automation, networking, worklife
CCIE - Should I Renew?
It is 6 years since I passed the CCIE Lab Exam. The dreaded email has arrived:
22 Sep 2018
IXP Graphs are an Eyesore
Too many IXPs (and networkers in general) are using horrible outdated methods of graphing data. These are an ugly eyesore, and should be updated to something from this century. Big...
17 Aug 2018
GitHub & Microsoft - It's OK
Microsoft buys GitHub, and most of the press has been pretty positive, even from those you might not expect.
20 Jun 2018
Don't Rely on Long Support Lifecycles
I hate long support lifecycles for hardware and software. Yes, you should be able to buy a new iPhone or switch and use it for 3+ years. But some people...
16 Jun 2018
Culture Shifts and Work Travel Learnings
I’ve seen a few Twitter threads recently about learning to live with the sudden plenty of working for tech companies. If you didn’t grow up that way, the adjustment takes...
16 May 2018
Cloud: Not Just Someone Else's Computer
Cloud computing is a lot more than “someone else’s computer” and it annoys the hell out of me when people keep trotting out this tired old excuse. There is much...
28 Apr 2018
Ansible for Extreme Devices
Here’s something I’ve been working on recently: Ansible modules for Extreme SLX switches & routers. Ansible is a popular automation framework, and with good reason: it has a low barrier...
09 Mar 2018
It Takes a Village to Raise a Child
It takes a village to raise a child. Or so the old saying goes. Creating a product is the same. It takes more than small group of developers (or parents)...
24 Feb 2018
Using Telegraf, InfluxDB and Grafana to Monitor Network Statistics
Two years ago I wrote about how to use InfluxDB & Grafana for better visualization of network statistics. I still loathe MRTG graphs, but configuring InfluxSNMP was a bit of...
24 Nov 2017
Extreme Transition At Last
It is now almost 12 months since the first announcement that Broadcom was to acquire Brocade, and sell off the IP parts of the business. It took another 6 months...
29 Oct 2017
Sorry, Network Jobs Are Changing
There’s a lot of angst in the networking community about programming, SDN, automation, and what it means for networking careers. Plenty of people will tell you don’t worry about it,...
12 Oct 2017
Everything Has a Cost
Everything comes at a cost: steak dinners & pre-sales engineering has to get paid for somehow. That should be obvious to most. Feature requests also come at a cost, both...
10 Jul 2017
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