Extreme’s Next Generation Gigabit Ethernet Switches Offer New Network Design Options

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October 26th, 2010

Darius GoodallGigabit Ethernet networking has expanded to desktop connections in campus networking and to dense server connectivity in data centers. In short gigabit Ethernet has become mainstream with multiple use cases driving its growth. But a new generation of gigabit Ethernet switches is needed to satisfy market demands with attributes such as PoE-Plus, stacking, data center cooling, power efficiency and more. It’s these attributes and more that Extreme is delivering with its new Summit X460 Gigabit Ethernet switch. I talk with Darius Goodall, Senior Manager Product Marketing at Extreme Networks about the Summit X460 and the new network designs it enables.

Lippis Report 159: Cisco’s Borderless Green Network Service

October 22nd, 2010

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A Comprehensive Approach to Corporate and Government Energy Cost Savings and Carbon Reduction

Being green is increasingly being forced upon IT business leaders from their management, government regulations and societal pressures. Ask a recent college grad what is the number one societal contribution they would like to make with their career and the answer is “make the world greener.” The workforce is changing worldwide with a sense of personal and corporate social responsibility to reduce carbon emissions, and choose sustainable materials and processes to power our lives and deliver products and services. And being green is no longer a luxury that IT leaders can choose as governments, boards of directors and presidential directives issue mandates forcing energy efficiency upon IT executives.

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Reducing network complexity, boosting performance with HP IRF technology by HP Networking

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October 19th, 2010

The fundamental nature of networking is changing, especially in enterprise data centers. With new, integrated applications deployed against large scale, highly virtualized server farms, server-to-server- center communications are demanding a completely new level of intra-data-center performance. Traditional three-tier networks— designed to support data-center-in/data-center-out traffic and built using legacy, poor-performing redundancy protocols—can’t deliver the server-to-server capacity required for these types of workloads.

Purpose-built HP networking solutions, system architecture, and technology are streamlining the design of next-generation data centers and campus networks to ensure the superior resiliency, performance, and agility that enterprise networks now require. One HP innovation is Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF), a technology that far outstrips ordinary protocols designed to improve the performance of network switches. In this white paper you will learn about the challenges associated with conventional switch solutions; the advantages of IRF in terms of manageability, performance, and resiliency; and the very real business benefits that can result from installing HP A-series switches that employ this technology.

The Proven Financial Benefits of SIP Trunk Consolidation

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October 18th, 2010

By Siemens Enterprise Communications

In the U.S., a Pacific Northwest state is saving almost $2 million per year by deploying IP Least Cost Routing. A New York-based insurance company has shifted 70,000 calls per week onto its new internal SIP network, saving about 13,000 hours per month of voice traffic which previously had gone to a PSTN carrier. Meanwhile, in Europe, a large manufacturing company is saving 35% of its inter-site communication costs by moving to SIP Trunking.

SIP Trunking is a well-proven technology, with many carriers offering the service, both domestically and internationally. Typical savings from using SIP Trunking can range from 25% to 50%.

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Evaluating and Enhancing Green Practices with Cisco Catalyst Switching

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October 18th, 2010

By Cisco Systems

National security, environmental and resource supply issues will encourage governments to implement green initiatives and incentives. There will be business ramifications as a result of policies implemented by local, state and federal governments around the world. As traditional energy supplies decrease and newer, but more costly, renewable supplies are brought online, organizations will be forced to look for more efficient ways to deploy their data networks to meet stricter government regulations and prevent overall negative effects.

Cisco has recognized this impending effect on the IT community for some time, and has been building products and developing new technologies to assist organizations in this transition. This white paper describes the energy sustainability characteristics of the Cisco® Catalyst® 6500 Series Switch. The Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switch offers the latest technologies to enable organizations to meet the green requirements of today while providing a flexible architecture to address the necessities of tomorrow. This paper covers Energy savings, Operational efficiency and Innovative business practices.

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Avaya’s New Focus on Unified Branch Office Networking

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October 18th, 2010

Mike FitzgeraldAvaya has developed a unique approach to branch office networking with the introduction of its Advanced Gateway 2330. Previous to Avaya’s acquisition of Nortel’s Enterprise Solutions business, its branch office solution was focused on communications, but now it has computer-networking capabilities that is manifesting into a powerful branch office portfolio offering. I talk with Michael Fitzgerald, Portfolio Leader of the Unified Branch at Avaya, about Avaya’s investment in branch office networking with particular focus on network designs its approach affords.

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An Open Industry Network Performance Test Evaluating 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switching Prospectus

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October 12th, 2010

Our industry is ramping up to build private and public cloud infrastructure, but IT architects do not have comparative 10Gigabit Ethernet Switch performance information to assist them in purchase decisions and product differentiation. New data center Ethernet fabric network design requires low latency, high performance under north-south plus east-west flows, low power consumption and minimum number of network tiers. During past industry cycles open industry tests contributed to growing the network market by shortening sales cycles due to the elimination of IT departments conducting internal performance test. In addition, performance question obstacles were eliminated during the sales cycle thanks to reliable industry data being available, speeding up market adoption. This was true in the LAN plus bridge/router industry battles as well as every major Ethernet switch evolution. There is no broad industry comparative 10GE modular switch performance test available.

Lippis Enterprises has developed a series of open industry performance tests and teamed with Ixia for their execution. The goal of the test is to provide the industry with comparative performance test data across all 10Gigabit Ethernet switch providers. While the main test is focused on modular switching products, fixed configuration switches are welcome too. The final test report will profile each supplier and segment products based upon modular or fixed configuration.

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Lippis Report 158: Next Generation Network Security for Data Center Protections

October 5th, 2010

nicklippis.jpgOne significant trend that has emerged during the current business/economic cycle is that IT projects that reduce cost are winners. This savings trend is as strong as I have experienced in my twenty-five years within the IT industry. In particular, it’s propelling data center consolidation, server virtualization and mobile computing projects. As enterprises consolidate data centers and miniaturize them with virtualization, cloud-computing providers are busy offering a new lower cost IT delivery economic model. In short, a new tier of computing has emerged were endpoint devices are mobile and applications are delivered via corporate data centers and cloud computing facilities. This new model of computing that also increases convenience and productivity is lacking in one important area; network security for both mobile endpoints and the ability of data center security appliances to keep up with application demand.

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XMediusFAX & Microsoft Exchange Server Integration

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October 5th, 2010

By Sagemcom

This paper focuses on FAX within Microsoft environments, specifically Exchange UM—a key application within the larger sphere of UC. We clarify how faxing is implemented in environments where Microsoft infrastructure solutions including Exchange, UM and OCS are involved. Although Microsoft OCS provides users with a rich set of UC functions such as presence, chat, e-mail, voice mail and other capabilities, the sending and receiving of faxes using T.38 is currently not supported. This document provides guidelines to circumvent this known limitation.

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Intelligent Branch Solutions for Enterprises, Service Providers, and Cloud Applications

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October 5th, 2010

By Siemens Enterprise Communications

This white paper examines the requirements for and use of Intelligent Branches and Gateways for Enterprise, Service Provider and Cloud Applications. It explains how modern communications products can provide scalable and feature-rich communications. The paper also shows how Intelligent Branch Solutions save significant bandwidth to the Branch and explores some of the new features required for next-generation Intelligent Branch solutions.

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Cisco Introduces Borderless Green Service

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October 5th, 2010

Laura FinkelsteinWith energy efficiency and sustainability mandates being issued by government officials and corporation boards, IT vendors have focused engineering resources to deliver products with increased feature sets that consume less energy. But one company in particular has taken its core competency and found a way to not only make its own business more energy efficient but everything it touches too. That company is Cisco Systems. Laura Finkelstein, Senior Director of Switching Marketing at Cisco Systems, is my guest as we discuss Cisco’s Borderless Green service and the value it delivers to both IT business and government leaders.

Cisco Reputation Filtering: Providing New Levels of Network Security

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October 5th, 2010

By Cisco Systems

Today’s sophisticated, blended threats can exploit three or four different communications vehicles before they launch full-scale attacks on unprepared enterprise networks. This white paper, written for IT managers and executives, examines the new security risks for today’s borderless enterprise networks, and describes how cloud-based Cisco® Security Intelligence Operations and powerful, comprehensive reputation filtering capabilities built into Cisco security appliances and services can help you protect your network from known and unknown threats.

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HP’s Networking Vision

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October 5th, 2010

Saar Before HP purchased 3Com it would seldom engage in discussion about the future of networking. It was product focused. But now in an exclusive interview with Mr. Saar Gillai, Vice President of Advanced Technology Group & CTO of HP Networking, HP opens up and talks freely about industry trends it’s watching and most importantly influencing. These trends are guiding HP investment in networking with hopes of market share gain, thought leadership and increased industry influence. It’s a fascinating interview into the mind of HP Networking.

Borderless Network Access A Simplified Approach to Information Technology Access

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October 5th, 2010

By Nicholas John Lippis III

Network access has evolved rapidly as IT business leaders have embraced new network technology. Access methods such as wired, Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs), and mobile plus Virtual Private Network (VPN) methods have flourished over the past business cycle. In addition, a plethora of new endpoint devices have emerged using multiple access methods. But all of these network access approaches have evolved at different rates resulting in siloed networks that do not interact with each other, thus increasing IT operational cost and decreasing application portability and flexibility with user experience suffering. In this paper, we offer a new unified approach to network access that is based upon a thoughtful five-phase method to enable IT business leaders to simplify management, increase user experience and decrease operational cost.

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