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Technology Short Take 110

Welcome to Technology Short Take #110! Here’s a look at a few of the articles and posts that have caught my attention over the last few weeks. I hope something I’ve included here is useful for you also!


  • Via Kirk Byers (who is himself a fantastic resource), I read a couple of articles on network automation that I think readers may find helpful. First up is a treatise from Mircea Ulinic on whether network automation is needed. Next is an older article from Patrick Ogenstad that provides an introduction to ZTP (Zero Touch Provisioning).
  • The folks over at Cilium took a look at a recent CNI benchmark comparison and unpacked it a bit. There’s some good information in their article.
  • I first ran into Forward Networks a few years ago at Fall ONUG in New York. At the time, I was recommending that they explore integration with NSX. Fast-forward to this year, and the company announces support for NSX and (more recently) support for Cisco ACI. The recent announcement of their GraphQL-based Network Query Engine (NQE)—more information is available in this blog post—is also pretty interesting to me.



Cloud Computing/Cloud Management

Operating Systems/Applications


  • Jeff Hunter launches what appears to be a series on vSAN capacity management and monitoring with part 1, found here.


  • Myles Gray explains how to create an Ubuntu 18.04 LTS cloud image that will work with Guest OS Customization in vSphere.

Career/Soft Skills

OK, that’s all for now. I’ll have another Tech Short Take in a few weeks, and hopefully I can finally publish some of the original content I’ve been working on. Feel free to contact me on Twitter if you’d like to chat, if you have a questions, or if you have suggestions for content I should include in the future. Thanks!

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