Thursday, April 19, 2007

Netbrain Workbench

We are using a really cool piece of software called Netbrain. The tool has many overlaps with lots of tools we use and are looking at. It's a really nice "workbench" product for troubleshooting and designing changes. The person who runs the company is incredibly smart, and is a CCIE. It's new and early for this firm, but it's worth checking them out. The product has many interesting ideas and capabilities.

Speaking Engagements – Splunk / Interop

I will be speaking on behalf of Splunk about how we use the software, where we want to go with the tool. It's a very interesting product, which is used in other parts of my company as well. I am happy to share our experiences with this excellent software. The event is in New York on May 1st from 10am-1pm. Please feel free to email me or contact Splunk if you wish to attend.

I am also going to Interop and I will be speaking about some of our management issues around complexity and the relationships between applications, servers, and networks. The show looks very interesting and there are several sessions I am looking forward to attending. I will post more as it comes closer. We are still 1 month out.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

London and Security/Privacy

I was in London for a week on vacation. I was hanging out with my Brother for his 30th. It’s crazy over there how little privacy you have. There are cameras EVERYWHERE, and where there aren’t they have trucks that drive around with mounted cameras. There are speed cameras, cameras in the cabs, cameras in the tube, and in bars.

Over the last 5 years London has overtaken NY as a financial and banking capital of the world. More deals and companies operate there. The reason is the over regulation of the USA. Much of this is due to SOX and other laws. Now that the NYSE owns Euronext, which operates many of the exchanges in the EU and UK, will we be changing? Will the changes entail moving towards more regulations in the UK, or will the US realize these oppressive regulations are hurting the US economy?

With all of the security and regulations in focus everywhere it’s important to know the landscape. I feel this is getting gaining relevant knowledge. I do this by certificates, studying security, and learning complex systems. The other aspect of this is the law, and regulations. I am working on going to law school part time, but in June I am getting my CISA certification as a short term. I got my CISSP in 2006. Stuff to think about.