I’m leading an SD-WAN related webinar as a guest of Silver Peak on November 19, 2015 at 12pm PT / 3pm ET. If you’d like to attend, register via http://bit.ly/1MqVD6S.
In recent years, infrastructure vendors have been proudly pointing out their APIs. The idea is that because a chunk of infrastructure can be monitored and configured with APIs, the product can be described as automation-ready or open. Vendors, you’re getting it wrong here.
The last time I re-certified, it took me three times to pass the CCIE R&S written exam. While that exam is a challenge that many people fail to pass the first time out, I felt like I was getting rusty on some fundamentals. Three times was not the end of the world, but the effort felt forced. I wanted a refresher.
If the buck stops with you when it comes to troubleshooting strange and bizarre application behavior, you’ll want to be able to use a packet capture tool effectively. Wireshark is ubiquitous; most network engineers use it. Wireshark has an active user and development community. Plus, there is a commercial variant through Riverbed if you care to go that route. Therefore, I view Wireshark as a safe packet analysis tool to spend time learning intimately.
A Packet Pushers listener that heard us chatting about VMware’s EVO SDDC solution raised a few concerns about the networking functionality in the current version of EVO SDDC. I was able to talk briefly with Krish Sivakumar, Director of Product Marketing, EVO SDDC & Ven Immani, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, EVO SDDC at VMware to help clarify some of the issues.
For the last several North American Interop conferences, I have been the Infrastructure track chair or co-chair. For Interop Las Vegas 2016, I will be doing something else. Greg Ferro and I are working together to create a new premium track titled The Future of Networking.
There’s an ongoing issue in the wifi world where the FCC has proposed some new rules. The rules could effectively prevent using third party firmware in a wireless device. If this is a concern to you, you can share your thoughts on the issue with the FCC, at least until 9-October-2015.
A quick search for “Google Plus is dead” reveals a number of recent articles about the pending death of the social media platform. It’s not fair to say it’s dead as yet. But it’s certainly mouldering. I took an informal survey on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Slack, asking folks if they were still using G+. Here is an anonymous compilation of those results.
Open source projects that involve lots of folks sometimes run into conflicts. Should the project go in direction X, or direction Y? Is feature A more important, or feature B? And so on. Sometimes the concerns around an open source project are more pragmatic than pedantic. Should we, as a commercial entity, continue to use this open source project as is, or go in our own direction with it? The keyword to look for in these circumstances is fork.
My friend Eric Sutphen and I started the Citizens of Tech podcast using some spare capacity on the Packet Pushers platform to see what folks thought of the idea. We received lots of positive comments from the audience. Several of you stated that Citizens of Tech quickly became one of your “must listen” shows. With warm, glowing feelings of audience love in mind, we’ve opted to give the show a site of its very own!
A recurring trend in security briefings I’ve taken over the last year is that breaches are assumed. If you don’t assume your infrastructure has been breached, you’re ignorant, and probably willfully so. Ostrich, meet sand. A weird response my brain had to this is to ponder that if we’ve lost the war, why are we still fighting?
During a recent briefing with Brocade about the 2.0 release of the Brocade SDN Controller product, I took the opportunity to clarify their commitment to openness in the software defined networking world.