Category: Networks

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Intent-based Networking – A Must for SDN

November 16, 2015

SDN is about making networking more flexible and agile through programming network elements. Such programming needs to be done in a standard way. Hence, standardizing the southbound protocol that directly commands a network element to forward traffic is important. So is the northbound protocol …


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The Five Commandments of Tomorrow’s Network

November 10, 2015

Recently, I’ve been giving some thought  to the roadblocks I discover when I attempt network automation and orchestration, and how those roadblocks affect the software-defined data center idea as a whole. As a result, I have a few suggestions for how to prepare a network – and the …


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Windows Guest Licensing: To KMS or Not?

October 20, 2015

To better combat software piracy, Microsoft introduced License Activation with Windows XP/Server 2003; however, activation was pretty much implied and automatic if you had volume license keys. When these keys, generated for individual organizations, inevitably leaked to the general public, Microsoft added activation on …


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The Challenges of Network Virtualization Technologies

October 20, 2015

Network virtualization, software defined network (SDN), and network function virtualization (NFV) have taken the communication industry by storm. They are no longer buzzwords; the industry is seriously focusing and converging on them. And why shouldn’t the industry focus on them? They are supposed to …


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Looking Backward to Look Forward

October 15, 2015

“Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past” -unspecified “wise men” quoted by Niccolò Machiavelli With so many articles out there telling me how SDN will change the network as we know it, I’ve been thinking about what the future holds for …



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A Look into the Pi-Shaped Expert Model

October 7, 2015

So you’ve started planning your career using a VCDX skillset. Continuing on that same train of thought, I want to walk you through an additional concept that might help you decide what skills to develop next. In the last year, I’ve been preparing my …


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Learning to Pivot

September 18, 2015

The role of information technology inside of corporations is not new; it has existed for decades. With each passing year we see acceleration in the speed and complexity of changes to our roles as IT professionals. Industries as a whole tend to resist change. …


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Four Ways Your Network Could Change in Four Years

September 2, 2015

While network administrators are used to keeping the lights on, the time is approaching for a major change in the way networks look and run. While SDN is still in its infancy, the value is indisputable as are the initial attempts at implementation in …


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Why You Still Need Network Alerts

September 1, 2015

Retracing an intractable alert hairball today, I’m reminded of how critical, and often critically broken, alerting actually is in many environments. You can be a department of one with only a handful of systems sending occasional advisory messages, or a large IT team with …