The Year in Review: Our Most Popular Tech Posts of 2015

Paul H. Mauritz
President, CEO

At NetCraftsmen, we’re first and foremost world-class network engineers. We thrive on using technology in novel ways to power organizational success, solve tough problems, help people work more closely together, and accelerate growth.

We think about technology all day long. And we love it.

And because we also believe in being true Master Craftsmen, we strive to mentor professionals in our industry by sharing the knowledge that we’ve gained through our many years in the trenches. It’s an important responsibility, and it’s the reason we host regular professional development events like our webinars and the Cisco Mid-Atlantic Users Group seminars — all of them open to anyone.

Another way we serve our profession is through our For Technologists blog, which is packed with solutions to knotty tech problems and perspectives from the industry’s top engineers. So as we get ready to close the book on 2015, let’s look back at some of our most popular technology blog posts of the year. If any of these posts should spark a question or an idea, feel free to reach out.

CUCM Self Provisioning

By David Hailey

Cisco’s Unified Communications Manager has a new Self-Provisioning feature that can simplify phone system deployment. It’s part of Cisco’s effort to improve ease-of-use and overall user experience. But what is it? And how can you deploy it in your organization? Find out with David Hailey’s step-by-step configuration.


Hybrid WAN or SD-WAN

By Peter Welcher

As software-defined networking continues to come closer to reaching a broad market, Pete Welcher took note of the hotbed of innovation occurring right now in the Hybrid WAN or SD-WAN space. He offered some observations about some of the key players in a dispatch from Network Field Day 9 in March.


NAT Configuration on ASA 8.4+

By Nic Bhasin

Nic Basin offered a comprehensive, three-part guide to Network Address Translation (NAT) implementation on Cisco ASA devices running ASA code 8.4 or higher.




‘Dualing’ Datacenters: Best Practices for Interconnection

By Peter Welcher

Big organizations that handle lots of data sometimes need to add a second datacenter. If that sounds like you, you need to consider how they’ll talk to each other. Pete reviewed the common datacenter interconnection options.


New Challenges for Network Engineers

By Terry Slattery

New transport protocols are changing the networking industry and the way that network engineers do business. It’s critical for engineers to understand these protocols — and how to troubleshoot them. Terry Slattery offers his guidance.


The 7 Deadly Sins of Network Management

By Peter Welcher

Pete provides his hard-earned wisdom on where network management tools need to go in the future — and the sins they need to avoid or overcome.


Big Changes in Storage are Coming for Network Engineers

By Russ White

For network engineers, there are big changes brewing in the storage world. And old friend of NetCraftsmen, Russ White, weighed in on what’s to come.


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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.