Many Thanks from Network Utility Force for Another Great Year

Monday, December 30, 2013

With 2014 about 24 hours away, we would like to thank our customers, partners, colleagues, friends and family for their support, as 2013, only our second year in business was another great one for us. Below are just a few of our highlights from this past year:
  • built one of the largest municipal WiFi deployments in the Southeast, and one of the nation's first with native IPv6;
  • architected, designed and began deployment of the network infrastructure for new, high-demand datacenters at a Fortune 1000 records storage provider;
  • selected as NANOG's professional services partner;
  • had several of our employees and contractors become certified IPv6 network engineers and trainers;
  • provided advanced professional services for network and security needs of scores of BTOPs, national enterprises, government entities and regional services providers;
  • verticals we served included: banking, cable, education, energy, government, healthcare, law enforcement, legal, retail, software, technology, telecommunications, transportation, travel and utilities;
  • participated in over 20 industry related events, many of which we were invited to present; 
  • our revenues continued to grow in 2013, surpassing our 2012 revenue; and,
  • the little league baseball team we sponsored won the championship for their age group.
Again, thank you for your continued support, and all the best in the new year,

The Network Utility Force team

Happy Holidays from Network Utility Force

Monday, December 09, 2013

As the year quickly winds down, everyone at Network Utility Force would like to wish our customers, partners, friends and family a healthy and splendid holiday season, and a happy 2014!

Network Utility Force joins Open-IX

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Open-IX
We've been helping companies interconnect to exchange Internet traffic for many years, and we're currently involved with several peering projects for our clients. Unfortunately, selecting Internet exchanges can be challenging, due in part to the lack of openness about pricing and terms, and the lack of uniform specifications for data transfer or physical connectivity, among other shortcomings.

However, Open-IX, a standards community for the improvement of Internet Exchange Points (IXP) and data center interconnection aims to resolve these limitations by creating neutral, member-governed exchanges which will allow entities to trade traffic, and thus, improve interconnection by reducing costs, among other aspects. Not only do we welcome and support the initiatives of Open-IX, but we have become a member to help facilitate this endeavor.

To learn more about Open-IX, view this presentation, or visit the LinkedIn page.

IPv6 Transition Challenges

Thursday, November 14, 2013

TWIT
Below is an interesting TWIT interview from Robert Ballecer exploring the current landscape of IPv6, and the transition challenges ahead, from costs to "islands of bridge networks." Discussion begins about 25:23 with Karl Auerbach and Brandon Ross.

The Role of Carrier Grade NAT

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Just a quick reminder that our CEO, Brandon Ross is speaking and participating on a panel today regarding the role of carrier grade NAT at the gogoNET IPv6 conference. If you're at the show and interested in connecting with Brandon schedule time here.

We'll post video of the panel discussion once available.

GogoNET IPv6 Conference and Workshop

Friday, October 18, 2013

Our CEO, Brandon Ross will be speaking at the gogoNET IPv6 conference next month in San Jose, CA, including a panel discussion on carrier grade NAT. If you're planning to attend, and interested in connecting with Brandon during the event, please schedule time here.

We'll post his presentation, and/or links to watch the panel discussion once available. In the meantime, view the gogoNET agenda, or register online.

Network Utility Force Selected as Professional Services Partner for NANOG

Monday, October 07, 2013

We are pleased to announce today from NANOG 59, that we have been selected to supervise, operate and manage the IT systems for The North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG), both for their meetings and permanently installed infrastructure.

This is quite an accomplishment for us, and as Brandon Ross states, “I can’t think of a more demanding user base than the members of NANOG. We consider it the highest honor in the industry to be selected to manage the NANOG IT infrastructure, and it attests to the confidence our industry colleagues have in our organization.”

To read the full press release, go here.

Network Utility Force Approved as IPv6 Forum Training Partner

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

v6 logo
It's official, we're now providing IPv6 Forum certified training, for both silver and gold level network engineer certifications. We also provide custom v6 training, architecture and deployment, from our Gold certified IPv6 engineers.

You can read our entire press release here, or please feel free to email us with any questions.

Georgia Government Management Information Sciences (GAGMIS) Conference

Saturday, September 28, 2013

We've completed numerous projects for government agencies throughout the country, including network design and deployment, IPv6 migration, BGP implementation and municipal WiFi build-outs.

If you're attending the Georgia Government Management Information Sciences Fall conference next month, stop by our booth and visit with us to learn about the Georgia government projects we've completed in Clarkesville, Columbia, Douglasville and Fulton counties.

IPv6 Implementation Best Practices For Service Providers

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Below is our presentation we gave to Comptel Plus attendees. If you have any questions, or would like to learn more, please drop by and see us at booth 501 - we'll be here through tomorrow afternoon.

Routing Fundamentals Class

Thursday, September 19, 2013

NANOG 59
Want to learn some theory and practice behind designing a reliable and stable network? Than this routing fundamentals class during NANOG 59, co-developed by our CEO, Brandon Ross is right for you.

Not only does it include a full day of practical instruction with lunch and an evening social, but access to the first day of NANOG 59 as well (October 7, 2013).

Topics Include:
  • Choosing and implementing an IGP;
  • Deploying BGP in a scalable manner;
  • Peering policy creation and management;
  • Practical uses of BGP communities in everyday routing policies;
  • BGP routing algorithms;
  • Troubleshooting;
NANOG 59

IPv6 for Higher Education and Healthcare

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Below is our presentation from the KINBER member meeting this morning - you can also download it here. Feel free to email us with any questions.

Top 5 Design Principles for WiFi Networks

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Over the years, we've designed and built a variety of wireless networks across a number of industries, from high-demand manufacturing and warehousing to secure, private healthcare deployments. Most recently, we built one of the largest municipal, outdoor WiFi networks in the Southeast, and one of the first in the United States with native IPv6: http://bit.ly/19t5t8K.

Along the way, we've learned some important design principles for building scalable and reliable wireless networks. Below, are the top five principles for deploying or upgrading a WiFi network:

1) Identify client device types:
One of the first steps in designing a WiFi network is understanding the client device requirements for the network. For example, what kind of client devices will be in use over the network, what radio types are in the devices, what channels do the devices support, what is their transmit power, their maximum data rate, and channel width, among other factors.

2) Identify applications and throughput requirements:
Each network will have users with different needs, so administrators should identity the applications that will be in use, and the throughput required for these applications, as well as the estimated number of users, including simultaneous users, and upstream requirement, if applicable, to support these users and applications.

3) Perform Site Surveys:
Once device types, applications and users are understood, a site survey should be conducted to understand the physical aspects of where the network will be deployed, the RF characteristics of the environment, as well as map the coverage areas and AP placements, and understand any power, cabling or mounting requirements. A post-deployment survey, coupled with performance testing should be conducted to validate the design, minimize interference and determine if any adjustments should be made, including, but not limited to power, channel, QoS or AP placement.

4) Implement Network Monitoring and Configuration Best Practices:
Your production wireless LAN is dynamic and should always be monitored to ensure critical events are responded to and resolved quickly. Additionally, appropriate security and network optimization best practices, including band steering, load balancing and dynamic airtime scheduling, among others, should be incorporated, when applicable. We also recommend implementing native IPv6, if possible to meet present and future network demands.

5) Create Detailed Documentation:
An often overlooked, but important principle is creating documentation detailing the WLAN topology, cabling, addressing, configuration, and management, among other aspects, such that the network is readily understood and managed by another administrator.

VTIA Technology Conference

Monday, June 10, 2013

We're participating at the Virginia Telecommunication Industry Association Tri-State Technology conference June 23rd-25th. If you're attending, or will be in the area during that time, please feel free to send us an email to schedule a meeting as we're always open to explore new opportunities.

IPv6 Comments on Twitter

Saturday, June 08, 2013

As a follow-up to the World IPv6 Launch anniversary infographic, below is an infographic illustrating IPv6 comments on Twitter during the last month:

IPv6 Growth by the Numbers

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

An interesting infographic form World IPv6 Launch visualizing the growth of IPv6, which has almost doubled since last year, as well as some interesting statistics on deployments - a timely chart as we just completed one of the first IPv6 enabled public WiFi networks.

IPv6 Growth graph

Network Utility Force Completes IPv6 Enabled Municipal WiFi Network

Monday, June 03, 2013

Today marks an important milestone for our deployment of the City of Douglasville's free, public WiFi network, as we have completed the installation phase (about 60 acres), building one of the first municipal WiFi networks with native IPv6 support. To read our press release, go here.

NANOG 58 Meetup

Thursday, May 23, 2013

NANOG
We're attending NANOG 58 in New Orleans; drop us an email if you would like to meetup - we'll be in town Sunday, June 2 through Wednesday, June 5.

IPv6 Deployment Strategies and Lessons Learned

Monday, May 20, 2013

Below is our presentation on implementation strategies, including architecture and addressing, as well as lessons learned for deployment of IPv6 in a diverse and heavily used production network such as Interop.

Introduction to Wide Area Network Routing

Friday, May 17, 2013

If you missed our presentation on Wide Area Network routing last week at Interop, you can view and download below.

Next Generation IP Networks: A Review of the Fundamentals

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Below is our presentation today from the UTC TELECOM conference in Houston. Feel free to email us with any questions.

IPv6 Demystified at Interop

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Learn about v6, and the methodologies used to implement Interop's v6 capable network during our IPv6 Demystified session this Thursday at 3:00pm PDT in the InteropNet Classroom, Booth 2202.

Also, let us know via email if you would like to tour the InteropNet NOC, and we'll set it up.

Interop's Multi-Vendor Network

Monday, May 06, 2013

InteropNet interviews our CEO, Brandon Ross about the multi-vendor network he's architected, and implementing for Interop this week, including routing, Shortest Path Bridging and v6 interoperability:

We're Certified v6 Network Engineers

Thursday, May 02, 2013

While we've been designing and engineering IPv6 networks since 2008, we're now Certified v6 Network Engineers (Gold level) as well, to meet any v6 certification requirements you, or your organization might have.

To learn more, or inquire about our IPv6 services, please email us at:  IPv6@netuf.net.

IPv6 Summit Presentation

Friday, April 19, 2013

If you were unable to attend Brandon Ross' presentation (Service Provider and Enterprise IPv6 deployment scenarios) at the North American IPv6 Summit today, we've posted it below:

 

Join our Mailing List

Thursday, April 18, 2013

If you would like to receive occasional updates from us about our projects, events, offerings and other news, please join our mailing list:

Network Utility Force to Assist with Designing, Building and Operating the Interop Network

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Interop
Interop, the premier information technology trade show is gearing-up for the Las Vegas show next month. Below are the individuals from InteropNet, including our CEO, Brandon Ross that will design, build and operate the infrastructure which will provide high-speed wired and wireless access for the entire event, utilizing hardware and software from over 25 different vendors.

Brandon Ross - Logical
The logical team lead is responsible for managing switching and routing, and working with applicable hardware vendors with equipment on the network to ensure stability and reliability at the logical level. Duties include internal and external routing, Openflow, Fabric-based networking, VLAN assignments and IP Addressing.

Mark SullivanInfrastructure
The infrastructure team lead is responsible for the overall planning, installation, troubleshooting, and operation of the network cable plant. The key areas of focus include deployment and connectivity of the fiber backbone, interconnect links and copper drops, deployment and connectivity of the fiber backbone, interconnect links and copper drops.

Nicola FoggiSystems and Management/Monitoring
The systems and management/monitoring lead is responsible for the integration and operation of application services within the InteropNet. Services include DNS, RADIUS authentication and VoIP services. Requirements for the role include an understanding of the core network and the design of integrated systems.

Andrew HoyosWireless
The wireless lead is responsible for the integration and operation of all wireless related systems and services within the InteropNet. This includes attendee secured and unsecured access, secured NOC access, secured show management access, an opt-in BYOD demonstration, and the creation of wireless policies.

Gilly Canty-Ross - Troubleshooting
The troubleshooting lead is responsible for coordinating all troubleshooting efforts of the internal network. The troubleshooting lead also works with the network team to ensure that all routing, filters, redundancies, and management functions are in place within the network.

Bill (WEJ) Jensen - Generalist
The generalist lead bridges multiple vendors to pro-actively prevent inter-operation issues, and is knowledgeable and capable to lead or assist in any of the areas of the network.

Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ - Messaging
The messaging lead is responsible for communicating all aspects of InteropNet and its people in any way possible.

Parts of this post originally appeared in Glenn Evans' Network Computing article yesterday. Glenn is the lead network engineer for InteropNet.

WSB TV Interviews Network Utility Force about Municipal WiFi in Douglasville

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Below is the interview from WSB TV, which aired Tuesday, about the Municipal WiFi network we are designing and building for the city of Douglasville. You can follow our progress on Flickr, or on Twitter.

$50 off North American IPv6 Summit Registration

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Register here for the North American v6 Summit and receive an instant $50 discount for using the promotional code: RMv6NF22.

Less than 16% of All Networks are IPv6 Enabled

Monday, March 18, 2013

The below graph from RIPE NCC, represents the percentage of v6 enabled networks around the globe, based on a BGP table dump from the Routing Information Service (RIS) and the percentage of ASes that announced a v6 prefix. As you can see, it's less than 16%, and only 12% for the ARIN Region.


Network Utility Force to Present at the North American IPv6 Summit

Sunday, March 17, 2013

RMv6TF Brandon Ross, our CEO and Chief Network Architect will present at the North American IPv6 Summit next month in Denver. His presentation will focus on deployment scenarios for service providers and enterprises, including a live demonstration, as well as best practices from recent implementations we've completed.

We'll post the presentation a few days prior to his session/talk for anyone to download and share.

MPLS vs. Layer 2 Technologies

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

NCTIA
We're presenting at the North Carolina Telecommunications Industry Association Conference today. Below, is our presentation on MPLS vs. Layer 2 Technologies - you can download it here as well. We'll be in the Winston-Salem area today through Friday, so please reach out if you would like to meetup.

click on the image below to download the presentation:
MPLS vs. Layer 2 Technologies presentation

Network Automation with Software Defined Networking

Friday, February 15, 2013

There's significant discussion around Software Defined Networking (SDN). However, according to InformationWeek's SDN survey last summer (July 2012), only 4% of respondents had SDN operating in their production network, while just 21% planned to have it in production within a year.

Seemingly, 2013 and 2014 will be breakout years for SDN planning, and production deployments - from enterprise data centers to service providers, as SDN promises increased flexibility, scalability and deceased OPEX, among other key benefits.

One of the aspects we've been working on is network automation via OpenFlow, a layer two enabling protocol for SDN which allows the path of network packets to be determined at the software layer instead of the hardware layer.

For example, if a service provider would like to assign specific QoS policies for particular traffic across their network, OpenFlow enables us to create detailed policies within the programmable framework of SDN without having to manually configure each device the traffic traverses over the network.

Not only does this save us time, but it decreases the chance for misconfiguration, and allows for further ease-of-modification. While this example represents only one of the many benefits, the below image from the Open Networking Foundation helps illustrate the programmable framework within the SDN architecture:


If you would like to learn more about SDN, or discuss applicable strategies for your network, please feel free to send us an email: info@netuf.net.

IT Conferences We're Attending in 2013

Monday, January 07, 2013

Below are some of the events we'll be attending in 2013. Send us an email if you would like to schedule a meeting during any of these:
If you have an event you would like us to attend / participate,  please send an email with details, and we'll try to make it work.