Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 5th June 2014 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
VMware NSX, Multi-Hypervisor Capability, and FUDslinging — The Peering Introvert – An outbreak of FUD slinging from Cisco at Cisco Live last week which was poorly executed. Factually incorrect and pronounced by Soni Jiandami on the kyenote stage. A lot of people instantly called bullcrap on the slide via Social Media. Ethan Banks writes more about it here :
“But the aggressive comments and outright attacks from Cisco against NSX and against people who criticize ACI need to stop. Ultimately, the customer is the one who loses out, trying to make important decisions while fighting through a haze of disinformation. The reality is that both ACI and NSX have much to commend them. They can each stand on their own considerable merits. Neither solution requires the FUDslingers to be out.If the Cisco ACI team continues like this, people will see it a confirmation that ACI is not cutting it rather than defending what might be a good product. Let the product talk, don’t let the people talk.
MPLS networks not obsolete, but Internet as WAN catches up – I was quoted in this article at SearchNetworking about the increasing interest in “Internet as WAN” instead of dedicated services or MPLS overlays. Its a good read about the fact that WAN technology still isn’t smooth or simple and that some people are finding MPLS isn’t working for their business needs.
Effective Development With Eclipse Mylyn, Git, Gerrit and Hudson – I found this presentation on software development to be helpful in understanding how OpenDaylight programmers think and talk. Java development isn’t easy but these tools proscribe a lot of the process. ( Note:Link to Slideshare.com)
Bitter Medicine – MacStories – Federico Viticci points out that the visual makeover in Apple’s iOS 7 paved the way for the internal makeover of iOS 8. Which highlights that Apple has a very long view of products that you can’t ‘see’. Trusting a vendor comes hard but it’s probably worth it.
At the peak of criticism last year, many thought that iOS 7’s redesign was a fashionable excuse – a facade – to cover the fact that Apple was running out of ideas. Instead, I now see many of Apple’s decisions with iOS 7 as functional and directly related to this year’s deep changes in iOS 8.
Changelog: A tool designed to help you recover faster – Engineering at Prezi – Tools like this are either excellent complement to SDN tools or they replace them completely. I can’t make up my mind which.
When (not if) things break, it’s important to know where to start looking. Proper monitoring helps isolate the symptoms, but you need to be able to answer a simple question within seconds: What’s changed in your system in the last ten minutes? If you find an answer, more often than not, you will seriously cut your mean time to recovery. Changelog is a tool we’ve created and used for almost a year that answers that very question, and now we’re open-sourcing it.
Cumulus Networks | Faster, Easier and Affordable | Blog – Andy Qin from Cumulus Networks provides an interesting story on finding a solution for customers and some very low-tech testing methods. Also interesting is insights into “low cost” networking which shows the pricing differential of against conventional vendors – buying kit at 1/5th the price of conventional networking.
Mellanox – Deploying Ceph with High Performance Networks, Architectures and benchmarks for Block Storage Solutions – Mellanox has published a white paper that covers the installation and deployment of a multi-Petabyte CEPH cluster using a their high density 10GbE networking kit. Lots of juicy things to learn on building a distributed IP storage cluser. This links directly to the PDF and there is NO REGISTRATION. Just download and enjoy.
Snabb NFV – Open source virtual appliance with Snabb becomes NFV ready and evaluated(?) by Deutsche Telekom
Snabb NFV is deployed as an OpenStack ML2 mechanism driver. The operator configures Neutron using the standard commands and API. Snabb NFV then implements the Neutron configuration using its own a fast data-plane and robust control-plane.