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Network+ Troubleshooting Quiz 1

December 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm

It is time for yet another Network+ Quiz! This one centers around a troubleshooting methodology and tools of the trade! Enjoy!

Network+ Troubleshooting Quiz 1

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Introducing AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (CLF-C01)

December 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

Cloud Practitioner

AWS has announced an exciting new foundational level certification for Amazon Web Services – the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner! The exam code is CLF-01. This multiple choice exam is intended for individuals who have the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively demonstrate an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud, independent of specific technical roles addressed by other AWS certifications (for example, Solutions Architect – Associate, Developer – Associate, or SysOps Administrator – Associate).

Notice this certification will cover many of the core services I detail here for you from a high level.

After completing my course, you will be able to:

  • Define what the AWS cloud really is
  • Define the global architecture of AWS
  • Define basic AWS cloud architectural principles
  • Describe the AWS cloud value proposition
  • Describe key services and their use
  • Describe security and AWS
  • Describe specific security tools
  • Define billing and pricing models
  • Identity resources for assistance with AWS
  • Describe the basics of deployment and operation in AWS

The Nuggets we are creating for you cover all objectives fully and include:

  1. Course Introduction
  2. Defining AWS
  3. AWS Cloud Economics
  4. Cloud Architecture Design Principles
  5. The AWS Shared Responsibility Model
  6. AWS Cloud Security and Compliance
  7. AWS Access Management
  8. Resources for Security Support
  9. Deploying and Operating in AWS
  10. The AWS Global Infrastructure
  11. Compute Services
  12. Storage Services
  13. Network Services
  14. Database Services
  15. Security Services
  16. Resources for Technology Support
  17. Pricing Models
  18. Account Structures for Pricing
  19. Resources for Billing Support

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Microsoft (Azure) Gaining Market Share in Cloud

December 10, 2017 at 6:05 pm


The numbers are crunched from last quarter in the IT Cloud category. Enjoy these amazing facts:

  • AWS, Google, Microsoft, and IBM are all continuing to grow market share
  • $11 billion was made last quarter
  • Cloud revenue is on pass to surpass $200 billion by 2020
  • Microsoft Azure, with 11 percent of the total public cloud market, showed the largest growth in market share, with a 3 percent gain over the last four quarters
  • Quarterly cloud infrastructure service revenues are at nearly $11 billion and continue a growth rate of over 40 percent per year
  • Worldwide revenues from cloud and SaaS remain on track to surpass $200 billion by 2020
  • Microsoft Azure, with 11 percent of the total public cloud market, showed the largest growth in market share, with a 3 percent gain over the last four quarters
  • AWS, which commands 34 percent of the total market, and Google, with a 5 percent share, both saw their share grow by a single percent
  • IBM experienced no growth in its total share, but held steady at 8 percent, three points ahead of Google
  • The next 10 top-ranked cloud providers collectively saw their market share drop by 1 percent, with Alibaba and Oracle achieving the highest growth rates in that group
  • All other players in the cloud infrastructure market saw an overall drop in share of 5 percent as a group, a continuation of recent trends

400-101 CCIE R&S Written – Free Resources

December 9, 2017 at 9:52 pm


I am getting ready for my recent with this exam and I wanted to start a post updating the free materials we can use to prepare for this exam. Since I have a Safari Books Online subscription, I will also list the books available there. I will keep updating this post as I complete the search for these free materials. Most of them were referenced in the focal prep matrix from Cisco, but they had let many of the links go stale. Please note any broken links for me in the comments to this post and I will fix. Also, if you have great links to add – let me know! Thanks!

1.1 Network Theory

Meet AWS Kinesis

December 8, 2017 at 7:58 pm


In an earlier AWS post here at the blog – I reviewed the core services of AWS with you. This post hits one of the “strays”. While we do not consider Kinesis a core service, it is one you can expect to see pop its head up in the various AWS Certifications.

If the service is brought up generically – it references the AWS capability of collecting, processing, and analyzing video and data streams in real time. But in your exam environment, there is a very good chance they are going to be more precise and granular with the exact variation of Kinesis you must identify. Here they are:

  • Amazon Kinesis Video Streams – your cameras can stream video securely to AWS Kinesis using the appropriate Kinesis SDK. AWS then stores, encrypts and indexes the video for your eventual analysis. A Kinesis API permits the easy retrieval of video fragments you might need.

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose – allows the acceptance of data streams (at a high rate). Kinesis then stores the data in S3 or Redshift or another AWS storage vehicle. The data can then be accessed for analysis directly from AWS.

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Streams – takes in and stores data streams for your business analysis tools.

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Analytics – you capture the data using Data Firehouse or Data Streams. AWS then runs standard SQL against the data and sends the results to your business analytics tools.

What are the benefits of Amazon Kinesis? First of all – speed! Data analysis can be performed in nearly real-time from the including streams. Second, AWS handles the complex text of stream management applications for you. Finally, AWS provides a fully scalable solution, permitting even hundreds of thousands of simultaneous sources.

So there you have it! While you will not face many Kinesis questions in your AWS exams, you will certainly face some! Thank you for reading.
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