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I think everyone so far has missed the point that Peyton Koran said cloud was the 'game-changing' answer. No need for most networking vendors and their over-priced products and support, STP, VLANs, HSRP, IGPs or most of what's been mentioned thus far.
As an aside, where routing protocols are concerned, there are plenty of very good FOSS packages available and in use today (without the need for Google scale). Linux in general now has a highly capable and performant networking stack and feature set. Whilst performance will never match an ASIC, feature wise its comparible with 80% of what most 'top' network vendors provide for silly money running on a low end Intel processor in a green 1RU metal case.
Apple and other companies should NOT be blackmailing nations with a choice between investment (including jobs) or paying tax. They, like most companies in the world, should be providing the first and paying the second. Anything else IS an unfair advantage.
Where exactly will those investments and jobs go? Is another European country likely to offer a similar deal? If not, and they have no base in Europe I'd imagine they can't do business here. That's the choice they should and hopefully do now face.
"It is important ... to ensure that they have contractual arrangements in place with each machine or technology supplier. This will assist the manufacturer in being able to apportion liability and pass back any losses or costs that they incur as a result of any failures or outages."
I have never seen an IT manufacturer, even one earning 20% a year in support fees, ever admit liability or pay losses incurred due to failings in their hardware or software. What a load of shite.
Funny then, that even today most vendor products don't offer an alternative at all and where they do, it's very often unusable (ditto for their APIs). Even the CLIs themselves are rubbish, particularly where Cisco's is concerned.
This is a vendor issue that's a long way from being solved, whatever the interface.
Makes you feel like Sarah Conner; fully aware of the coming armageddon but unable to make anyone believe you. Trevor is spot on where careers are concerned and the readers' denial is very much the norm.
I've written many a blog post on the career related side of this (on a networking blog) and it's clear no-one wants to even consider the possibility that things will change in a significant way. Specialisation is one way to stay relevant but I'd say it's more likely to be a balance, serious skills in a few things, a good knowledge and understanding of many, many more.
I ended the last blog with this:
"Your silo is eroding rapidly, their containers multiply and everything will become software. Only you can decide whether you are a part of that future (take part, add value and be useful), or stay in the past and suffer the consequences."
Hmmm, nice to see a steady flow of networking articles on the Reg but there is absolutely no definition of what they mean by SDN. It means many things to many people; it might be helpful if an author provided at least a loose definition. At the moment, the only concrete example I've seen in white box switching and Cumulus.
I don't fundamentally disagree with anything you've said in your comment. However, I think you should state very clearly that you are referring to a very specific architecture, namely, the data centre and 2/3 tier applications, which I think were 'green field' too. I fully agree this can be done simply, relatively cheaply and with minimal ongoing operational overhead. Over-engineering is certainly rampant within the industry and I'm no fan of it. You could probably squeeze most enterprise DCs into a couple of racks these days with a couple of 10/40Gb switches, virtualisation and some hi spec servers.
Equally, few live within that small space and need to deal with many other areas; large campuses with wireless, WAN, trading floors, store branches, diverse enterprises, mainframes, ridiculous security policies and all the rest. Mix in a healthy dose of regulatory oversight, PCI, SOX, ITIL and service management, plus the usual silos and management incompetence and reality is rather more complex for most, through no fault of their own.
Of course, vendors capitalise on all this and gently encourage it too, that's the nature of business and it takes people in the right position and circumstances to beat the status quo. I'm glad you have and can, but perhaps a little more awareness and clarity would make your points more relevant.
I've always voted but, really, exactly how does that vote mean I have a say? Ignoring the fact I've never voted for a winner, how can one vote possibly reflect my opinions and views over the following 4/5yr period? How does that vote stand against 'the whip'/the party line? Does that vote mean I support my country going to war, or constantly spies on me? Does it mean I want 3000+ new criminal offences on the books? No it does not.
Should my vote 'count' on the day where an MP may be elected because of it or not; it does not count for anything the day after. Voting is a mass delusion we all accept, a lie we tell ourselves, just like money. At least my money matters.
Mainly due to reliability rather than security reasons I 'split' out my network setup.
I now have:
Zyxel Prestige 660R-D1 ADSL modem/router (not vulnerable to the Misfortune Cookie despite Checkpoint claiming that is the case) - £25 from Amazon - all external management access disabled
Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite - main router/firewall, very fast and slick, regular software updates - £80 or so from Amazon - no wireless
Ubiquiti UniFi UAP-LR - wireless AP - again, very impressive - £70 or so.
So, that's about £175 already.
I use TPLink powerline everywhere I can so wireless is just phones and laptop, its a big house so that probably added over another £100.
Regardless, well worth it. Broadband performance is amazing considering my remote location and distance from the exchange. Haven't had a single complaint from anyone in the large family about performance, reliability or Facebook not working since. That used to be an almost daily occurrence, normally resulting in a reboot. Worth every penny.
One interesting point to note is that Arista’s eAPI is probably one of the best APIs out there right now. This is one company that is well ahead of the industry and very open to the future; Cisco’s actions will only accelerate that for Arista and others and quite possibly further speed the pace of change to Cisco’s continued detriment.
I can second the Ubiquiti recommendation. I've been through cheap to Draytek £150 routers and none have been reliable. I now have a EdgeRouter Lite, a dedicated and separate ZyXEL Prestige 660R-D1 ADSL modem and a Ubiquiti AP on the way (to replace a TPlink all in one jobbie).
I'd rather not have separate devices for each function but it seems to be the only way.
On the subject of Cisco, the software has been a real problem for many years. For Cisco software testing seems to be a case of shipping and waiting for customer complaints (and expensive outages). Its no surprise FB, Google et al build their own.
Whilst I agree with some of the figures you quote, the ones from the company itself seem somewhat spurious. How were those figures come to? What was the latency to the actual file source etc. etc. I'm no storage expert but I'd imagine they are removing serialised opens, locks, closes etc. and making everything parallel?
My son managed £450 in a day, mostly buying diamonds in some game - it would have been more but he hit my overdraft limit. He had the password (saves me entering it every time he wants to try another game) but I wasn't aware my card was tied to the account; I've always bought him gift cards. Obviously at some point I must have used my card for some reason and forgot and somehow he hadn't tried to buy anything until that day.
Apple returned the money but again, stated they wouldn't do so next time. We didn't have any cash until the refunds came through and had to live on credit cards for the next week (family of six). If they hadn't refunded the cash it would have been a real problem.
There's no way to manage your account from the device which doesn't make things easy for you.
There's no way to use a card only for one transaction unless you manually delete it.
Deleting/changing your payment method is far from obvious.
It's definitely the incumbent major vendors who are late and who are still mostly attempting to protect their income in some way or another. Networking is almost ‘money for nothing’ for these companies at present (minimal investment, maximum profit). The whole industry has been a wasteland for years. If your interested I blogged about this subject here: http://packetpushers.net/the-man-in-the-white-suit/
I'd say the ASRock ION 330 offers better value than either base version of these, at around £225 with a (overclockable) dual core Intel Atom 330, 2Gb DDR, ION graphics, Gig LAN and similar specs on sound etc.. I'd say it's also bound to be quieter and it is definitely smaller. A Blu-Ray version is also available as is a white version.
On the downside, there are no 'options' to upgrade the CPU, graphics or to wireless. Also, no OS.
I know what I'll have.
If your TV has a PC input, why not just use your netbook?
For £159, the Acer Revo, with HDMI output looks like a good bet: http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/9606798/Acer-Aspire-Revo-Intel-Atom-N230-1-6GHz-1GB-8GB-SSD-Linux-Desktop-PC/Product.html although I've heard they are still a bit noisy.
There is always the overpriced Eee Box.
Aleutia also do an interesting range of silent and small PCs: http://www.aleutia.com/products
Personally, I just buy second hand small form factor PCs for £50 from ebay, but they can be a bit noisy.
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