Segmenting Datacenter Servers (Security and Performance)

In data center networking, you really don’t care what is hosted on a server. Let’s face it. You know it’s true. Some business unit probably calls this app “critical”. It probably generates a report that 3 people in the company see. But it’s important to them. To you, it’s a VLAN, an IP address, a … Continue Reading

Passion for…. Anything? Everything? Something!?

Passion, desire, enthusiasm, excitement, zeal, and fervor…… These words describe more than just a passing interest or modest caring for something. They describe a level of devotion and dedication that surpasses the “normal”. They so poignantly portray an artist lost in her instrument, an athlete at his peak output during an event, an evangelical preacher … Continue Reading

Consultant….is not a bad word…busting the myth

Hello, my name is Ben and I am a consultant. I feel like sometimes that’s my introduction to clients. Like it’s a bad thing that I’m there helping them out. There are a few reasons why you’d bring in a consultant: It’s free! A lot of the time, a vendor will throw in free service when … Continue Reading

Location Social Networking… Circle App Review

I’ve always been a fan of location based social networking. If I’m looking for a place to eat and I have 3 or 4 friends nearby, I’ll ask them to come along or for their recommendations. I have hundreds of friends on Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter that are always blowing up my feed with check-ins, … Continue Reading

How to make a static IP address in Ubuntu

If you have a new install of Ubuntu/Debian, you’ll notice that eth0 is always set to “DHCP”.  While this is fine and dandy for user environments, out there in the server world, we like static IP addresses. First thing’s first…. open the /etc/network/interfaces file. sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces Next, you want to change the eth0 DHCP setting … Continue Reading

Embrace the Future (SDN)

The rought draft of this blog was written in vi.  I live and breathe the CLI.  I spend most days in a terminal pouding out commands pretending to be a hacker from the 80’s movies.  Some would say I’m a CLI elitist, and I admit, there have been times I’ve had to force myself to … Continue Reading

About Me: Q & A

Some people that read this blog may not know me very well. Here’s a quick Q & A to fill that knowledge gap. Q. Who are you? A. My name is Ben Boyd and I’m a network architect/engineer/consultant for Proteus Networks. I’ve been married to an Opera singer for 5 wonderful years. We don’t have … Continue Reading

Yet Another Definition of QoS

In today’s modern networks, subscribers of certain services (e.g. VoIP and/or video) demand that their services are always available and also have an acceptable quality.   In order to ensure that availability and quality, it is first necessary to group traffic into classes where traffic in a single class requires the same treatment, and then … Continue Reading

Yet another Definition of MPLS

MPLS is a highly scalable, protocol agnostic, data-carrying mechanism. In an MPLS network, data packets are assigned labels. Packet-forwarding decisions are made solely on the contents of this label, without the need to examine the packet itself. This allows one to create end-to-end circuits across any type of transport medium, using any protocol. The primary … Continue Reading