War Stories: Dual-Vendor Firewall Strategy

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series War Stories

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series War StoriesNetworks of the early 2000s often used multiple firewall vendors. This was done with the best of intentions, but it could make troubleshooting far more complicated. Here’s a weird bug we came across with one firewall, that was obscured by data we saw on another […]

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Choosing the Best Product for the Client or the Best for Me?

A Miktrotik course was held in my area recently, and I thought “They make some really cool stuff, and it’s amazing value. Maybe I should go on the course?” But then I thought: “Who’s going to pay me for Mikrotik expertise? The people who purchase Mikrotik are engineers deploying it themselves, and they don’t have the […]

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Keeping Calm: Don’t Lose Face

I got angry and swore and shouted during a business meeting recently, when I felt someone was doing a poor job. Ultimately this reflected poorly on me, not the other party. I should not have done it, and will strive to do better in future. When I stub my toe, I swear and shout a […]

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Scalyr – More than Just Logs

Earlier this year I came across Scalyr, a newer player in the cloud-based log management scene. They’re taking a slightly different approach to products like Loggly and Splunk. I’ve been testing it in my lab – here’s my impressions. What is Scalyr? Scalyr is a server monitoring tool built by ex-Google engineers. It brings together […]

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Transparent Caching Won’t Save Us

A recent Gigaom article asks: “Will transparent caching reshape the future of video on the internet?” “SUMMARY: Content companies including Viacom and HBO have met with folks from Comcast, Qwilt and others to discuss transparent caching as a way to solve the problem of online video.” The article talks about transparent caching as if it’s something […]

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HP Master ASE VIP Support

HP has announced that HP Master ASE holders can now get VIP support. This is supposed to give me:   Personalized 24/7 hotline for all Master ASE certified engineers, with preferential access to an experienced HP engineer upon validation Exclusive, enhanced access to HP networking senior product and solutions engineers from HP support teams and […]

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IOS-XR: Stuck between SNMP and SDN

SNMP may be outdated, and is definitely unloved, but it still serves a purpose. We’re moving to a new world, with new methods and data structures for interrogating and configuring our network devices. This is a Good Thing, but we’re not there yet, and this leaves us stuck in limbo for trying to solve Real […]

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SDN for Enterprise

SDN is the buzzword du jour in the networking industry, but it’s hard to make sense of what it might mean for “normal” people. Here’s my take on what SDN solutions & architectures might look like in the Enterprise space, and the problems that it could solve. I often hear comments from Enterprise Network Managers […]

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The Fibre Future is Coming

In New Zealand, one company controls the copper cabling delivered to houses. They sell access to Retail ISPs, at a fixed price. Individual customer connections are mapped through to the ISP, who handles all customer management, upstream access, enhanced services, etc. This means that most people have many options for their ISP, with everyone competing […]

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Working with Project Managers

Technical people often have problems with Project Managers. It doesn’t have to be this way though – if you can each recognise the other’s strengths and weaknesses, you can work well together. Here’s some advice on working with PMs. I’ve worked with many project managers over the years. I don’t get on with them all, […]

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