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January 2024 Networking Round-Up [Newsletter]

January 2024 Networking Round-Up [Newsletter]
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I hope you're having a great start to the new year! As we dive into 2024, I've been busy exploring some interesting developments in the Networking and Automation world. In this newsletter, I'll share a quick summary of what's been happening lately, along with a few insights from my own experiences.

HPE and Juniper Networks: A Landmark Acquisition in Networking

In January 2024, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced plans to acquire Juniper Networks, a significant move in the networking industry. This acquisition aims to bolster HPE's edge-to-cloud strategy, with a focus on AI-native environments based on a cloud-native architecture. The combination of HPE and Juniper's portfolios is expected to provide customers with comprehensive networking solutions, enhanced by AI technology.

This merger is anticipated to create better user and operator experiences, particularly in high-performance networks and cloud data centres. Rami Rahim, CEO of Juniper Networks, is set to lead the combined HPE networking business. The deal, valued at $14 billion, is a strategic step towards expanding HPE's networking business and aligning it with growing AI and cloud trends.

My Home Lab Update

I've recently added the MikroTik hAP ax2 to my home lab, and it's fantastic value for money. Priced at around £70, this device packs built-in WiFi 6, along with capabilities for routing, firewall, and VPN. The setup process was a breeze, and I'm already using WireGuard VPN on it. My initial impressions are very positive! If you're curious about a more detailed review, be sure to check it out here.

Dev Containers

Dev containers are an innovative tool that allows developers to create and use a fully configured development environment in a container. This means you can have a consistent, isolated, and reproducible workspace for your projects. I've recently started using dev containers for my Python, Ansible, and Terraform projects. They've been a game-changer in streamlining my development process.

If you're interested in learning more about how I've integrated dev containers into my workflow, check out the full details on my blog

Exploring Prisma Access SASE

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) is a cutting-edge framework combining network security functions with wide-area networking (WAN) capabilities to support the dynamic, secure access needs of organizations.

Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks is a notable SASE solution offering seamless protection for applications, data, and users. The benefits include improved network efficiency, enhanced security, and easier scalability. I've dived into Prisma Access in detail in a few posts, discussing its impact and advantages. If you're interested in a deeper understanding, feel free to explore these posts under the Palo Alto section of my blog

Quick Python Tip

One simple but useful tip I've learned is creating a script for MAC address lookups. It's a quick Python script that uses an API call to fetch the vendor information for any given MAC address. This can be incredibly helpful when you're troubleshooting or auditing your network.

The script is straightforward and uses the 'requests' library in Python. I’ve shared a snippet of this script below, which you can use as a starting point to further customize or integrate into your own projects.

import requests

def mac_vendor(mac):
    try:
        vendor = requests.get(url=f'https://api.macvendors.com/{mac}')
        return vendor.text
    except:
        return 'N/A'

vendor = mac_vendor('c465.169a.3ba2')
print(vendor)

Closing Up

That wraps up this month's newsletter! I hope these insights and tips provide you with some valuable information and inspiration for your own network projects. As always, I'm committed to keeping you updated with the latest trends and my personal experiences in the network, cloud, and automation world.

Stay tuned for future blog posts and newsletter updates where I'll continue to share my journey and discoveries. Thank you for reading, and here's to a fantastic year ahead.

Written by
Suresh Vina
Tech enthusiast sharing Networking, Cloud & Automation insights. Join me in a welcoming space to learn & grow with simplicity and practicality.
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