Complexity is the Enemy of Reliability

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Check out the latest episode of This Week in Enterprise Tech, featuring "Stuff my IT Guy Says" about network routing from our Chief Network Architect, Brandon Ross (start time: 27:47).

Happy Holidays from Network Utility Force

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Happy holidays from all of us at Network Utility Force - its been a grand first year, and best wishes for a healthy and bright 2013!

Network Utility Force holiday card 2012

IPv6 Training

Friday, December 07, 2012

Are you looking for IPv6 training in 2013?  Below is our brochure outlining our IPv6 training, which can be tailored to meet your needs.  To learn more, please visit our IPv6 training page or send us an email to: IPv6@netuf.net.  If you schedule an on-site class from us by January 31, 2013, you'll receive a 20% discount.

IPv6 training brochure from Network Utility Force
right click on the image above to download

Network Utility Force turns 1

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Hard to believe, but today is the one year anniversary of Network Utility Force.

We started this company with the goal of creating a new kind of professional services organization. One that does not resell hardware or software, but rather, places the highest priority on providing unbiased advice to clients from senior engineers who have been the architects of some of the world's largest service provider networks. Moreover, we've been able to do so while adhering to the values we hold close, and providing superior service.

Now, 12 months later, we have completed scores of projects involving DWDM, IPv6, MPLS, Peering and WiFI for customers throughout the United States, from Alabama to California, New York to Washington, and even Africa, Poland and the UK, and of course right here in Georgia.

We're very excited about our growth, and future opportunities (we'll be making some exciting announcements in 2013), but it would not be possible without our customers, partners, employees and friends, to whom we are sincerely grateful.

Here's to another successful year together!

Cheers,

Brandon Ross
CEO and Chief Network Architect

Vote for Brandon Ross to the ARIN Advisory Council

Monday, October 29, 2012

Don't forget to vote for our CEO and Chief Network Architect, Brandon Ross to the Advisory Council for ARIN.  You can review his qualifications by watching his nomination speech below, or reading his Q&A.  For anyone unable to vote (membership required), please submit a quick statement of support here (takes less than 3 minutes).

IPv6 Implementation and Migration

Saturday, October 06, 2012

If you were unable to attend Interop last week, you can view our entire IPv6 presentation on implementation and migration below, or download it here.

TNN Telecom News Interviews Network Utility Force

Friday, October 05, 2012

Below is a brief interview with our CEO and Chief Network Architect, Brandon Ross from TNN Telecom News.  For more information about how we can assist with your project, please send an email to info@netuf.net, or review our services now.

Behind-the-Scenes Interop Interviews from TWiT.tv

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Robert Ballecer of TWiT.tv interviewed our CEO and Chief Network Architect, Brandon Ross yesterday during Interop with many of our friends.  It's a great behind-the-scenes video of Interop, the network that powers the show, and the evolution of networking technologies deployed during Interop.  Brandon speaks around 38:00.

AirMapper: Mobile Site Surveys with Coverage and Performance Testing

Sunday, September 30, 2012

We're big fans of the AirMagnet line from Fluke Networks - it's a great suite of applications for WiFi design/analysis.  Their latest release, the AirMapper allows users to perform site surveys with coverage and performance testing directly from an Android device, to analyze the network quality users will experience.  Features include:
  • Design for 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Visualize RF coverage
  • Identify access points and their properties
  • Add annotations
  • Advanced analysis and reporting
  • Integrates with AirMagnet Survey PRO
Brief product tour:

Our Chief Network Architect Nominated to ARIN Advisory Council

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ARINIt's official, our CEO and Chief Network Architect, Brandon Ross has been nominated to the Advisory Council for ARIN, which works with ARIN's Board of Trustees on Internet number resource policy, and related matters.

While voting has not yet begun (late October), please read his Q&A and submit a statement of support.

RIPE NCC Allocates Last Block of IPv4 Addresses

Saturday, September 15, 2012

As you may have heard, the RIPE NCC, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia, announced yesterday it has begun to distribute its last blocks of IPv4 address space for their service region.

According to the announcement yesterday, "it is now imperative that all stakeholders deploy IPv6 on their networks to ensure the continuity of their online operations and the future growth of the Internet."

The end of IPv4 is near - give us a call, as we have the expertise to design your IPv6 strategy, and migrate your network to IPv6.

Software Defined Wireless Mesh Networks

Friday, September 14, 2012

Below is a recent presentation on software defined wireless networks from Peter Dely, a PhD student at Karlstad University in Sweden, concentrating his research on resource management for wireless mesh networks.

Dely submits that by offloading some of the MAC layer processing (non-realtime MAC functionality) to cloud-based virtual machines, and by integrating his CloudMAC architecture with OpenFlow (a software defined networking approach), a new level of flexibility and reconfigurability is reached, which maximizes wireless networks through seamless AP switching, fast packet processing and reduced packet loss.

His motivation for developing CloudMAC includes:
  • AP hardware and software is becoming more complex;
  • managing and configuring large wireless deployments is challenging;
  • current management protocols, such as CAPWAP are limited;
  • no standard, vendor-neutral way to deploy wireless network applications;
  • physical layer is getting faster than low-power APs;
  • CloudMAC is a new wireless architecture for large enterprises and carrier grade wireless networks;
For additional information on CloudMAC, download Dely's research on OpenFlow for Wireless Mesh Networks.

Cloud Troubleshooting and Performance Graphing

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cloud troubleshooting startup, Graphdat aims to provide performance metrics for all of your cloud servers in one dashboard, providing real-time and historical data, as well as operating system and application level metrics.


Skyera: Flash Storage for Enterprises and Data Centers

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

With a storage capacity of up to 44 TBs, the new 1U, all flash, solid-state storage server from Skyera is a game-changer for enterprises and data centers.  According to Skyera's website, "enterprise customers will be able to utilize solid-state technology as a direct replacement for traditional hard disk drives, bringing unparalleled performance, speed and capacity to all of their applications, while reducing costs for power consumption and physical space.... - at a price point, and cost effectiveness relative to existing enterprise storage systems."

Skyera Solid-State storage server

Details about Skyera's first product Skyhawk, can be found here, or you can download the company's vision paper.

Entrepreneurial Insights from SIGCOMM 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

The following keynote from Nick McKeown during SIGCOMM last month is worth watching for his thoughts on debuggable networks, as well as his insights for network entrepreneurs:
  • question assumptions;
  • look for blind spots;
  • find intellectually interesting problems, that improve practices, but have not yet been embraced by the industry - then build a prototype;

Network Utility Force in 60 Seconds

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Curious about what we do?  Here's a three slide, 60 second overview.  Just send us an email with any questions, or to discuss your project.

Network Utility Force: introduction - expert network architects

Network Utility Force: who we are - over 100 years of combined network engineering expertise

Network Utility Force: what we do - network architecture, engineering, deployment and training

Brocade OpenFlow Demo

A brief overview and demo of OpenFlow on a Brocade MLX series router:

Wireless Mesh Networks Roundtable

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Interesting roundtable from CNET with Open Garden and Tropos Networks on the future of wireless mesh networks, and their use for consumers, utilities and businesses:

IPV6 Traffic Growth

Thursday, September 06, 2012

According to Akamai, traffic volume for IPv6 has increased almost tenfold since May 05, 2012. While their historical data represents only a snapshot, it does demonstrate the need for developing your IPv6 strategy this year, and we can help, as we've been designing and engineering IPv6 networks since 2008. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your needs: +1.404.635.6667 | IPv6@netuf.net.

IPv6 traffic volume growth

Overview of Interface to the Internet Routing System (IRS)

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Below is an overview of the Internet Routing System (IRS) framework for integrating external data into routing that Alia Atlas, Thomas Nadeau and David Ward discussed last month at IETF 84.  You can view their presentation here.
Internet Routing System framework

Software Defined Networking (SDN)

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The following presentation given by Nick McKeown during the Hoti2012 conference, explores how the future of networks will be defined in software (SDN) - takes a few minutes to download, or you can watch him give a version of this presentation here.

ChoiceNet Network Architecture

Friday, August 31, 2012

As the need for network infrastructure continue to grow, the National Science Foundation is sponsoring several projects to research and design innovative Internet architectures. One such project is ChoiceNet, a network architecture where choices at different layers of the protocol stack are explicitly exposed to users, enabling innovation in the core network, using three economic principles:
  1. Encourage Alternatives:  Network infrastructure should support different types of services and create alternative services of the same type, such that users may select services and service providers that best meets their needs;
  2. Vote With Your Wallet:  Network infrastructure should be rewarded for superior service, such that service providers can be financially rewarded for innovation, allowing for inferior service providers to fail due to a lack of innovation and quality; and,
  3. Know What Happened:  Network infrastructure should allow for users and service providers to exchange performance information to determine issues, enabling innovative network resolution, management and monitoring.
As indicated in the abstract, incorporating these principles will require adoption, and new mechanisms and protocols not currently available (e.g. economy plane protocols).  Below is an overview of ChoiceNet:


July Events

Friday, July 13, 2012

We're participating at the events below this month.  If you're going to be at one of these and would like to meet, just send us an email.

10 Aspects of IPv6 to Consider

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How will IPv6 impact my network?  What's required to make my network IPv6 capable?  What benefits will I gain?  How much will it cost?  These are a few of the questions to consider when planning your IPv6 strategy, and ones that we're hearing more frequently from our customers.  To help demystify IPv6, below are ten aspects you should know:
  1. IPv6 is inevitable, as IPv4 addresses [about 4.3 billion total] will soon become exhausted as a result of a more connected planet with a widening range of devices;
  2. IPv6 is more scalable, allowing for more than 3.4×1038 addresses - that's N with 37 zeros following it;
  3. IPv6 is more efficient, allowing for auto-configuration, smaller routing tables and more simplified packet handling, to name a few;
  4. IPv6 is more secure, with IPSec built into the architecture, capable of end-to-end encryption;
  5. IPv6 is more robust, as direct addressing is possible, allowing for new network services, and more advanced quality of service;
  6. IPv6 has better multimedia support, as IPv6 supports multicast, allowing for packets to be sent to multiple destinations simultaneously;
  7. IPv6 has better mobility support, allowing mobile users to seamlessly pass from one network to another without losing data;
  8. IPv6 has built in privacy extensions, which, when enabled, make it more difficult to accurately track Internet activity;
  9. IPv6 can carry a larger packet payload [Jumbogram] than IPv4, which can improve performance over high-MTU links; and,
  10. IPv6 will become a compliancy requirement, and as government agencies and enterprises make the transition, you may need to meet their IPv6 requirements to conduct business with them.
As you can see, IPv6 is in your network's best interest, but a successful transition will require planning and expertise.  To that end, there are a number of implementation tactics [e.g. dual-stack, tunneling, NAT, etc.], as well as hardware, if required, to assist in transitioning your network to IPv6, without downtime or service interruption, and with minimal expense. The key is to begin sooner, than later, migrating in phases, beginning with non-mission critical aspects first.

For a free IPv6 consultation, please send us an email to: ipv6@netuf.net.

Network Utility Force

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

We are a team of highly experienced network architects that have designed, deployed and managed large networks around the globe using a variety of technologies, including high speed DWDM, WiFi, MPLS and IPv6 in high-demand government, enterprise, education and service provider networks. Below, are just a few of the networks our team has helped to design and operate:
    • Comcast
    • Earthlink
    • Internap
    • Interop
    • MindSpring
    • NetRail
    • University of Florida
    • Xiocom
Network Utility Force
+1.404.635.6667 | info [@] netuf [dot] net