True or false? You recently were finally able to convince your spouse/partner/significant other that your living room is too big for the 40 inch HDTV that you purchased 4-5 years ago and that you need a 60 inch LED TV. You reason that the 60in TV is very thin, you can watch 3D movies on it, and it’s ‘SMART’ so you can stream movies or TV shows from the Internet! It’s an awesome product and you are enjoying every bit of it… but then you realize that if you also had a surround sound system, it would complete your home theatre and you’d get even more use out of your TV.
A recently published report by Rackspace found 43% of IT Decision makers knew of people within their company who had used cloud services outside of their IT department’s purview. Meanwhile, PricewaterhouseCoopers recently estimated that between 15% and 30% of IT spending occurs outside the IT department’s budget. PwC called this behavior, ‘Shadow IT’ while the Rackspace report calls it, ‘Rogue IT’. Whatever you call it, employees are feeling empowered to think outside their IT box. When they need to get something done and the provided resources don’t meet their needs employees are finding ways to get it.
This isn’t exactly a new phenomenon, but the numbers of IT who know and the budget estimations are interesting to note. Of course, I got to wondering about our readers. This week’s poll is simple – have you gone rogue with your IT?* Read More »
It’s easy to take connectivity for granted when participating in our day to day lives. However, when going abroad even regular communication becomes a challenge. London’s preparations for the Olympic Games, including providing wireless access around the city, made visitors’ experiences as smooth as possible so that they could fully enjoy all that the city and the games had to offer.
Read the full article at A Spot of Wi-Fi Dear.
Have you ever been behind the wheel of your car moving at 5 mph? Visualize this: as I wait patiently for my turn to merge onto Interstate 880 N, based on the honor system because there is no meter, a brightly colored Fiat rolls by on the left shoulder. A few seconds later, a Smart Car inches up and squeezes itself between my car and the narrow right shoulder passing me as well. The Smart Car has a bumper sticker that says “Please don’t hit me. I’m not sure about my coverage.” Hmm…
Now that you’re probably done giggling at my experience, let’s analyze the scenario above. Designing a network of highways takes a lot. A smart highway system not only reduces congestion and prevents collision, but also provides expedient information, such as signage and speed sensors, to improve driver response times. Civil engineers consider more than just current traffic and road conditions when they design highway systems. They also consider how to scale for the future, taking into account urbanization, seasonal factors, and future uncertainties such as mini cars. Sound familiar?
Many of the design and management considerations for an Internet wide area network—such as bandwidth management, application response time, and centralized control—are similar to highway system design.
In my first post on IPv6 peering, I provided some sample questions for your ISP and discussed considerations for the physical implementation. After the physical details have been worked out, the next step is how to set up the control plane so that routing information can be exchanged. From a routing perspective, most providers prefer that you peer with them either using BGP or static routing. Static routing is typically used for single, homed organizations that do not want or need a dynamic routing capability. In this case, the organization has a default route to the ISP, and the ISP distributes the organizational routes via the ISP BGP process.