Lippis Report 128: Re-Thinking A Multi-Vendor Network Strategy in a Post Nortel World

June 23rd, 2009

Nick LippisNortel, announced on June 20th, that it will liquidate its assets and may get less then $2B, which is less then 1% of its pre-dotcom boom valuation. This is such a sad story as $2B will be divided among holders of approximately $4.5 billion in Nortel debt, and more than $2 billion owed in severance to ex-employees and pensions to retired managers, and other obligations, according to the Wall Street Journal. While the CDMA and LTE groups are being sold to Nokia Siemens for an estimated $650M, the enterprise unit which includes its IP Telephony, UC, Routing, Switching, et al., products is being valued at less than $500 million since it’s losing money, according to people familiar with the business. As Warren Buffet said, when the tide goes out you get to see who’s swimming naked, and Nortel was very naked.

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Preparing for the Unexpected: Utilizing Avaya to Help Build Your Communications Continuity Capability

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June 23rd, 2009

By Avaya

There has been a growing recognition about the critical importance of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. This is a decade marked by catastrophic natural disasters and man-made disruptions such as terrorist events. It’s also a decade where we have seen the impact on business of less publicized, yet significant disruptions such as labor disputes, broad-scale internet outages, civil disorder and threats of cyber attacks. For impacted businesses, the immediate challenge is to cope with lost or impaired communications with employees, vendors and customers. Much of the planning for new events has begun to focus on communications continuity as a key element of business.

Download this paper to see how it will help IT leaders understand how Avaya can help plan and execute a solid approach to communication continuity preparedness.

Cisco® Catalyst® 6500 High Availability: Deploying Redundant Supervisors for Maximum Uptime

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June 23rd, 2009

By Cisco Systems

The Cisco® Catalyst® 6500 is deployed in the most critical parts of enterprise and service provider networks. Having such a vital position in the network, the Cisco® Catalyst® 6500 must provide the highest levels of availability. To achieve these levels of availability network engineers employ both network-wide technologies as well as device-level redundancy. This includes network designs with redundant switches, redundant paths using Cisco EtherChannel® technology, First Hop Redundancy Protocols, the Cisco Virtual Switching System (VSS) and of course redundant system components including power supplies, fans and Supervisor modules.

This paper discusses the Redundant Supervisor technologies for the Cisco® Catalyst® 6500. These technologies have evolved over time from nonstateful, Route Processor Redundancy mode (RPR) to the current Stateful Switchover (SSO) mode with Nonstop Forwarding (NSF).

To understand how to build high available networks with SSO and NSF download this white paper.

Nortel Liquidates & Industry Moves On

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June 23rd, 2009

Zeus KerravalaZeus Kerravala of Yankee joins me to discuss the many changes occurring in the industry including Nortel’s liquidation and Cisco’s huge influence over the industry as it reshapes to respond to its UCS and data center 3.0 initiatives. We discuss HP’s new relationships with MSFT and Alcatel-Lucent, Brocade, Enterasys, Extreme, Force10, IBM, Juniper, and much more. We talk winners and losers and provide insight into the major trends that are focusing on new corporate IT buying behavior. Enjoy.

Network Design in the Post Crash 2008 World

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June 15th, 2009

Zeus Kerravala and Steve Garrison, our podcast guestsThe market crash of 2008 has modified business behavior & processes permanently. When capex resumes it will not fund follow-on pre crash IT projects but IT projects that are top down driven by executive mandate to streamline operations. IT project winners are Collaboration, Video Conferencing, OPEX reduction, virtualization, security. mobility and cloud computing. Zeus Kerravala, SVP at Yankee and Steve Garrison, VP Marketing at Force10 Networks are my guest as we discuss data center network design in a virtualization post crash era. It’s a great discussion, enjoy.

Lippis Report 127: Getting IT Ready for The Fall Economic Up Turn

June 9th, 2009

Nick LippisThe spring business cycle in our industry brought HP and Microsoft closer together, Avaya’s launch of Aura, Cisco’s go-to-market strategy for its unified computing system (UCS), Brocade’s 8000 FCoE switch launch, 3Com/H3C’s new 12500 data center core switch and re-emergence into the enterprise market, Voltaire’s entry into the ethernet data center market and much more. With the stocks of many networking companies trading higher than before the crash of 2008, it’s becoming clear that the efficiency gains of IT will play a major role in the fall economic up turn. With that in mind I review the major spring launches and provide my assessment.

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Avaya Aura Branch Edition Test

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June 9th, 2009

By Miercom

Avaya Aura Branch Edition (formerly known as Avaya Distributed Office) delivers rich communication, collaboration and mobility capabilities to customer-facing branch offices. Miercom was engaged to conduct a review of the Avaya Aura Branch Edition, which is the next release of the Avaya Distributed Office, R1.2. We focused on the new advanced features, enhancements and functionality available within this release, prior to the launch of the Branch Edition solution. Some of the information contained in this report is based on the previous Avaya Distributed Office evaluation.

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Virtualization Beyond the Data Center

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June 9th, 2009

By Cisco Systems

Server virtualization, part of the Cisco ® Unified Computing System, leads to significant cost savings, helping organizations address space, power, cooling, and budget constraints. The current global economic climate presents an opportune time to fully utilize the benefits of virtualization technologies beyond the data center to achieve greater cost savings through increasing network utilization and efficiency. Network virtualization simplifies how IT departments manage entire campus networks. It offers management and cost benefits for increasingly complex, consolidated networks. Fortunately, the technologies for virtualizing network services throughout the campus network are mature and well understood. Modern campus network architectures support many services, scalable to hundreds of nodes and thousands of users. Administrators need to segment the campus networks for security and traffic management reasons, and traditional switching solutions are insufficient to meet these needs.

To find out about network virtualization and how your company can benefit from it download this white paper.