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: 21 August 2017 

  • SFP-DD: Turning the SFP into a 100-gigabit module.  [GazettaByte]  [Mellanox]
  • Heavy Reading's take on optical module trends.  [GazettaByte]
  • Silk Road: Google search unmasked Dread Pirate Roberts.  [BBC News]
  • Australia blocks another 59 popular pirate sites.  [BBC News]  [Engadget]
  • US DoD, Brit ISP BT reverse proxies can be abused to frisk internal systems.  [The Register]
  • Apple may be making moves to make phones harder for police to get into.  [FStoppers]
  • Automating documentation.  [Networking Nerd]
  • DNS query name minimisation.  [Russ White]  [Errata Security]
  • Network convergence: how it affects data centers.  [DC Journal]
  • Do the police need a search warrant to access cellphone location data?  [Schneier]
A more comprehensive list of news and useful articles can be found here.

Executive Summary

I have over 25 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.