Why does infrastructure operations still suck?

Last Friday, I met with an individual that leads a 300-person team, responsible for running the networking and computing infrastructure in 50 data centers around the globe. I asked him what he thought of his OSS stack – the set of tools his team uses to stay on top of what’s going on in their infrastructure.

He hates it.

As I want to keep this blog post PG-rated, I’ll refrain from using his adjectives, but I can tell you he’s not happy with it. It’s a clobber of open source and commercial tools. The tools required a lot of customization and a variety of extensions written over the years. At the end of the day, though, it only gives him up/down monitoring and no ability to proactively avoid the next outage. Over 70% of outages occur due to human error and misconfigurations and the tools available to him are incapable of identifying even one percent of that.

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What We’ve Learned From Speaking With Our Customers

A month ago I shared some of our plans for 2016 and mentioned that I’d be speaking with our customers, asking them a few questions. The survey was very successful in my opinion – I spoke with dozens of customers for 30 minutes each and asked them 14 different questions. I would like to thank all of the survey participants for enduring my questions and sharing their honest feedback.

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How to Configure a VPN for DAIP Gateway Connected to Internet Using USB 3G-Modem

INTRODUCTION

This document describes the specific configuration of Check Point appliances as a DAIP gateway (with Dynamically Assigned IP Address). It connects to the Internet using a USB 3G modem. As Check Point 2012 appliances do not support USB modems, an additional router will be used which supports USB 3G modems converting them to RJ-45.

Specific to this configuration is an additional Hide NAT which prevents the connection from the Check Point Smart Center to the private IP address of the DAIP gateway in order to send the configuration and initiate a VPN connection.

This document is based on Check Point appliance 2200, TP-LINK TL-MR 3040 which supports various 3G and 4G modems and USB 3G-modem Teleofis RX301 R4. Other modems and routers could be freely used.

LAB CONFIGURATION

As a central gateway we use a virtual machine with the Check Point version R77.30. Its name is «DK-CPSG». The external interface is connected to the Internet and has a public IP address. There are also two internal interfaces to a management network (192.168.48.0/24) and a test segment (192.168.114.0/24).

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