2017 recap

At the end of the year it’s quite common to think about the results accomplished and missed on the last twelve months. Some people say career is a marathon, not a sprint and I partially agree. The main difference is a marathon has a predefined path already known since the beginning, a career looks more like connecting the dots but you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards

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White boxes for everyone?

White boxes and their impact on enterprise networking is a hot topic today, with many point of views. The last update from Dave Temkin, VP of Network Architecture ad Netflix, put more gasoline on the flames: **Update April 2018: the original tweet was deleted, the message was: Super proud of my team - today they removed the last “big expensive router” from our network; no more Cisco ASR or Juniper MX.

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I read this post on Ivan’s blog this morning and as often happens it made me think. The key point is: figure out what your most pressing problem is Who should do that? Let’s analyze the roles involved in a typical SMB or enterprise. Vendors Vendors have just one target: sell their products and make their shareholders happy They can’t afford the cost to customize the product to every business needs (unlsess you’re $bigcustomer spending $bigmoney) so they try to convince the customer the problem their product solve is the problem they have.

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Opportunistic Learning

I got inspired by the book “The 1 Thing“ and changed a little bit my behavior about work and training I’d like to share here to discuss and improve. The Background A while ago one guy could setup a bunch of physical servers, install/configure/manage OS, configure network equipment and setup a firewall to connect to the internet. For some specific software platforms the support of the vendor for installation and maintenance was enough.

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Hacking work

“Breaking stupid rules for smart results.” Not the best book ever but I liked the concept: don’t stick to the rules if you feel the rules don’t allows to work in and efficient way. Hacking work is actually intrapreneurship and requires a little anarchic spirit. How can we improve if we never try something different? Good reads: Moxie Marlinspike - We should all have something to hide

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