Category: Network Monitoring

GeoIP and Geo-Targeting

Posted on 09/08/09 No Comments

Lately I have been busy with a web-based geo-targeting project.   For those of you not familiar with geo-targeting, the deeper you get into geo-targeting, the more you realize how important and interesting it is. Geo-targeting is used for fraud detection, personalization, ad-targeting, content-delivery, and more.   In addition, the same basic concept is used [...]

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U.S. Cyber Command – Air Force Stumbles

Posted on 07/06/09 No Comments

Great and powerful organizations can be handicapped by their own greatness.   The shear magnificence, power and strength of the USAF also can be it’s own weakness at times.  This is certainly true in the area of communications, air power and cyberspace. The communications mission of the Air Force is highly interconnected with it’s core [...]

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U.S. Cyber Command – Some Deep Background

Posted on 06/25/09 No Comments

It is not common knowledge, but we began discussing the need for a cyber command in the mid-1990s; but it was the Langley Cyber Attack in 1997 that started the momentum toward making a future cyber command a reality.   I don’t want to rehash well-documented historical events in this post.  Instead, I will focus [...]

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CloudFront LogAnalyzer on Amazon Elastic MapReduce

Posted on 05/07/09 No Comments

The Amazon Elastic MapReduce team has a sample application, CloudFront LogAnalyzer, designed to analyze Amazon CloudFront access logs. This tool provided users with the power of Amazon Elastic MapReduce to quickly turn access log data into actionable intelligence. Access logs are activity records about all requests delivered through Amazon CloudFront and contains a valuable set [...]

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The Promises and Perils of Twitter

Posted on 04/19/09 1 Comment

One year ago I penned Event Processing in Twitter Space, and today parts of the net are buzzing about Twitter. In a nutshell, Twitter is a one-to-many communications service that uses short messages (140 chars or less). Following on the heels of the blogging phenomena, Twitter has been primarily used for microblogging and group communications. [...]

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Real CEP News: Amazon Announces Elastic MapReduce

Posted on 04/02/09 4 Comments

Yesterday Amazon announced the public beta of Amazon Elastic MapReduce, a web-based service that enables businesses, researchers, data analysts, and developers to easily and cost-effectively process vast amounts of data.  Amazon Elastic MapReduce utilizes a hosted Hadoop framework running on the web-scale infrastructure of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service [...]

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A Review of Zabbix – Zabbix Rules! (Part 2)

Posted on 03/23/09 2 Comments

In A Review of Zabbix – Zabbix Rules! (Part 1) we provided a brief introduction to Zabbix in the context of network and security management.  In this post I will discuss Zabbix as an event processing platform. Zabbix is like most event processing platforms.  Zabbix provides both agent-initiated events as well as server-requested events.  In [...]

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A Review of Zabbix – Zabbix Rules! (Part 1)

Posted on 03/20/09 No Comments

It was 1992, the Internet was still an uncertain “dream technology” by scientists, and I was working at SprintLink.   My role was the lead systems engineer to set up the network and security management center for SprintLink and Managed Router Network (MRN) team. We used HP Open View Network Node Manager (NNM) for our core [...]

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