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Russ White

Russ White

Russ White has more than twenty years' experience in designing, deploying, breaking, and troubleshooting large scale networks. Russ is currently a member of the Architecture Team at LinkedIn, where he works on next generation data center designs, complexity, and security. His most recent books are The Art of Network Architecture and Navigating Network Complexity.

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RFC Series (Part 6)

It is Easier to Move a Problem than Solve it (RFC1925, Rule 6) Early on in my career as a network engineer, I learned th...

RFC Series (Part 5)

Agglutinating Problems Considered Harmful (RFC2915, Rule 5) In the networking world, many equate simplicity with the few...

RFC Series (Part 4)

Experience Has Shown That (RFC2915, Rule 4) The world of information technology is filled, often to overflowing, with th...

RFC Series (Part 3)

The Dangers of Flying Pigs There are many times in networking history, and in the day-to-day operation of a network, whe...

RFC Series (Part 2)

The Second Truth of Networking From time immemorial, humor has served to capture truth. This is no different in the worl...

RFC Series (Part 1)

The 12 Networking Truths From time immemorial, humor has served to capture truth. This is no different in the world of c...

Technologies that Didn’t

Part 8 - Dial Banks In the early 1990’s, several large network equipment vendors sold equipment targeted at large scale ...

Middleware

Straddling the legacy/next-gen divide In the 1980’s, the computing world faced a major problem. Many applications, inclu...

Technologies that Didn’t

Part 7 - x.400 mail system Have you ever decided you needed to contact someone in another area of the world, only to dis...

Technologies that Didn’t

Part 6: LDAP and the Global Directories One of the most important features of the Network Operating Systems, like Banyan...

Technologies that Didn’t

ARCnet In the late 1980’s, I worked at a small value added reseller (VAR) around New York City. While we deployed a lot ...

Technologies that Didn’t

Part 4: Asynchronous Transfer Mode One of the common myths of the networking world is there were no “real” networks befo...

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