automation, networking, worklife
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SNMP may be outdated, and is definitely unloved, but it still serves a purpose.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...
29 Mar 2014
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...
22 Mar 2014
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...
21 Mar 2014
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...
20 Mar 2014
Best of Interop - Look at the Categorisation
The “Best of Interop 2014 Finalists” have been announced. Pretty much all the products and technologies that you would expect, but I found the categorisation interesting. As you’d expect, there’s...
15 Mar 2014
Certs vs Code: SDN Culture Clash?
SDN career certifications are starting to emerge. Network engineers are well-used to certifications, and use them as a badge of marking progress. But developers prefer to focus on code, not...
15 Mar 2014
Dell Fabric Manager & The Future for CCIEs
Network Field Day 7 had many interesting presentations and discussions. I’m still working through them all, but one from Dell caught my eye, where they declared that CCIEs were no...
10 Mar 2014
Vendor Clubs: Watch Your Independence
Vendor ‘clubs’ or programs have troubled me for some time. They are not all bad, but I am concerned about the influence that vendors are trying to exert, and the...
09 Mar 2014
Technician vs Consultant Writing
Many engineers struggle with business writing. They get easily lost in detail, and produce tortured documents that are technically correct, but of little business value. This is classic “technician” or...
08 Mar 2014
SNMP Community Strings - Don't Use '@'
A quick reminder - do not use the symbol ‘@’ in SNMPv1/2 community strings. I came across this again this week - it causes issues with monitoring some equipment, and...
07 Mar 2014
War Stories: Check Point Meltdown
This article is Part 3 in a 12-Part Series. Part 1 - War Stories: Loops that Permanently Broke the Network Part 2 - War Stories: Switches Lying about Duplex Mismatches...
05 Mar 2014
CCIEv5 DIAG Thoughts
The CCIE Routing & Switching v5 blueprint introduces a new module in the lab exam: DIAG. This section does not have any direct device access, but instead uses a variety...
03 Mar 2014
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