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 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.