Tiny Deathstars of Foulness

For some time, Juniper has been agressively trying to win converts from Cisco. Not only in terms of sales, but also the hearts and minds of the engineers who influence purchasing decisions. Aggressively going after engineers has meant that for years, Juniper has made their certifications essentially free for those of us who were certified with Cisco. But now, they’re starting to cast their net a little wider and go after getting anyone and everyone certified for free, provided of course that you can pass the test. Juniper’s Junos is being offered for free for a limited time. If you’re interested in beefing up your security and/or networking skills, this might not be a bad certification to look at (can’t beat the price and all):

August 28th, 2010

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WAN Acceleration has been a hot topic for some time.  But over the past couple of years the cost of acceleration technology has dropped drastically due to its emergence as a full-blown market.  Riverbed has jumped to the top of the leaders circle for a number of reasons, with Juniper, Blue Coat, Cisco, Packeteer, etc in its wake.  For the most part, all WAN accelerators are going to have a few things in common.  There are a pair of appliances, each with a disk that can cache files going between two points.  To some degree, the purchase of accelerator appliances should be driven by the protocols to be used.  For example, if you’re a purely Citrix shop then why would you bother to purchase another appliance – just don’t do it unless there is a specific option that you’re looking for. With Riverbed, they fit nicely for environments where a specific protocol isn’t being looked for – but instead where all traffic is to be accelerated.  They will compress the data more than it would be compressed over a standard connection, but will then one-up the competition by not requiring you to have a pair of devices but instead allow you to install client software so you can accelerate all clients on the edge, including those in hotels and at home.  To me, this is why they get to go to the top of the Quadrant.  But look out, Packeteer has announced a competing product and the rumor mill has it that Silver Peak and Juniper will shortly. 

November 28th, 2007

Posted In: Consulting, Network Infrastructure

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No one ever got fired for buying Cisco.  But, I recently saw a shop where they went from Cisco to Enterasys (thanks for showing off your backbone Todd).  I must say that I really liked the Enterasys switches. I looked them up and they are about 1/2 the cost of Cisco.  They have great tech support and are very easy to configure, even though it’s a command line interface.  The only complaint I have about them is the web interface is good for reviewing your setup but inadequate  for configuration – but is good for looking at the switch configs. Maybe in time this will mature…  I don’t know if they can go to the 10,000+ environments though…  Oh, and it required zero config to do link aggregation, which was weird – but cool… Now, I have really been liking what Foundry is doing with their switches. And Juniper.  If you play your cards right you can even get free training with Juniper, which is pretty cool – and sometimes they give hard core sweetheart deals to larger shops that are switching over to their platform from Cisco. Of course there are hundreds of other switch manufacturers.  The only other ones I’ve seen in really large install bases are HP (which I hear mixed reviews on from Mac guys) and Extreme Networks (again mixed reviews for Mac) and some Allied Telesys Switch Blades (great review but only seen them once – 4000 series blades – with fiber to ring and ethernet to classrooms in the same chassis – it stuck out to me ’cause we used to sell a lot of allied switches and I didn’t know they made blades yet).

June 27th, 2007

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