Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 9th July 2014 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
Will Software Defined Networking Actually Happen? – Ethan Banks is blogging at cisco.com on SDN:
I understand the cynicism. After all, for a long time, networking had lapsed in an innovation coma, with nothing especially exciting coming along to really shake things up. Yes, Ethernet’s gotten faster. And that BYOD thing got everyone excited a couple of years ago. But for the most part, we design, build, and operate networks the same way today that we did fifteen or more years ago. The core underlying protocols have grown up or had new knobs and levers added, but generally speaking, if a networker of the past fell out of a time warp and into a design project today, it wouldn’t take them too terribly long to catch up.
SDN is the future. You are designing networks on a 5 year strategy and SDN is certainly going to be something you must, at least, consider and maybe discard as unsuitable. You won’t be able to ignore it though because all the vendors will be pushing it to you.
STYLE MANUAL &. WRITERS GUIDE FOR INTELLIGENCE PUBLICATIONS – CIA Style Manual – lots of good, practical advice in here that engineering/technical writers can use.
The Style Manual and Writers Guidejor Intelligence Publications is an essential reference for the officers of our Directorate. Now in its eighth edition, it reflects an enduring commitment to the highest standards of care and precision. This guide is designed to be helpful and convenient, sensible in organization, and logical in content. It contains, among other changes, a revised list of accepted acronyms and new tips on word usage. The world is not static. Nor is the language we employ to assess it.
Putting Teeth in Our Public Cloud – One of developers of Rackspace’s OnMetal service talks about the development process.
The decision about moving to open source should be illumination to business people. Worth a quick a read. Using OCP has been a great experience. We were able to achieve a high density, acquire specific hardware configurations, customize firmwares and still have a low cost per server. As the OnMetal product continues to mature, I want our team to push back our learnings to the OCP community, especially around the BIOS, Firmware, and BMCs.
The day I finally drank the open source Kool-Aid – Another area of technology disrupted by post-scarcity business models
In the past, compute resource was constrained and both software plus databases were built with those constraints in mind. That inevitably meant that getting anything to run was both arduous and expensive. It also meant that really useful software could only be put into the hands of those who had the money to pay large sums, which in turn supported the large numbers of developers needed to make said software usable at enterprise scale.