Between vacation and contracts with other venues, I’ve not been writing much here despite having generated lots of content. That said, I have lots of content in the pipeline for this blog. But for now, here are links to the writing I’ve been doing lately.
Auvik Networks Blog. Auvik Networks is a hybrid cloud, SaaS, network management company just recently launched. I’ve been working with them to help them raise their brand awareness in the networking community, and part of that work has been contributing to their blog. I wrote 6 pieces over the last few months aimed largely at folks early in their networking career, and I’m planning to write more over the next few.
- Your First Deployment: EIGRP
- Your First Deployment: Access Lists
- Cisco’s Clear Message At Cisco Live: ACI Is The Way Forward
- Your First Deployment: Configuring Interfaces
- Your First Deployment: Spanning-Tree
- Your First Deployment: Enterprise WAN Router
- Network Device Management, Part 1: SNMP & Logging
- Network Device Management, Part 2: Implementing AAA
- Two more parts to come in this series that I’ve already written. They just haven’t been published yet.
Network World. NWW taps me on the shoulder to write about SDN once in a while, and I contributed two pieces to a package report entitled, “SDN: The next steps.” The piece is behind a register wall at this time, but might be wall-less in the future. Specifically, I contributed…
Modern Infrastructure. MI is a TechTarget magazine and conference that tackles emerging infrastructure trends that are impacting IT. MI is aimed at decision makers and thinkers in an organization who not only need to understand “what’s now” but also “what’s next”. I contribute pieces occasionally when approached. I recently tackled a piece on SDN (linked below), and I am working on a piece about data center topologies that I began researching this week for submission next month.
Packet Pushers Podcast. If you know me, you probably know I’m the co-host of Packet Pushers with Greg Ferro. Greg and I split planning and hosting duties. Some recent shows have been my brainchild. Or my fault. All how you look at it.
- Show 192 – Logging Design & Best Practices
- Show 194 – SDN Northbound Interfaces with Sarwar Raza + Colin Dixon (Publishing Monday 30-June-2014 – link won’t work until then. It’s a really interesting discussion. I hope you can listen, as Sarwar and Colin are phenomenal guests to get from the industry. Extremely bright people in responsible, influential positions.)
Hiking New Hampshire’s 48 4,000 Footers and Beyond. Some of you might know that I backpack in my spare time. I recently completed an excellent 9-day trip, and blogged my impressions along with a bunch of pictures.
- AMC NH High Mountain Hut Traverse – Days 1-3 – 6.13-6.15.2014
- AMC NH High Mountain Hut Traverse – Days 4-6 – 6.16-6.18.2014
- AMC NH High Mountain Hut Traverse – Days 7-9 – 6.19-6.21.2014
Other projects I’m working on.
- I am speaking at Interop NYC in September on the topic of lessons learned operating active/active data centers. I’ve begun laying out the content outline.
- I am moderating at least one panel at Interop NYC, this one on the topic of whether or not networkers should go after traditional certifications or skip them to learn network automation, SDN, OpenStack, etc. I’m hoping to get a second panel together about network automation, but it’s too early to tell if that’s going to come together or not.
- I am speaking at LISA in November, and am putting together an all-too-brief 45-minute session on modern network design aimed at application architects and devops sorts of folks.
- I am deep into the planning stages of a new podcast to launch late summer or early fall with another prominent personality in the blogosphere. The show already has 12 episodes planned as a “season 1”. We’re working on sponsors & guests to help make the project viable. It’s coming together nicely, and I’m quite excited about it. I’ll give you a hint – the new show is about bringing various IT disciplines together.
- I have recorded a series of brief interviews with various networking folks to discuss their background in IT and how they got into networking. It’s called “Packet People” and will be running in the Packet Pushers Community Podcast feed in the next few weeks. Keep your eye out. I have to get a few more recordings done to complete the first season, then I’ll queue them all up.
- In my day job, I’ve been working on an evaluation of Avaya Shortest Path Bridging. I’m building out a lab topology that will simulate what we need to deliver a multitude of securely separated services to our customers. While that’s do-able with MPLS, I’m interested in SPB as a simpler solution that’s easier to maintain with a small staff and less equipment.
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See? I’m not dead. Just busy! :-)