Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 5th September 2013 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
EMC Megalaunch – Speeding to Lead Balloon | Architecting IT – Just another EMC launch that was long on glitz and short on content. Chris Evans does a good job highlighting why the launch tasted sour for most people.
It’s difficult to get past the hype and see the real value here. The VNX upgrade was well overdue but doesn’t leapfrog the competition and now we have some seriously mixed up sales messages. VMAX and VNX overlap in their capacity and performance capabilities. The new VNX-F would seem to be a competitor to XtremIO (which was conspicuously missing from the announcements). Project Nile will add yet another storage platform to EMC’s portfolio, which now includes VMAX, VNX, XtremIO, Atmos, Isilon, VPLEX, Project Nile and ScaleIO, none of which have any similarities or interoperability.
Response to a Response: Letter to Padmasree Warrior, CTO of Cisco | Network Layers – I agree with most of this post. Cisco is clearly trying to defend it’s turf and mitigate the impact of NSX launch but Padmasree is transparent & amateurish in spreading the FUD here.
It doesn’t scale? WHA? I mean, if 5000 hypervisors isn’t enough for any deployment, I am not quite sure what is enough. Not sure, from a design point of view, that I would want a private or even public cloud infrastructure of more than 5000 hypervisors before I start breaking things up a bit. Maybe that’s just me.
This is a disappointing response from a highly placed Cisco executive. Ms Warrior hasn’t performed well in recent years, hopefully this will signal that it is time for change and customers can receive better leadership than this.
Also, how did this pass Cisco’s marketing department ? It must have been vetted and approved and the response was predictable and many other people have attacked it. Art Fewell at Network World is just one of many.
iA Writer for Mac – This version of IAWriter includes support for importing Word documents as Markdown and exporting as Word documents. I’ve been using MMDComposter and Marked as a workaround so I’m very keen to seen how this version works. I very rarely need to publish in docx format but this could be a real time saver for when I do.
The Next Paradigm Shift: Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) gets ready to rumble – Speaking again of Cisco being on the defensive. Soni Jiandani is one of “blessed triumvirate” at Cisco that are running Insieme. In this video, she also plays the FUD factor and attempts to play down the features of NSX while conveniently forgetting that NSX has been shipping for a couple of years. “How will this fit into a real production network?”. I think it’s reasonable to expect Cisco to be better prepared than this instead of being obviously uncomfortable. BTW, I’m still not buying the QOS guarantee pitch.
Another thing a lot of people are going to say is that Microsoft wasn’t “innovative” and that’s not true IMHO. Microsoft had all the pieces of the mobile-device pie in place, had an early insight into the cloud, had street creds in all of the critical innovations of our time, at least as early as some who are now known for “developing” the spaces. The thing that hurt Microsoft was that classic need to trade off some of the present to seize the future. Behind every Microsoft innovation was the shadow of Windows, and Microsoft could never get out of it.
Workflow Sherpas | leading you out of the dark forest of broccoli despair – Code porn for network engineers who are doing NetDevOps. If you have a Juniper fetish then this will likely be your code porn heaven.
No business, service, government, or country can be trusted. We’re all forced to operate in a similar way to criminals in order to achieve privacy, if we care. A whole generation consider it of no value but I hope that will change when the next major injustice happens, if it becomes known. We’ve been desensitised by commerce, convenience and ‘killer’ apps from Google et al; free services that destroy the market for paid ones that might actually have a consumer’s needs in mind. Sorry for the obvious but free has a price; not that most Microsoft products are.
Nasty BOFHses. It burns us! It burns… • The Register – One of my favourite pieces of the Internet for a decade now. If I ever get to meet Simon Travaglia, it’s just possible that I would arrange for the consumption of unfeasible amounts of beer as thank sof the teats of joy over the years.
“Didn’t what?” I ask. “Didn’t isolate the building from the sewer so that the new lowest point for six levels of effluent is in that room? Didn’t pay the cafeteria chef 100 quid to have a ‘Johnny Cash 10th anniversary memorial chicken Vindaloo’ as the meal of the day?”
[Wipes tears of laughter from eyes]
ZMap · The Internet Scanner – You need a lot of bandwidth with low latency for this to work properly but could be lots of fun to get someone’s attention.
ZMap is an open-source network scanner that enables researchers to easily perform Internet-wide network studies. With a single machine and a well provisioned network uplink, ZMap is capable of performing a complete scan of the IPv4 address space in under 45 minutes, approaching the theoretical limit of gigabit Ethernet.