Friday, February 24, 2012

EANOG - Cloud computing demystified - postmortem

Yes thats me!

For everyone that showed up thank you. Someone asked me for the resources used to
put the slides together . I'll just paste them here fr future reference. Add others to the comments.

1: Ivan Pepelnjak's webinars and blog (Most of the slide content came directly from this source). I would encourage you to follow the blog and where possible pay for the webinar content. You won't regret it.

2: Packetpushers end gregs etherealmind blog. Again loads of information there. Subscribe to the podcast.


4: cloudstack and openflow. I sold most of my lab kit at home to buy a few boxes to mess around with openflow and cloudstack. I have however come across a 'simulator' for openflow that makes learning easier. It uses mininet.

Im sure there are others I missed out.

I sent out photos to the mailing list. Some are below.

A huge thank you to David Kiania  for the photos and Phares for the presentations.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Red carpets and when not to roll them

 Stuff happening to me lately has me thinking quite hard about how to go about hiring and retaining in the future! for everything from farm workers to tech workers. So this (see link below) story sort of had a nice little place in my morning. or Im just weirding the soon to be freelance jitters!

"We hit the first snag when the our then lead architect felt threatened by Ryan.  The lead architect was blocking new ideas.  Ryan was junior and didn’t want to tell me but I was able to pick up on it by listening.  I had to make a choice.  Ryan was much more talented but less experienced.  But I knew that paving over the problem with a few extra bucks wasn’t going to solve the problem.  We chose to move Ryan to be the peer of the lead architect.  Within a few months the lead architect left.  We were fine with it – I didn’t want to lose Ryan."
read some more here  --->

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

EANOG - Cloud computing demystified! or for dummies if you like:-)

I copied this mail verbatim from Phare's mail blast to eanog, I take no credit for the jokes, Im not funny at all:-)

Does the term cloud computing cloud your thinking? Do you associate cloud computing to overcast weather? Are you tired of marketing buzzwords that are never explained like 'SaaS' (You read it as 'Sasa', a common Swahili greeting), PaaS (you assume this means a man from Western Kenya has had enough of his fowl), IaaS (Frankly, simply confuses you) etc?

As EANOG (East Africa Network Operators Group), we have taken it upon ourselves (Yep, we are just nice guys :-) ) to explain and demystify these concepts. Think of it as the class in University you should have been taught, but were not. Think of it as MITx, by regular Wananchi, who speak your language!

Who will be speaking?

Simple people:

1. John Gitau - Nice guy. Loves farming, hiking, talking to people, taking long walks off short piers, a regular guy, who just happens to have a great understanding of networking (a Cisco CCIE, works for Safaricom, usual accolades, but speaks your language, from the grandmother, to the server room geek, he gets you).

2. Phares Kariuki - Again, nice guy. Loves his coffee, music, books and failed attempts at sarcasm. Tries to cook, but tragically succeeds in making dogfood (everything roasts). Happens to work in the virtualization field (has for the last five odd years), as a Business Manager for VMware in Westcon Africa, previously did pre-sales for VMware at Westcon Africa. Can additionally have a conversation with your great aunt and your geek about cloud computing.

We at EANOG believe in keeping things simple. Keeping things straight forward. We will serve coffee. We promise to be simpler and more accurate than our esteemed Kenyan Meteorological Department :-).

When? The 18th of February, 2011, at the iHub, from 10.15 am.

And yes courtesy of one Aaron Mbowa of DataPosit, we'll be providing free snacks. How awesome is that.

Register below!

*DISCLAIMER -  Conversation may veer off anticipated topic, unfortunately an effect of Coffee & ADHD. Forgive us. There will be rules on how to get us back talking about clouds :-).

Friday, February 10, 2012

Career 3.0 - Huge changes coming up

So after years of formal employment, all the books, all the advice, all my energy is soon going to be directed at something different. Im seeking a little chaos, a place to channel my brand of crazy.

This blog is moving too (to its own domain nothing major) just to keep up with the 'times'. I'll be letting you in on my plans within the month since I obviously need your support.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Cisco Validated IPv6 design finally out

I was happy to find that this is now available and as usual Shannon has done a great job writing up and referencing important material.

Go have a look