Protocol Analysis, Data Recorder, CALEA, Lawful Intercept, Application Performance, User Experience, Industrial Ethernet, Data Loss Prevention, Deep Packet Inspection, NetFlow, SOX, HIPAA and PCI Compliance, Switching and Routing, Forensics, VoIP, IPTV ... etc.
I seldom get on my high horse but this is just too much to swallow and let go unseen.
The latest from our leaders – individual Internet ID cards and numbers. WHAT?
Here is the latest brain storm from the White House, as they want to issue every American and resident an Internet online ID card. Well there goes our freedom of speech and any privacy we had.
Michigan and Pennsylvania were two test pilot states for the “Identity Ecosystem” ( Ecosystem –does that mean the EPA will own this along with all the water?) and the Privacy advocates better get to work or before we know it we will all have an ID number and all future police stops will require your divers license, ID card, Insurance, Registration and “Please show me your state official ID tattoo”.
One measure of how quickly technology has engulfed our everyday lives is to see how we streamline the way we describe events and trends around us. There is no need to ponder the future of digital media anymore. Media is just media because the old tree-based media is no longer relevant. Similarly, there is no cyber liberty and there is no online privacy rights. Our liberty is our liberty and our rights is our rights. This week, our very own Oldcommbuy, +Tim O'Neill, talked about a number of issues that have been bugging him which should be bugging us as well. These range from HeartBleed vulnerability, to Internet ID and to the UN'ization of our Internet. Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. With our silence, our (digital) future will be determined by morality challenged politicians who don't even know how to use emails.
IPv6 could be awesome but it is getting scary, Why?
I do not dislike IPv6, but it seems a scary transition, at this time…It has some great attributes but it has gotten out of control – where IPv4 was easy to implement and was a few steps higher than the previous version, IP Before (IPv4 )as I call it …..
IPv6 is like stepping out of an airplane at 50000’ with no parachute - It is a VERY long drop!
Currently the landing is the killer! Where will it lead us?\
Starting I do not like the fact that from the network and processor views running dual stacks eats up processor, bus and network time and traffic not to mention adding complexity to all of our current applications and communications.
I was on the IPNG and IPv6 committee back in the 90’s and I was and am an advocate for IPv6 deployment, I do not feel we have a choice! That being said we have created a BIG MESS thus hindering any easy or even reasonable deployment for IPv6. I am sorry to say but all one has to do is look at the standards and there are a bunch of them to fully understand the impossible complexity to a successful and safe deployment. BUT - I still feel we have created a giant that is NOT movable and if we do not rethink it we may never see it deployed!
Keep your Network under control and Available when you really need it!
As you all know I am always looking for good and technically sound white papers and recently I came across a super one on Network and Application focused monitoring strategies written by Daniel Zobel, Head of Software Development Paessler AG.
Today company productivity (business success) hinges on the smooth operation of numerous applications and devices like collaboration platforms, proprietary applications, office software internal and external website, the network..etc and if any of these critical components are interrupted productivity can grind to a halt with a loud scream. We tend to focus on monitoring the network but Applications are the life of our corporate success, they are the gold that keeps our companies running and we should have a strategy to monitor these also!
On the customer-facing side, the company website is also very crucial to profitable operations, as the website is the corporate face to the customer base and provides important and essential information to our customers thus driving sales. If the site goes down, the company goes dark to customers, potential customers and internally will shut down all forms of proactive business activity from billing to quoting including production which affects all future business. As the famous quote from Benjamin Franklin says “Time loss is never found” or phrased for today’s fast paced internet focused business world “Business lost is never found”.
That’s why it makes sense for companies to monitor the performance of these vital technology tools, including applications, email systems, data backup solutions, security updates and websites. Professional monitoring software can help ensure that availability, bandwidth and infrastructure usage levels remain sustainable and within normal levels, giving IT professionals the complete transparency they need to meet demand and support vital business functions. Visibility is no longer a nice to have it is an essential yet few companies have designed and deployed any visibility architecture, read the recent article on building the much needed “Real View” visibility architecture - http://www.lovemytool.com/blog/2014/02/best-practices-for-building-scalable-visibility-architecture-by-the-oldcommguy.html#more .
From my perspective here are 5 important considerations to a successful strategy -