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OpenStack Summit Barcelona 2016: Current State

November 3, 2016

It’s October in the UK and blimey charlie, it’s a bit chilly. Good news then that the OpenStack Summit is in Barcelona! In comparison to Canada or Japan, it’s on my doorstep! Spain being the home of English holiday makers, the smell of sun cream, sangria and chicken nugget dinners awaits. It Felt Different Needless […]

Discussing Disruption to IT

October 3, 2016

Disruption has come to mean different things in the realm of IT. It’s difficult to read social media for a day without seeing the word "disruption" abused by the great marketing machine. Using this word in the context of "disruption to service" or put it another way, "What happens when something doesn’t work?", it’s difficult […]

NFV, Skills & Mutable vs. Immutable Infrastructure

September 29, 2016

This blog article was inspired by some infuriating reads and blogs doing the rounds doing significant damage to business thinking. I’ve heard so many conversations that confuse Software Defined Networking with Software Driven Networking, automation mixed up with abstraction and MANO (Management and Orchestration) mixed up with configuration management tools that are used for building […]


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OpenStack Summit Barcelona 2016: Current State

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It’s October in the UK and blimey charlie, it’s a bit chilly. Good news then that the OpenStack Summit is in Barcelona! In comparison to Canada or Japan, it’s on my doorstep! Spain being the home of English holiday makers, the smell of sun cream, sangria and chicken nugget dinners awaits. It Felt Different Needless to say, I play investigator at these summits. Whether it’s … [Read more...]

Discussing Disruption to IT

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Disruption has come to mean different things in the realm of IT. It's difficult to read social media for a day without seeing the word "disruption" abused by the great marketing machine. Using this word in the context of "disruption to service" or put it another way, "What happens when something doesn't work?", it's difficult to come up with a … [Read more...]

NFV, Skills & Mutable vs. Immutable Infrastructure

confusion

This blog article was inspired by some infuriating reads and blogs doing the rounds doing significant damage to business thinking. I've heard so many conversations that confuse Software Defined Networking with Software Driven Networking, automation mixed up with abstraction and MANO (Management and Orchestration) mixed up with configuration management tools that are used for … [Read more...]

Golang: Exercising pointers, interfaces, functions and wrapping

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This article is inspired by my somewhat confused learning experience with interfaces, methods and wrapping functions in Golang. Needless to say, there was some serious learning to do here given first of all I was a C junkie then moved swiftly to Python for ease and speed in the networking world. Lots to learn. Golang The reason for concentration on Golang? It’s simple, … [Read more...]

Simplify Simplify Simplify In Sales

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It’s super important to understand and know your audience. Even when you think you’re not being technical, there are levels of un-technical you can drop to that make you cringe, but if your audience needs it, then it’s a great skill to learn. As the network and software world hurtles along at super ridiculous speed (that’s the perception at least), it’s important to … [Read more...]

Golang net package: UDP Client with Specific Source Port

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Well you found it if you were looking for it. If you are using the Golang net package and need to set a specific source port for the UDP or TCP dial functions, then look no further. Why might you want to control your source port and not leave it to random selection in the range of 1024-65535? Some server software might be hardwired to listen to communications coming from a … [Read more...]

Open Networking: The Eject Button

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Those of us that weren’t born in the iPod era used to have physical music and movie media like cassette tapes, vinyl, CDs, minidisc, VHS and almost Beta Max. The idea was that you could take this media and play it on any compatible player and in some cases record too. Ok, I know the concept is almost the same with digital media, but there is something nostalgic about physical … [Read more...]

Business Titles: CEO, Founder, Managing Director, Proprietor

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Twitter is a great place to air thoughts, gather thoughts, create allies and destroy bridges. Twitter is also limited to 140 characters. Not great for talking about complex things. For large subject areas, Tweets are normally pre-appended with [x/y], which designates what message out of the chain this particular one is. Tweeting about emotional and sensitive things is probably … [Read more...]