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Ten Tactics to Win Project Funding

Have you ever been frustrated or wondered why the solution you championed wasn’t funded? During our podcast interview with C-level IT Executives we identified ten tactics to improve your success at getting funding approval for your project. 1. Account for the time value of money. Will the same amount have to be spent every year? What is the life […]

Leave Your Gas Can at Home

Talking about current events with my dad recently, he gave me a sage piece of advice. He said, “Son, leave your gas can at home.” Now obviously we weren’t talking about IT, but it got me to thinking. There’s seems to be a lot of this same type of reasoning in our industry. Think about […]

Skyport Systems: Fortress Infrastructure

The attitude of breach presumption is one that has fostered a family of seek-and-destroy security products. Find the infected system and fix it. Fair enough. Breach presumption is perhaps a wise posture to take, but it doesn’t mean we have to give up the perimeter. While some security consultants I’ve talked to tell me they […]

Debug Generator – Fortigate Flow Trace

I’ve found that when working with Fortigate firewalls and needing to be able to use the debug flow command set, it takes a bit too long to manually type out the commands. If you’re in a pressurised environment saving a few seconds here and there can be valuable. First we need to grab the script […]

Configuration Management: DevOps From Ops

Configuration Management is a big category today, largely comprised of Puppet and Chef, followed by Ansible and Salt, but what is Configuration Management?  Configuration Management is, at it’s simplest, a matter of boolean states on a machine, stack, or infrastructure.  Is the Apache httpd installed on this server?  If not, install it.  Does this file […]

What Are SAI And Switchdev And Why Do We Need Them To Succeed?

Howdy. In my last post I discussed the need for an open source framework to drive merchant switching silicon. Towards the end of that long post, I mentioned a future post talking about the Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI) and switchdev in depth. Welcome to that post. There’s been a lot of synergy between both projects, […]

OpenConfig: Standardized Models For Networking

The customer-driven OpenConfig project is establishing network models to encourage development & use of platform independent configuration tools. But will vendors support this effort? And what about the IETF, who is also working on standard networking models? Is there a conflict?

Make Like A Tree And Branch Out

Alright, so you’ve decided to branch out and you may be wondering what else you can do to help things along. You can always try your friendly neighborhood blog or message board, but there’s always the problem of whether or not you’re getting good information. You should also check to see if your company has […]

Don’t Do Anything Twice

Hello, and welcome to my first blog post! Today I’ll be talking automation and why we automate things, including the simplest response of “it’s more interesting than doing the same thing 15 times a day”. That seems like such a simple thing to say, but it’s boring to do the same thing every day. It […]