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Links. URLs. The blue clickies. Whatever you call ’em, we got ’em.
1. Build a Lab! – Network Phil
Phil Gervasi makes the case for why network engineers should have a lab, whether at home or work, and also offers a few tips on how to build a decent setup without draining your bank account, and advice for getting your employer to pitch in.
2. Should I Use a Transit VPC in AWS? – The IT Hollow
A transit VPC is an intermediary between application VPCs and/or your data center. A transit VPC is meant to help network teams set and manage rules and policies around inter-VPC communication and provide some routing control.
Eric Shanks writes “A common question that comes up during AWS designs is, “Should I use a transit VPC?” The answer, like all good IT riddles is, “it depends.” There are a series of questions that you must ask yourself before deciding whether to use a Transit VPC or not. In this post, I’ll try to help formulate those questions so you can answer this question yourself.”
3. Learning How YANG, RESTCONF, Docker, and Golang can be useful for a Network Engineer – NetworkTechStudy
If you haven’t already noticed, automation and programming is seeping into the network profession. If you’re new to these disciplines, the choices can be dizzying. Here’s some advice and coaching from Billy Downing:
“In this post, I’ll go over a basic example of how to develop a bare-bones web app in Go to interface with a Cisco IOS-XE Router using RESTCONF as our entry point and YANG modeling to normalize the data. Finally, when it’s all working we’ll ‘Dockerize’ the app for easy distribution.”
4. Network Automation and Cisco Live – NetCraftsmen
Sticking with the theme of automation, Terry Slattery using the recent Cisco Live show as a frame to look at the impetus behind the rise of network automation, share advice on getting started, and to recommend tools and courses.
5. Nicholas Carr was right – IT died, but was resurrected – Diginomica
Kurt Marko provides a detailed analysis of the changes hitting the IT profession, including looking at those changes through the lense of IT employment data. This post may not be a crystal ball that can predict your future, but if you’re looking for signals on how cloud and automation will affect IT going forward, you may want to gaze at this piece for awhile.
1. Microsoft’s Container Strategy Continues To Evolve – The Next Platform
The Next Platform offers a detailed look at how Microsoft is evolving Windows Server to stay relevant in the age of containers. And the reason is plain, as the article notes: “Although Microsoft is still a giant in the enterprise IT space, as almost every company of any size is running Windows servers and its related systems software stack, the company is well aware of which way the wind is blowing: corporate workloads are slowly but surely drifting to the cloud, and Linux is the only growing operating system.”
2. Training Conundrum: Open Source Moves Faster Than Curriculum – SDX Central
As you’re likely aware (because the Packet Pushers and others constantly talk about it), network engineers need to sharpen and update their skills on the latest technologies. But this has led to a problem, as SDX Central notes: the pace of development, particularly in open source, is outstripping the number of experts able to teach and train engineers.
3. Google Building Trans-Atlantic Subsea Cable – Network Computing
Continuing the trend of Web-scale giants taking their technology destinies into their own hands, Network Computing reports that Google is partnering with TE SubCom to design, build, and deploy its own undersea cable between the U.S. and France.
4. Turning Around an Old-School Tech Company – Bloomberg
Bloomberg profiles HPE CEO Antonio Neri, a 23-year veteran of the company, as he tries to guide HPE to sound footing in an IT landscape being reshaped by cloud computing. The article notes a few big bets the company is making, but also neatly outlines significant challenges.
5. Flaws in Diqee 360 Smart Vacuums Let Hackers Spy on Their Owners – Bleeping Computer
Here’s one from the “IoT is a dumpster fire that will never be extinguished” file.
Vendor & Industry Blogs & Announcements
Is Everyone Missing the Boat on SD-WAN? – CIMI Corp
A Photonic Circuit for Quantum Computers – IEEE Spectrum
Automating Test Creation with the ThousandEyes API – ThousandEyes
Barracuda CloudGen WAF Now Available for Google Cloud Platform – Barracuda Networks
LiveAction Announces LiveNX
Network Break 193: Broadcom Acquires CA; Intel Picks Up eASIC
Broadcom Is Getting Desperate – Seeking Alpha
Broadcom: Crazy Like A Fox, Or Just Barking Mad? – Seeking Alpha
Weirdest. Acquisition. Ever. Broadcom buys CA Technologies – The Register
Viptela’s Kingpins Have a New Stealth Startup – Light Reading
Shutting down the BGP Hijack Factory – Dyn Blog
BP removes reliance on third-party providers by bringing IT in-house – Channel Asia Singapore