Friday, August 10, 2018

New job, new podcast, new focus...

It has been an interesting year for me and I'm excited to say I have decided to strike out on my own with some good friends and colleagues to start HexaBuild. We are focusing on advancing cloud, IoT and security with IPv6. The transition for IPv6 is well on it's way for service providers, residential providers, content and media distribution networks, and mobile operators. So, today in the US you can be using services that are all IPv6 enabled everywhere except at your office. Because enterprises have lagged so far behind in addressing the IPv6 adoption story they are now handicapped in participating in the whole Internet. HexaBuild is all about addressing those needs. We do that through training, consulting, education and enablement. Because we are consulting company, we are happy to work with resellers, distributors, manufactures and Fortune 1000 companies to help them get their IPv6 adoption strategy going.

Second bit of news is I am now co-hosting a regular podcast called The IPv6 Buzz on the PacketPushers. If you are interested in being a guest please reach out. It is just something fun to do and we have some fantastic IPv6 guests lined up. Use your favorite podcasting app and grab it, we are currently in the Community Channel w/ PacketPushers but they will be moving us out on our own shortly!

Finally, focus. After spending two years running an engineering team and worrying about the company, sales, team and careers of everyone else I get to focus on what I love again. I really enjoy talking tech with colleagues and friends, I have fun working and building stuff with IPv6 and finally I get to do a bit of travel. Don't get me wrong, it was awesome working with the engineering team at Groupware but it was time for a change and I get to see how my change in focus will work out. Oh, yes, I get to read more too! I will update that book list here shortly.
- Ed

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2018 Book Reading

One of the habits I have been trying to work on is reading daily. I have managed to make it through a lot more books and I thought I would share a bit of my book list. I am not going to bother with reviews or a lot of comments. Mostly just a post of what is in my pile (virtual or physical).

I am currently reading:




I just finished reading the following:



Still on my list:

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate for another 2 years

I recently had to crash study for the AWS Certified Solution Architect Associate Recertification Exam. I had originally passed in Dec of 2015 and of course I waited until the last possible moment to study and take the recert exam. I was lucky enough to pass and be in good standing for another two years. It did get me thinking that perhaps I should take one or two other AWS certification exams just for fun. I am considering the SysOps or perhaps the Adv. Networking Specialist. I will recommend for those interested in studying to use a few study resources. Specifically, Pluralsight and A Cloud Guru. Both have great content and between the two you should be pretty well covered.

What other certs are folks considering for 2018? I have a running list that includes Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Red Hat and a few other misc. ones.

Happy New Year to everyone and I hope you keep on track with your studies.
- Ed

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving - Slow year for content

It seems content for howfunky.com goes in waves. I have been pretty active over at the Infoblox IPv6 Center of Excellence site with my friends Tom Coffeen and Scott Hogg. I would suggest check out those IPv6 posts, both because they are good content, but also because they are coming out very regularly.
I might shift gears with this site for a little bit and post more things of interest in the technology space. I know the site needs a refreshed look but I have been lacking the motivation to make that all happen. I imagine it will happen sometime in 2018 but I'm not sure when.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am off to AWS re:Invent for a week and then on to London for the UK IPv6 Council annual meeting to do a presentation on IPv6.
- Ed

Friday, May 05, 2017

InteropITX - What's Next for Cloud Computing


Once again I will be at Interop - now called Interop ITX but this time instead of talking about IPv6 (a favorite topic but not my only one!) I will be moderating a panel on Cloud. Pretty excited to be doing this as an Interop ITX advisory member. The goal of the panel is to help the audience navigate what is going on and how it might impact them. From the session description:

"Cloud computing is an undeniable force that has become a given in most modern-day IT departments. Despite already high levels of adoption, the technology has the potential to change how organizations, providers, and users consume and manage technology even further. What is the next phase of cloud, and how will it change to support the important technology advances on the horizon? In turn, what advances will this new model of IT make possible? A panel of experts explores where cloud is going and the effects it will have on enterprise technology. Ed Horley moderates."

The session information:


So come join me and countless other great speakers, sponsors and attendees in Las Vegas!
- Ed