Welcome to Link Propagation, a Packet Pushers newsletter. Link Propagation is included in your free Ignition membership.
Each week we hand-select the most relevant practitioner blog posts, tech news, and product announcements. We age them in oak barrels for up to seven days and then distill them using ancient craft techniques handed down by Tim Berners-Lee.
Warning: Greg Ferro is standing in for Drew who is gorging on stroopwaffels in Holland. He will be back on his strict diet of virtual donuts next week.
Jon Hildebrand talks about his journey from unexpected departure to finding a new job. He used his portfolio of work and network of contacts built from his public profile to get his next job: The Power of Community – Job Search Conclusion | snoopj’s Blog
What transpired there was more of a blur than anything else. I do remember a look of dread on my manager’s face and the sullen tone with the head of HR on the phone line. Immediately, I internally seized up and realized what was about to happen. I’d say for about two to three minutes, I felt just pure panic. However, as the conversation went on about things like severance packages, documents that needed to be signed, and the apologies coming from everyone, I had a moment of clarity. Strangely enough, I felt relieved.
In my first 15 years of working in IT I heard the term a handful of times. IT Burnout was kicked around for a short time after someone in OUR IT community committed suicide, but was never talked about otherwise. It was so far gone from my thoughts that I had no idea I was going through it. After the second time it is now on my mind almost every day. BUT, we still don’t talk about it in the community as much as we should. We need to make each other aware of IT Burnout AND be there to help each other through it.
Talks about what isn’t burnout, his symptoms and how he got out of it.
Denise O’Donohue is getting excited about SD-WAN that links branch, private and public cloud. Extending Policy Control with NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud
Tom Hollingsworth on the pointless use of “best practices” or “CVD” in the real world:
Part of the issue is that reference architectures and cookie-cutter designs aren’t made for SMEs. Sure, the large enterprise and cloud providers have their own special snowflakes. But so too do small IT shops that have been handed a pile of parts and told to make it work.
Phil Gervasi on benefits of social media engagement for him:
What I’ve learned is that there’s incredible value in actually engaging with whatever community is relevant to you. Yes, there’s value in passively consuming content, but actually participating in the community has impacted my life and career much more than any sort of passive interaction.
Paying for Cloud Isn’t Simple
- Cloud computing is nice but variable billing can cause problems when it meets a fixed budget.
- Companies are replacing change control with deployment control and building teams of cost governance.
- Thats not what the cloud promised.
- More routers impacted
- More payloads are being created using the same basic exploit.
- User traffic intercepted and stolen.
VPNFilter Update – VPNFilter exploits endpoints, targets new devices – Cisco’s Talos Intelligence Group
Microsoft Buys Github To Get New Friends
- Microsoft gets closer to a large number of developers
- Can build an onramp to Azure and should increase consumption
- Microsoft hasn’t visibly damaged LinkedIn so far, so you might take some solace that GitHub will continue its path forward.
- Consider your reaction if Oracle or IBM had bought it.
- The corporate rehabilitation continues showing that money can buy you friends. The current Microsoft is doing its best to become relevant in the cloud era and making big movies.
Link: So Pigs Do Fly: Microsoft Acquires GitHub – Redmonk
World IPv6 Day – Did Anyone Notice ?
Now We Are Six | World IPv6 Launch
But Facebook says its crossed the 50% mark.
Vendor & Industry Blogs & Announcements
LiveAction has bought Savvius for the OmniPeek range of packet analysis tools.
The acquisition enables Savvius, based in Walnut Creek, California, to accelerate the development of their renowned Omnipliance, Omnipeek, and Insight products while fueling LiveAction’s distinguished visualization engine with new capabilities and vastly broader coverage of enterprise networks. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fortinet acquires unknown NAC vendor repeating their formula of buying cheap companies and then working on them for a few years to enhance their core product.
New Switches from Arista With Tofino/P4 ASICs
Arista releases switch using Barefoot Tofino ASICs for a fully programmable data plane.
- The 2U 7170-64C supports up to 64 ports of 100G or 12.8Tbps, with up to 5Bpps of packet forwarding and a fully shared packet buffer.
- The 7170-32C is a compact 1U with 32 ports of 100G and the same range of profiles.
- You won’t need to replace those switches in your enterprise DC for at least 10 years.
Cisco leads a ‘small’ investment in AVI Networks. Cisco often goes on to buy companies after investment so its logical to wonder if Cisco wants to get back into load balancers/ADCs ?
Loadbal are important parts of K8S and private cloud networks. Cisco doesn’t like open source or selling 3rd party products most of the time, maybe its time to put a ring on it and get back into the game.
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Greg has been unsurprisingly been spending more time in the local pub.
The Network is Nominal – Two Beer Networking
What Excites Me in Networking Today – Two Beer
Huawei and Orange Spain finalize the construction of 200 Gbps Backbone Network – Huawei Press Center
Reboot Your Router to remove VPNFilter? Why It’s Not Enough – Bleeping Computer
CenturyLink Gets Certifications for Cisco Meraki-Based Services – Channel Partners Online
OpenStack at a Crossroads – Tecosystems
OpenStack in transition – TechCrunch
2018 Vancouver OpenStack Summit – Its Not Just About OpenStack Anymore – Kumulus Technologies
RIPE Archives – RIPE
VMware Reports Fiscal 2019 First Quarter Results – VMware (PDF)