Category Archives: Engineering Consulting

All things engineering and consulting related.

The What and How of Network Modeling

I often get asked to describe what I do and how I do it, especially when it comes to network modeling. The other day, that need became urgent. With the pressure on to come up with a description, here is … Continue reading

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Capacity Management, Failure Mitigation, and Where to Start?

Standard mitigation tools are a great place to start with Capacity Management, just like any failure mitigation need. As a telecommunications and IT consultant, we’re often called upon to solve problems. I remember some of my early training that suggested … Continue reading

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Reliability Society Denver Section Meeting on Reliability Based Steel Sheet Pile Assessment

On Thursday, November 29th, the Denver Section of the IEEE Reliability Society enjoyed an evening of professional discussions and networking, with a very interesting technical talk from Dr. Rui Liu, a drawing for a book by Gregg Hobbs, and pizza … Continue reading

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Network Capacity Management and the Trouble with Change

While working parallel projects on different sides of the Capacity Management (CM) problem, I’ve noticed a rather large disconnect between the way some networks operate and the assumptions hidden with the monitoring tools in use. Stable networks are the ideal … Continue reading

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Reliability Society Denver Section Meeting on Network Reliability and Prognostics

On Friday, October 26th, the Denver Section of the IEEE Reliability Society held a technical meet at the Tivoli Building of the University of Colorado-Denver. Our newest Chair, Dr. Jason W. Rupe, presented his observations and work on the advances … Continue reading

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Leveraging Human Solutions in Operations Research

People maintain control in spite of our new machine overlords. Operations Research (O.R.) projects often focus on trying to take control of the entire problem, and therefore fail when the engineer or manager with the ultimate control cannot validate, verify, … Continue reading

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Think you need Capacity Management?

Then you must improve your management. If your organization realizes it needs to do better with it’s Capacity Management, that is a good place to start. It is a healthy desire to check your health if not a recognition of … Continue reading

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Virtual Machines (VM) and the Capacity Management (CM) advantage

An important attraction of using Virtual Machines (VM) instead of traditional servers can be presented as a Capacity Management (CM) advantage. While a traditional server can serve multiple purposes up to a point, they are not built to be as … Continue reading

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FMECA with Wireshark

Returning from Sharkfest, I found that my laptop’s configuration must have changed. The laptop, running Windows 7 home version, was now not able to see a few of the non-windows machines on my network, including the NAS. Assuming the cause … Continue reading

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Network availability and performability modeling tricks

I read a lot, and I mean a lot, of network reliability, availability, and performability papers. The ones we publish in the IEEE Transactions on Reliability, I read multiple times. So there are a lot of relationships that go unnoticed, … Continue reading

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