One of the lines that I have taken to heart in Life is “your only difference between now and ten years from now will be the books you read and the people you meet”. I read it years ago and since then I have doubled down on my reading. Prior to this I was reading lots of fiction and technical documents around doing my jobs as a network engineer. Since then I have expanded into Finance, Marketing, Strategy and more. I can’t begin to tell you the difference in my life it made. While I won’t go into details actions I took as a direct result of what I was reading helped me go from a mid five figure salary to a solid six figure salary and on a pace that made me part of the businesses I was with not just an employee. Read more
I have been very lucky in my career. There is pretty much no network vendor whose gear has not come across my desk and I have had the opportunity to install and play with on some level. Last year we engaged Meraki to consider then for both their Cloud Controller based Access Points but also for their new Access Switch product line. I did lots and lots of research and honestly found a mixed bag of info. On one hand people were saying this is really amazing stuff and if you can handle a bit less than full enterprise class gear you should really look at it. On the other hand I read a few articles like this one out of Canada that paints a picture of pretty shady practices from Meraki.
So I sat through their online demos, had local partners come in to tell me how amazing it was then I got my AP (Modle MR12) from them to play with and see what I thought. In all honestly their AP and overall wireless product underwhelmed me. My Cisco 1200 B only radio covered better and and my Cisco 1252 even in 2.4 only mode way out gunned this poor little guy. But what they do very very well is the management of it all. Even after I had decided that my company would not be moving to their access points nor the new switch line I decided to stick with System Manager because how good it was at managing remote devices and it was free! So right off the bat I do not hate these guys or their products I actually think they are pretty cool but over just not the right fit for what we needed.
Then tonight it happened. @MrFogg97 hit me up and said “Saw this on #meraki’s site when reading the announcement. http://twitter.com/MrFogg97/status/270346667495145472/photo/1 and yes I did say that and to this second I still believe its a great product. But then I asked myself what announcement. A quick trip to Meraki’s website told the tale. Cisco announces intent to acquire Meraki And that is why I am really writing this post. Read more
If your not sure what the title quote is from Check out Young Guns 2. As for this post however keep reading to see if I ever get to a point. Currently it is 3:37am in the morning. Again I can’t sleep. Not sure if I rested to much today after a week of almost not sleep, drank a bit to much caffeine or if I am just currently unable to calm down during this career transition. No matter what the cause I did what I normally do when I realize I wont sleep before I have to get dressed and head into work (in this case a my old office, my current clients office and the new office by the end of the day) I took a shower shaved and put on some coffee. I don’t know about you, but I do some of my best thinking in the shower or when driving on long trips alone. It was durring the above mentioned shower that this post and the thoughts it contain popped into my racing mind. Enjoy it could be a fun read.
Most of the feedback I have received concerning my new job and career path has been overwhelmingly positive. But some has not. Quite bluntly a few feel I have whored myself out for money. So let me tell you what I told them…Yes as a matter of fact I did. I did it for the money.