Greg Ferro is coming to TFD20. He’s a dear friend who has attended Field Day events since the very beginning. Most people are familiar with Greg, but for those who aren’t, let’s get to know him!
Gestalt IT tapped into the power of a unique and growing community of independent IT influencers, and this remains our most valuable asset. We built Tech Field Day primarily to serve this community and have always kept their needs in mind. Our delegates make it all possible, and I will always be grateful for their friendship and support.
Greg Ferro gives some important to advice to any established or aspiring influencer in the IT world. He encourages everyone to take a stab at blogging and to stick with it because, eventually, someone will notice your hard work and make your effort worth it.
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 […]