Category Archives: vendors

Winning With Ecosystems

Back in 2010, I wrote a post entitled “Competing With Ciscoā€¯. 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

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My Lego Datacenter

I was invited to take part in a datacenter building contest from Juniper Networks recently. I don’t need to give you the full story behind myself and Legos. Let’s just say I have loved them for a long time. Both … Continue reading

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Another Controller-less Wi-Fi Solution

I was looking over the list of vendors that are presenting at the upcoming Wireless Field Day 5 and decided to do a little more research on a few of them. I’m familiar with Metageek, Aerohive, Fluke, and Xirrus. Motorola … Continue reading

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Smarter Backups

I had the pleasure of seeing a presentation from Veeam as part of Tech Field Day 9 in Austin,TX back in June. Since I primarily work in the route/switch/wireless world, backups are not something I normally deal with except when … Continue reading

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Vendors Are Listening

There isn’t a day that goes by where someone on Twitter isn’t complaining about some vendor. I do it myself. Sometimes it seems as if we are all shouting about the same thing and nothing is ever done about it. … Continue reading

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Shelfware

If you hang around various IT departments long enough, you are bound to run into “shelfware“. That’s the term used to describe software that is purchased, but is either never used, or used for a brief period and then forgotten. … Continue reading

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A Different Way To Understand RF

I came across this article tonight which shows a proof of concept system that can allow you to control devices in your home based on body movement and gestures that are detected by wireless client devices working in conjunction with … Continue reading

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Another Big Shiny Switch

At the Interop Las Vegas show in May, I got an up close look at the new HP12910 switch. I thought I would post some pictures I took and give my take on this new platform. First, I should point … Continue reading

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Lacuna Systems

I had the pleasure of speaking with the people from Lacuna Systems at Interop a few weeks ago. I wasn’t familiar with them at all, and since they happened to have a booth on the expo floor, I was able … Continue reading

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VAR&D

I had an interesting discussion with a client a few days ago that was centered around code levels on devices. We’re updating some code on a pair of Nexus 7010’s in a few weeks and we spent some time poring … Continue reading

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