Month: January 2014

Tactical vs Strategic Thinking – Part II

This is in continuation of my previous post regarding Tactical vs Strategic thinking. I received some feedback about the previous post and thought I’d articulate the gist of the feedback and address the concern further. The feedback – It seems like the previous post was too generic for some readers. The suggestion was to provide examples …

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Tactical vs Strategic thinking – Systems Engineer style

Tactical vs Strategic thinking Let me attempt to delineate the two, in context of IT and specifically Infrastructure (because without that, these are just buzz-words that are being tossed around). Tactical – This calls for quick thinking, quick-fixing type of mentality — for e.g., when we need to fix things that are broken quickly, or how …

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Tuning the TCP stack and establishing throughput requirements matters, when data traverses over a WAN

In a past life when I used to work for a wireless service provider,  they used a vended application to evaluate how much data bandwidth customers were consuming and that data was sent to the billing system to form the customers’ monthly bills. The app was a poorly written (imho) and was woefully single-threaded, incapable …

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StarCluster, Cloudera Manager, EC2 Part 2

This is a continuation of my previous post on this topic. First, a disclaimer – I have focused on CentOS primarily. I will try and update this to accommodate more than one Linux distro (and even consider writing for Solaris-based implementations in the future). Here’s the skeleton of the cloudera manager setup plugin: import posixpath …

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