A few months back I wrote a bit about my unusual home network topology and, in particular, how I’d been planning to modernize it. Though it had worked pretty well for years already, the aim then was to improve it further by moving the firewall to newer, more power-efficient hardware and from pfSense to Vyatta, my favorite network operating system. Well, that’s essentially what happened, but with a slight detour.
When Brocade acquired Vyatta, it didn’t seem that they fully comprehended just what they had their hands on. Vyatta was an efficient, powerful, flexible network operating system based on Linux, which could run just as easily on commodity hardware or (para)virtualized infrastructure. The possibilities were endless. Unfortunately, the result was predictable.
I’m a career operations guy with some background in security and network engineering. This means my home network is something some people might call “over-engineered” (or even “completely overkill” if they were feeling particularly ungenerous). That said, I often work from my home office, so my network is more important to me than many home networks might be. I’ve also never had a single service outage or security compromise. If any of this sounds interesting, please read on.