There is a huge need for people who can write good documentation. Most sysadmins are so busy keeping the systems online and provisioning new systems that they do not have the time nor inclination to do all of the documentation work that needs to be done.
If you do go down the Microsoft path, learn PowerShell. Any admin who does not learn it will be out of a job in a couple of years.
Find a small project and make sure that you can deliver on it. There is a serious shortage of people who can perform decent business analysis and educate management on technology trends. As much as I hate to throw them a bone given what they are doing here, Dice.com is a decent source of consulting gigs.
We deal with highly sensitive client data. All network traffic is inspected. The employees are well aware of it because it is explicitly mentioned during new hire orientation / on boarding.
No, but the truthers do know what most everyone else knows. The government's claims that "Nobody could have seen terrorists using airplanes as weapons." was a complete load of crap.
Tom Clancy's most recent and last book (Command Authority) also predicted this. Just as one of his previous books anticipated terrorists using airplanes to attack America. (Clancy had them running it into Congress, not the WTC, but close enough).
I thought this was common knowledge. It is always prudent to renegotiate cable bills. Cable is a luxury for most of America. That is why the reps have so many options and various packages to choose from. The companies are all about customer retention. They cannot retain customers with their sub par service, so the only tool in their arsenal is to discount their offerings.
What is the author's beef with probiotics? There has been recent research that suggests gut bacteria directly affect the brain in positive ways.
Need teh NATz for my car!
I used to play a lot of FPS games (Counter Strike, Unreal, etc) I was single and living with other gamers.
Now I am married, and my video game has been slightly reduced. The time I used to spend playing games I now spend with the wife, running, and both training and teaching martial arts (kung fu and tai chi). I have been mostly playing GTA:V (over it thanks to the hackers who ruined it), BF4 (over it due to Dice / EA sucking), HearthStone (great, free game that is challenging but not too mentally taxing), and the Elder Scrolls Beta (I already purchased my pre-order Imperial edition and 3/31/14 cannot get here soon enough).
Thanks for the lesson. Seriously.
What am I not understanding though? The ISPs are upset with Cogent because Cogent is pushing more data than they are pulling. The equation is lopsided.
Netflix is trying to alleviate the issue by rolling their own CDN to cut down on the peering traffic.
Except there has never been anything close to a 1:1 relationship. There couldn't have been because even since the IDSN days the up/down ratio of what we could get was always in favor of the down. So there's never been enough traffic coming from the ISPs to even approach parity.
Do you have any data to support that? On the last mile connections, there is an imbalance between up and down. On residential versus commercial, there is definitely an imbalance between up and down. But at the highest levels, the content farms and co-located customers, I thought it was pretty even.
I am pulling these examples out of my butt in an attempt to provide some context. I have no idea who has hosting agreements with who. But if you have NBA.com on ISP1 and NFL.com on ISP2, and MLB.com on ISP3, the traffic between the two would be roughly equal. Again, probably a bad example, given the different sizes of the audiences for each, the fact that the seasons do not overlap, etc. The point that I am trying to make is that most of the major ISPs all host high traffic farms, those farms are not centralized with one specific ISP, so far the most part, there is roughly 1:1 between the various providers.
Do you have any hard data on how many people are actually purchasing high speed internet specifically for Netflix? I have not seen any data, but my gut feeling is that the number is a fraction of a percentage of people who have high speed connections. Would you agree that by and large, the majority of people viewing Netflix are people who already have high speed connections?
Right now Netflix is getting to benefit at the expense of ISPs. Do not get me wrong here, I do not like the way the ISPs are handling it and I think it is disingenuous that they are not keeping their circuits up like they should be. My issue here is that Netflix is not a good champion to use to make the case for ISPs being tightfisted when it comes to circuit maintenance.
Netflix partnered with Cogent. They could have partnered with Level3 or any other Tier1 provider and they would be in the same situation. The peering status quo has broken down. Cogent needs to pay to make up for the lop sided transfer ratio. Cogent will most likely pass that cost on to Netflix. Netflix will have to raise their prices to offset the cost hike. Until that happens, Netflix is able to provide artificially low rates to their customers at the expense of other ISPs. Bandwidth is not free so someone has to pay for it.
To use a real world example, when builders, either residential or commercial plan new communities, they have to do environmental impact studies. One of the essential components is usually a traffic study. If they are going to go for a high density development, like a massive multi-story apartment complex, most of the time they have to work out a deal with the city to widen nearby roads, install traffic lights, widen the sidewalks, and do all sorts of other things to mitigate the impact. Right now, the internet does not have the equivalent of that, and Netflix is benefiting from it.
Imagine if your neighbor turned his house / apartment into a concert venue because there were not any ordinances to prevent it. All day long, you could not find a place to park, could not have guests over because they could not park, suffered brown and black outs because the music equipment kept blowing out the local transformers, etc. How would you handle that?
You are mixing apples and oranges.
Peering agreements have been the same forever. As long as there is nearly a 1:1 ratio between the providers, everything is fine. The issue comes up when one side is using more bandwidth than they are giving in return.
Netflix is breaking the long standing status quo. Last I checked, they accounted for ~30% of ALL of the traffic on the internet. Obviously that is going to skew the metrics, and that is why Netflix is trying to push their own CDN. I do not know the particulars there. IMO, if Netflix expects ISPs to pay for their CDN, they are on drugs. What they should do is run the numbers and figure out what costs more; "overage" charges from Cogent, or eating the cost of paying to deploy their CDN hardware and network links to the other Tier1 ISPs.
Are you suggesting that net neutrality should address situations like this? Are you saying that it is a good idea to have the government force a business to eat the cost of supporting someone else's business model? To me, that sounds like a big fat subsidy for Netflix at the expense of everyone else.
In your mind, where does Cogent fall on the network provider / content provider divide? They are providing network access, but they are also (as far as I know) providing the infrastructure for Netflix's CDN.