#NFD15 : Networking Field Day 15 Preview
slider , Uncategorized / April 3, 2017

I’ve known the guys behind and many of the delegates for Network Field Day for quite some time now.  In fact, the Network Field Day guys were kind of instrumental in helping me get Engineering Deathmatch off the ground.  I’ve even attended some of their smaller events, but this week I will be attending my first Network Field Day event as a delegate.  I’m pretty excited about this as it helps me continue to pursue my goal of getting my head and skillset expanded outside of the unified communications and collaboration realm.  There are a lot of really talented engineers that are part of this event, some that I know and some that I will be meeting for the first time.  It will be great to meet and see everyone again! There’s a lot of stuff going on for this event, and I’m hoping to give a brief overview of the companies that will be presenting at Network Field Day 15.  More to come later after I have seen the presentations and have some thoughts on what these companies are doing. Gigamon I’ve worked with a number of different partners that could sell Gigamon and sat through a number of presentations…

Services and More Services! (AWS Intro)
AWS , slider / February 6, 2017

As I posted last week, I have started studying some items related to AWS with the goal of attaining the associate level solutions architect certification.  In an effort to do that, I’m blogging about some (not all) of what I have learned.  This week I’m going to try and do a high level fly by of the services that AWS offers. Just looking in the AWS console you can see that there are a TON of things that you can select from with services.  I could probably spend a year writing about all of the services that were available and then I would be out of date because Amazon would add some new services to the list.  If you’re studying for this exam, then you should probably give the blueprint for the test a read through.  You can find that here.  For this post, I’m just going to cover a couple of the items that were on the blueprint and then maybe come back with another post in the future to address more items.  For today, I’m just going to tackle three main sections from this list:  Compute, Storage, and Security, Identity & Compliance.  I think that will kill all…

A New Journey
AWS , slider / February 2, 2017

I was looking back over my career recently and considering how long I have been focused on unified communications (voice over IP, collaboration, whatever you want to call it) in general and Cisco UC in specific.  It was a really long time.  We’re talking 16-17 years.  It really got me thinking, and I’ve decided that I am going to work at branching out a bit more.  With that in mind, I am starting a course of study to learn more about Amazon Web Services. You might ask, why AWS?  There are a lot of reasons that I could cite, but really it comes down to this handful: I didn’t want my next study course to focus on Cisco.  I still like a lot of Cisco technologies and my job will continue to focus on them.  I need to have something that gets my thinking significantly away from the Cisco arena so that I don’t just easily slide back into being complacent with UC. AWS is really far and away the leader in cloud computing. They have a certification program, and I’ll be honest it’s a lot easier for me to study on something when there is a goal in mind….

Tropo and the Holidays
Code , slider / January 5, 2017

My son has gotten to the age where he doesn’t know that he wants for Christmas and is resorting to just asking for money (he’s saving up for a new computer).  I’ve never really liked just giving money to the kids, but I wanted to give some money to go towards that new computer, so instead of just giving it to him I created a scavenger hunt.  And because we are both nerds, I had to integrate some technology into the scavenger hunt, so for two of the legs of the hunt I wrote a couple of simple Tropo scripts that both he and his brother could interact with through SMS and voice calling.  I thought I would do a simple write-up just to kind of show you what you could do with a very short development time to write an application that could be more business relevant than your kids’ scavenger hunt. What the Script Does As I said before, I wanted to integrate this into two points of the hunt.  The first clue that they found related to Tropo just had a phone number on it.  My guess was that, despite being in the text messaging generation, they…