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Amazon Web Services Networking Overview

Traditional networking engineers, or virtualization engineers familiar with vSphere or VMware NSX, often feel like Alice in Wonderland when entering the world of Amazon Web Services. Everything looks and sounds familiar, and yet it all feels a bit different

I decided to create a half-day workshop (first delivery: June 13th in Zurich, Switzerland) to make it easier to grasp the fundamentals of AWS networking, and will publish high-level summaries as a series of blog posts. Let’s start with an overview of what’s different:

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Evolution of IP Model

I stumbled upon a fantastic RFC - Evolution of IP Model (RFC 6250) - that should be made mandatory reading for everyone remotely involved with networking. It describes numerous "truths" (politely called misconceptions) that everyone from programmers to network designers still rely upon. Some of my favorites: reachability is symmetric and transitive, loss is rare, addresses are stable, each host has a single interface and a single IP address ... Enjoy!
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DHCPv6-RADIUS integration: the Cisco way

Yesterday I described how the IPv6 architects split the functionality of IPCP into three different protocols (IPCPv6, RA and DHCPv6). While the split undoubtedly makes sense from the academic perspective, the service providers offering PPP-based services (including DSL and retrograde uses of PPP-over-FTTH) went berserk. They were already using RADIUS to authenticate PPP users ... and were not thrilled by the idea that they should deploy DHCPv6 servers just to make the protocol stack look nicer.

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iSCSI: Moore’s Law won

A while ago I was criticizing the network-blindness of the storage industry that decided to run 25-year old protocol (SCSI) over the most resource-intensive transport protocol (TCP) instead of fixing their stuff or choosing a more lightweight transport mechanism. My argument (although theoretically valid) became moot a few months ago: Intel and Microsoft have demonstrated an iSCSI solution that can saturate a 10GE link and perform more than 1 million I/O operations per second. Another clear victory for the Moore’s Law.

You’ll find introduction to SCSI, Fiber Channel, iSCSI and server virtualization in the Next Generation IP Services webinar.

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