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ArchiveNovember 2014

Friday News Analysis: Open Networking Foundation, Dave Ward on Open


Open Networking Foundation Extends Conformance Testing to Non-Members “The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of open Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today announced it has extended the ONF OpenFlow™ Conformance Testing Program to include testing for non-ONF members. Companies interested in receiving an OpenFlow Certificate...

Not Raising Red Flags While Looking For A New Job


A reader wrote to me, explaining that they were unhappy in their current job situation, and queried how they might be able look for a new job without raising any red flags with their existing employer. Tricky, but I have a few thoughts, having done this a time or two over my career. Unhappiness This is a preface, and has nothing to do with red flag raising. At the risk of sounding too zen, most...

Friday News Analysis: Arkin Net, Pica8, OpenDaylight, Plexxi, Juniper


Arkin Net Rises from Stealth with $7M in funding, to bring Google Search-like Simplicity to Software-Defined Datacenter Operations “Arkin Net is coming out of stealth mode with $7 million in funding, led by Nexus Venture Partners, to revolutionize the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) market – projected to be $8B by 2018. Arkin Net is building the industry’s first multi-vendor SDN...

How Marketers Use Social Media Evilly


In my role as co-founder of Packet Pushers, I do some amount of sales and marketing of the show to sponsors. Our philosophy of sponsorship is very simple. The audience knows when content is sponsored. Period. We don’t hide it. We don’t disguise sponsored content as non-sponsored content in the hope that the audience doesn’t notice. Why not? Because such tactics are evil. Packet Pushers began as a...

What The Juniper Learning Portal Offers For Free


I’ve been working with Juniper SRX firewalls, MX routers, and EX switches for over a year now. I don’t spend a ton of time at the CLI. Mostly, I have some project I need to accomplish, so I do my homework, mock up in a lab what I’m able to, and wing the rest. Usually, that gets me to “good enough.” Sometimes, I feel like the ignoramus that I am. I don’t like...

7-Nov-2014: Press Releases From Meru, Gigamon, Big Switch + Dell


I receive a steady stream of press releases from networking vendors. I don’t have time to cover them all (or even most of them) individually, because there’s only so many hours in the week. Even so, I find many of the releases to contain genuinely interesting news. I thought I’d try echoing the press releases that are the most interesting (at least to me) periodically, with a...

The Importance of Knowing Baselines


When observing network utilization (whether that’s bandwidth or some other element you monitor), you have to know your baseline. The big idea is to understand what’s normal for your network, as every network is a little different. Only when you know your network’s baseline does it become possible to detect anomalies. For example, when monitoring bandwidth, some traffic spikes are...

Ethan Banks On productivity.

Most people know me because I write & podcast about IT on the Packet Pushers network. I also co-authored "Computer Networks Problems & Solutions" with Russ White.

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