Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 27 July 2014 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
This article highlights that ISP investment in their networks has declined rapidly over the last few years.
It turns out that, as a percentage of the money they pull in, ISPs have generally spent less on infrastructure over time — from a high of 37 percent of revenue in some cases to a low of around 12 percent more recently.
If this level of under-investment or profit taking becomes an established trend then its unclear what the future of the Internet would be .
Full credit to Cisco who have released their H.264 code and licenses to the community under BSD licensing scheme.
The industry has been divided on the choice of a common video codec for some time, namely because the industry standard–H.264–requires royalty payments to MPEG LA. Today, I am pleased to announce Cisco is making a bold move to take concerns about these payments off the table.
We plan to open-source our H.264 codec, and to provide it as a binary module that can be downloaded for free from the Internet. Cisco will not pass on our MPEG LA licensing costs for this module, and based on the current licensing environment, this will effectively make H.264 free for use in WebRTC.
This is an enormous contribution to the community and Firefox has already announced that they will be including this version in the near future.
Chris Swan takes a look at the very high prices for network traffic in AWS cloud
Let’s take a practical (and personal) example. At the start of last year the Raspberry Pi images for OpenELEC that I was hosting on my Pi Chimney site were being downloaded around 35,000 times a month generating 3.5TB of network traffic.
When evaluating public cloud it is critical to analyse the cost of the network traffic, especially Internet traffic. The most common customer trap is that incoming traffic is free making it simple to onboard but a corresponding increase in per-byte costs for traffic exiting the network making it very expensive to leave (and specifically Amazon AWS is very expensive). Chris lays out the costs and highlights how expensive it is to run a website.
The Arista-led 25 Gigabit standard gets legs at the IEEE. Here is restricted access website where the “open standard” goes into secret mode where IEEE members develop a closed standard for you to use. It’s called “consensus” apparently.
It took a consortium of Arista, Google, Facebook and Microsoft in the market to force the IEEE act correctly and developed standards that the market needs. Shame. We need better standards bodies instead of the current foolishness.
Carl does it old-style using IRB to bridge VXLAN-VLAN for a home lab. Highlights that new technology is a hack of older technology (RFC1925 Rule 11).
Thats not all though. Bridging… whoa thats old too! I love talking to guys that sat the CCIE R/S way back when (two-day lab) and listening to them talk about bridging IPX and Appletalk! Another quick wiki search shows an RFC (1286) from 1991! My duct tape and bailing wire VxLAN gateway, while a bit (lot) kludgy, is not much different from a software or hardware bridge (it’s just not actually participating as a VTEP like a real gateway would), and at the end of the day it’s just a fancy bridge.
Nice collection and screen captures of fonts for use at the CLI / Programming. My current preferred font is Adobe Source Code Pro (free and open) from Sourceforge
Choosing a font to use in your editor is a very important step in your workflow that many developers don’t think twice about. Small things like the difference between 0 vs o or l vs 1 and large things like the readability of the font is key to your productivity and strain on your eyes.
Graphic showing the 85% of large companies intend to deploy SDN by 2016 based on research from Infonetics.
Confirms and aligns with other surveys that I have performed.