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Building Your Own Hack Lab

Network Security is considered a self taught dark art like lock picking. Just like lock picking, if you want to be good at it go purchase a lock and start picking. Going to your neighbors pad and trying to pick their lock is frowned upon in most court systems. The same with network security, if you want to be good at it build your own lab and start practicing. It is very important to hone your skills on your own gear and never ever on the Internet with someone else’s stuff.

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I Remember My First Router

I’ve always loved the Star Trek episode Mirror-Mirror. Where there was a good Kirk in the Federation crusin’ the galaxy finishing fights and going out with all kinds a alien girls and an Evil counterpart in the Terran Empire starting fights, monogamous and yet equally as dramatic. I learned a few things after my 57890th time watching that episode:

– Spock looked way cool in a goat

– Mistakes are often symmetrical

 As time passed, I noticed that anytime a made a mistake, more then just me learned a lesson. An oops in the Federation was a Yes! in the Terran Empire. The first time I had a router of mine hacked, I could not figure out what I did wrong until I understood a little more about programming in C and legacy services. Unlike other technologies, networking has a long history is designed to scale and grow forward while still supporting the old stuff.


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Cisco VideoStream Demonstration

Jagadeesh talking about Cisco VideoStreamStreaming video over wireless has never been possible due to the challenges that Wi-Fi introduces.  Variable data rates, packet loss, multicast reliability issues, you name it.  Traditional Quality of Service just did not apply.  Notice that was in the past tense.  All of this now changes with the release of Cisco VideoStream.   

Jagadeesh Narayanaswamy (say that name 10 times fast!) joined us on set for one of our recent episodes…he was in that ranking of guests we love the most…the ones that drag out a bunch of equipment! 

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ShowNotes – The Vblock Show

Welcome to the shownotes for Vblock: Accelerating the Journey to Private Cloud.  This show will air with live Q&A on March 4 but is available for replay!


The vBlock is a pre-architected and pre-qualified environment for virtualization at scale: storage, fabric, compute, hypervisor, management and security.  The VCE (Virtual Computing Environment) coalition, (or Vmware/Cisco/EMC) some might point out is being heralded as the latest ‘accelerator’ to Private Clouds. If you are looking to get a more hands-on look at what can be done – this is the right place.

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Coming this Thursday – Vblocks

Don’t miss the latest TechWiseTV Data Center show on Vblocks that will go live with Q&A Thursday at 10 AM PST/1 PM EST.

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