Juniper Data Center Cohesion Wrap Up

Finally getting caught up with work since my time in Cali and although this post is a little late, I wanted to take a moment to capture my thoughts on Juniper Network’s Data Center Cohesion event which took place in Sunnyvale at Juniper’s Aspiration Dome last week. I had an awesome time and the sessions were full of a ton of useful information geared towards all things Data Center. Apparently this was the first time that Juniper opened the conference to outside partners — roughly 16 partners showed up, so to say that I was honored to be there is quite an understatement.

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Preparing for the Juniper Networks Certified Design Associate (JNCDA) Exam

Recently I set my sights on Juniper Networks‘ Design track as I am working with customers on an almost daily basis with regards to Data Center design. As such the Juniper Network Design – Data Center curriculum and associated JNCDS-DC certification looked very appealing. To top that off, according to Certification Magazine, the JNCDA and the JNCDS-DC certifications are two of the top six design related certifications at the moment, as of October 2016.

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Understanding the Federal Government’s Rapid Adoption of Cloud

One of the biggest trends in the IT industry at the moment is enterprise adoption of the public cloud. It’s obvious that it’s been accelerating over the recent years, but perhaps more importantly, Federal agencies are beginning to take a serious look at the cloud in an effort to reform IT and to achieve greater agility and operational efficiencies. In fact, according to recent data by various integrators and tech companies, U.S. government agencies are moving to the cloud and away from their own in-house data centers faster than private corporations.

According to Gartner and IDC, if you look at the capital expenditures, approximately $392 billion in total IT spend on the cloud will take place in 2017. That’s a massive number, and Federal agencies are starting to represent a big proportion of that:

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Network Modernization Webinar Now Available Online

On February 8th I gave a webinar on network modernization initiatives with Doug Nash, the Deputy Chief Information Officer, Operations & Infrastructure at the USDA.

I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to speak with Doug and discuss some of the new directions that various Federal agencies are undertaking to create more modernized and agile networks.

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An Inside Look at Juniper Networks’ Forthcoming JNCIE-DC Exam

Data Centers and the Cloud are all the rage right now, and Juniper has been at the forefront of the Data Center revolution from the very beginning – early on with their introduction of the QFX and the much maligned QFabric, and more recently with the addition of Virtual Chassis Fabric (VCF), various open architectures for creating IP Clos Fabrics, and even advanced features such as Junos Fusion for the Data Center which collapse and simplify the deployment and management of a large number of Ethernet switches.

The JNCIP-DC is currently rated as the fifth hottest Data Center certification by Tom’s IT Pro, an online resource tracking the demand of various industry certifications.

The folks at the Juniper Networks Technical Certification Program (JNTCP) have not been far behind, creating a Data Center track and releasing a new certification, the Juniper Networks Certified Professional Data Center (JNCIP-DC). I’ve been following the developments within the Data Center track for a while now, and you could imagine my delight when I saw the following a few months back on Juniper’s Certification portal:

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How to Hack an Election

Now that the election is behind us, the discussion has turned to potential involvement by foreign governments and whether they had their hand in altering the course of US democracy by tampering with the integrity of our election systems. The CIA has all but admitted that there was definite Russian interference aimed at tilting our election. Continue reading “How to Hack an Election”

Juniper Ambassador

ambassadorI am delighted to announce that earlier this week I was accepted into Juniper’s Ambassador program. To say that I am completely honored is an understatement. Working with Juniper’s products and technologies has been a labor of love for me dating back almost 18 years, since my first introduction to Junos back in early 1999 — as such, I am thrilled to join the ranks of my esteemed peers, whom I sincerely consider to be the best in the industry. A special thanks goes out to Andy Green, Director of Education Services Americas at Juniper Networks for nominating me and to the rest of the Juniper Ambassadors who apparently endorsed that nomination with a resounding yes.  I look forward to seeing and collaborating with all of you on the J-Net Forums!

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