Lippis Report Issue 83: Networks Become Application Intelligent

May 21st, 2007

Networks have traditionally supported applications by providing a transport service. Over the years this transport service was optimized through quality of service mechanisms in an effort to prioritize one set of applications over another. After more than ten years of web development and investment, the type and number of applications have increased dramatically, driving new application support requirements within networks. A new class of network service called Application Intelligence has emerged to address a series of problems and provide IT leaders with tools to optimize application performance while increasing user experience.

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Will The Microsoft/Nortel ICA Survive the Summer?

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May 21st, 2007

Zeus KerravalaZeus Kerravala, Yankee Group SVP and I look around the industry and compare notes. We express concerns over the lack of progress that Microsoft/Nortel ICA has made. We touch on Cisco, Avaya, Siemens, ProCurve, Foundry and Force 10. Who is doing well and who is falling apart. Listen in to find out.

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Cisco Campus Communications Fabric: A New Framework for Campus Network Evolution

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May 21st, 2007

by Cisco Systems

Today, the campus network needs to target not only availability and reliability, but services too, as business-critical network applications become increasingly interactive and traffic patterns become less predictable. In adapting to these new demands and aligning the network with business priorities, IT managers must make sure the campus network delivers business value on two fronts: user experience and operational excellence. The Cisco® Campus Communications Fabric, a framework to enable the interactive campus and address the IT gaps that businesses experience, can help companies meet those objectives. Through six primary attributes: application intelligence, unified network services, integrated security, virtualization, non-stop communications, and operational manageability: the Cisco Campus Communications Fabric presents an architecture in which products and features work together to provide highly consistent services and policies, anywhere, anytime, and irrespective of connection type.

Application Intelligence: A New Network Service

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May 21st, 2007

Networks have traditionally supported applications by providing a transport service. Over the years this transport service was optimized through quality of service mechanisms in an effort to prioritize one set of applications over another. After more than ten years of web development and investment, the type and number of applications have increased dramatically, driving new application support requirements within networks. A new class of network service called Application Intelligence has emerged to address a series of problems and provide IT leaders with tools to optimize application performance while increasing user experience. In this paper we introduce the concept of Application Intelligence as a strategy to solve the networked application performance problems faced by most business and IT leaders.

Cisco Services Aggregation Portfolio: Enabling Consistent, Secure, and Optimized Service Delivery Across the Network

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May 21st, 2007

by Cisco Systems

Cisco offers a full portfolio of products with which to build a network that is fully converged end to end. Having this broad scope requires Cisco to understand the unique requirements of each of these places in the network and how they must all work. With the introduction of the new Cisco Catalyst® 6500 Supervisor Engine 32 Programmable Intelligent Services Accelerator (PISA) and the Cisco 7201 Router, Cisco expands its WAN services aggregation portfolio with offerings that help ensure business success through the consistent, secure, and optimized delivery of advanced technologies and services.

Nick Lippis Delivers BU College of Engineering Commencement Speech

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May 21st, 2007

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Nick Lippis, President of Lippis Enterprises, delivers the commencement speech at Boston University’s College of Engineering 2007 graduating class on May 20th. Mr. Lippis suggests that engineering resources and talents are shifting from enhancing the human experience to improving the human condition. As engineers invest their careers in biotechnology, nanotechnology, green energy sources and terrorist defense this generation of engineers are presented with an unprecedented opportunity to improve the human condition by extending healthy life spans in a clean environment while in the process changing the world. In this Lippis Report we provide both a copy of the speech and a recording as a podcast.

Nick Lippis Delivers BU College of Engineering Commencement Speech (Podcast)

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May 21st, 2007

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This podcast accompanies Nick’s speech on the same subject, which you can find by following the link to your right.

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Communications-Enabled Business Processes: The Convergence of Applications

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May 16th, 2007

Nick Lippis delivers the keynote address at Avaya’s Developer Day at the TMCnet Communications Developer Conference heald on May 14th in San Jose. Late last summer the IP telephony industry accelerated its software focus with unified communications and communications-enabled business processes (CEBP) initiatives and offerings from all major suppliers. CEBP injects communications into business process to reduce human and system delay, thus speeding up workflow and increasing an organization?√ᬨ?s response to business events. CEBP promises to increase corporate productivity and change the global economy much like the Internet did. How will CEBP be brought to market? Will CEBP be implemented at the pace of a consulting engagement at a time or are there pre-packaged solutions that will speed its deployment and economic benefits. In his keynote address Nick Lippis, Publisher of the Lippis Report, shares his views and opinion on this emerging new era of increased corporate productivity through the convergence of applications and communications.

Lippis Report Issue 82: Securing Unified Communications Infrastructure

May 7th, 2007

Unified Communications (UC) deployment is well underway. Of the big vendors, Avaya, Cisco, Siemens and Alcatel are delivering product today while Nortel and Microsoft promise UC and ask that you hold off purchasing competitive products. Innovative Communications Alliance (ICA), the Nortel/Microsoft joint venture, is scheduled to provide product guidance in June, a full year after its announcement. Mitel, Shortel, 3Com, IBM, Interactive Intelligence, NEC, Ericsson, AVST, Oracle, TeleWare, Objectworld, et al., are delivering UC. With the IP telephony, telecommunications and application industries focused on taking their share of the emerging $35B to $40B annual UC market it´s inevitable that UC will soon be a fact of corporate life. So the question is: are you ready? Is your infrastructure secure enough to support UC?

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NAC Launch From ProCurve Networking by HP: Part Two

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May 7th, 2007

Andre KindnessWenceslao Lada, VP & Americas GM and Andre Kindness, both from ProCurve Networking by HP join the Lippis Report podcast to announce major product and organizational additions to their ProActive Defense strategy. ProActive defense claims to deliver a trusted network infrastructure that is immune to threats,

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controllable for appropriate use and able to protect data and integrity for users. This podcast dives into the technical aspects of the ProCurve announcement. We address NAC, NAP, supplicants and more. Listen in as the internal network security market just changed.

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Access Control Solution

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May 7th, 2007

By ProCurve Networking by HP

This white paper addresses the concept of Network Access Control (NAC), which provides organizations with the ability to control access to networks and the information available on those networks. It also describes the access control solution provided by ProCurve Networking by HP. ProCurve Networking is dedicated to providing networking solutions that enable organizations to increase productivity, fortify security, and reduce complexity.

Engaged Networks for Intelligent Communications

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May 7th, 2007

By Avaya and Extreme Networks

Often, the first consideration for implementing a converged voice, data and video network using Internet Protocol (IP) technology is its ability to help contain operational costs and deliver significant savings through toll bypass. However, from a strategic perspective, IP telephony and its underlying converged network can act as an enabling technology, facilitating more responsive customer relations through next-generation contact centers and making employees more productive with applications like collaborative computing. The advantages of convergence are truly open-ended and the boundaries around the ways that progressive organizations exploit IP technology continue to be pushed.

Converged Network Security For Dummies

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May 7th, 2007

By Peter H. Gregory, CISA, CISSP

This book shows you how to protect the communications and business application assets that you rely on to run your business. Find out how Avaya Strategic Alliance partners Juniper Networks and Extreme Networks provide multi-layered, industry-leading security infrastructures : and how Avaya Security Services can help you assess, deploy, and ultimately protect your networks. As an IT manager or decision-maker, you´ll appreciate the way that these converged network security solutions protect your corporate assets and infrastructure not only from external threats but also from threats within the ever-more-mobile business environment.

Extreme Improvements for Network Security

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May 7th, 2007

By Extreme Networks

Extreme Networks® products have the features it takes to protect an enterprise network from the inside-out. This paper discusses the advanced security features that Extreme Networks builds into its switches and routers. Extreme Networks offers a rich portfolio of network infrastructure and security devices, ranging from 1U appliances to gigantic enterprise switches. Extreme Networks products provide connectivity, and protect converged networks from security threats using network access control, network segmentation and threat mitigation.