October 18, 2019

The Networking Nerd

Locked Up By Lock-In

When you start evaluating a solution, you are going to get a laundry list of features and functionality that you are supposed to use as criteria for selection. Some are important, like the ones that give you the feature set you need to get your job done. Others are less important for the majority of use cases. One thing tends to stand out for me though.

Since the dawn of platforms, I believe the first piece of comparison marketing has been “avoids lock-in”. You know you’ve seen it too. For those that may not be completely familiar with the term, “lock-in” describes a platform where all the components need to come from the same manufacturer or group of manufacturers in order to work properly. An example would be if a networking solution required you to purchase routers, switches, access points, and firewalls from a single vendor in order to work properly.

Chain of Fools

Lock in is the greatest asset a platform company has. The more devices they can sell you the more money they can get from you at every turn. That’s what they want. So they’re going to do everything they can to keep you in their ecosystem. That includes things like file formats and architectures that require the use of their technology or of partner technologies to operate correctly.

So, the biggest question here is “What’s wrong with that?” Note that I’m not a proponent of lock-in. Rather, I’m against the false appearance of choices. Sure, offering a platform with the promise of “no lock-in” is a great marketing tool. But how likely are you to actually follow through on that promise?

I touched on this a little bit earlier this year at Aruba Atmosphere 2019 when I talked about the promise of OpenConfig allowing hardware from different vendors to all be programmed in a similar way. The promise is grand that you’ll be able to buy an access point from Extreme and run it on an Aruba Controller while the access layer polices are programmed into Cisco switches. It’s the dream of interoperability!

More realistically, though, you’ll find that most people aren’t that concerned about lock-in. The false choice of being open to new systems generally comes down to one single thing: price. The people that I know that complain the most about vendor lock-in almost always follow it up with a complaint about pricing or licensing costs. For example:

The list could go on for three or four more pages. And the odds are good you’ve looked at one of those solutions already or you’re currently dealing with something along those lines. So, ask yourself how much pain vendor lock-in brings you aside from your checkbook?

The most common complaint, aside from price, is that the vendor solution isn’t “best of breed”. Which has always been code for “this particular piece sucks and I really wish I could use something else”. But there’s every possibility that the solution sucks because it has to integrate tightly with the rest of the platform. It’s easy to innovate when you’re the only game in town and trying to get people to buy things from you. But if you’re a piece of a larger puzzle and you’re trying to have eight other teams tell you what your software needs to do in order to work well with the platform, I think you can see where this is going.

How many times have you actually wished you could pull out a piece and sub in another one? Again, aside from just buying the cheapest thing off the shelf? Have you ever really hoped that you could sub in an Aerohive AP630 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) AP into your Cisco wireless network because they were first to market? Have you ever really wanted to rip out Cisco ISE from your integrated platform and try to put Aruba ClearPass in its place? Early adopters and frustrated users are some of the biggest opponents of vendor lock-in.

Those Three Words

I’m about to tell you why lock-in isn’t the demon you think it is. And I can do it in three words:

It. Just. Works.

Granted, that’s a huge stretch and we all know it. It really should be “well built software that meets all my functionality goals should just work”. But in reality, the reason why we all like to scream at lock-in when we’re writing checks for it is because the alternative to paying big bucks for making it “all just work” is for us to invest our time and effort into integrating two solutions together. And ask your nearest VAR or vendor partner how much fun that can be?

I used to spend a LOT of my time trying to get pieces and parts to integrate because schools don’t like to spend a lot of money on platforms. In Oklahoma they’re even allowed to get out of license agreements every year. Know what that means? A ton of legacy software that’s already paid for sitting around waiting to run on brand new hardware they just bought. And oh, by the way, can you make all that work together in this new solution we were sold by the Vendor of the Month Club?

And because they got the best deal or the best package, I had to spend my time and effort putting things together. So, in a way, the customer was trading money from the hardware and software to me for my wetware — the brain power needed to make it all work together. So, in a way, I was doing something even worse. I was creating my own lock-in. Not because I was building an integrated solution with one vendor’s pieces. But because I was building a solution that was custom and difficult to troubleshoot, even with proper documentation.

Tom’s Take

Lock-in isn’t the devil. You’re essentially trading flexibility for ease-of-use. You’re trading the ability to switch out pieces of a solution for the ability to integrate the pieces together without expending much effort. And yes, I realize that some lock-in solutions are harder to integrate than others. I’m looking at you, Cisco ISE. But, that just speaks to how hard it is to create the kind of environment that you get when you are trying to create all kinds of integrations. You’ll find that the idea of freedom of choice is much more appealing than actually having the ability to swap things out at will.

by networkingnerd at October 18, 2019 03:31 PM

About Networks

Basic Linux Networking tips and tricks part-1: ip and nmcli commands

We have all heard, at one time or another, a system administrator blaming the network. Then, it is up to the network engineers to prove that the network is not in cause. To do this, a minimum of network troubleshooting skills on Linux systems could be required. Here is a series of posts on basic network troubleshooting tests and tools under RHEL / CentOS. For the first post in the series: many examples of how to use the ip and nmcli commands.   The ip commands: IP queries (the “show”…

The post Basic Linux Networking tips and tricks part-1: ip and nmcli commands appeared first on AboutNetworks.net.

by Jerome Tissieres at October 18, 2019 01:03 PM

ipSpace.net Blog (Ivan Pepelnjak)

You Cannot Have a Public Cloud without Networking

Listening to (some) industry evangelists you would believe that there’s no future in being a networking engineer. After all, all workloads will move into the cloud, and all clients will connect through a universal 5G network… but even if that utopia eventually comes true, you can’t get away from the laws of physics (and the need networking infrastructure).

TL&DR: our new online course will help you master the shiny new world. You can register right now or keep reading ;)

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by Ivan Pepelnjak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 18, 2019 06:29 AM

October 17, 2019

ipSpace.net Blog (Ivan Pepelnjak)

Disaster Recovery Faking, Take Two

An anonymous (for reasons that will be obvious pretty soon) commenter left a gem on my Disaster Recovery Test Faking blog post that is way too valuable to be left hidden and unannotated.

Here’s what he did:

Once I was tasked to do a DR test before handing over the solution to the customer. To simulate the loss of a data center I suggested to physically shutdown all core switches in the active data center.

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by Ivan Pepelnjak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 17, 2019 06:22 AM

October 16, 2019

Honest Networker
My Etherealmind
ipSpace.net Blog (Ivan Pepelnjak)

How Did We End with 1500-byte MTU?

A subscriber sent me this intriguing question:

Is it not theoretically possible for Ethernet frames to be 64k long if ASIC vendors simply bothered or decided to design/make chipsets that supported it? How did we end up in the 1.5k neighborhood? In whose best interest did this happen?

Remember that Ethernet started as a shared-cable 10 Mbps technology. Transmitting a 64k frame on that technology would take approximately 50 msec (or as long as getting from East Coast to West Coast). Also, Ethernet had no tight media access control like Token Ring, so it would be possible for a single host to transmit multiple frames without anyone else getting airtime, resulting in unacceptable delays.

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by Ivan Pepelnjak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 16, 2019 01:10 PM

XKCD Comics

October 15, 2019

Networking Now (Juniper Blog)

Automating Threat Detection and Remediation with Juniper Connected Security

How information technology products do what they do matters, and nowhere is this truer than in the case of security. IT infrastructure used to be dedicated to a specific task. But with the rise of virtualization, software defined everything and cloud computing, that changed. Shared infrastructure became the norm, but the centralization of IT, and especially clouds, made consuming IT easier. Both the scope and scale of IT increased and, along the way, things were automated to cut down on the management burden.

by Trevor_Pott at October 15, 2019 12:00 PM

Network Design and Architecture

Real Life Financial Network Design – Multicast – BGP – EIGRP – Latency Design Considerations

I was in London last week for CCDE Training. During the training, there was a discussion on Financial network design and one of the students explained how they designed their financial world-wide network. We recorded the discussion and I think you will get great benefit if you want to understand how financial networks are designed, …

The post Real Life Financial Network Design – Multicast – BGP – EIGRP – Latency Design Considerations appeared first on Cisco Network Design and Architecture | CCDE Bootcamp | orhanergun.net.

by Orhan Ergun at October 15, 2019 10:55 AM

ipSpace.net Blog (Ivan Pepelnjak)

How Do You Provision a 500-Switch Network in a Few Days?

TL&DR: You automate the whole process. What else do you expect?

During the Tech Field Day Extra @ Cisco Live Europe 2019 we were taken on a behind-the-stage tour that included a chat with people who built the Cisco Live network, and of course I had to ask how they automated the whole thing. They said “well, we have the guy that wrote the whole system onsite and he’ll be able to tell you more”. Turns out the guy was my good friend Andrew Yourtchenko who graciously showed the system they built and explained the behind-the-scenes details.

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by Ivan Pepelnjak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 15, 2019 06:13 AM

Keeping It Classless

Keeping NATS Connections DRY in Go

In the previous posts, I covered the basics of connecting to NATS in Go and the different ways subscribers can request information is sent to them. In this post, I’d like to build on those concepts by exploring how to structure your NATS-powered Go code so that things are clean and DRY. I’ll also show that trying to make things too DRY can be problematic; as with everything, moderation is a good idea.

October 15, 2019 12:00 AM

October 14, 2019

My Etherealmind
ipSpace.net Blog (Ivan Pepelnjak)

New Content: EVPN on Linux Hosts and External Azure Connectivity

Dinesh Dutt added another awesome chapter to the EVPN saga last week explaining how (and why) you could run VXLAN encapsulation with EVPN control plane on Linux hosts (TL&DR: think twice before doing it).

In the last part of current Azure Networking series I covered external VNet connectivity, including VNet peering, Internet access, Virtual Network Gateways, VPN connections, and ExpressRoute. The story continues on February 6th 2020 with Azure automation.

You’ll need Standard ipSpace.net Subscription to access both webinars.

by Ivan Pepelnjak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 14, 2019 06:05 AM

XKCD Comics

October 12, 2019

ipSpace.net Blog (Ivan Pepelnjak)

Must read: Shades of Lock-in

Gregor Hohpe published an excellent series on Martin Fowler’s web site focusing on various aspects of lock-in. If nothing else, you SHOULD read the shades of lock-in part, and combine it with my thoughts on lock-in in data center networking.

by Ivan Pepelnjak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 12, 2019 09:38 AM

Honest Networker

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by ohseuch4aeji4xar at October 12, 2019 08:30 AM

October 11, 2019

Packet Pushers

IT Infrastructure License Deactivation In An Era Of Political Sanctions

Your IT Infrastructure is at risk is when the U.S. government places sanctions on foreign countries.

The post IT Infrastructure License Deactivation In An Era Of Political Sanctions appeared first on Packet Pushers.

by Greg Ferro at October 11, 2019 05:26 PM

ipSpace.net Blog (Ivan Pepelnjak)

Video: Retransmissions and Flow Control in Computer Networks

Grouping the features needed in a networking stack in bunch of layered modules is a great idea, but unfortunately it turns out that you could place a number of important features like error recovery, retransmission and flow control in a number of different layers, from data link layer dealing with individual network segments to transport layer dealing with reliable end-to-end transmissions.

So where should we put those modules? As always, the correct answer is it depends, in this particular case on transmission reliability, latency, and cost of bandwidth. You’ll find more details in the Retransmissions and Flow Control part of How Networks Really Work webinar.

You need free ipSpace.net subscription to watch the video, or a paid ipSpace.net subscriptions to watch the whole webinar.

by Ivan Pepelnjak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 11, 2019 06:30 AM

XKCD Comics

October 10, 2019

Packet Pushers

How Will 5G And Private LTE Impact Enterprise Wireless? – Video

Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks talk through a thought experiment: as 5G and private LTE come online, will you need to run a private WLAN any more?

The post How Will 5G And Private LTE Impact Enterprise Wireless? – Video appeared first on Packet Pushers.

by The Video Delivery at October 10, 2019 02:54 PM

The Networking Nerd

Procrastination Party

“I’ll get to that later.”

“I’m not feeling it right now.”

“I have to find an angle.”

“It will be there tomorrow.”

Any of those sound familiar? I know they do for me. That’s because procrastination is the beast that lives inside all of us. Slumbering until a time when it awakes and persuades us to just put things off until later. Can’t hurt, right?

Brain Games

The human brain is an amazing thing. It is the single largest consumer of nutrients and oxygen in the human body. It’s the reason why human babies are born practically helpless due to the size in relation to the rest of an infant. It’s the reason why we can make tools, ponder the existence of life in the universe, and write kick-ass rock and roll music.

But the human brain is lazy. It doesn’t like thinking. It prefers simple patterns and easy work. Given a choice, the human brain would rather do some kind of mindless repetitive task ad naseum instead of creating. When you think about it that makes a lot of sense from a biological perspective. Tasks that are easy don’t engage many resources. Which means the brain doesn’t have to operate as much and can conserve energy.

But we don’t want our brains to be lazy. We want to create and learn and do amazing things with our thoughts. Which means we have to overcome the inertia of procrastination. We have to force ourselves to move past the proclivity to be lazy in our thoughts. It is said that the hardest part of running isn’t the mileage but is instead getting up in the morning and putting on your shoes. Likewise, the hardest part of being creative isn’t the actual thinking but is instead starting the process of it in the first place.

Strategies for Anti-Procrastination

I have some methods I use to fight my tendency to procrastinate. I can’t promise they’ll work for you but the idea is that you base your strategies around the ideas and go from there.

  • Make Yourself Uncomfortable – I’m not talking about laying on a bed or nails or working in the freezing cold. What I mean is take yourself out of you comfort zone. Instead of sitting in my office when I need to write a few things, I intentionally go somewhere in public, like a coffee shop. Why? Because putting myself in a place with noice and uncomfortable chairs makes me focus on what I’m supposed to be doing. My brain can’t get lazy when it’s being stimulated from all sides. I have to apply some effort to drown out the conversation and that extra effort pushes me into action.
  • Set a Small Goal to Relax – This one works wonders for your brain. If it thinks there’s even a remote possibility in the near future that it can relax it’s going to race to that finish line as fast as possible. If you’re familiar with the Pomodoro Technique that’s basically what’s going on. Your brain sees the opportunity to be lazy five minutes out of every 30 so it pushes to get there. Except you’re tricking it by forcing it to do work to get there. You become more productive because you’re thinking you get to relax in ten or fifteen minutes when in fact you’re much more productive because you’ve secretly been focused the whole time.
  • Create a Zone For Yourself – This is kind of the opposite of the first point above but it works just as well. Your brain likes to do mindless repetitive tasks because they require very little energy. So why not use that against your lazy brain and trick it into thinking whatever you’re doing is actually “easy”? There’s a ton of ways to do this. My two favorites involve aural stimulation. There are a lot of folks that have a Coding Playlist or a Writing Setlist that they use to zone out and accomplish tasks that require some focus but are mindless in nature. Likewise, I often use noise generators to do the same thing. My current favorite is A Soft Murmur because it allows me to customize the noise that I want to help me shut off the distractions and focus on what I’m doing. I’ll often pair it with a sprint from the second point above to help me really dial in what I’m trying to work on.

Tom’s Take

Your mileage may very greatly on the items above. Your brain doesn’t work like mine. You know how you think and what it takes to motivate you. Maybe it’s massive amounts of coffee or a TV playing in the background. But knowing that your mind wants to shut off active processing and do repetitive things over and over again does wonders to help figure out how best to engage it and work smarter. You can’t always stop procrastination. But, with a little planning, you can put it off until tomorrow.

by networkingnerd at October 10, 2019 02:07 PM

ipSpace.net Blog (Ivan Pepelnjak)

VMware NSX Killed My EVPN Fabric

A while ago I had an interesting discussion with someone running VMware NSX on top of VXLAN+EVPN fabric - a pretty common scenario considering:

  • NSX’s insistence on having all VXLAN uplink from the same server in the same subnet;
  • Data center switching vendors being on a lemming-like run praising EVPN+VXLAN;
  • Non-FANG environments being somewhat reluctant to connect a server to a single switch.

His fabric was running well… apart from the weird times when someone started tons of new VMs.

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by Ivan Pepelnjak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 10, 2019 12:57 PM

Automation Solution: Network Health State Report

How nice would it be to have a fabric health dashboard displaying a summary of numerous parameters you’re interested in (number of operational uplinks, number of BGP sessions…) for every switch in your fabric.

I’m positive you could hack something together using the customization capabilities of your favorite network management system… or you could write a simple data gathering solution like Stephen Harding did while attending the Building Network Automation Solutions online course.

I collected dozens of automation solutions created by course attendees in the last few years. Enjoy!

by Ivan Pepelnjak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 10, 2019 06:20 AM

October 09, 2019

Honest Networker
Packet Pushers

A short history of TCP vs BBR – Video

Geoff Huston, APNIC's Chief Scientist, breaks down how TCP and BBR work

The post A short history of TCP vs BBR – Video appeared first on Packet Pushers.

by Greg Ferro at October 09, 2019 03:22 PM

Potaroo blog
XKCD Comics

October 08, 2019

Packet Pushers

We Need A Better Name For ‘Soft Skills’

We need a better way to describe different skill sets that avoids loaded terms like 'hard' and 'soft.'

The post We Need A Better Name For ‘Soft Skills’ appeared first on Packet Pushers.

by Drew Conry-Murray at October 08, 2019 03:02 PM

Kill the restructure | The IT Skeptic

Don't underestimate engineers. They are smarter than you know.

The post Kill the restructure | The IT Skeptic appeared first on Packet Pushers.

by Greg Ferro at October 08, 2019 01:24 PM

PacketLife.net Blog

Templating Device Configurations

One of the core functions of network automation is the ability to generate network device configurations from a template. This is a discrete, intentional process which unfortunately is often conflated with the totally separate act of applying a rendered configuration to a device. In this article we'll look at how to establish a template from existing configurations, define and organize variable data, and ultimately render a series of configurations automatically using a simple Python script.

What is a Template?

The term template describes any sort of mold or pattern from which new, identical objects can be created. For instance, a cookie cutter is a sort of template that can be used to create an arbitrary number of identically-shaped cookies from a sheet of dough. But in our case, we're inexplicably more interested in creating network device configuration files than baking cookies, and creating wholly identical copies of a file isn't terribly useful, since each network device typically has a handful of unique characteristics such as hostname, authentication credentials, IP addresses, and so on.

To address this need to define changing pieces of data within an otherwise unchanging document, we employ variables. A variable serves as a placeholder within the template, signifying a particular piece of data that needs to be filled in. The below form is an example of a simple template.


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by stretch at October 08, 2019 12:57 PM

ipSpace.net Blog (Ivan Pepelnjak)

The Cost of Disruptiveness and Guerrilla Marketing

A Docker networking rant coming from my good friend Marko Milivojević triggered a severe case of Deja-Moo, resulting in a flood of unpleasant memories caused by too-successful “disruptive” IT vendors.

Before moving on, please note that the following observations were made from my outsider perspective. If I got something badly wrong, please correct me in a comment.

Imagine you’re working for a startup creating a cool new product in the IT infrastructure space (if you have an oversized ego you would call yourself “disruptive thought leader” on your LinkedIn profile) but nobody is taking you seriously. How about some guerrilla warfare: advertising your product to people who hate the IT operations (today we’d call that Shadow IT).

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by Ivan Pepelnjak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 08, 2019 06:32 AM

October 07, 2019

My Etherealmind

Kill the restructure | The IT Skeptic

Don't underestimate engineers. They are smarter than people comprehend.

The post Kill the restructure | The IT Skeptic appeared first on EtherealMind.

by Greg Ferro at October 07, 2019 01:53 PM

ipSpace.net Blog (Ivan Pepelnjak)

Optimizing Environment Setup in Ansible Playbooks

Have you ever seen an Ansible playbook where 90% of the code prepares the environment, and then all the work is done in a few template and assemble modules? Here’s an alternative way of getting that done. Is it better? You tell me ;)

You might also want to explore similar Ansible articles and our Ansible for Networking Engineers content.

by Ivan Pepelnjak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 07, 2019 06:23 AM

XKCD Comics

October 06, 2019

My Etherealmind

October 05, 2019

ipSpace.net Blog (Ivan Pepelnjak)

Worth Reading: Anycast DNS in Enterprise Networks

Anycast (advertising the same IP address from multiple servers/locations) has long been used to implement scale-out public DNS services (the whole root DNS system runs on massive anycast), but it’s not as common in enterprise networks.

The blog posts written by Tom Bowles should get you there. He started with the idea and described his implementation using Infoblox DNS.

Want to know even more? I covered numerous load balancing mechanisms including anycast in Data Centers Infrastructure for Networking Engineers webinar.

by Ivan Pepelnjak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 05, 2019 07:01 AM

October 04, 2019

The Networking Nerd

Fast Friday Thoughts – Networking Field Day 21

This week has been completely full at Networking Field Day 21 with lots of great presentations. As usual, I wanted to throw out some quick thoughts that fit more with some observations and also to set up some topics for deeper discussion at a later time.

  • SD-WAN isn’t just a thing for branches. It’s an application-focused solution now. We’ve moved past the technical reasons for implementation and finally moved the needle on “getting rid of MPLS” and instead realized that the quality of service and other aspects of the software allow us to do more. That’s especially true for cloud initiatives. If you can guarantee QoS through your SD-WAN setup you’re already light years ahead of where we’ve been already.
  • Automation isn’t just figuring out how to make hardware and software do things really fast. It’s also about helping humans understand which things need to be done fast and automatically and which things don’t. For all the amazing stuff that you can do with scripting and orchestration there are still tasks that should be done manually. And there are plenty of people problems in the process. Really smart companies that want to solve these issues should stop focusing on using technology to eliminate the people and instead learn how to integrate the people into the process.
  • If you’re hoping to own the entire stack from top to bottom, you’re going to end up disappointed. Customers aren’t looking for mediocre solution from a single vendor. They’re not even looking for a great solution from a couple. They want the best and they’re not afraid to go where they want to get them. And when you realize that more and more engineering and architecture talent is focused on integrating already you will see that they don’t have any issues making your solution work with someone else’s instead of counting on you to integrate your platforms together at some point in the future.

Tom’s Take

Networking Field Day is always a great time for me to talk to some of the best people in the world and hear from some of the greatest companies out there about what’s coming down the pipeline. The world of networking is changing even more than it has in the last few software-defined years.

by networkingnerd at October 04, 2019 05:56 PM

My Etherealmind
ipSpace.net Blog (Ivan Pepelnjak)

Redundant BGP Connectivity on a Single ISP Connection

A while ago Johannes Weber tweeted about an interesting challenge:

We want to advertise our AS and PI space over a single ISP connection. How would a setup look like with 2 Cisco routers, using them for hardware redundancy? Is this possible with only 1 neighboring to the ISP?

Hmm, so you have one cable and two router ports that you want to connect to that cable. There’s something wrong with this picture ;)

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by Ivan Pepelnjak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 04, 2019 06:58 AM

XKCD Comics

October 03, 2019

Packet Pushers

Wireless QoS Is On By Default, But It’s Not That Simple – Video

Ethan Banks and Ryan Adzima talk about why having wireless QoS enabled by default can complicate things, particularly when you need to tweak those defaults for special cases such as life-saving equipment.

The post Wireless QoS Is On By Default, But It’s Not That Simple – Video appeared first on Packet Pushers.

by The Video Delivery at October 03, 2019 02:03 PM

Networking Now (Juniper Blog)

For Better Protected Data, Add a Dose of Healthy Skepticism

Data protection is the ultimate cybersecurity endgame. For this reason, it’s near the top of the agenda in any security team meeting. They know they need to do all they can to ensure data stays inside the organization and, therefore, will layer software and hardware solutions to make that happen. Their adversaries (threat actors) will do anything to gain access to that data for resale, including damage it, lock it up and demand ransom payments for access.

by lpitt at October 03, 2019 01:18 PM

ipSpace.net Blog (Ivan Pepelnjak)

Network Automation Beyond Configuration Templating

Remember Nicky Davey describing how he got large DMVPN deployment back on track with configuration templating? In his own words…:

Configuration templating is still as big win a win for us as it was a year ago. We have since expanded the automation solution, and reading the old blog post makes me realise how far we have come. I began working with this particular customer in May 2017, so 2 years now. At that time the new WAN project was on the horizon and the approach to network configuration was entirely manual.

Here’s how far he got in the meantime:

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by Ivan Pepelnjak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 03, 2019 06:37 AM

October 02, 2019

Honest Networker

Job encouraging the Internet community to enable RPKI validation

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by thei7coote3ud5wi at October 02, 2019 12:21 PM

Networking Now (Juniper Blog)

Juniper Named a Champion in the Info-Tech Research Group SIEM Customer Experience Report

The results of the March 2019 Info-Tech Research Group Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) Customer Experience Report are in and we’re proud to share that Juniper Networks was named a Champion. These results validate our Juniper Connected Security solution, along with our focus on simplicity, interconnectivity and automation.

by Trevor_Pott at October 02, 2019 12:00 PM

ipSpace.net Blog (Ivan Pepelnjak)

New Content: Azure Networking and Automation Source-of-Truth

Last week I covered network security groups, application security groups and user-defined routes in the second live session of Azure Networking webinar.

We also had a great guest speaker on the Network Automation course: Damien Garros explained how he used central source-of-truth based on NetBox and Git to set up a network automation stack from the grounds up.

Recordings are already online; you’ll need Standard ipSpace.net Subscription to access the Azure Networking webinar, and Expert ipSpace.net Subscription to access Damien’s presentation. Azure Networking webinar is also part of our new Networking in Public Clouds online course.

by Ivan Pepelnjak (noreply@blogger.com) at October 02, 2019 06:48 AM

XKCD Comics

October 01, 2019

Networking Now (Juniper Blog)

The Human Element: Data Protection is More Than Machines

Often, the need to protect data gets applied in a blanket mode with all data receiving equal levels of protection. While this may sound ideal, in reality it is far from that and can actually add layers of unnecessary complexity to business, resulting in either slowing things down, or introducing shadow IT as employees look to circumvent controls.


by lpitt at October 01, 2019 01:00 PM

My Etherealmind