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Lying Headline From Business Insider: Cisco Is Going To Crush VMware

Received an email about this article Chambers: Cisco Is Going To Crush VMware – Business Insider. The title  strongly suggests that John Chambers said “Cisco is going to crush VMware” but it’s a lie. The closest that the article content gets is: A cheerful John Chambers told Wall Street analysts on Wednesday that his plan to crush […]

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Response: Math and Monitoring

Monitorama has posted the videos from their conference PDX 2014 and I’ve been watching them during concentration breaks. Most of them are very good story telling from real practitioners who have real world experiences. I wanted to call out just two that impressed me deeply. Noah Kantrowitz’s session from Monitorama PDX 2014 talks about using […]

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You Won’t Get Better Internet Until Old One Is Broken. 500K BGP Routes Good Start.

Some people have pointed out the Internet BGP table is now at 500,000 IP Routes. I'm must say I'm disappointed. If you people don't hurry up and blow this to a million entries, we will never get decent routers and greater bandwidth in the carrier backbones.

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Blessay: We Need To Buy Infrastructure Dolls Not Babies For The Private Cloud

The future of private infrastructure ownership is moving to a new model combines the old with the new that I describe as “dolls and babies” where the major transformation in infrastructure ownership is the transition from having babies to owning dolls. Infrastructure as Babies Enterprises buy infrastructure like people have babies. It takes months to […]

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Blessay: Overlay Networking, BFD And Integration with Physical Network

Lede: In discussions with a stealthy networking startup today, we were discussing how their overlay network technology for the SDN WAN was able to to detect network blackouts and brownouts in the physical network. Their answer was to run Bi-directional Forwarding Detection (BFD) in the overlay tunnels. Now you have effective quality and service detection in the overlay network.

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Thought for My Day: Existing Networks are Self Automated and Policy Driven

Today’s Networks are auto-configuring and self-orchestrating. When you connect a server to network device, the device will identity the MAC address of the server and update it’s database. The server can make a request to a DHCP server and self configure. A network can be intentionally designed so that multiple paths exist through the network. […]

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Blessay: The Internet is a “Cloud” for Networking

Can the Internet be the “Cloud Network” ? If so, when could the transition happen (if it hasn’t started already) ?

Supposition/Hypothesis As a technology, the Internet has strikingly similar properties to sharing Compute and Storage as ‘Cloud’. A large pool of resource that can be used or shared between many parties. The total pool of resource is dynamically allocated. Internet bandwidth is shared between all users and access is determined by bandwidth purchased at the network edge

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Poster: Network Safety Starts With You

Being a Network Engineer is a hazardous and even dangerous profession yet the Health and Safety division doesn't seem to care about the network damage and prevention.

It's time for us to stand up and start our own ITIL-compliant safety campaign. I've prepared the following handy sign for you to print and place on your cubicle wall to remind you to be safe out there.

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Rant: Living with Legacy and Public Cloud Farting

No matter how hard the clouderati click the heels of their brogues together and repeat “public cloud is better” , the simple fact is that most companies have large amounts of IT infrastructure that works just fine and is profitable. To make matters worse, the cost of transformation exceeds the potential financial return while creating […]

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