The L3/L2 Time Machine

“We are consolidating VLANs to simplify the network.” – So said a CIO in a request for me to come in to consult on a LAN “upgrade” project.  This was such funny timing, coming right after my post about network complexity. Anyway, they wanted to convert this: VLAN ID Description 10 Reserved 20 General Data 30 Accounting & Administraton 40 …

Network Complexity

To be or not to be complex That is the question As with so many questions about IT, the answer is “it depends“. Complexity for the sake of complexity, or letting ego drive your designs is a bad idea for a lot of reasons. You probably don’t need to prove that you’re smart. Make your designs as simple as they …

Etherchannel/LAG Dell VRTX & Cisco Catalyst Switch

If you read my previous Kaboom post, you may be wondering why I decided to post on another Dell VRTX. Well, the fact is I’ve still got a few of these out in the field, so they remain relevant to me. This is a another customer’s deployment and I just upgraded them from a single 1Gbps LAN uplink to a …