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1. Network automation using Salt for large scale deployments – Mircea Ulinic
Mircea Ulinic has a detailed post, with code examples, about how to use a Proxy Minion in the Salt framework for network automation across a significant number of devices.
2. Easy Cisco VPLS L2VPN Automated Lab – Neckercude
The prolific Jed Casey is back with another lab post. This one is about “…automating the setup for a simple 3-customer VPLS L2VPN. I detail the basic configuration components, as well as automating the deployment to alleviate repetitive configuration commands. This lab is meant to be an introduction to multipoint L2VPN using MPLS.”
3. The Fire Inside – The NetworkNerd Blog
Nick Korte has written a post about the intersection of career and family, but from a different perspective. He looks at how a parent influenced his own career. He writes “After just completing a cross-country road trip to attend my adoptive father’s memorial due to his recent passing, I’d like to share some of the lessons he taught me that apply to career as a tribute.”
4. Solving 802.11ad challenges – Just another day at the office…
Amy Renee (a.k.a AmyEngineer on Twitter) digs into a new point-to-point wireless radio from Aruba, including this snazzy feature: “…the self aligning properties of the 60GHz radio, and its ability to dynamically scan and realign the link after heavy winds or vibrations. Inside the access point are two 60GHz antenna elements and a chipset that allows the radio to scan +/- 40 degrees horizontally and +/- 10 degrees vertically in order to acquire or realign the link.”
5. Services Placement in Data Centre Networks – Bruno Wollmann on Networking
Bruno Wollmann offers a quick and useful comparison of two network designs–three-tier and Clos fabric–in the context of placing services such as firewalls and load balancers.
6. What I could not undiscover about Unikernels. – A Blog About Various Stuff
Andrew Stuart, a unikernel advocate, explores why unikernels haven’t taken off, and how they compare with embedded Linux.
7. Found hooked up to my router – Reddit
A Reddit user posted a photo of an odd device that a roommate connected to the home router. As you might guess, it wasn’t good.
1. Up to 50m Facebook accounts attacked – BBC
Facebook has reported that a security flaw exposed as many as 50 million user accounts to attackers. The company says the flaw has been fixed. You’ll be relieved to hear that CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a conference call that Facebook takes security seriously.
2. Researchers find Russian “VPNfilter” malware was a Swiss Army hacking knife – Ars Technica
Sean Gallagher writes “While researchers already found that the malware had been built with multiple types of attack modules that could be deployed to infected routers, further research uncovered seven additional modules that could have been used to exploit the networks routers were attached to, thus stealing data and creating a covert network for command and control over future attacks.”
3. Slack preparing to go public in early 2019: WSJ – Reuters
Reuters reports on a Wall Street Journal story saying Slack plans to public next year, with an initial valuation of the company as high as $7 billion.
4. Microsoft wants to cart your data away in a box and punt it onto Azure – The Register
Microsoft has released a new product, called Azure Data Box, which is designed to make it easy for customers to ship data to the cloud.
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Vendor Blogs & Industry Announcements
Hands On With Linkerd 2.0 – Kubernetes.io
APNIC’s new Internet Directory – APNIC Blog
Why you shouldn’t join a Startup for the “$$$” – freeCodeCamp.org
Linux 4.19-rc4 released, an apology, and a maintainership note – Linus Torvalds
After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside – The New Yorker
Contrail Edge Cloud – Juniper Networks
Troy Hunt: Extended Validation Certificates are Dead – TroyHunt.com