Greg Ferro

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Using Automation vs Making Automation

First published in Packet Pushers Human Infrastructure Magazine 58 – you can subscribe here Another side of the debate around programming, automation and orchestration. Are you a user or a maker ? Platforms are 80/20 For the last 20 or 30 years, network management software has followed an 80/20 approach to customisation. On the first […]

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Juniper Mist Edge – SD Campus Emerges

Juniper’s Mist acquisition is getting a dose of the SDN Campus and its coming up in a nasty rash. The symptoms are: an overlay network using L2TPv3 (aka MPLS for ordinary people) and and software controller badged AI-driven microservice cloud architecture insight in the user experience. Actually, before we press on, this is the twaddle […]

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Analysis: Extreme Buys Aerohive. Not bad.

I’ve been trawling through the Extreme Networks Announces Intent to Acquire Aerohive Networks – Investor Presentation – https://investor.extremenetworks.com/static-files/16c92f7a-212b-48ae-86bc-aa132251b1af I’ve picked out some highlights for those people wondering about Key Takeaways Aerohive can be positioned to compete with Meraki which is good fit for existing customers. Extreme gets a basis on which to build SDWAN products that […]

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Response: Certifications Are Not A Big Deal. Stop Being a Princess About It.

  Toothy McGrin left a comment after I talked how little effort is required to acheive a  vendor certification. Its a hot topic. Here is the discussion, its about 2 minutes in.  CCNA/CCNP may not be a big deal in the circles you travel in, but for a lot of employees and employers they […]

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Musing: HPE Cloudless Is A Good Marketing Joke

HPE announced a marketing campaign built around the idea of Cloudless. I see this as a superb bit of trolling as the cloudista faithful have been delightfully duped into talking about HPE and highlighting how narrow minded they are. Most of them don’t even realise just how hard they are being rick-rolled here. Its bloody […]

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Helium – Venture Capital Con Job or Viable Business ?

The company 'Helium' appears to be attempting to build a national Low Power WAN (LPWAN) carrier network by asking normal people to buy and operate network nodes for them. The hotspot may be purchased directly or bundled with 3rd party IOT products and become nodes in a proprietary LPWAN that mines tokens in a blockchain.

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Why I Do Not Use Underscores in DNS, A ‘War’ Story.

My ‘do not use underscores in DNS’ war story: Back in the day when NetBIOS name services (NBNS) mattered more than DNS, people would put names on the their machines so they could access the shared resources from the Windows finder. Developers and certain types of ‘security professionals’ who have opinions on underscores vs dashes […]

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Why Cisco is Not A Networking Company Anymore

I wanted to put down some evidence on why Cisco is more than a networking company. I consider this useful information for people who are planning their careers and particularly those peopel who are investing in certification programs. Its my view that Cisco has outgrown networking. Some reasons are: Cisco no longer dominates the networking […]

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