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Doing our best to find signal in the noise.
1. The internet of things is becoming a surveillance tool – Stacey on IoT
2. IBM’s last roll of the dice. – Storagezilla
IBM’s $34 billion purchase of Red Hat raised a lot of eyebrows. Mark Twomey weighs in by looking at how the customer base that IBM sells to (large, publicly traded firms) has slowly been dwindling over the past several decades, done in by global competition and the Internet.
Mark writes “In 1975, 109 firms accounted for half of all the profits booked by publicly traded firms, this year just 30 firms booked half of the profits. More customers giving more money to a smaller and smaller number of companies. Every one of the massive tech platform companies is in the top ten. Those platform companies not looking to buy anything from IBM today or tomorrow.”
3. Clear Skys for IBM and Red Hat – Networking Nerd
Tom Hollingsworth echoes the previous post a bit, but frames it more as an opportunity for IBM to take Red Hat and focus on smaller customers who need some hand-holding to get into the cloud.
He writes “They need to embrace their Global Services heritage and shepherd the SMEs that are afraid of the cloud. They need to help enterprises in the mid-range build into AWS and Azure instead of trying to make a huge profit off them and leave them high and dry. The days of making a fortune from Fortune 100 companies with no cloud aspirations are over. Just like the fight for cloud dominance, the battle lines are drawn and the prize isn’t one or two big companies. It’s a bunch of smaller ones.”
4. About Network Design Principles – NetCraftsmen
Peter Welcher explores seven (or maybe seven and a half) design principles for networking, and his rationales for why these principles make sense. These principles cover VLANs, security, Cisco ACI and more. It’s a good, meaty post.
1. Prison time, hefty fines for data privacy violations: draft U.S. Senate bill – Reuters
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has proposed new legislation to allow the Federal Trade Commission to create privacy rules for consumer data, and impose stiff penalties for companies and executives that violate those rules. The bill’s penalties would closely match those of the E.U.’s GDPR.
I’m skeptical that any law with such hefty penalties would ever make it through the mangle of tech lobbyists, but the article also notes that the technology industry would prefer a national privacy law instead of the current patchwork of state regulations.
2. The CIA’s communications suffered a catastrophic compromise. It started in Iran. – Yahoo News
Yahoo reports “In 2013, hundreds of CIA officers — many working nonstop for weeks — scrambled to contain a disaster of global proportions: a compromise of the agency’s internet-based covert communications system used to interact with its informants in dark corners around the world.”
3. Tortured by meetings – The Economist
It’s not really news that people hate meetings, and that meetings are a drain on productivity. But this piece also notes a paradox: people hate to be excluded, which means people may end up attending meetings they don’t really need to just to make sure they aren’t being left out.
The piece also offers a few sensible tips on how to keep meetings short, effective, and staffed with the right people.
4. Wave energy to power undersea data centers – Network World
Network World reports on commercial efforts to build a “marine hydrokinetic wave generator” meant to power data centers built under the sea.
The article writes “Advantages of water-based, off-shore data center-locating include no rent — there’s no landlord in open waters — and proximity to expensive real-estate population centers — most of the world’s population lives near a coast.”
Analysis: Why Viptela on IOS-XE is a big deal – Packet Pushers on YouTube
Analysis: Cisco ACI Cloud APIC – Packet Pushers on YouTube
Vendor Announcements & Industry Blogs
My Animosity Toward Artificial Intelligence – Orange Matter
EC2 Packets per Second: Guaranteed Throughput vs Best Effort – Blue Matador
Investigating Implausible Bloomberg Supermicro Stories – Serve The Home
Arista Introduces 400 Gigabit Platforms – Arista Networks
Arista Announces 400GbE Switches For Hyperscale Clouds And HPC – Packet Pushers
BCM56980 Series – Broadcom
Welcome to OSFPmsa – OSFPmsa.org
Report: Facebook wants to buy major cybersecurity company – Seeking Alpha
Facebook on Hunt for Big Cybersecurity Acquisition – The Information
Fortinet Acquires ZoneFox – Fortinet
Juniper Networks Reports Preliminary Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results – Juniper Networks