Lippis Report 134: Cisco Delivers A New Network Architecture Called Borderless Networks

October 20th, 2009

nicklippis.jpgI’ve been working in the networking industry my entire adult life starting in the mid 1980s, having developed and reviewed numerous network architectures. I view an IT supplier’s network architecture as insight into their perspective of business changes plus trends and how their IT solutions can be exploited for corporate advantage. In short, the architecture provides a roadmap or blueprint of their investment plan and corporate priorities. The latest IT architecture I’ve reviewed is Borderless Networks from Cisco Systems and it does a great job of addressing business, economic and technical trends that are converging into an opportunity for business leaders to accelerate earnings while preparing for and taking advantage of top line growth. The first manifestation of Borderless Networks into product is in Cisco’s October 20th, 2009 Borderless Branch Office Network launch including the Integrated Services Router Generation 2. In this Lippis Report Research Note I review Cisco’s Borderless Networks architecture, an approach to networking that is very much in synch with the times in which we live.

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A New Era in Branch Office Experience Emerges: Are You Ready?

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October 19th, 2009

By Nick Lippis

A new era in Enterprise IT is emerging. It’s an era born out of systemic business efficiency planning prompted by the efforts of business leaders to reduce corporate spending as revenues declined during the market crash of 2008. To reduce operational spend, get closer to customers, automate new streamlined business processes and position their firms for the current economic recovery, IT leaders are reviewing IT solutions, particularly data center consolidation, virtualization, cloud computing and branch offices. In this white paper we describe the macro trends taking shape in business and explore how these trends are creating a new era in branch office IT fueled by cost reduction and improved customer experience. We review next generation branch office IT attributes and best practices to leverage their value.

Lippis on Borderless Networks

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October 19th, 2009

This short Lippis Vidcast is on Cisco’s Borderless Networks architecture and its ISR G2 launch.

Pragmatic Network Latency Engineering Fundamental Facts and Analysis

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October 19th, 2009

By Rony Kay, Ph.D. President/CTO cPacket Networks

Low latency networks for distributed applications have become a competitive advantage for financial institutions with algorithmic trading platforms, where delay in trades impacts profits. The latency requirements for applications like high frequency trading, derivative pricing, and latency arbitrage are much stricter than for traditional web applications, such as VoIP and network gaming. While traditional applications can tolerate more than 100 milliseconds of one-way packet latency, algorithmic trading is sensitive to milliseconds, microseconds, or less. Market demand for ultra low latency networking is growing rapidly and the time resolution scale has shifted by several orders of magnitude from milliseconds to microseconds and less. This paper describes methods for meeting these more stringent performance constraints with finer resolution and more accurate measurements of latency and jitter than ever before.

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Virtualizing UC: Reaping the Benefits and Understanding the Issues for Real-Time Communications

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October 19th, 2009

By IDC

Virtualization and UC application migration onto the datacenter are happening side by side and create an interesting and challenging dilemma. Virtualization today is primarily being applied to traditional server-based applications with flexible minimum response times, low utilization rates, and low input/output requirements. The requirements are quite the opposite for real-time communications where application delay is not permitted. A disadvantage of virtualization has been that application efficiencies can be lost as the virtual machine accesses the hardware indirectly. This IDC white paper addresses the question: Can virtualization support real-time communications?

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Cisco Delivers A New Network Architecture In Borderless Networks

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October 19th, 2009

joelWe live in an ever-increasingly connected world where our workspace is with us constantly, independent of geographic location and user device. The days of boundaries or obstacles to accessing information which location, applications and devices erected are limited and dwindling. These boundaries are being torn down by business necessity, personal preferences and technical innovations. Joel Conover, Senior Marketing Manager at Cisco Systems joins me to discuss Borderless Networks, a new Cisco network architecture which addresses today’s most complex IT challenges.

Cisco Launches A New Era In Borderless Branch Office IT

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October 19th, 2009

Shashi KiranAs businesses grow across borders, a new era in branch office IT is emerging, born out of systemic business efficiency planning prompted by the efforts of business leaders to reduce corporate spending as revenues declined during the market crash of 2008. To assist business and IT leaders in reducing operational spend, get closer to customers, automate new streamlined business processes and position their firms for the current economic recovery, Cisco has launched the second generation of Integrated Services Routers (ISR G2), their flagship branch office solution for Borderless Networks. Shashi Kiran, Senior Manager Network Systems and Security of Cisco Systems discusses macro business trends and explores how these trends are creating a new era in enterprise networks.

Making UC Practical for Midsize Enterprises

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October 9th, 2009

brucemazza.jpgAvaya Aura is being extended to the mid sized enterprise market by simplifying its packaging into a single server solution loaded with unified communications and contact center applications. The Mid Market is typically characterized as 100 to 250 employees with revenues of $50M to $1B dollars. These Line of Business (LoB) managers seek to increase revenue and improve customer experience while differentiating against larger competitors. Their IT issues include older and dead ended communication technologies, limited IT and contact center agent staff and the need to rapidly reduce cost. To make LoB and IT ends meet, the Avaya Aura solution for Mid-Size Enterprises is offered for businesses with up to 2,400 users and 250 locations. Bruce Mazza Director of Unified Communications Market Solutions for Avaya joins me to discuss the mid enterprise market challenge.

Lippis Report 133: Cisco, HP & IBM Make Up New Top Tier of IT Industry

October 5th, 2009

nicklippis.jpgThe market crash of 2008 had a similar effect to a long drought on a once lush ecologically diverse and thriving environment. Only the strong survive such harsh conditions. With hardware sales down some 25 to 30% over the past year the revenue drought in the networking and communications industry brought large changes. We have seen the once huge Nortel go bankrupt and be sold off in pieces; Siemens Enterprise, Enterasys and Avaya were brought private; Foundry Networks was sold to Brocade and now Brocade may be up for sale; HP ProCurve was integrated into the large HP group TSG; 3Com re-emerged in the enterprise market while many start-ups closed shop.

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Cisco Unified Wireless Network Solution Positioning for the New PCI DSS Wireless Guideline

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October 5th, 2009

By Cisco Systems

This document addresses the recommendations listed in the “Information Supplement: PCI DSS Wireless Guideline.” The full guideline can be found at http://www.pcisecuritystandards.org. This document addresses these guidelines in relation to the Cisco Unified Wireless Network; it does not address Cisco’s autonomous or stand-alone access points in relation to the new PCI DSS Wireless Guideline.

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Impact of Virtualization on Cloud Networking

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October 5th, 2009

By Arista Networks

The adoption of virtualization in data centers creates the need for a new class of networks designed to support elasticity of resource allocation, increasingly mobile workloads and the shift to production virtual workloads, requiring maximum availability. Building a network that spans both physical servers and virtual machines with consistent capabilities demands a new architectural approach to designing and building the IT infrastructure. Performance, elasticity, and logical addressing structures must be considered as well as the management of the physical and virtual networking infrastructure. Once deployed, a network that is virtualization-ready can offer many revolutionary services over a common shared infrastructure.

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