automation, networking, worklife
Shellshock: One Month On
Shellshock was released a little over a month ago, to wide predictions of doom & gloom. But somehow the Internet survived, and we lurch on towards the next crisis. I...
01 Nov 2014
Disappointed With Check Point
I have recently started working with Check Point products again, after a 5-year break. This has given me a different perspective on how they are progressing. It has been disappointing to...
18 Oct 2014
Don't Be Afraid of Changing Jobs
Some people are corporate survivors, sticking with one company for decades. Some people move around when it suits, while others would like to move, but are fearful of change. Here’s...
14 Oct 2014
HP SDN App Store Launches
HP’s SDN App Store has finally seen the light of day. This is intended to be a common platform for users and developers, to find and distributed real-world, practical SDN applications....
12 Oct 2014
Utility-Based Pricing Troubles Me
Utility, or Consumption-Based pricing models offer an interesting way of matching costs to revenues. But if they’re not managed well, customer costs could blow out just trying to keep the...
04 Oct 2014
Knowing Your Audience...and Showing It
We all know that you’re supposed to “Know Your Audience.” Doing so improves engagement, and avoids faux pas like “Suggested Tweets.” But recently I realised that this doesn’t have to be subtle....
27 Sep 2014
The Chassis Switch is Dead
The Chassis Switch is Dead. For most networks, chassis-based switches are no longer appropriate due to cost, inflexibility and risk. I see this as similar to servers, in that server...
23 Sep 2014
No More Single Panes of Glass
The term “Single Pane of Glass” became something of a running joke during Network Field Day 8. The term has become over-used & abused, and it’s time we stopped using...
21 Sep 2014
ThousandEyes - NOC for the Internet?
ThousandEyes is a network monitoring company that provides application performance visibility across the Internet. They don’t just show how an application is performing, but can identify where across the Internet issues...
20 Sep 2014
Let People Choose Their Own Tools
Why is it that people will pay a lot of money for a consultant’s time and expertise, but then hobble them by limiting the tools they can use?
01 Sep 2014
Rant: Just stop it with the TFTP
TFTP was first defined in 1980. That is a very long time ago in IT, and while it’s had a good run, it’s time for network engineers to stop using...
31 Aug 2014
Vocus Acquisition of FX: Good for Customers?
Consolidation is happening in the New Zealand wholesale ISP market, with Vocus acquiring FX. Consolidation can lead to less competition, or it can strengthen it, by making players stronger and...
23 Aug 2014
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