Network Collective: Breaking Things

28 August 2018 | Comments Off on Network Collective: Breaking Things

Reaction: Nerd Knobs and Open Source in Network Software

20 August 2018 |

This is an interesting take on where we are in the data networking world— Tech is commoditizing, meaning that vendors in the space are losing feature differentiation. That happens for a number of reasons, the most obvious of which is that you run out of useful features. Other reasons include the difficulty in making less-obvious…

Complexity Sells

18 July 2018 | Comments Off on Complexity Sells

Networks are complex. But why? There are two fundamental reasons. The first is complexity is required to solve hard problems, specifically in the area of resilience. The second is that complexity sells. In this short take, I look at the second reason in a little more depth.

Thoughts on Impostor Syndrome

17 July 2018 |

How many times, on reading my blog, a book, or watching some video of mine over these many years (the first article I remember writing that was publicly available, many years ago, was the EIGRP white paper on Cisco Online, somewhere in 1997), have you thought—here is an engineer who has it all together, who…

Complexity Sells

9 July 2018 | Comments Off on Complexity Sells

According to Roman philosophers, simplicity is the hallmark of truth. And yet, networks have become ever more complex over time. Why is this? Because complexity sells. In this short take, I talk about why complexity sells, and some of the mental habits you can use to overcome our natural tendency to prefer the complex.

Short Take: Culture and Technology

3 July 2018 | Comments Off on Short Take: Culture and Technology

Short Take: Fix the Problem

29 May 2018 | Comments Off on Short Take: Fix the Problem

Reaction: The NRE as the new architect

4 April 2018 |

Over at the Packet Pushers, Anthony Miloslavsky suggests that network architects have outlived their usefulness, so it is time to think of a new role. He describes a role called the “NRE” to replace the architect; the NRE would— …spend no less than 50% of their time focusing on automation, while spending the other 50%…

What’s wrong with the IETF. And what’s right

22 March 2018 |

I have not counted the IETF’s I have attended; I only know the first RFC on which I’m listed as a co-author was published in 2000, so this must be close to 20 years of interacting with the IETF community. I’m pretty certain I’ve attended at least two meetings a year in some years, and…

Short Take: The Agile State of Mind

20 March 2018 | Comments Off on Short Take: The Agile State of Mind