Posts Tagged networking
Posted on October 16, 2011 by buu
Five and a half years ago, I started at DTM Systems Corp., a Systems Integrator here in Vancouver, BC. Ahead of me was a great challenge; of a scope I could barely comprehend at the time coming from the “customer side”. With some guidance and the confidence of management, I took on this challenge and have been enjoying a lot of successes. Through my role, I have been uncovering facets of myself which I hadn’t known about. All while meeting a lot of great people along the way. Even forging great friendships with many of my co-workers, business partners and customers.
Then recently, an opportunity came my way to take on a new challenge. The challenge is one that I was very excited for and it’s with a company that I have stood behind at DTM, ever since we brought them on as a business partner.
So I am very pleased to announce that I have joined F5 Networks as their Field Systems Engineer for Western Canada, covering the provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Future blog posts are sure to come and while I will do my best to try and stay unbiased, there will likely be an F5 focus on many of them.
As always, any opinions expressed on this blog will be my own and may not be shared with my employer.
Posted on June 21, 2011 by buu
A couple months ago I wrote this post about converting some basic Cisco IOS commands to HP ProCurve (now known as HP E-series).
I keep wanting to write one for Cisco IOS to HP A-series. And I will eventually do that, but in the mean time, here is a PDF that is a nice big reference guide to all the commands.
HP A E Cisco-CRG-final.pdf
Posted on April 28, 2011 by buu
To varying degrees, I’m involved in most VMware projects that happen through my company. The networking is sophisticated enough that we can do traditional, physical networking concepts quite easily in the virtual world. But as with going with one vendor to any other vendor, the terminology usually changes.
One of my VMware contacts shared this great slide deck written by Stephane Lalonde, a VMware SE out of Toronto.
Like my post that translates between Cisco and HP Networking speak, this one will take you through translating between Physical and Virtual Networking but with really nice diagrams.
It came to me as PPT so I have uploaded it to my web host – Download here: Networking_From_Physical_to_Virtual.pptx
Posted on February 1, 2009 by buu
A recent announcement has got me very excited. Most of you in the enterprise space who run the Cisco 6500 chassis switch I’m sure are aware of the Advanced Integrated Services modules available, giving you additional functions such as Firewall, Wireless, Content Switching, to name a few. There is some great aspects to this like taking advantage of the redundancy you typically have in your 6500. For the most part, other mainstream networking vendors have lacked this and if they did have some modules, they didn’t have nearly as many as Cisco.
However, ProCurve now has the ProCurve Open Network Ecosystem (ONE). This is an initiative that has joined many vendors (other than Cisco) together to test, certify and deliver combined solutions through the use of an Intel-based services module that will fit right into your ProCurve zl series chassis switch (5400 and 8200). This ONE services module already has some big players lined up, several of which I work with a lot. The notable ones for me will be:
- Mitel 3300 IP-PBX
- F5 Local Traffic Manager
- HP NAC
- A variety of firewalls, IPS and antivirus
- Microsoft NAP (Windows Server 2008)
- Riverbed Steelhead
And I’m sure there will be many more to come!
While I still have an agnostic view on vendors, I like to have choices when I design a network for a customer and this will be great for all the people who don’t want to pay the big dollars for Cisco but still give you similar module options. Granted, the 5400 and 8200 series ProCurves don’t quite have what it takes to go toe to toe with a Cisco 6500 chassis , most notably lacking stateful management switchover and having lower port capacity. However, if someone isn’t looking for those features, the 8200 chassis switch makes for a great option and the zl series chassis switches in general will be even more appealing with ProCurve ONE. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a setup and write up an article about the experience.