Author Archives: Matthew Norwood

What I Am Looking For At Interop

I’m returning to Las Vegas for Interop. I was fortunate enough to attend last year on behalf of HP and Ivy Worldwide. I am returning again as a guest of HP and Ivy Worldwide. I should point out that HP … Continue reading

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How Bad Do You Want It?

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook, and I felt compelled to share it. Although the primary focus is on physical training, it has massive parallels to IT and “brain training”. Watch the whole thing. It takes 5 minutes. … Continue reading

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Just Another Cisco Nexus Install

The most recent Cisco Nexus implementation I was involved in had some challenges. Since you can’t really have an in depth discussion on Twitter due to the 140 character limit, I figured I would throw this post together and share … Continue reading

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Inside Wireless Hardware – Part 2

In part one of this series, I looked at wireless access points from Meraki and Ruckus. I also looked at a controller from Ruckus and an old Linksys wireless card. In part two, I am going to look at AP’s … Continue reading

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Inside Wireless Hardware – Part 1

This post is about me taking wireless hardware apart and taking pictures of it. I’m not going to bore you with stories of me as a child taking things apart, because to be quite honest, I wasn’t that kid. I … Continue reading

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Will The Future Include Feature Licenses?

One of the challenges(I mean that in a good way.) of working at a VAR that sells for so many vendors is keeping track of the various solutions. If it were as simple as being familiar with the products from … Continue reading

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Meraki

I spend a lot of time pouring over vendor solutions. A lot. Unfortunately, I don’t specialize in one area like wireless, security, storage, voice, etc. I am more of a network generalist. Because of that, I tend to focus on … Continue reading

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Where Packets Never Die

I talked with a fairly large service provider yesterday regarding quality of service(QoS) possibilities for a particular network. Essentially, we were trying to figure out what was available from a queues perspective so that we could make sure we were … Continue reading

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You Never Mentioned Me To The Client

I work for a company that partners with numerous vendors. That’s a big part of why I took the job with them. I wanted to work with a bunch of different platforms. It was important that I wasn’t just an … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Love Your Company Or Your Products.

I just returned home from Walt Disney World. Let me just state up front that I love Walt Disney World. I may not necessarily like all the moving parts of the greater Disney corporation, but from a vacation perspective, there … Continue reading

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