP and configures its host’s network stack for various common fault scenarios.
These three management rules helped fix healthcare.gov – Quartz – The US Healthcare.gov webiste unlocked their nerds and improved the site in just six weeks. “All they needed was better management” ….
Six weeks after the turnaround was initiated, the site was up 95% of the time compared to just 43% in early November. It was eventually able to handle a massive traffic spike leading up to an important December deadline.
Many of the engineers who helped fix the site were private contractors who had helped create the disaster. All they needed was better management.
A NetOps to DevOps Training Plan – dave_tucker:blog – Dave Tucker is writing on his personal blog about migrating from NetOps to DevOps as a personal journey.
In one of my rants, I asked people to kindly stop with the “All Network Guys will Need to be Programmers” FUD. My recommendation was basically for Networkers to be open to change, and to start broadening their horizons. DevOps is coming to networking and that is a FACT. You might be wondering what skills a Network DevOps Engineer needs and here I attempt to answer tha
I agree with Dave’s perspective and the fact that networking needs to get smarter about software. I would also add that undestanding applications by learning software is a good thing.
Why your next Ford car may run on BlackBerry, not Microsoft, software — Tech News and Analysis – Number of customers who might even care whether the car runs QNX or Windows or even iOS, rounded up still equals zero. It’s the applications that allow smartphone integration that matter. QNX is a good operating system and one wonders just how much money Ford got from Microsoft to even consider trying the platform.
A report surfaced on Monday suggesting that Ford may consider using BlackBerry’s QNX software over Microsoft Sync in vehicles. Such a deal would be a boon to BlackBerry, as the connected car market is just revving up.
The QFX5100 Takes Virtualization to Heart – J-Net Community – Doug Hanks from Juniper talks about the internal architecture of the QFX5100 which has some more advanced capabilities in the software than your average merchant silicon device
Traditionally on 1RU switches, there was only a single control plane. There just wasn’t enough space or budget to include a second control plane. However the QFX5100 uses Linux KVM and is able to create two virtual machines running Junos. Now by simply adding two layers of abstraction, we’re able to have two control planes and support ISSU on the same 1RU switch.