FifteenMore Useful Cisco Sites to Know Cisco WellEverything you want to know about Cisco routers, security, consumer elect...
Etherealmind is the brainchild of Greg Ferro, Cisco CCIE #6920, who describes himselfas the "Human Infrastructure for Cisc...
Cisco customers, engineers, marketers and enthusiasts can never get enough securityinformation. Risky.biz first "aired" in...
Tekcert, authored by Jeremy Cioara, CCIE, Trainer and "really cool guy," according tothe blogs Facebook page, used to be C...
News for Nerds.Stuff that Matters. Thats the Slashdot tagline and for most readers,its accurate. Slashdot has a mix of new...
Ciscos own blogs on Cisco.com provide the company with the opportunity to expandon an announcement, strategy, product line...
Cisco-nsp is an e-mail reflector for users of Cisco gear mostly in enterprises, but withsome service provider contribution...
Like Cisco-nsp, the NANOG e-mail reflector serves the same purpose, but for serviceproviders. Have a site thats unreachabl...
CertGuard performs a search and verification of certification "braindump" sites –those that offer quick and easy, and chea...
Like social media and Web 2.0, consumer electronics is also a key new growthendeavor for Cisco. Nowhere is that more evide...
As the title implies, Jaluri aggregates blogs on Cisco and network issues in general toprovide a one-stop shop for Cisco- ...
Speaking of which, who at Cisco would not want to keep up on its archrival inrouting? Burning With The Bush blogs on All T...
Qsolved provides quick answers to Cisco technical support questions. The sitedescribes itself as a "community powered, pay...
Looking for unbiased reviews on Cisco Linksys routers, Aironet access points orUnified Computing System blade servers? Tom...
proponent of businesses adopting social media and Web 2.0 technologies to helpmarket and make money on their product or se...
Cisco Secure Networks, Skype Me, Practical VOIP Security, and Configuring CheckPoint NGX VPN-1/Firewall-1.John Oltsik: Net...
Douglas Gourlay:Default Gateway: Doug is vice president of marketing at data centerswitch vendor Arista Networks. Prior to...
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  1. 1. FifteenMore Useful Cisco Sites to Know Cisco WellEverything you want to know about Cisco routers, security, consumer electronicsand moreTo help Cisco masses know Cisco well, we collected 15 more sites covering a range ofCisco topics---from studying and preparing for certification, to operating a Cisconetwork in an enterprise or service provider environment, to keeping up withsecurity tips and techniques, to just being entertained by the oddities andidiosyncrasies of the Cisco world. Let’s have a look.The List of Useful Cisco SitesEtherealmindhttp://blog.router-switch.com/
  2. 2. Etherealmind is the brainchild of Greg Ferro, Cisco CCIE #6920, who describes himselfas the "Human Infrastructure for Cisco and Data Networking." Ferro works as afreelance network architect and senior engineer and designer mostly in the UK. Hissite features an array of opinions, outbursts, insight and experience. He has over 20years in IT, more than 12 in networking and has spent time at large and smallfinancial institutions, service providers, resellers and dot-coms. His current areas offocus are data center, security and application networking technologies.Risky Businesshttp://blog.router-switch.com/
  3. 3. Cisco customers, engineers, marketers and enthusiasts can never get enough securityinformation. Risky.biz first "aired" in February 2007. Since then, the site haspublished over 170 episodes and developed a following among high-level securityprofessionals. In addition to the weekly podcast, the site has recorded securitypresentations, podcast interviews and job listings. There are also forums fordiscussion with security peers on the most recent security-related topics, issues andchallenges.Tekcerthttp://blog.router-switch.com/
  4. 4. Tekcert, authored by Jeremy Cioara, CCIE, Trainer and "really cool guy," according tothe blogs Facebook page, used to be Cioaras "Cisco Blog: the world of all thingsCisco". Tekcert has broadened beyond that to become a site that blogs abouttechnology, business and certifications. The site, thanks to Cioara, still hasconsiderable amounts of content on networking and Cisco. But more broadly,Tekcert focuses on "helping people further their knowledge and education abouttechnology."Slashdothttp://blog.router-switch.com/
  5. 5. News for Nerds.Stuff that Matters. Thats the Slashdot tagline and for most readers,its accurate. Slashdot has a mix of news, technology, oddities, irreverence and justplain off-the-wall stuff that appeals to the tech savvy. A quick search on Cisco yieldssubmissions and comments on Ciscos recent introduction of its SocialMiner"stalking" software; to the introduction of the 322Tbps CRS-3 router. Thesubmissions might have a specific take on a Cisco, or any other, announcement; andthen the comments increase the entertainment quotient of the submission, if not theinsight into it. So Slashdot has the potential to inform, educate and entertain thosewith an interest in technology in general, as well as Cisco.Cisco Blogshttp://blog.router-switch.com/
  6. 6. Ciscos own blogs on Cisco.com provide the company with the opportunity to expandon an announcement, strategy, product line or deployment scenario for customerslooking to harness the latest, or legacy, Cisco technology. Strategic imperatives forthe company, like video, collaboration and data center/virtualization, are highlightedin topic-specific blogs; and then there are more general Cisco interest sites, like ThePlatform, Social Media, Web Experience, etc. Perhaps the most infotaining is CiscoInteraction Network, which includes TechWise TV, a site we highlighted in the "20useful" list two years ago that features folk hero Jimmy Ray Purser and his uniqueinsights into Cisco products, deployments and strategies.Cisco-nsphttp://blog.router-switch.com/
  7. 7. Cisco-nsp is an e-mail reflector for users of Cisco gear mostly in enterprises, but withsome service provider contributions as well. Topics are very technical andparticipants usually offer up a deployment challenge or issue for review, followed bytips, tricks, sympathies and snarky comments on how to rectify it or deal with it. Thisis a site for true practitioners of Cisco networking, and can be very valuable to thosewith new or decades-old Cisco implementations.NANOGhttp://blog.router-switch.com/
  8. 8. Like Cisco-nsp, the NANOG e-mail reflector serves the same purpose, but for serviceproviders. Have a site thats unreachable? You might find the symptoms and causehere first. Have a problem with route flapping or BGP update suppression? Findworkarounds here. Want a review of a new router or switch, or the best toimplement for 10G? Find it here. Its a not a Cisco-specific site by any means but auseful running commentary of issues service providers and network operatorsgrapple with every day, whether theyre using Cisco routers and switches or not.CertGuardhttp://blog.router-switch.com/
  9. 9. CertGuard performs a search and verification of certification "braindump" sites –those that offer quick and easy, and cheap, certification exams and aids, such asthose for Cisco CCIE and CCNA that may lack authenticity. These sites can put theusers certification at risk. CertGuard assesses these sites and offers suggestion onhow to get the best bang for your buck without risking your certification. CertGuardsays it has over 1,900 brain dump websites and roughly 500 File Sharing websiteslisted in its database which are freely distributing copyrighted materials without thewritten permission of the owners of the material. The site also tracks connections orsimilarities between certification related websites which have previously beenundiscovered, and has flagged them for future reference. With this data, CertGuardis focused on assisting candidates in making the correct choice in certification sites,and to stop proxy test takers and unethical brain dump websites.Engadgethttp://blog.router-switch.com/
  10. 10. Like social media and Web 2.0, consumer electronics is also a key new growthendeavor for Cisco. Nowhere is that more evident than the companys $550 millionpurchase of Pure Digital and its pocket-sized Flip videocam – which followed earlieracquisitions of wireless SoHo router maker Linksys and cable set-top box pusherScientific-Atlanta. Engadget usually has the scoop on some new models of Flipcoming down the pike, as well as some of the first coverage of other Cisco and topname consumer gear hitting the market. Engadget also comments on cool andmissing features from consumer gear, and forecasts user trends and buying behaviorsbased on whats currently hot and not.Jalurihttp://blog.router-switch.com/
  11. 11. As the title implies, Jaluri aggregates blogs on Cisco and network issues in general toprovide a one-stop shop for Cisco- and network-related topics, opinions andtechnical guidance. In Jaluris own opinion, its aggregating "some of the best"network and Cisco blogs, some of which already appear in this list and in the one wedid three years ago. Several appear to be targeted at CCIE candidates andundoubtedly many more are authored by CCIEs. Theres even one on Juniper…Burning With The Bushhttp://blog.router-switch.com/
  12. 12. Speaking of which, who at Cisco would not want to keep up on its archrival inrouting? Burning With The Bush blogs on All Things Juniper, from core and edgerouting to its moves into new markets, such as data center/cloud computing, mobileInternet and wireless LANs. BWTB also provides tip and tricks on configuring andoperating Juniper routers and other JUNOS-based platforms. Burning With The Bushcollects info from various sources and many authors, crawling through the Weblooking for and linking to relevant Juniper and JUNOS-related posts. The site also hasauthors that write original content. Its founder, Chris Grundemann, is a certifiedJUNOS engineer -- JNCIE #449 – author of a book on IPv6, founding chair of theColorado chapter of the Internet Society, and participates in Internet governinginstitutions. And BWTB is independent – the blog is not affiliated with nor endorsedby Juniper.Qsolvedhttp://blog.router-switch.com/
  13. 13. Qsolved provides quick answers to Cisco technical support questions. The sitedescribes itself as a "community powered, pay to play marketplace" where expertsfield and respond to questions from Cisco users. Yes, some of Qsolveds services mayrequire payment of fees, according to the sites terms and conditions. But in returnyou get to download or copy the content from these experts, and other itemsdisplayed on the site, provided they are for personal use only and do not infringe onthe sites copyright protection. But a perusal of the Qsolved blog shows theres someserious stuff going on in there so it might be worth a look.Toms Hardwarehttp://blog.router-switch.com/
  14. 14. Looking for unbiased reviews on Cisco Linksys routers, Aironet access points orUnified Computing System blade servers? Toms Hardware has been published byBestofmedia Group since 1996. Bestofmedia claims it was one of the first sites toreview computer components. The site is intended to provide independent, unbiasedtechnology news, articles, reviews and reports to IT professionals, purchasers, techenthusiasts and influencers. It includes comparison charts and benchmark testing ontopics such as high-performance PCs, building your own PC, security, businesscomputing and storage.MashableThis is the site for social media news, reviews, opinion and views. Mashable coversthe whole Web 2.0 wave, a phenomenon close to Ciscos, and its customers,heart. For Cisco enthusiasts, Mashable covers significant Cisco announcements –like the recent unveiling of the Cius tablet, and the Videoscape Internet TV platform –and offers opinions and commentary on those relevant to social media and Web 2.0.Mashable, which was founded in 2005, is also a model for profitable and influentialblogging – the site has more than 30 million monthly page views from an audiencethat includes early social media adopters, enthusiasts and entrepreneurs,corporations, journalists, bloggers, and advertising and marketing firms. Mashableclaims to have also harnessed Twitter and Facebook as conduits into its site, helpingto drive traffic and page view metrics.Friday Traffic ReportAnother site for tips and tricks on profiting from social media and Web 2.0technologies – blogs, wikis and the like – is Friday Traffic Report. Cisco is a hugehttp://blog.router-switch.com/
  15. 15. proponent of businesses adopting social media and Web 2.0 technologies to helpmarket and make money on their product or service. The Friday Traffic Report is ablog dedicated to assist in blog marketing and money making. The site is authored byJack Humphrey, whos been at this online thing since 1991. Humphrey claims to havegenerated billions of site visitors for himself and his online marketing clients over thepast decade. Hes also into big hair bands, drums, wilderness survival (includingcyberwilderness, no doubt), disarming wit and Vegas. Be prepared to be entertainedwhile you learn online marketing tips and tricks. There are also job listings forbloggers, social media practitioners and other techies, including 1,064 at Cisco whenwe last checked……There are still more sites covering Cisco news, Cisco network solutions, Ciscoproduct release, reviews, Cisco certifications, Cisco books, etc.. If you know someuseful sites, you can share them with Cisco masses here.Cisco SubnetOur own Cisco Subnet brings a wealth of knowledge, opinion and event coverageunder one blog umbrella. Heres a sampling of what youll find there:Security Watch: We report on Cisco security advisories and security responses assoon as theyre issued.Bloggers: We have a stable of bloggers who are experts in their fields:Wendell Odoms Cisco Cert Zone: Wendell Odom, CCIE No, 1624, splits timebetween writing books for Cisco Press and teaching classes for Skyline ATS. His booksinclude titles on QoS, CCIE R/S, as well as several titles related to CCNA certification,including his newest book Official Exam Certification Library (CCNA Exam 640-802).Michael Morris: From the field: Morris is a Technical Team Lead and NetworkArchitect at a $3 billion high-tech company. His background is in enterprise WANsworking with telcos, and developing large-scale routing designs.Jeff Doyle on IP Routing: Jeff is president of Jeff Doyle and Associates, an IPnetworking consultancy, and author of Routing TCP/IP, Volumes I and II. Read thetranscript of our live online text chat with Jeff entitled "IPv6: Will matter to theenterprise in five years."Jamey Heary: Cisco security expert: Jamey Heary, CCIE No. 7680, is a securityconsulting systems engineer at Cisco. Jamey is the author of Cisco NAC Appliance:Enforcing Host Security with Clean Access.Larry Chaffin: Putting realism into your network: Larry Chaffin, Ph.D, is theCEO/chairman and founder of Pluto Networks a consulting company specializing inVoIP, WLAN and security. He is also author of a number of books including Managinghttp://blog.router-switch.com/
  16. 16. Cisco Secure Networks, Skype Me, Practical VOIP Security, and Configuring CheckPoint NGX VPN-1/Firewall-1.John Oltsik: Network Nuggets and Security Snippets: Jon Oltsik is a principal analystat Enterprise Strategy Group responsible for the networking and security services atESG. Jon previously served as VP of Marketing & Strategy at GiantLoop Networkwhere he managed all marketing activities and defined the companys strategic vision,and a Senior Analyst at Forrester Research where he covered a wide range ofinfrastructure and IT topics.Chris Jackson: Net Defense: Chris Jackson, CCIE (Security, Routing, Switching), CISA,CISSP, ITIL, SANS, Technical Solutions Architect in the Cisco Architectures andVerticals Partner Organization, has focused for the past six years on developingsecurity practices with the Cisco partner community. During a 15-year career ininternetworking, he has built secure networks that map to strong security policies fororganizations, including UPS, GE, and Sprint.View slideshowMike Sheldon: Network Resolutions: Mike is CEO of Network Hardware Resale, one ofthe largest secondary market resellers of Cisco equipment. Mike joined NHR in salesin 2001 and was named CEO in 2005, and in that time NHR has grown from $25million to over $200 million in revenue.Erik Parker:No Strings Attached: Erik is a wireless network engineer for a Fortune 500e-commerce company based in the United States, and was previously a wirelessengineer at Toyota and consulting network engineer for International NetworkServices (Now BT-INS). His primary focus is on wireless infrastructure, 802.11 protocolanalysis, RF, and mobility, and he has maintained his CISSP designation since 2002.Jimmy Ray Purser:Networking Geek to Geek: Jimmy Ray is the technical co-host forCiscos TechWise and BizWise TV, and also conducts advanced training for engineersacross North America and Europe. He is an active member in the IEEE and theEthernet Alliance and has designed, installed and tested numerous networks forFortune 500 companies, the United States military and other institutions worldwide.He holds three U.S. patents for Ethernet security algorithms with two others pending.Scott Hogg: Core Networking and Security: Scott is the Director of AdvancedTechnology Services for Global Technology Resources, Inc. (GTRI), a networkengineering, consulting and training firm. He has a B.S. in Computer Science fromColorado State University, a M.S. in Telecommunications from the University ofColorado, along with his CCIE (#5133) and CISSP (#4610). Scott is the author of theCisco Press book IPv6 Security and is currently the chair of the Rocky Mountain IPv6Task Force.http://blog.router-switch.com/
  17. 17. Douglas Gourlay:Default Gateway: Doug is vice president of marketing at data centerswitch vendor Arista Networks. Prior to joining Arista in 2009, Doug was the vicepresident of Ciscos Data Center Solutions Group, where he was responsible for Ciscosglobal marketing strategy for data center, virtualization, and cloud computing. Doughas filed or holds more than 20 patents in networking technologies and directedproduct management for Ciscos Nexus and Catalyst 6500 switching lines.AvnerIzhar:Cisco Knowledge Share with AvnerIzhar: Avner is a Consulting SystemEngineer for World Wide Technology and has 14 years in the networking industry. Heholds a CCIE in Voice (#15999), CCSI (#31623), CCVP and others. He is also the authorof two CCIE voice training related books: CCIE Voice Technology Workbook and CCIEVoice written study guide.Jim Duffy: The Cisco Connection: Yours truly has been covering Cisco for 17 years andhas 25 years of experience in covering the computer networking industry as ajournalist – 20 of which have been at Network World. I started blogging about twoyears ago on matters pertaining to Cisco -- its products, markets, competitors,strategies, etc. My content comes from several sources: Cisco, its partners, itscompetitors, my own coverage, analyst reports, other blogs and the like. I hope youfind it informative and useful!---Original reading: networkworld.comMore Cisco Tips:Top Cisco Certification Books10 Cool Apps for Cisco CiusCheck: What Events Shaped Cisco in 2011?http://blog.router-switch.com/

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