Greg Ferro is correct about the misconceptions many people have about the human resources (HR) department at their company. Although the people in the HR department aren’t necessarily bad, their organizational mission is service to the company and the law, not service to the employees. They’re usually happy to help employees if it helps the company, but that’s about all they can do.
Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a paradigm shift. But it has been looking for a real use-case for the technology that combines increased software function, analytics, and unprecedented control over hardware resources. Automation and orchestration certainly show off the potential of the technology, but something more concrete is necessary to make it hit home with engineers and architects. That’s where Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) comes into play.
Have you heard of this Amazon Web Services thing? The AWS re:Invent 2016 conference concluded last week. In a lot of ways, their strategy resembles what Netflix does (which ironically runs on AWS). They currently have such a dominant market position, so they can afford to invest in a lot of the smaller use cases. A lot of the features they offered seem to only appeal to very niche cases. That’s just what Amazon wants, making themselves indispensable for a large number of small groups.
Greg Ferro of Etherealmind comments: The ashes of network monitoring products from the last 30 years is a Sauron-sized mountain of tears on which we must build the a new generation of tools. Analytics, machine learning, big data and user interfaces are the new hope. The old ways of network monitoring are falling by the […]
Greg Ferro of EtherealMind comments: Whitebox & Whitebrand network equipment has a lower purchase price than branded products. But why ? Greg has some great thoughts on what sets whitebox networking apart from more traditional switches. Read more at: Four Reasons Why Whitebox Networking is Cheaper
Greg Ferro of EtherealMind comments: For network engineers, Linux skills offer a better career path. Networking, like other IT disciplines, has been isolated & siloed for a number of years with high barriers to entry such as arcane user interfaces, poor user experience and lack of visibility means. So-called engineer skills are focussed on interpreting available […]
EtherealMind comments: How much of an Ethernet switch product is custom made by the vendor and how much is commodity components selected and assembled into a closed vendor solution ? We hear the term “merchant silicon” a lot. But have you ever thought about how many other parts inside of a switch are off-the-shelf? Read […]
Greg Ferro of EtherealMind comments: Arista EOS already runs in VMs and used by customers for testing and software development of automation tools. Today, Arista chooses to packages their software with hardware, but recently Juniper has fully embraced whitebox with the OCX1100 switch which shows that the actual hardware matters less than years gone by (previous Ethernet switches […]
Greg Ferro of EtherealMind comments: I’ve been working on Mellanox S-Series switches lately in a largish network with several hundred 10GbE server ports. On the whole, the product has performed beyond my cynically low expectations and the product has good capabilities overall but the command line interface (CLI) is a really poor user experience. A […]
Greg Ferro of EtherealMind comments: Lots of people claiming that scripting works for automation and, for a few scripts or tasks, you can get a lot done for not much effort. My experiences with scripting have left me bitter and jaded. Here is why. Greg makes a great point here. The reason why you can’t […]