Hi, I’m a bit of a nerd and have spent years working with DNS, DHCP & IPAM (DDI) solutions, such as VitalQIP, Infoblox & BlueCat. I’ve spent a lot of that time fiddling with DNS and DHCP servers, also NTP and other open source products.
I ran my own company for 4 years that specialised in this stuff before selling it to a US-based company called PC Network Inc. (PCN). They do similar stuff and I help out with their customers in the UK. My old company’s web site is still up and running here: Calleva Networks.
I’m interested in general Internet technologies, but my heart really lies with DNS, which is the “Yellow Pages” of the Internet – without DNS you will not be able to find any web pages or send email, and it is true to say that DNS is the cornerstone of the Internet.
In one of my previous roles, we had many customers running DNS internally on their corporate networks, and we used to see a lot of interesting DNS deployments within large corporates, such as some of the big global banks, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and telecoms providers.
DNSSEC and IPv6 are two technologies that are becoming increasingly important, and I feel will fuel the need for industrial grade IPAM solutions as it will get almost impossible to manage all this stuff with spreadsheets.
I live in a small village in north Hampshire with my wife, daughter and son. I enjoy cycling around the beautiful rural countryside that surrounds us (in the summer anyway!). I also enjoy photography and sampling real ales. My favourite real ale is Tanglefoot, which is quite fortunate as there are several pubs in the area that serve it. Unfortunately, my local pub, the Calleva Arms in Silchester, is not one of them, but they do sell London Pride and Gales HSB, which are also nice tipples!
You may have spotted the connection now with Calleva Networks – it’s purely coincidental of course! 😉