DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+

Bio:

Network Professional with following certifications under his belt: CCIE Data Center #45880, AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate, CCNP RS, CCDP, Open SDN Certified Associate (OSCA), VCP4, MCSE+ Security 2K3

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4 Core Compute Options with Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

By DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+ on July 24, 2019

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) may not be as common of a household name as Amazon Web Services (AWS), but that’s rapidly changing. GCP is one of the “big three” public cloud providers in the market, along with AWS and Microsoft Azure. GCP is riding on top of one of the largest networks in the globe […]

The Fundamentals of Google Compute Engine (GCE)

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By DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+ on March 28, 2019

Google Compute Engine (GCE) is part of Google’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering, where you can build high-performance, fault-tolerant, massively scalable compute nodes to handle your application’s needs. Virtual Machine instances are provisioned in GCE and can be pre-packed or fully customized. In this article, we’ll cover some of the fundamentals of VM Instances within GCE. Virtual Machine […]

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Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Networking Fundamentals

By DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+ on October 18, 2018

If your organization or customers haven’t yet migrated to the cloud, don’t think it won’t happen, because it very likely will. If you’re a network engineer, system admin, or anyone that is supporting infrastructure in the cloud, it’s in in your best interest to understand how it differs from your traditional on-premises data center environments […]

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Best 21 FREE Network Admin Tools for Everyday Troubleshooting!

By DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+ on July 30, 2018

Every magician has a bag of tricks. Every mechanic has a bag of tools. Whether you’re designing a network, diagnosing an anomaly, troubleshooting an issue or monitoring an environment – your bag of Networking Tools and software should be complete, robust, and reliable. This is why we’ve compiled a list of some of the Best […]

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SolarWinds Orion API & SDK – Scripting with Python (Part 3)

By DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+ on October 2, 2016

This is the third article in a series we’re calling “SolarWinds Orion API & SDK”. The first article covered concepts, purpose and how to get started with the SDK. In the second article we took a look at interaction with the API via cURL and a REST client. By now you should have a taste of what […]

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SolarWinds Orion API & SDK – Using SWQL, REST, and CURL (Part 2)

By DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+ on September 19, 2016

In Part 1 of this article series we discussed basics of the SolarWinds Orion API & SDK, why you would use it, and how to get it. We also looked at some general concepts regrading APIs, REST and JSON. By the end of the first article, you should have either installed the pre-compiled MSI, or downloaded/cloned […]

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SolarWinds Orion API & SDK – Getting Started (Part 1)

By DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+ on September 12, 2016

Industry consumers are rapidly demanding automation, orchestration and programmability features from vendors, with the goal of making networks and systems more fluid, easy to deploy, and intelligent. Sometimes overlooked, a key component in automation is monitoring and documentation. Sure, you can auto-provision virtual machines and virtual networks, automate branch office connectivity, device policies, and more, but […]

Recapping Cisco Live 2016: Top 10 favorite moments

By DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+ on July 22, 2016

Cisco Live is an annual event for IT professionals to connect with peers, develop solutions, widen skill-sets, lab scenarios, drink beer and celebrate!  Seven years later and I’m still enthralled by the experience and value this event provides for Networking professionals.  Whether your focus is with routing/switching, wireless, security, computing, storage, automation, IoT, you name it, Cisco Live […]

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SolarWinds NPM v12 – New Cisco Monitoring, Auto-Discovery & More!

By DAVID VARNUM, CCIE, VCP, MCSE+ on June 6, 2016

As a long-time user of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM), I was quite excited to review the latest 12.0 release of the NPM product. We’re going to jump into a Detailed Solarwinds Network Performance Monitor Review and look at all the new features it has to offer! The new features add immense value to the […]