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Leading the Way in Network Technology

Tim O'Neill

As the Senior Technology Consultant & Chief Editor at LoveMyTool, Tim O’Neill has over 45 years of technology experience at data/voice and video networking analysis companies, including successful senior roles in Sales, Product Design, Marketing Management, Business Development and Security.

Recent Posts

Network Engineer’s Guide to Reducing Mean Time to Resolution

on 10/16/18 8:00 AM By | Tim O'Neill | 0 Comments | Network Management Network Design
The days of siloed IT infrastructures are quickly ending as services, applications and network components become more interdependent. IT infrastructures are becoming more complex and it’s falling on your shoulders to keep mean time to resolution (MTTR) metrics at a reasonable level. Research shows that the average MTTR in medium-density desktop support centers is nearly 10 hours—but this doesn’t paint a complete picture of the problem.
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TAP Test: Do you need a Network TAP?

on 7/19/18 8:00 AM By | Tim O'Neill | 0 Comments | TAPs vs SPAN Network TAPs
Whether you are proactively designing a network for a new office or data center location, or looking to make changes to your current infrastructure, there are a lot of questions to ask during the initial design phase.
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7 reasons why you shouldn’t choose SPAN as a real visibility access device!

on 5/24/18 8:00 AM By | Tim O'Neill | 0 Comments | TAPs vs SPAN Network TAPs
Every day I come across network techs who continue to rely on SPAN ports for their network access method.  This blows my mind as its been proven time and again why you shouldn’t rely on SPAN ports. Let me share with you some of those reasons why:
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Understanding the Visibility Limitations of SPAN Ports

on 4/19/18 8:00 AM By | Tim O'Neill | 0 Comments | TAPs vs SPAN Network TAPs
Visibility is key for today’s Network Engineers and Managers. Visibility is a MUST when thinking about network security and compliance requirements and soon GDPR. I want to focus on the need for real visibility that only TAPs provide versus the totally misunderstood marketing ploy of SPAN!
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Fiber Optical Networking

Greater Data Speeds but New Challenges to Consider As we begin seeing much higher bandwidth speeds for data communications using fiber optical connections and enter into the non-linear world of photonic communications, many things will change from understanding the basic physics of non-linear photonic communications to the increased need for better plant build-outs, an understanding of optical budgets (referencing signal to noise requirements), maintenance, and a much higher requirement for documentation and record keeping.
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Halloween Hack: Should SCADA/ICS be Scared?

on 10/31/17 8:00 AM By | Tim O'Neill | 0 Comments | Hacks and Data Breaches Network Security
I’ve been saying for years that supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and industrial control systems (ICS) have a greater risk of being hacked. Unless changes and upgrades are made to these mission critical systems, a devastating hack is bound to happen. And it turns out that I was right. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) just released a joint report that provides information on persistent threats that successfully breached government networks along with organizations in the energy, nuclear, aviation, and manufacturing sectors.
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