I was excited to learn that I just might make it to Cisco Live this year in San Francisco. The thought of returning to see the house the Jefferson Airplane used to live in and the Grateful Dead House in the Haight, as the locals used to call it back in the day, has me excited. I went there once back in the 90s long after the Summer of Love and the Hippie scene had vanished. But, as I ambled down the streets of this place I was so in awe of back in my youth, I was surprised to see how much of the veneer had washed away with time.
I got into recruiting because I love helping people and their excitement when my help results in the change that a new job brings is awesome. When my specific niche, CCIE recruiting, was recognized and honored by my inclusion in the Cisco SRS program at its inception over seven years ago, I felt an huge sense of accomplishment. After several years of supporting the careers of many CCIEs and speaking to Cisco Network Academy students about their careers, I was blessed to go international with my support.
I have been friends with Scott Morris for a few years now. In fact he was one of the very 1st CCIEs to point out that my efforts were being noticed by the community all the way back in 2008. The road this multi-certified IT professional has walked is unlike any most of the CCIEs I know have trod. Scott is now back in the training spotlight again with a new offering. I wanted to let you all know that yes, “He’s Back.” Have a look at remember what I have often said; you got a CCIE what next? The world is filled with networks and most are not a single vendor’s domain. A JUNOS is good to know!
Network Designs that Support SDN
In my quest to really understand SDN, I've been reading a number of research papers and watching presentations by industry researchers. It has been quite educational and I thought that it would be useful to share the references.
I've found that the traditional three-tiered network design (core, distribution, access) has been replaced with designs that can provide full bandwidth (i.e., maximize the bisectional bandwidth - see below) between any two nodes with a nominal amount of extra network equipment. These network designs do not rely on oversubscription. This means that workloads can be placed anywhere within these network designs without concern that an uplink will become overloaded.
The Ethernet Switching Landscape – Part 03 – Different speeds for different needs.
This is one of a multi-part series on the Ethernet switching landscape I’m writing in preparation for a 2-hour presentation at Interop Las Vegas 2014 (hour 1 & hour 2). Part 1 of this written series appeared on NetworkComputing.com. Search for the rest of this series.
When considering an Ethernet switch, the sort of a network you’re trying to build factors into the decision. For example…
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That state’s Governor Jerry Brown asked the courts to give him an extension, “arguing that some reforms require the extra two years to provide a permanent solution,” according to a story in the San Jose Mercury News.
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During the week of March 30, 2014 I traveled to Dubai to deliver my CCDE Practical Bootcamp class. The above picture is our class photo from the week (I need to remember to do this for future classes). From left-to-right: Asad, Jeriel, Jeremy (me), Evgeny, Alexander, Hamed and Mazin. Only Hamed is a local… thank you for your hospitality! The rest traveled from Europe, Africa and the Middle East region to immerse themselves in a week of network design concepts, case studies and practice exams.
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Rant: Living with Legacy and Public Cloud Farting
No matter how hard the clouderati click the heels of their brogues together Click Those Brogues Togetherand repeat “public cloud is better” , the simple fact is that most companies have large amounts of IT infrastructure that works just fine and is profitable.
Big Data is the new Artificial Intelligence
This is the first of a couple columns about a growing trend in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it is likely to be integrated in our culture. Computerworld ran an interesting overview article on the subject yesterday that got me thinking not only about where this technology is going but how it is likely to affect us not just as a people. but as individuals. How is AI likely to affect me? The answer is scary.
Coffee Break – Show 6
News of the Networking Industry in the time it takes to drink a coffee (more or less). This week we are joined by Amy Engineer to parse the news and dig into the business of technology.
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Awesome Putty tips and tricks for work and the CCIE Lab!
If you use Putty on a daily basis or have only encountered it in the CCIE lab exam then you will know what a great tool it is. Simple and effective (with no tabs!) Most people though may not use putty on a daily basis preferring something like SecureCRT so will not be familiar with changing putty settings. Here are a few of my putty tips and tricks.
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