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All posts by Ameet Naik

Content Delivery Networks Under the Sea

Posted by on July 24th, 2018
July 26th, 2018

Google announced yet another submarine cable project. Named Dunant, after the founder of the Red Cross, this will be the first private transatlantic submarine cable operated by a single company. This cable will run between Virginia, USA and France and is expected to be in service by 2020. While they did not announce the capacity of this cable, the Marea cable launched recently by Microsoft and Facebook, linking Virginia with Spain, has a capacity of 160 Tbps.… Read More »

Monitoring Multi-Cloud Network Performance

Posted by on June 21st, 2018
June 21st, 2018

Most enterprises began their cloud journey with a single infrastructure-as-a-service platform. Lately, compelling offerings from the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud (GCP), IBM, Digital Ocean and others have created a plethora of options, with best-of-breed functionality designed for different workload types. Much as we saw with computing and server platforms in private data centers, enterprises are finding themselves consuming two of more of these cloud services.… Read More »

AWS US-East-2 Outage and Monitoring Microservices

Posted by on May 31st, 2018
May 31st, 2018

On the morning of May 31st, 2018, shortly after midnight Pacific Time, users reported an outage in Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) US-East-2 region. An issue with Internet connectivity caused this data center to lose reachability to the Internet, impacting the functioning of any apps with external dependencies such as API services and integration with 3rd party SaaS applications.… Read More »

Anatomy of a BGP Hijack on Amazon’s Route 53 DNS Service

Posted by on April 24th, 2018
April 24th, 2018

How does one steal crypto-coins? By hacking DNS and BGP – the two cornerstone protocols governing the Internet. With any cryptographic system, one way to compromise it is to be a man in the middle (MITM) when a transaction is taking place. Both ends of the transaction believe they’re talking to a legitimate party at the other end, but in reality, a malicious actor sits in the middle and alters the information being passed through to their advantage. In case of cryptocurrency, it could be the public key of the transfer recipient. … Read More »

Monitoring Office 365

Posted by on April 4th, 2018
April 16th, 2018

Is my network ready for Microsoft Office 365? How do I monitor network performance and ensure a flawless user experience across my entire user base, regardless of whether they are on my network or out on the Internet? These are the questions plaguing many adopters of the Office 365 suite, which includes Exchange Online and Sharepoint Online. … Read More »

Does AWS Direct Connect Guarantee Cloud Performance?

Posted by on March 13th, 2018
March 20th, 2018

On Friday, March 2nd we saw a severe outage across Amazon AWS’ US-East-1 region, located in Ashburn, VA. This outage impacted Amazon’s very own Alexa along with multiple apps and services hosted within the IaaS provider, including Slack, Twilio and Atlassian JIRA. Although the infrastructure recovered very quickly from what was a weather-related power outage, we saw prolonged and cascading impacts on many software applications and services running on AWS.… Read More »