Show 46 – Gum Flapping Fun

We just wandered around the topics this week, talking about whatever took our fancy and taking time for some laughs. Ethan has returned to add his voice to the debate, and “Mrs Y” turns up late but more than makes up for it in a crushing review of the security industry. Again.

Rumours of Cisco ditching Linksys and Webex
chatting about Cisco’s lack of direction and focus and what our experiences are.

Cisco on the Outs With EMC, VMware?
http://gigaom.com/cloud/is-cisco-on-the-outs-with-emc-vmware/

Junosphere emulator compared with Cisco IOU (and Arista’s free offering)
This is really interesting. It’s offered as a standalone or as part of the Juniper Academic Alliance, a partnership with universities.

Mrs. Y response: I just saw this released too, virtualizing JunOS on VMWare:
http://www.darkoperator.com/blog/2011/5/10/virtualizing-junos-on-vmware.html

OpenFlow configures OpenSwitch
– why greg thinks openflow will cross the gap http://etherealmind.com/openflow-why-it-can-cross-the-adoption-gap/

http://community.citrix.com/display/ocb/2011/05/16/How+OpenFlow+is+changing+networking+and+XenServer

Coding Relic: Just Weld It to the Rackhttp://codingrelic.geekhold.com/2011/05/just-weld-it-to-rack.html
There is a mantra amongst network equipment vendors: never let the customer unscrew the chassis from the rack. Replace every component with upgraded equipment, but never upgrade the chassis itself. Doing so often triggers the customer to send the whole thing out for bid to multiple vendors, and you might not win. Somebody else’s chassis might get slotted into the hole you left.

Apple tells support reps: Don’t Confirm Mac Infections

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/20/apple_malware_attacks/

From the “OMG are you kidding me” postings for the week:

Sony PSN still vulnerable
http://www.bgr.com/2011/05/18/sonys-playstation-network-password-reset-page-compromised/

Junosphere – a discussion from the University perspective with “Mrs Y” weighing in. At $5 per day per router it’s fine for Junos training partners, but no one else is likely to buy it – that is, anyone who isn’t totally comitted to Juniper already isn’t going to be attracted to JunOS. Why are they “nickel and diming” a competitive advantage ?

Hosts / Guests

Tom Hollingsworth http://networkingnerd.wordpress.com | Twitter: @NetworkingNerd

Ethan Bankshttp://packetattack.org | Twitter: @ecbanks

John McManus http://etherealmind.com/author/mcmanusj/ | Twitter: @johnmcmanus

and last, and the very least:

Greg Ferro http://etherealmind.com| Twitter @etherealmind

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Greg Ferro
Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count. He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at EtherealMind.com and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus.
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  • http://codingrelic.geekhold.com DGentry

    FYI: the codingrelic.geekhold.com link is broke due to a spurious br tag inside the link.

    • http://etherealmind.com Etherealmind

      Sorry. Fixed.

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