The Year in Review: Our Most Popular Posts of 2016

Paul H. Mauritz
President, CEO

At NetCraftsmen, our clients Rest Assured® knowing that a team of industry leaders, visionaries, and innovators are dedicated to ensuring their IT networks are able to meet and adapt to today’s enterprise demands. As part of that assurance, we share the wisdom of our craftsmen in a variety of ways, including regular articles on our highly popular blog.

As 2016 comes to a close, we thought we’d share some of our most popular tips and business insights that appeared on our blog this past year.

Network Monitoring: Top Performance Items to Watch, Part 1

What is eating your network? What is quietly killing performance? What performance items should you be watching, but probably are not? Here’s our list of the top items to monitor, including utilization, broadcasts, errors, and discards.

Designing for Cisco Nexus 9K

Some people think Cisco Nexus 9K automatically means doing ACI, but that’s not truly the case. There are several valid ways for network engineers to design around Cisco Nexus 9K. This post discusses each one.

Why BGP Flowspec Is a Step Forward in DDoS Migration

Do you recall when service providers typically had to call upon Remote Trigger Blackhole to mitigate DDoS attacks? Most recently, you may have used ACLs, which are the most widely used mitigation tool for DDoS. If you’re looking for a better tool for DDoS mitigation on the networks you administer, BGP Flowspec is a step up from ACLs and RTBH.

Succeeding With Network Management Tools

You may think that if you buy a new product or technology, it’ll make things better. Sometimes it does. Sometimes it just adds work, or the labor costs exceed the benefits. Adding a new network management tool is an expensive, time-consuming, and sometimes emotional process. Here’s our best advice for success.

What Is Segment Routing?

A number of new innovations to networking are being created and the network world is in a state of transition. For example, source routing is back, but it isn’t anything like the old source route bridging (thank goodness). This post explains the new version, called segment routing.

Cisco Mobile and Remote Access Troubleshooting Basic Connectivity

Cisco MRA enables external software and hardware clients to register to Cisco UC solutions without a VPN. This blog entry explains procedures used when troubleshooting or validating an MRA deployment. These procedures can be used to validate the initial deployment or to troubleshoot connectivity problems for an individual user.

An Easy New Way to Inventory Everything in Your Data Center

Have you ever needed to know what applications are running on your network? Have you ever needed to determine the set of protocols and ports used by an application so that firewall rules can be created? What if you needed to know all the IT assets in your business? Cisco Tetration is making it easier to find out.

What to Do About Slow Business Applications

Your business applications are mysteriously running slow — but the network team says everything is running normally and each individual component of your key business application seems to be functioning correctly. How does your IT staff find the problem? There are two approaches to identifying the issue.

The 5 Questions Your IT Partners Should Ask You

There are plenty of questions you should be asking potential IT partners. But often, executives don’t think much about the questions that their vendors ought to be asking them — and seem surprised by how many questions we have for them before we begin an engagement. What should they ask about you? Here are five questions to start.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Outsourcing IT Support

Should your organization consider outsourcing part or all of your IT support? You may have heard some outsourcing horror stories, but there’s a lot of value in outsourcing for almost every company. Ultimately, there are more pros than cons, but it’s important to understand both.

If any of these blog posts spark ideas or questions, please reach out for a deeper conversation.

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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.