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Announcement: The Hot Aisle Newsletter

I’ve launched a newsletter called The Hot Aisle. Why might you care? The Hot Aisle is a personal look at my real life IT engineering projects, thoughts about the networking industry I won’t publish anywhere else, my growingly contrarian views on social media, good stuff I’ve read, and comments from fellow Hot Aisle readers. The content is […]

Cisco ACI Fabric Forwarding In A Nutshell

As I study software defined networking architectures, I’ve observed that none of them are exactly alike. There are common approaches, but once diving into the details of what’s being done and how, even the common approaches seem to have as many differences as similarities. One of the most interesting elements of SDN architectures […]

ThousandEyes Network Monitoring Use Cases

ThousandEyes is a network monitoring company who’s shining a light on the darkened portion of the network path you don’t own. Rather than the Internet appearing to an enterprise as a generic cloud where magic happens, ThousandEyes looks inside the cloud, revealing details about how your enterprise gets to remote services. For example, […]

How We Filter Information About IT Products

The amount of information to be found out about tech products is astonishing. Anything you’d like to know about virtually any product is a Google search away. The hits you’ll get back are loaded with information, some useful and some…less useful. I am awash in data to ingest each and every day. I […]

What Does SolarWinds Know About Your Applications?

In a Tech Field Day Extra briefing held at VMworld 2014, SolarWinds chatted with the delegation about the future of their product set. If you’re thinking of SolarWinds as that little company that does red light / green light and makes pretty meters that show network bandwidth utilization, you’ve lost track of what […]

What is Prescriptive Topology Manager (PTM) & DOT?

While browsing through the blog post about the Cumulus Linux 2.2 release as well as the release notes, I noticed several references to Prescriptive Topology Manager (PTM). Having not heard of this feature before, I dug in to discover what PTM is all about. First of all, here’s a PTM summarizing quote from […]

How To Find A Lost Article In Google’s Cache

I had moment of confusion when a 1,200+ word analytical piece I’d written on HP networking utterly disappeared from my WordPress site. I still don’t know what happened. The piece was written, published, and linked all over social media. It was picking up page views immediately after publication. I’d seen some re-tweets and […]

What is an Automatic Transfer Switch (Power)?

In response to the power redundancy article I wrote yesterday, a few comments came in. One of them (thanks, Mike!) mentioned an automatic transfer switch (ATS), a useful tool in a redundant power strategy. What is an ATS? There are many types of electrical transfer switches whose primary purpose is to divert the […]

Missing Synergies & HP’s SDN

As someone who’s been monitoring HP’s SDN strategy for years now, news that Bethany Mayer is headed to Ixia is rather interesting. Despite HP’s networking division having had some successes and gaining small bits of market share here and there, the fact they they are leaders in the SDN space seems to go unnoticed by the […]

Let’s Connect at VMworld 2014

I’ll be at VMworld in a couple of weeks. If you’re a vendor that would like to chat, please schedule me. I’d be happy to meet. If you’re a fellow IT engineer, I’d be happy to meet up as well. I’ll be hanging with folks from Tech Field Day, as well as Chris […]

“What Might Have Been?” Is The Wrong Question

A friend sent me a picture of an ink stamp from a company we started back in 1999 or so. It was a little consulting & hosting company that delivered for our customers things that we were good at: web hosting, e-mail services with spam protection, and a variety of SMB IT services. […]
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