Items of Interest 12-09-13

This is the first Items of Interest post for me. These are a few things I found interesting for the week ending Dec. 6th, 2013.

CIO Article: 2013 Prediction: BYOD on the Decline?

As I’ve been ramping up with different network companies, one of the trends I felt I needed to look into is “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD). With my experience working for a major corporation, and now working for a much smaller company, I see both side of the coin; where is the line between personal and business use? Employes want access to apps/data from the device of choice, companies need to keep data secure. Nobody wants to pay a lot of money for access, devices or security. I’ve seen some pretty neat solutions for keeping business and personal separate and secure, but not every employee wants “that company cr*p” on their phone. This article inspires me to keep watching not only the technology, but the people trends as well.

SPARK: VMware NSX design document

VMware NSX is the virtual Networking component of vSphere 5.5. This is a topic I need to dig into and ensure I’m up to speed, and dare I say, an expert on the topic. Anthony Burk is one of the bloggers that I mentioned in the Tech Field Day posts earlier.

Tech Data Youtube channel

As a network solution provider, (as opposed to a vendor), I utilize Distributors to gain access to network products for resale. Currently, I utilize Tech Data for my Cisco and Brocade product. I’ve met most of the Tech Data resources that support my business, but was surpassed to find this Youtube channel. And, to my greater surprise, it seems to be more network focused. (Tech Data carries more brands than Brocade and Cisco).

The Open Group Certified Architect (Open CA) Program

On the certification front, along with the other certifications I’m working on, I found this certification offered by the Open Group. I think its a good idea, and it gives some credibility to System Architects. Why would they need that? Most industry certifications are vendor specific, and cover the vendor’s products. There are some generic certifications from groups like A-plus, but, in my opinion, they should be considered “entry-level”. A System Architect is tasked with designing a solution that crosses multiple disciplines; storage, compute, network, etc. I believe this certification would help to prove to potential clients you have the skills across multiple disciplines. Although you could bring multiple vendor certifications to the table, you might be considered biased toward the vendors where you obtained your certs.

These are just a few of the things I bookmarked, added to my Diigo account, or added to my DevonThink database. I’ll plan to use this technique to further push me to publish more.

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