20 May 2019

First Glance: AWS vs Azure Networking

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Each week, before a new Tech and Tea with V1C (TATWV1C) episode is released, a teaser insight will be posted in the form of blog post. This will give listeners a First Glance look at what they can expect from the upcoming episode a week before it is released. 

 

In this week’s First Glance, we take a look at one of the IT industries most talked about questions, a heavyweight clash in its own right… AWS vs Azure: Overview and Networking. 

 

Venture 1 Consulting Managing Director, Mark Thurston, once again joins Charlie to discuss the Networking differences of both AWS and Azure. Mark dives deep into the thinking behind the different ways both platforms are set up and the different services each platform has to offer. 

Having worked extensively with both platforms, Mark provides listeners with many interesting insights about how they are setup and how both providers think they know what is best for a Cloud platform and Infrastructure. In this latest episode, at a high level, Mark also talks about the restrictions each platform has, the reasons behind these and how to get around them. 

If nothing else, one key takeaway from the session will certainly be Mark finishing up with his entertaining ‘Cake Shop’ analogy on the differences between each Cloud provider! 

The AWS vs Azure battle will be a consistent theme for several episodes in our first series of TATWV1C, in which we will discuss all the different aspects that make up a public Cloud platform. 

 

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14 Dec 2018

How many users can you effect with an expired software certificate?

Well according to Ericsson, tens of millions…

 

On Thursday last week (December 6th 2018), millions of UK O2 users were unable to text, call or use their 4G connections.
Late that same evening the Swedish technology company Ericsson, which creates most of O2’s backend network admitted that the service downtime was due to an expired certificate! These certificates manage the way a service is provided to O2 customers and put simply, the software will not work if the certificate isn’t up to date or has expired!

This meant the certificate had to be reissued and updated which is also why users were kept offline for so long, with each Network node having to be updated manually, one by one. Ericsson CEO, Börje Ekholm stated:

 

"The faulty software that has caused these issues is being decommissioned and we apologize not only to our customers but also to their customers. We work hard to ensure that our customers can limit the impact and restore their services as soon as possible."

 

Most O2 customers were off line for almost 24 hours, causing chaos for all O2, Tesco Mobile, GiffGaff, Sky Mobile and Lyca customers, which all use the O2 network. O2 has since apologised and has given all customers credit for two days of their monthly airtime subscription.