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1. The ISPs sharing your DNS query data – Benjojo
Is your ISP sending your DNS queries to a third-party harvesting services or tools for research or analysis? Ben Jojo built a tool to help answer that question.
2. Networking in a Managed Services World – T1toMars
Thession is a network engineer for an MSP serving SMB clients, and his day-to-day concerns are vastly different from enterprise and Web-scale environments:
“I often read and hear about stories of network design on blogs and podcasts – stories that talk about whole datacenter fabrics, massive campus networks, or huge multi-cloud deployments. It takes some effort on my part to remind myself that I live in the Rest of the World where a $1500 USD SonicWall firewall and a $1000 HPE Comware switch is a massive expense for a company, one that they will fight tooth and nail.”
3. Digging into Test Automation – Technicloud
If you’re experimenting with–or are fully on board with–automation, you know you need to test automation to make sure it’s behaving as expected. Rebecca Fitzhugh breaks out the different classes of automation testing and offers some advice on how to implement a testing framework. While she’s writing specifically from a DevOps perspective, I think the ideas here can map to networking pretty easily.
4. The Privacy Pickle – The Networking Nerd
Tom Hollingsworth looks at privacy from a generational spectrum from Baby Boomers to GenZ. It’s an interesting way to frame the tradeoffs we all navigate in a connected/digital/surveillance world, and how different generations cope.
5. #100DaysOfLabbing – Day 3 – Part 1 – Dual-Stack – Multi Hub – DMVPN (YouTube) – Tony E.
Tony E. is doing 100 days of labbing. In this YouTube video he does a live, uncut lab exercise on DMVPN.
1. How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s on Tonight – New York Times
Here’s another example of surveillance capitalism at its finest.
2. What I’ve learned from nearly three years of enterprise Wi-Fi at home – Ars Technica
This long piece from Ars Technica is part product review and part diary about one person setting up a home wireless network using gear from Ubiquiti.
3. Is Automation Really Faster? – No Jitter
Terry Slattery looks at three reasons to move beyond cut-and-paste when automating configurations, as well as the mindset changes engineers need to make to really embrace automation.
4. Ethernet Switch Market on a Roll – Network Computing
Network Computing reports on recent industry numbers tracking global Ethernet switch sales. Sales are up 12% year over year for the most recent quarter, according to IHS Markit. Meanwhile, Cisco still owns the greatest Ethernet market share, according to IDC, but Huawei and Arista are rising as Cisco’s shrinks.
5. 5 ways the IoT must improve to achieve enterprise success – Network World
Network World distills five key takeaways from a Deloitte report that examines the technical challenges that organizations face around IoT. And yes, security is the top of the list.
Vendor & Industry Blogs & Announcements
OpenNaaS: Open Platform for Networks as a Service – Pouzin Society
State of the Edge 2018 – A Collaborative Report on Edge Computing – State of the Edge
Building the Internet of tomorrow @ IETF 102 in Montreal! – Ericsson Research Blog
How Are Structured Logs Different From Events? – Honeycomb
Juniper To The Enterprise: We’re Serious About Campus Networking – Packet Pushers
Intel’s 10nm Is Broken, Delayed Until 2019 – Tom’s Hardware
Intel’s Chip Stumble Is Letting Rivals Pull Ahead – Wall Street Journal