The coolest tool of the week: mxtommy/Cisco-SSH-Client. Thomas St. Pierre did a fantastic job - he modified SSH client to colorize the printouts
generated by Cisco routers (similar to what VIM is doing to source code). Download
his SSH client patches, recompile your SSH client, and enjoy!
ASCII by Jason Scott / FUCK THE CLOUD: A very accurate view of the reliability of cloud services (and how much you should
depend on them).
Redux: Patching the Cloud | Rational Survivability: A 2-year old blog post from @beaker predicting the Amazon Reboot Fiesta. His crystal
ball is crystal clear ;)
VMware: Rethink IT: Avoiding Chaos Monkeys -- clouds that proactively avoid customer
downtime: A very relevant article after the Amazon Reboot Fiesta
High Scalability - High Scalability - Netflix: Developing, Deploying, and Supporting
Software According to the Way of the Cloud: Using VMs in the Amazon EC2 cloud allows Netflix to deploy new software versions to
production way easier that it's possible in a traditional data center.
Fragmentation Needed: Thinking about sizing the broadcast domain: There's only one answer to the "when is my broadcast domain too big" question
- It depends. In his blog post, Chris Marget discusses some of the less obvious parameters
that I clearly missed.
Coding Relic: Requiem for Jumbo Frames: Another excellent article by Denton Gentry, describing the problems jumbo frames tried
to solve, and why they're largely irrelevant today.
F5 Friday: Load Balancing MySQL with F5 BIG-IP: F5 just removed another obstacle to scaling-out existing craplications. Even if the
app developers never heard of master/slave database servers, BIG-IP can load balance
a single IP address between R/W and R/O servers based on SQL requests ... if only
they'd implement support for transactions. But I guess that would be just a few more
tweaks to the iRules ;)
Virtualization and Cloud Computing: A Technological El Nino: Virtualization is changing traffic patterns from N-S to E-W and causing traffic trombones.
A nice overview by Lori MacVittie. Conclusion: you have to understand the infrastructure
you work on. Couldn't agree more.
Gigamon Side Story - The Data Center Overlords: Another great description of the Gigamon product. If you're designing a new data center,
definitely consider including Gigamon in the design.
Why Becoming A CCIE Doesn’t Fix Being Inexperienced: Passing a CCIE exam doesn't make you an experienced networking engineer. The fantastic
Ethan Banks at his best.
RFC 6458 - Sockets API Extensions for the Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP): I hoped they would figure out a way to make SCTP appear like TCP to the socket API
(allowing it to be used by existing applications without source code modifications).
Fat chance, socket API remains as broken as ever.
HP OpenFlow capable firmware is now GA: OpenFlow-enable firmware for HP switches is publicly available. Great move, HP!
Open vSwitch Kernel Code Moves Upstream | Silicon Loons: Open vSwitch became part of standard Linux kernel distribution. Huge congrats to the
I Don't Understand What Anyone Is Saying Anymore - Dan Pallotta - Harvard Business
Review: A fantastic advice from Dan Pallotta from HBR - when faced with a barrage of bullshit
bingo winners, tell them "I have no idea what you just told me" A hilarious
Interesting links are now available as a shared Evernote notebook. Enjoy!