Worth Reading: Erasing Tech Debt

7 August 2017

I worked on projects based on the following premise: “We’re going to switch to a different technology and everything will get discarded. For now, as long as it works, don’t worry too much about coding standards.” If it doesn’t sound too bad for you, let’s look at it from a different angle: “We’re all going…

Worth Reading: AMD Thread Ripper

7 August 2017

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor offers higher core and thread counts, which equates to more capability and performance than any other consumer-level processor for high-end computing functionality. By doubling the core count found in the Ryzen chip that launched late in the first quarter, AMD can address different markets that requires higher levels of performance,…

Worth Watching: The big four

4 August 2017

Worth more than $2.3 trillion combined, the Big Four (Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google) continue to grab share from media companies, brands, and retailers. Scott Galloway, Professor of Marketing at the NYU Stern School of Business and Founder of L2, will showcase how the traditional rules of business don’t apply to the Big Four and…

Worth Reading: Google rewires the Internet

4 August 2017

When all of your business is driven by end users coming to use your applications over the Internet, the network is arguably the most critical part of the infrastructure. That is why search engine and ad serving giant Google, which has expanded out to media serving, hosted enterprise applications, and cloud computing, has put a…

Worth Reading: The observer effect

3 August 2017

What is needed in any monitoring system is the ability to increase or reduce the level of polling and data collection as system needs dictate. If you are actively debugging a system, then you probably want to turn the volume of data up to 11, but if the system is running well, you can dial…

Worth Reading: The IPv4 market

3 August 2017

In September 2015, the free pool of IPv4 numbers available through the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) ran dry. In 2016, the IPv4 market was the only reliable source of IPv4 numbers, globally, and the pattern of activity changed dramatically. So far in 2017, we have seen the trends in the last half of…

Worth Reading: Encryption substitutes

2 August 2017

Policy experts have suggested that the rise of encrypted data is not the end of intelligence collection because law enforcement can look to substitutes other sources of intelligence, such as metadata that prove to be just as valuable or more valuable than decrypting encrypted data. This paper focuses on the other side of that insight:…

Worth Reading: The economics of port breakout

2 August 2017

Port-breakout deployments have become a popular networking tool and are driving the large industry demand for parallel optics transceivers. Today, port breakout is commonly used to operate 40/100Gbps (40/100G) parallel optics transceivers as four 10/25Gbps (10/25G) links. Breaking out parallel ports is beneficial for multiple applications, such as building large scale spine-and-leaf networks and enabling…

Worth Reading: LinkedIn passes an IPv6 milestone

1 August 2017

Since we enabled IPv6 on our mail servers in 2013 and then on our web site in 2014, we have seen increased growth of our external IPv6 traffic. We are currently working on enabling IPv6 on our all of our internal networks and applications in order to begin removing IPv4 internally, beginning in 2018. The…

Worth Reading: Is cloud moving too fast for security?

1 August 2017

That’s at least five-major cloud application and infrastructure data breach incidents for 2017, and we’re only in July. Add in the number of ransomeware and other attacks during the first half of this year and it’s clear the cloud has a real security problem. By now, most everyone recognizes the benefits of the cloud; bringing…