Lindsay Hill automation, networking, product management

SDN App Stores - My Network is not a Phone

I’ve been thinking a lot about HP’s SDN App Store approach. In case you missed it, HP’s vision is to deliver an App Store for SDN applications, similar to Apple’s App Store. They want to have all SDN applications available in one place, with centralised purchasing and distribution. It will include both HP and 3rd Party-developed applications. HP says:

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SiteHost - Top-Notch Service

We needed a hosting provider that could deliver a platform to run a Virtual Appliance on. The issue was that we needed a reasonably high level of RAM, and we really wanted something based in New Zealand. Most IaaS providers are quite expensive if you want a high memory instance, and/or something that will run 24/7. We worked out that the most cost-effective option was to lease a server, install ESXi on it, then run our virtual appliance on that.

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HP-RAMS Relationship Ending

HP is discontinuing support for HP Route Analytics Management Software, aka RAMS. RAMS is an extremely powerful system for managing large networks, but it always struggled to fit in with the rest of the HP Software suite.

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Help: IMC Doesn't Support My New Cisco Switch!

I’ve recently been asked about using IMC to backup newer Cisco devices, such as the 4500X, or 3850. HP has not yet validated the backup process for these devices, so it’s not officially supported by IMC. But you and I know that a backup for a new IOS-based device looks pretty much the same as an older one, so surely we can just tell IMC to re-use the same backup scripts it already has?

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CCIE Preparation: Bootcamps

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CCIE Preparation: Lab Equipment

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CCIE Preparation: Vendors and Workbooks

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CCIE Preparation: Study Processes and Scheduling

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CCIE Preparation: Commitment

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ScienceLogic: Manually Running Dynamic Apps

ScienceLogic Dynamic Applications are policies that describe what data should be collected from managed systems, how it should be collected (SNMP, WMI, API, SQL, etc), how it should be presented, and what alerts should be created. Normally these are scheduled to run periodically, but sometimes you need to run them on an ad-hoc basis, particularly while testing new applications and systems.

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