On the ‘net: RFC1925 Rule3

7 August 2019 | Comments Off on On the ‘net: RFC1925 Rule3

There are many times in networking history, and in the day-to-day operation of a network, when an engineer has been asked to do what seems to be impossible. Maybe installing a circuit faster than a speeding bullet or flying over tall buildings to make it to a remote site faster than any known form of conveyance short of a transporter beam (which, contrary to what you might see in the movies, has not yet been invented).

Used to Mean… Now Means…

31 July 2019 | Comments Off on Used to Mean… Now Means…

sarcasm warning—take the following post with a large grain of salt

A thousand years from now, when someone is writing the history of computer networks, one thing they should notice is how we tend to reduce our language so as many terms as possible have precisely the same meaning. They might attribute this to marketing, or the hype cycle, but whatever the cause this is clearly a trend in the networking world. Some examples might be helpful, so … forthwith, the reduced terminology of the networking world.

Software Defined Networking (SDN): Used to mean a standardized set of interfaces that enabled open access to the forwarding hardware. Came to mean some form of control plane centralization over time. Now means automated configuration and management of network devices, centralized control planes, traffic engineering, and just about everything else.

Fabric: Used to mean a regular, non-planar, repeating network topology with scale-out characteristics. Now means any vaguely hierarchical topology that is not a ring.

The Network Collective One Year Anniversary Show: War Stories

19 April 2018 | Comments Off on The Network Collective One Year Anniversary Show: War Stories

Procrastination

17 May 2017 | Comments Off on Procrastination

Whack a Static

3 May 2017 | Comments Off on Whack a Static

Too Busy

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Todo List

5 April 2017 | Comments Off on Todo List

Automation

7 March 2017 | Comments Off on Automation

Cell Phone

21 December 2016 | Comments Off on Cell Phone

Biometric Password Protection

26 October 2016 | Comments Off on Biometric Password Protection