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1. The Magic Of The CCIE – Networking Nerd
Tom Hollingsworth writes an excellent post that combines a discussion of knowledge acquisition, practice, craft, and an appreciation of the recently departed magician Ricky Jay. It’s also about becoming a CCIE, which is a topic of perennial interest in networking.
Be prepared to spend a few minutes reading the post, and then many more minutes watching the magic shows.
2. Quality Checking Infrastructure-as-Code – The IT Hollow
Infrastructure engineers are adopting some of the tools and techniques of their developer brethren as part of their embrace of automation. That means learning to do things like use a repository and check code quality.
Erick Shanks writes “We need to house our Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) as part of a version control repository. Code in a file server isn’t going to cut it in the new world. Version control will be a great step, but how about we test our code after we make a new commit? How about we ensure the code is validated before we merge it to our release branch? How about we review our code to make sure that it is properly formatted so that everyone working on the code base is using the same techniques?”
He then shares a basic tutorial on how to check Cloudformation templates while using BitBucket and Jenkins.
3. Telemetry. Part 3. OpenConfig YANG modules for Arista EOS, Nokia SR OS, Cisco IOS XR with Ansible – Nokia – Karneliuk.com
Anton Karneliuk is back with the next installment of his series on telemetry. In this post: “…we’ll review how to extract telemetry data from Arista EOS, Cisco IOS XR and Nokia SR OS in OpenConfig YANG modules via NETCONF.”
4. KT EP4 – Automation using Ansible for Network Engineers – Network WiizKiid
This is a link to a YouTube video with a 1.5 hour video presentation that introduces you to Ansible and how to use it for network automation. Have at it.
5. OMG, VXLAN Is Still Insecure – IP Space
Ivan Pepelnjak brings both his sarcasm and his knowledge to a discussion on the security, or lack thereof, in the VXLAN protocol.
He writes “VXLAN is no different from most other layer-heaping technologies including GRE, L2TP, and MPLS, or earlier virtual circuit technologies like Frame Relay and ATM. The moment an intruder gains access to the transit network it’s game over…”
1. Chrome and Firefox Developers Aim to Remove Support for FTP – Bleeping Computer
FTP support in the Firefox and Chrome browsers may be coming to end. Lawrence Abrams at Bleeping Computer writes “Based on bug tickets and discussions read by BleepingComputer, Google developers have advocated for the removal of FTP support in Chrome for over 4 years due to its little usage and it adds an additional attack surface that Chrome cannot properly secure compared to offering the same files over a HTTPS connection.”
2. Amazon tried to entice Latin American officials with $5m in Kindles, AWS credits for .amazon – The Register
What’s in a name? For Amazon, it’s a top-level domain that the retail and cloud giant would like to own, for obvious reasons. However, the company has been stymied by the governments of Brazil and Peru, through which the Amazon river runs, as well as ICANN, which has taken the governments’ side in the debate.
Kieren McCarthy, writing at The Register, details the whole saga.
3. This Startup Is Helping Build China’s Panopticon – Bloomberg
A Chinese startup called SenseTime is using artificial intelligence for facial recognition. While the company touts its technology as a way to streamline identity services (i.e. check in for a flight or log in to a computer by matching you against a stored image), the surveillance potential is distressing.
4. US Army soldiers will soon wear Microsoft’s HoloLens AR goggles in combat – Technology Review
Technology Review reports that Microsoft has won a half-billion dollar contract with the U.S. Army to provide AR goggles for training and combat. Really? I wouldn’t feel very confident taking a Microsoft product into battle.
Industry Blogs & Vendor Announcements
Wireshark Week At VIAVI Solutions – A Full Week Of Webinars – VIAVI Solutions
Oracle and Talari Networks – Oracle
Expert Certifications – Cisco
Cisco Presents at Networking Field Day 19 – Tech Field Day
Internet Vulnerability Takes Down Google – ThousandEyes
Nigerian ISP’s configuration error disrupted Google services – The Washington Post
Cisco Reports First Quarter Earnings – Cisco Systems
Industry’s Fastest Storage Networking Speed Announced by Fibre Channel Industry Association ─ 64GFC and Gen 7 Fibre Channel – Fibre Channel Industry Association