Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Onward to Wireless Field Day 6

So it's time for Wireless Field Day 6, and I don't think I finished a quarter of the blogs I wanted to write for WFD5.  Most of you know that I have been head down studying for my CCIE-W which escaped me for the second time earlier this month.  That has eaten up a bunch of my blogging time, but no excuses, I will find more time to talk about the WFD vendors this time around.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Rube Goldberg Network Design

The holy grail of network engineer is building a completely redundant network with no single point of failure, where outages are never seen by the end users and the network team is a happy upbeat group of individuals who never get blamed for anything.  The problem adding redundancy is the added complexity needed. Sadly in the lust for more 9s of uptime you can build what I call the Rube Goldberg Network.

For those of you not familiar with what a Rube Goldberg machine is, here's the definition from Wikipedia:

"A Rube Goldberg machinecontraption,inventiondevice, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion..."