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Brett Wolmarans, Spirent

Brett Wolmarans is a product manager with Spirent Communications. He has worked in various roles in South Africa, Canada, Japan and the United States as a developer, IT technician, network engineer, entrepreneur and systems engineer over the last 20 years. Brett participates in IETF meetings in between helping testers everywhere find better solutions.

Recent Posts

Experienced a network outage? I feel your pain.

Sort of. By now, all of us in networking have read about the four-day Blackberry outage or experienced our own personal Crackberry withdrawal.  We also know it was a core switch failover event and backup-switch-gone-bad that is shouldering the blame for this. (According to RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis, the outage occurred “when a dual-redundant, dual capacity core switch failed and its backup switch failed to activate.”) I feel for those who were working in the networking depa...

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What do Lady Gaga and top Defense Contractors have in common?

Well, as you might have guessed, they both need to do more network testing! Two recent news stories highlight this: First, instead of picking on Amazon (see my earlier blog post on cyber security this year), maybe Lady Gaga's entourage needs to buy some network testing equipment like, yesterday, and start doing some P.A.S.S. ( Performance, Availability, Scalability and Security) testing.  Read how technical issues impeded the high-profile promotion of Lady Gaga's latest album here...

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