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Time to shoot some trouble.
1. Troubleshooting Basic MPLS L3VPN – Part 1 – BGP : Networking with FISH
Denise Fishburne continues her Network Detective series with a dive into MPLS and L3VPNs. She walks through the symptoms and goes where the evidence leads her. This post has diagrams and config snippets so you can follow along.
2. AWS Outposts and Azure Stack – Ned in the Cloud
AWS has been flirting with on-premises and hybrid cloud solutions with products such as Snowball and Amazon RDS on VMware. The announcement of AWS Outposts–managed racks of gear you can order from AWS and run in your own data center–is the marriage proposal.
Ned Bellavance compares AWS Outposts with Azure Stack (Microsoft’s on-prem offering) and speculates on what Outposts means for VMware (hint; it’s nothing good).
3. Odd Number of Spines in Leaf-and-Spine Fabrics – IP Space
Ivan Pepelnjak considers the question of whether the number of spines in your fabric has to be a power of two.
4. Is Facebook the AOL of the 2010s? A Skeptical Examination of Social Media Network Effects. – Cal Newport
Cal Newport questions the “network effect” law as applied to Facebook, and whether Silicon Valley investors have been wrong to believe that the social media giant can’t be challenged.
He writes “In some sense, Facebook is to the social internet today what AOL was to the world wide web in the 1990s — a walled garden that provides a gentle on-ramp to the capabilities of a more exuberant decentralized network roiling beyond its boundaries.”
5. The Interconnection Factory – Christian Koch
Christian Koch runs the numbers on Equinix’s interconnection business, including competitor comparisons, to show just how impressive Equinix’s interconnection earnings are–in some cases, Equinix earns more from just interconnection than the total revenue of other data center operators.
1. 22 apps with 2 million+ Google Play downloads had a malicious backdoor – Ars Technica
Dan Goodin at Ars Technica writes “Almost two dozen apps with more than 2 million downloads have been removed from the Google Play market after researchers found they contained a device-draining backdoor that allowed them to surreptitiously download files from an attacker-controlled server.”
Time to check your apps.
2. Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth – The Register
Not a hot dog.
3. U.S. to reveal charges against Chinese hackers: sources – Reuters
Tech tensions between the United States and China continue to ramp up. Reuters reports “Federal prosecutors are expected to unveil criminal charges as soon as next week against hackers linked to Chinese intelligence for allegedly stealing data from U.S. companies.”
4. Pluribus Broadens Support for Edgecore White Box Switches – SDX Central
Pluribus is increasing the number of Edgecore switch models it will run on from two to five.
Industry Blogs & Vendor Announcements
AWS Networking Overview – Part 2 – Weaveworks
Cisco Presents at Networking Field Day 19 – Tech Field Day
Cisco Announces 400GbE Switches in Nexus 3400 And 9000 Families – Packet Pushers
2018 Hyperscale Capex is Running at 53% Above 2017 Levels – Synergy Research Group
Washington Asks Allies to Drop Huawei – Wall Street Journal
Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Ensoft – Cisco Systems
Apstra Presents at Networking Field Day 19 – Tech Field Day
Are You Sitting Down? Standing Desks Are Overrated – The New York Times