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Douglas Gourlay

Doug Gourlay is a respected networking thought leader who has held leadership positions at Cisco, Arista Networks, Skyport Systems, and Apstra.
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The Commander’s Intent

Douglas Gourlay | Posted May 30, 2017
A young Lieutenant delivers an OPORD at Infantry Officer Basic Course 2-95

It was about twenty-five years ago when I was given my first copy of The Ranger Handbook (with every page laminated!) and was tasked with delivering an operations order for some squad-level patrol,...

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Chasing Mavericks - Catching and Surfing Market Transitions

Douglas Gourlay | Posted Mar 21, 2017

I remember my first time surfing — Ken Hook took me out to Linda Mar in Pacifica, California early on a chilly Sunday. I bought a wetsuit, borrowed a 9’6” ‘soul board’ from Ken and proceeded to inhale enough water to fill a bathtub. I got pummeled on the swim out and turned...

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2017 Predictions and Punditry

Douglas Gourlay | Posted Jan 09, 2017
Over the past decade or more I have participated in the development of blogs around this time of year that attempt to capture what we think is going to happen in our industry in the forthcoming twelve months. In some ways it is actually easier to prognosticate 3-5 years than...
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SDN: What It Should Have Been

Douglas Gourlay | Posted Dec 01, 2016

For the last three months I have been having a pretty good time checking off bucket list items — I’ve learned to kiteboard in Cape Hatteras, biked the Normandy and Brittany coastlines while visiting WWII battlefield sites, rode Icelandic horses across a volcanic plain, and...

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