A slap with the wet squid of reality

Gone are the days of where you pay once and ride off into the sunset. The industry is changing and renting virtual servers for a deterministic price per hour allows flexibility when investing in a cloud platform. But before you…

Tech Field Day changed my life. This is a big statement to make and now, given recent life events, something that holds true. This event which is organised by Stephen Foskett and his Tech Field Day group has gone from…

I have previously blogged here and over at Packet Pushers about EIGRP not really being open. Since then I have changed my mind and albeit EIGRP is not quite there, I would consider it moving forward in a next generation…

A metric of time measurement in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is a ‘Valarian Age’. A Valarian Age is made up of 100 Valarian years. A Valarian year in turn is 10 mortal year. In the land of Tolkien, ‘In…

With the 3850 brings a plethora of change. The evolution of IOS to IOS-XE, WLC features terminated in hardware, and advanced routing protocols on board set the scene for a massive access and distribution overhaul. Some big physical changes though…

Network virtualization allows an abstraction from a physical topology. It takes the notion of a logical network further. Abstraction allows segregation of the routing table and can be used in a flexible way. The ability now to define a security…

In ASA 9.0, Cisco introduced the BORG cube for ASA’s. ASA Clustering. This power play brings back a competitive angle to a platform under siege by Juniper’s SRX series. We know there are big players in the High End Firewall…

More from less. We need more from less and to utilize efficiently what we have. It is almost a pillar of IT. In the firewall world, traditionally you had a handful on a 1:1 customer ratio. With contexts better utilization…

Forward As I mentioned last  earlier, I have been asked about being apart of the Thwack Ambassador program and my first post went up. I am linking to it now for my readers who follow my blog and may not be aware of the…

Forward As I mentioned last  earlier, I have been asked about being apart of the Thwack Ambassador program and my first post went up. I am linking to it now for my readers who follow my blog and may not be aware of…

Forward As I mentioned last week that I was apart of the Thwack Ambassador program and my first post went up. I am linking to it now for my readers who follow my blog and may not be aware of the…

First world DC problems Cloud computing has thrust multi-tenant DC’s forward in their advancements. The elasticity required for rapid deployment has pushed the bounds of many fields including storage, virtualisation, server architectures, and orchestration. As our environments onboard different customers…

Solarwinds provide a plethora of network and server management tools. They are a household name for network and server administrators. Their portfolio of software stretch from application monitoring, virtual machine management, to the ever handy IP Address management platform. All…

Virtual networking isn’t a new thing. It has been around for a while and we get better at it as the months pass us by. Who hasn’t heard of SDN? Well before I buy into that realm and blog about…

The purpose of this post is to dissect what a TCP SYN scan is by digging into the TCP protocol. The notion of TCP SYN scans have been around for many years. It is something that a network engineer should…

Disruption and change. Something that makes managers sphincters twitch and 9-5 IT staff groan that more work is coming. You know what? Deal with it. Why am I being a cocky and high-horse like? Well, I’ve had a dose of…

There has been a recent focus on Five Nines. From the top, the word is thrown around with the thought of it being as easy as buttering bread. The reality is that there are many factors that contribute to Five…

Disclaimer about #NFD4 posts Automation. The benefits I find of automation is that workflows that are in place can be taken and performed on demand without manpower or assets assigned at every stage. Over at Juniper it seems that automation is a big focus…

Alas, these days are ours. Have we not forsaken crafted scripture, wits, and wordplay? Dire are the findings of such statements. Endless PowerPoint’s droned in to me verbally and visually. Disengaged presenters and marketing puppets pushing through with ulterior meanings. Fear not,…