A slap with the wet squid of reality

Cisco VIRL allows administrators and network engineers to build network topologies rapidly and validate a variety of use cases on a virtual platform. Superb for change and even better when considering traditionally this used to require physical equipment or ‘guestimation’.…

For a long time I worked in an environment that I thought was great. People were knowledgable when it came to networking and it was my first real step up from a junior role. I learnt a lot about a…

The topology below depicts a standard three tier application comprised of a web front end with a load balancer, application tier and a database backend. Each tier is a separate IP subnet on a logical switch connected to a logical…

In the first post in this series I demonstrated associating VMware NSX to vCenter installation. We covered off the NSX manager function and how to associate it. Now lets look at deploying some NSX Controllers. NSX Controllers are the control-plane…

I am up and down from my desk a lot. Either to or from meetings or to re-fill the liquid caffeine vessel. My Macbook Air/Pro hum away working with connections to remote desktops, VMware View environments, performing file transfers or access…

When you speak of security architectures the word Micro segmentation isn’t new. A Micro segment or a small subset of a larger overall has its roots in the financial industry. When micro segmentation is brought up in terms of a…

Security is an industry that can excite and frustrate, extract tears from the unsuspecting and cause insurmountable problems when protecting among many disparate systems. For a long time security was an after thought and something that was bolted on. If…

Logical boy in a logical world

There always has been to the idea of thinking in the logical headspace. Since the inception of Virtual Local Area Networks the wizards of the ether, Network Administrators, have had a notion of a logical and physical representation of the…

This year we saw the fruits and the go to market of many SDN and network virtualization products. It was great to see Nuage Networks NVP, Cisco ACI, Juniper’s Contrail and OpenContrail and VMware NSX hit the market. There were…

What felt like a scene from a spy flick, the NFD6 delegates piled in to Aruba’s offices during #NFD6 for the Solarwinds presentation. Before we began I have had dealings with Solarwinds around their NPM Orion platform and was extremely…

ThousandEyes offer a different spin on SaaS monitoring. They deliver the ability to gain critical insight into SaaS applications from the Customer point of view and anywhere else you want too. Their distributed agent model allows business to gauge a…

I was sitting in a meeting today – generally a practical alternative to work – and my colleague in my team said something rather striking. “There are two types of people in the world – complexifiers and simplifiers.” This struck a…

The following is someone or something we can relate to. It’s close to 10 in the morning and you have three missed calls. You’ve had that damned phone vibrate with that distinct pattern of a Help desk email. A morose…

As time progresses technology advances. The technology tree grows and as ideas come to fruition and commodity takes hold, ubiquity increases as time continues on. This post intends on look at the cyclical nature of change and how it can…