Show 13 – Turning to the Dark Side

Josh O’Brien, who consults in the world of Data Center 3.0 and blogs at, joins the Prime Pushers for the podcast.  In this show, we go off on the week’s more interesting news, and discover a bit of technology that Greg actually likes! (He went on so long, we blushed and had to look away.)

  • The rumors are flying that Brocade is up for sale.  We theorize about who might want to buy them and why, clearly demonstrating why we’re network engineers and not stock analysts.
  • Cisco has attached its name to the Linksys brand, so what does that mean for Cisco’s image when Linksys routers are hackable?  We have a fascinating deep dive on this topic, until Greg’s head explodes with boredom and he rips the mic from our hands.
  • Check Point Heavy Industries has announced astonishing sales and profits for Q2 2010.  We scratch our heads as to why.  Are there any engineers out there still showing Check Point the love?  The Pushers sure aren’t…
  • In round #2 of our musings on career development, we talk about whether you really need to turn to the dark side to keep going onward and upward.  Are managers people too?  We think it’s possible, but we’re not convinced.
  • When designing data center redundancy, how does an architect draw the line between appropriate and overkill?  Is dual-everything just lining your vendor’s pockets?  Can the complexity of a high availability configuration actually introduce MORE risk to your data center, rather than less?  We have a lively discussion and try to define “money well spent”.

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