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There’s no denying the fact that firewalls are a necessary part of modern perimeter security. NAT isn’t a security construct. Attackers have the equivalent of megaton nuclear arsenals with access to so many DDoS networks. Security admins have to do…
There's no denying the fact that firewalls are a necessary part of modern perimeter security. NAT isn't a security construct. Attackers have the equivalent of megaton nuclear arsenals with access t...
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Watching the HP public cloud discussion has been an interesting lesson in technology and how it is supported and marketed. HP isn’t the first company to publish a bold statement ending support for a specific technology or product line only to go back and…
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After having a nice conversation with Josh Williams (@JSW_EdTech) and helping Eddie Forero (@HeyEddie) with some E-Rate issues, I’ve decided that I’m glad I don’t have to deal with it any longer. But my conversation with Josh revealed something that I…
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Pick a random headline related to security today and you’ll see lots of exclamation points and dire warnings about the insecurity of a something we thought was inviolate, such as Apple Pay or TLS. It’s enough to make you jump out of your skin and crawl…
Pick a random headline related to security today and you’ll see lots of exclamation points and dire warnings about the insecurity of a something we thought was inviolate, such as Apple Pay or TLS. ...
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Are Your Tweets Really Your Own?

We’ve all seen it recently. Twitter bios and blog profile pages with some combination of the following: My tweets are my own. Retweets are not endorsements. My views do not represent my employer. It has come to the point where the people in the industry…
We’ve all seen it recently. Twitter bios and blog profile pages with some combination of the following: My tweets are my own. Retweets are not endorsements. My views do not represent my employer. I...
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When I was at HP Discover last December, I noticed a few people running around wearing Cumulus Networks shirts. That had me a bit curious, as Cumulus isn’t usually on the best of terms with traditional networking vendors unless they have a partnership.…
When I was at HP Discover last December, I noticed a few people running around wearing Cumulus Networks shirts. That had me a bit curious, as Cumulus isn’t usually on the best of terms with traditi...
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The annoucement of the merger of Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia was a pretty big discussion last week. One of the quotes that kept being brought up in several articles was from John Chambers of Cisco. Chambers has said the IT industry is in for a big round of…
The annoucement of the merger of Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia was a pretty big discussion last week. One of the quotes that kept being brought up in several articles was from John Chambers of Cisco. Ch...
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Cisco announced their intent to acquire Embrane last week. Since they did it on April 1st, there was an initial thought that it might be a prank. But given that Cisco doesn’t really do April Fools jokes, it was quickly determined to be the real deal. More…
Cisco announced their intent to acquire Embrane last week. Since they did it on April 1st, there was an initial thought that it might be a prank. But given that Cisco doesn't really do April Fools ...
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Network acquisitions are in the news once again. This time, the buyer is EMC. In a blog article from last week, EMC is reportedly mulling the purchase of either Brocade or Arista to add a networking component to its offerings. While Arista would be a good…
Network acquisitions are in the news once again. This time, the buyer is EMC. In a blog article from last week, EMC is reportedly mulling the purchase of either Brocade or Arista to add a networkin...
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My gut says, of those two, Brocade would be the target.  Lots of SDN brain trust has aggregated there as of late ... nothing against Arista, mind you ;)
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Something, Something, Apple Watch. Oh, yeah. There needs to be substance in a wearable blog post. Not just product names. Wearables are the next big product category that is driving innovation. The advances being made in screen clarity, battery life, and…
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HP Is Buying Aruba. Who's Next?

Sometimes all it takes is a little push. Bloomberg reported yesterday that HP is in talks to buy Aruba Networks for their wireless expertise. The deal is contingent upon some other things, and the article made sure to throw up disclaimers that it could…
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The more debate I hear over protocols and product positioning in the networking market today, the more I realize that networking has a very big problem with myopia when it comes to building products. Sometimes that’s good. But when you can’t even see the…
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  • Gestalt IT
    Community Manager, 2013 - present
    Outreach coordinator for Tech Field Day and Gestalt IT
  • United Systems INC
    Senior Network Engineer, 2003 - 2013
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The Networking Nerd - Snarky engineer that works on all manner of devices with IBGLs (Itty Bitty Green Lights)
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    MIS, 1997 - 2002
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