Author Archives: Matthew Norwood

The Importance of Product Education

I learned something new this afternoon. While other users of this product were already aware of it, I was not. This is something that is specific to the Wi-Fi community, but there is a larger point affecting all practitioners of … Continue reading

Posted in career, learning, training, wireless | 3 Comments

Can I Be Brutally Honest?

There are several reasons I love being on the road. One of them is the sense of accomplishment I get from doing a particular job in a set amount of time. There is a defined period in which I will … Continue reading

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Where Is Cisco UCS Headed?

If you happen to read my writing(as infrequent as it is these days), you know that I am a networking focused person. I live my day to day within the walls of routing, switching, wireless, and other “network centric” platforms … Continue reading

Posted in cisco, data center, hardware, storage | 1 Comment

A Training Class Where I Actually Learned Something

TL/DR – Canned labs never work for me. Training for me has always been hit or miss. I have had better luck with in person classes than online training. I realize that everyone learns differently, so I suppose you pick … Continue reading

Posted in aruba, career, learning, training | 2 Comments

Choosing Sides In Technology

I started out the evening writing a post on Aruba ClearPass, but this has been weighing on my mind lately, so I figured Aruba ClearPass can wait. It seems that the Internet is filled with all sorts of opinions as … Continue reading

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How Does This Help Aruba Networks?

I was going over my YouTube subscriptions tonight, as I do at least once a week, and came across this video from Aruba Networks: While I do love watching things go through a shredder, I fail to see the point … Continue reading

Posted in aruba, ruckus, wireless | 1 Comment

Winning With Ecosystems

Back in 2010, I wrote a post entitled “Competing With Cisco”. It has been a few years, and since I have been in the VAR space for almost 3 years now, I have a slightly different perspective. One thing I … Continue reading

Posted in cisco, vendors | 2 Comments

Could Cisco ACI Kill APM?

Note – This is ALL 100% speculation on my part. I may be WAY off base with what you are about to read, and if you know something I don’t, feel free to correct me in the comments below. I … Continue reading

Posted in cisco, data center, monitoring, network management | 1 Comment

Architecting Supportable Designs…..and a rant or two.

I just spent 9 weeks on site with a client building out a network reference architecture. The goal was to provide them with a framework they could use to configure their network in the future without having to reinvent the … Continue reading

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Easier Cabling Migrations

Switching upgrades are a necessary part of any network over a given period of time. Port speed requirements change. Platforms change. What doesn’t seem to change as often are the cables themselves. This is especially true in wiring closets. While … Continue reading

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