automation, networking, worklife
Networking Pioneers, Settlers and Town Planners
Can we broadly separate Networking into Pioneers, Settlers, and Town Planners? I’ve been thinking about how to apply Simon Wardley’s PST model to networking. This leads to thinking about how...
29 Jun 2015
Considering On-Call Pay
Let’s say you’ve been offered a new job. $70k base salary, with up to $20k per year extra for on-call duties. Great! $90k! That’s $10k more than my salary now! Sign me...
08 Jun 2015
Brocade Certified vRouter Engineer
If you’ve visited the Brocade website recently, you’ve probably seen the “Free NFV Certification” banner. I signed up for this several months ago, but had put off completing the course. I...
07 Jun 2015
I get frustrated by those who take a narrow view of technology, and progress in general. They see things in terms of where they are now, and where they were....
30 May 2015
The Next Step: Brocade
I am happy to announce that I am now a Product Manager at Brocade. This is a big move for me, and one I am very excited about. I will get to work...
21 May 2015
Using Check Point Identity Awareness with NAT
Check Point Identity Awareness is problematic in environments that have multiple customers, overlapping private address space, and NAT. It can be done, if you understand the traffic flows, the connections needed,...
21 May 2015
HP IMC Adapter Directory Naming
This week’s lesson: Be consistent with your vendor naming when working with HP IMC Custom Device Adapters. When you create the new adapter directory, use exactly the same vendor name...
16 May 2015
F5 APM, SRX and DTLS NAT Timeout
I have been having issues using the F5 APM client behind a Juniper SRX-110 using hide NAT. I believe I’ve tracked it down to the default timeout settings used for...
12 May 2015
Check Point SmartLog - Recommended
Trigger warning for Check Point haters: I’m about to say nice things about Check Point.
11 May 2015
Check Point - Don't Use the 'Install On' Column
I got caught out by Check Point’s “Install On” column recently. Most people don’t need this setting any more, but it’s still there for legacy reasons. Time to re-evaluate.
06 May 2015
IPv4 Address Transfer Prices Down?
Last year I wrote about the IPv4 Address Transfer Process. Recently I was involved in another IPv4 transfer. I was surprised to see that IPv4 prices have fallen in the...
04 May 2015
Musing: Generalist to Specialist and Back Again
Recently I’ve been musing on IT Generalists vs Specialists. We used to have more generalist roles, covering all parts of the stack. ITIL then pushed us towards greater specialisation. I...
28 Apr 2015
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