Robert Keith
March 29, 2019

About Robert Keith

Robert has 30 years of experience in IT technology development and infrastructure management. He was the founder of several infrastructure ventures including Intellivence, MaxSP, Sentrik and most recently was the CTO of Iron Networks. As CTO of Iron Networks in San Jose, CA, he worked directly with many companies in the Silicon Valley to design and architect network, security, and cloud solutions. He worked directly with Microsoft engineering in the design of their cloud architectures including storage, Hyper-V, Systems Center and Virtual Networking. He also worked directly with Hortonworks to design a Hadoop deployment and management system using CentOS and many layered software packages.

Recent posts by the Author

March 29, 2019

Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise Network Architecture

This article presents a high-level overview of the Office 365 network infrastructure from end-user clients to the services running inside the Microsoft clouds. This is a cloud-based software are a service (SaaS) solution and requires specific architectural planning for enterprise network architectures. This topic is broad and complex. It is covered briefly here as an…

March 27, 2019

5G Key Technologies

This article provides an overview of several of the most important new technologies developed for the 5G Networks. To meet the 5G design vision, service and performance requirements, new technologies were required; some are extensions of 4G and, some are developed explicitly for 5G. Related articles: What is 5G? 5G Network Reliability Explained 5G Energy…

March 27, 2019

What is IOT Telemetry

This article describes telemetry - the technology of collecting and receiving data from remote sensors or data collection systems. The market is exploding with new telemetry systems in the form Internet of Things (IoT) devices and billions of devices are being deployed worldwide. Related articles: What is 5G? 5G Network Reliability Explained 5G Energy Efficiency…

March 27, 2019

5G Energy Efficiency Explained

This article describes the various 5G technologies and architectures that are being deployed to increase network energy efficiency and reduce overall power consumption. Related articles: What is 5G? 5G Network Reliability Explained What is IoT Telemetry 5G Key Technologies Explained The Challenge In the communications space, power consumption and the resulting energy-related pollution are becoming…

March 27, 2019

5G Network Reliability Explained

This article describes the 5G network architecture and underlying technologies deployed by mobile network carriers to provide ultra-reliable and mission-critical network services. One of the design requirements of the new wireless generation 5G infrastructure is guaranteeing nearly 100 percent uptime and ultra-consistent network services. Many of the services that rely on 5G include self-driving vehicles,…

March 27, 2019

What is 5G?

This article is an overview and includes links to a series of detailed articles describing 5G wireless features, supporting infrastructures and related emerging technologies. The convergence of new technologies and products is creating a quantum leap forward in transforming industries and world economies, profoundly affecting everyone. Technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and smart…

December 27, 2018

Design for Office 365 Network Performance

This article presents architectural design guidelines for enterprise networks providing Microsoft Office 365 services. Office 365 has standard SaaS architectural requirements, but also several unique options to provide optimal application performance, scalability and resiliency. Components outside of the core LAN and WAN environment can affect overall user experience. This includes desktop and other end-user devices,…

December 17, 2018

Installing Ansible Modules for A10 Networks

A10 Networks products are designed from the ground-up around an extensive set of Application Programming Interface (API) resources which can manage every aspect of each system.  The A10 Networks API uses the RESTful API architecture to glue A10 Networks systems seamlessly to DevOps management systems and a wide variety of other technologies. Ansible is an…

December 17, 2018

Common Management Tasks with aXAPI

A10 Networks products with the Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS) technology include a comprehensive API infrastructure for system integrations and management. This API product is aXAPI, a RESTful web services-based interface providing DevOps and IT operations the capability to integrate seamlessly with existing management platforms. aXAPI integrates with management automation systems like Ansible, Chef, Puppet and…

December 17, 2018

Managing Network Devices with SSH Scripts

Network and security devices typically have a text based or Command Line Interface (CLI) management interface which can access and manage systems across a network connection. CLI commands are typically run from text-based terminals. These systems can also be managed with CLI commands embedded in scripts. This article describes managing network devices with Linux scripts.…