“ If, however, someone tries to sell you software that’s supposed to control your physical switches, and does not support the usual set of protocols you need to integrate the OpenFlow-controlled switches with the rest of your network (example: STP, LACP, LLDP on L2 and some routing protocol on L3), think twice. If you use the OpenFlow-controlled part of the network in an isolated fabric or small-scale environment, you probably don’t care whether the new toy supports STP or OSPF; if you want to integrate it with the rest of your existing data center network, be very careful. „
“This session explains how an internal private cloud can complement existing IT platform solutions, rather than attempt to replace them. The Walt Disney Company will describe how we developed our plan for a parallel private cloud implementation that aligned with key business factors – accessibility, security, stability and globalization – based on existing investments in a private business. Learn how a private cloud benefits an enterprise and best practices for an integrated model.” (via Citrix TV)
“ There is a reason why we probably tend towards this belief of one size fits all, it’s our desire for simplicity. Ashby’s Law of Requisite Variety (a staple diet of those interested in cybernetics) describes how a management system needs to have as much variability as the system being controlled in order to be effective. There are two solutions to this problem, either you enable management to be complex (using multiple techniques depending upon what you’re dealing with) or you pretend that what is being managed is simple (i.e. one size does fit all). Our desire for uniformity points to our tendency to do the latter. „
“ But is that the way we’ll want to live in the future — susceptible to suspicion because of what we read or who we know? As a noted expert on privacy, Greta Garbo once wrote, “I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said ‘I want to be let alone!’ There is all the difference. „
“I’ve also thought a lot about the reproduction of these animals. Imagine these Strandbeests making copies of themselves simply by feeding them plastic tubes. I’m sure this is possible, but I need a few more million years to make that a reality.
Today, Strandbeests have an ability to multiply that I wasn’t aware of in 2007. Let me explain. The leg system of the beach animals works because of a combination of certain lengths of tubes. Because of the proportion of lengths, the animals walk smoothly. You could say that this range of numbers is their genetic code. I published this genetic code on my website and since then, hundreds of students, especially in the United States, have been able to produce their own Strandbeests. (Search YouTube for “theo jansen mechanism” and you will find them.)
You may argue that humans do this replication, but I see it differently. The Strandbeest is a self-replicating meme, a brain virus. It infects the student’s brain. In fact, the Strandbeest abuse students for their reproduction. For two years, this reproduction fell into a flow acceleration. Now, 3D printers produce walking mini Strandbeests. They are born, not assembled, and walk on the table, which you can see here.”