Robert Larsen — Experienced Network Architect / Consultant    (Wellington, New Zealand)

Email : rob (at) larsenconsulting (dot) net

Latest Network/Security Related News and Useful Articles           Last updated: 18 October 2018 

  • The diminishing returns of strong passwords.  [Russ White]
  • UK.gov takes red pen to spy court rules, asks for Parliament's OK.  [The Register]
  • The network automation paradox: why people are key to its success.  [Network Computing]
  • Up to 9.5 million net neutrality comments were made with stolen identities.  [Ars Technica]
  • Operational security considerations for IPv6 networks.  [ipSpace]  [IETF Draft]
  • History of networking: QUIC.  [Russ White]
  • Stanford study says almost every unique FCC comment was pro-net neutrality.  [The Verge]
  • Visualising the IPv6 address space.  [Russ White]  [APNIC Blog]
  • 400GE: tips for DC designers.  [DC JournalPDF]
  • BGP and sub-optimal route reflection.  [Russ White]
A more comprehensive list of news and useful articles can be found here.

Executive Summary

I have over 30 years' experience in the IT industry, most of which has been spent in networking/telecoms in the UK and Europe, where I’ve worked in varied roles such as technical consulting, network design/architecture, pre-sales support, operational support and software engineering/development.  In 2008, I emigrated to New Zealand, where I am based in the Wellington region.

My experience has been gained in a wide range of organisations, from start-ups, through enterprises and to large service providers and telcos.  I have worked in both team environments and on an individual and independent basis.

My background has a strong hands-on element to it, and as such I get satisfaction from being able to test a design in a lab to prove that it will work before deployment in a production environment.  To back this up, I have over 20 years experience with Cisco’s IOS, routers and switches, as well as more than 14 years experience with Juniper’s JUNOS, routers and NetScreen firewalls.

I very much enjoy customer-facing roles since no two customers are alike, and so the variety this gives is always a challenge that I am keen to take on.  Taking part in in-depth technical discussions with customers forms a key part of being able to fully understand their requirements, which is essential to being able to deliver a successful solution.

More Information

  • For the latest full version of my CV, please click here.
    • Have a look at my networks sub-domain for some (hopefully) useful network-related information.  I keep this updated on pretty much a daily basis.