Archive for May, 2013

Stop by the Dell Networking S5000 Hands-on-Lab at Dell Enterprise Forum 2013

Friday, May 31st, 2013


Dell S5000 SwitchIf you’re planning to attend the Dell Enterprise Forum in San Jose, CA from June 4th – June 6th 2013, make sure to stop by the Dell Networking S5000 Hands-on-Lab. I’ll be on-site, and you’ll have the opportunity to configure a converged LAN/SAN network using FCoE with the Dell S5000 converged switch. You will configure the Dell S5000 switch as a NPIV Proxy Gateway and touch every piece of the solution – Dell PowerEdge server, CNA, Dell S5000 switch, Brocade 6505 Fibre Channel (FC) switch, and Dell Compellent storage array (SC8000 controller & SC220 disk enclosure).

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Facebook – Not Your Typical Network Engineers

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Facebook HeadquartersA few weeks ago I got an invite to attend a Facebook Open House event which just occurred yesterday. I usually receive invites to several of these types of events from different companies across Silicon Valley. Being an active developer and working in the high-speed networking field at the same time, I tend to attend many events focused on development but also infrastructure. I usually don’t have time to attend most events, but considering this was the first Facebook invite I had, I wanted to make an effort to attend to get not only a grasp of the technology and culture at Facebook but also get a vibe for the work-life and mentality of employees there. (more…)

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The Big Bang, Einstein’s Biggest Blunder, and the Age of the Universe

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Ancient galaxy cluster still producing stars

Ancient galaxy cluster still producing stars

The Big Bang is considered the birth of our Universe and, in consequence, the origin of space and time. It’s hard to wrap your brain around the fact that when looking into the sky at stars and planets light-years away, you’re looking into the past as it took millions of years for that light to reach us. That means as we look deeper into the past with powerful telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope, we are getting closer and closer to looking deeper into the past at perhaps the birth of time itself. (more…)

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Buying a Converged/FCoE Switch?

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

I felt the urge to write this article after receiving several inquiries about buying used Cisco Nexus 5010 and Nexus 5020 switches because they are available on some third-party site at large discounts – at least compared to the new Cisco Nexus switches. First, let me mention that both of these switches are EOL. Second, as I always say, whether the switch will work for you or not will depend on your network requirements. Let me mention a few things here to take into consideration when looking at some of these old EOL switches when the thought of saving some $$$$ overwhelm you. (more…)

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