2011 Top Ten Networking Industry Predictions

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December 20th, 2010

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Zeus Kerravala of the Yankee Group and I recorded our annual and very popular predictions for the coming year. We hit a lot of topics such as 2011 being the year of mobile computing thanks to the iPad and Androd tablets and the huge implications of a new tier of computing. MSFT Lynx fizzling, Extreme Networks rebounding, the rise of private clouds and desktop virtualization, a big IPO year coming, video conferencing adoption acceleration, Polycom not making it alone, wifi/3G/4G blurring, etc. This end-of-year, forward-looking Lippis Report podcast is one of our most popular, so we offer it to our subscribers as a holiday gift with wishes for a great holiday season and prosperous New Year.

Lippis Report 163: A Multi-Vendor Security Management Approach via a Cisco SIEM Ecosystem

December 13th, 2010

nicklippis.jpgIn an effort to offer a multi-vendor SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) solution, Cisco is placing its SIEM product, CS-MARS, in end-of-life and in its place, offering the industry its first SIEM ecosystem. Cisco acquired MARS six years ago in December 2004. MARS provided traditional event management and security monitoring along with limited forensic capabilities and compliance reporting. But the market demanded a broader cross-vendor SIEM solution rather than a SIEM focused primarily on Cisco products. In response Cisco has launched a SIEM ecosystem to support deep event monitoring, forensics and compliance reporting across a heterogeneous enterprise network. IT has also expanded the role of its Cisco Security Manager or CSM to support policy management and troubleshooting across a wider range of Cisco products. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we examine the new distribution of security responsibilities that now stretch across Cisco CSM and its new SIEM ecosystem with an eye toward stronger defense of IT assets.

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Cisco 3Q10 Global Threat Report

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December 13th, 2010

By Cisco Systems

Key Highlights

• 79% of clicks on “Here You Have” email occurred within the first three hours of the worm’s spread.
• During 3Q10, 7% of all Web malware encounters resulted from Google referrers, followed by Yahoo at 2%, Bing/MSN at 1% and Sina at 0.1%.
• Exploits targeted Sun Java increased from 5% of all Web malware encounters in July 2010 to 7% in September 2010.
• The Rustock Botnet was the highest occurring ROS event in 3Q10, at 21% of events handled during the report period.
• Peak Rustock activity occurred in late August 2010, declining in September 2010.

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Understand the Savings of Deploying a Cisco Borderless Network

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December 13th, 2010

By Forrester Research

Read the commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting: Total Economic Impact of Cisco’s Borderless Networks.

Splunk Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Deployment Guide

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December 13th, 2010

By Cisco Systems and Splunk

This document is for the reader who:

-Has read the Cisco Security Information and Event Management and Borderless Networks Enterprise Deployment Guide
-Wants to connect Borderless Networks to a Splunk SIEM solution
-Wants to gain a general understanding of the Splunk SIEM solution
-Has a level of understanding equivalent to a CCNA® certification
-Wants to solve compliance and regulatory reporting problems
-Wants to enhance network security and operations
-Wants to improve IT operational efficiency
-Wants the assurance of a validated solution

RSA Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Deployment Guide

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December 13th, 2010

By Cisco Systems and RSA

This document is for the reader who:

-Has read the Cisco Security Information and Event Management and Borderless Networks Enterprise Deployment Guide
-Wants to connect Borderless Networks to a RSA SIEM solution
-Wants to gain a general understanding of the RSA SIEM solution
-Has a level of understanding equivalent to a CCNA® certification
-Wants to solve compliance and regulatory reporting problems
-Wants to enhance network security and operations
-Wants to improve IT operational efficiency
-Wants the assurance of a validated solution

nFX Cinxi One Security Information and Event Management Deployment Guide

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December 13th, 2010

By Cisco Systems and nFX Cinxi One

This document is for the reader who:

-Has read the Cisco Security Information and Event Management and Borderless Networks Enterprise Deployment -Guide
-Wants to connect Borderless Networks to a nFX Cinxi One SIEM solution
-Wants to gain a general understanding of the nFX Cinxi One SIEM solution
-Has a level of understanding equivalent to a CCNA® certification
-Wants to solve compliance and regulatory reporting problems
-Wants to enhance network security and operations
-Wants to improve IT operational efficiency
-Wants the assurance of a validated solution

LogLogic Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Deployment Guide

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December 13th, 2010

By Cisco Systems and LogLogic

This document is for the reader who:

-Has read the Cisco Security Information and Event Management and Borderless Networks Enterprise Deployment Guide
-Wants to connect Borderless Networks to a LogLogic SIEM solution
-Wants to gain a general understanding of the LogLogic SIEM solution
-Has a level of understanding equivalent to a CCNA® certification
-Wants to solve compliance and regulatory reporting problems
-Wants to enhance network security and operations
-Wants to improve IT operational efficiency
-Wants the assurance of a validated solution

ArcSight Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Deployment Guide

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December 13th, 2010

By Cisco Systems and ArcSight

This document is for the reader who:

-Has read the Cisco Security Information and Event Management and Borderless Networks Enterprise Deployment Guide
-Wants to connect Borderless Networks to the ArcSight SIEM solution
-Wants to gain a general understanding of the ArcSight SIEM solution
-Has a level of understanding equivalent to a CCNA® certification
-Wants to solve compliance and regulatory reporting problems
-Wants to enhance network security and operations
-Wants to improve IT operational efficiency
-Wants the assurance of a validated solution

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THE LIPPIS REPORT AND IXIA STAGE OPEN NETWORKING PERFORMANCE AND POWER TESTS FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DATA CENTER CLOUDS

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December 2nd, 2010

Ixia’s iSimCity hosts Lippis Report series of 10 GE tests to provide first comparative data on 10 GEswitch performance and power consumption

Calabasas, CA, December 02, 2010 –Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), a leading, global provider of converged IP network test solutions, today announced that it has teamed with Nick Lippis of the Lippis Report to sponsor a series of open industry data center network performance and power consumption tests. The goal of the tests is to provide the industry with comparative performance and power consumption data across several 10Gigabit Ethernet (GE) switch providers using Ixia’s breakthrough Xcellon-Flex™ load modules.
This test will be the first of its kind, as it will provide network stakeholders with real-world data that compares and contrasts different 10 GE equipment manufacturer products for data center fabrics.Several network equipment manufacturers will participate in this industry-first demonstration, including Alcatel-Lucent, Apresia, Arista, BLADE Network Technologies, Force 10 Networks,Juniper Networks, and Voltaire. The testing,which is taking place at Ixia’s iSimCity location in Santa Clara,will use Ixia’s Xcellon-Flex load modules to evaluate the performance of the participating vendors’ top-of-the-line 10 GE data center devices.
The networking industry is ramping up to build private and public cloud infrastructure, but IT architects do not currently have comparative 10 GEswitch performance information to assist them in product differentiation and critical purchase decisions. Today’s data center Ethernet fabric network design implementationsrequire lowlatency, high performance under north-south andeast-west flows, low power consumption,with theminimum number of network tiers. There are currently no broad industry 10 GE comparative modular switch performance results to ensure these specifications are met. The joint Lippis and Ixia test with the participating vendors providesan industry benchmark.
This series of tests will be the first to adhere to the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) telecommunications energy efficiency ratio (TEER) standards. The ATIS TEER standardisa uniform methodology to measure equipment power, and specifies energy efficient ratios for telecommunications equipment. The TEER rating considers the equipment’s type, network location, and classification (such as core, transport or access). This comprehensive assessment provides a more precise measurement of equipment’s energy efficiency.
Ixia’sXcellon-Flex product line utilizes multi-core CPUs and substantial amounts of high speed memory, providing flexible processing power to meet the challenges of testing today’s and tomorrow’s ultra-high scale network equipment. Xcellon-Flex, combined with Ixia’s XM12 chassis, provides the industry’s highest port density for testing data center technologies.
In 2008, Ixia opened its executive briefing center and proof-of-concept (PoC) lab, adjacent to its sales and services offices in Santa Clara, California. iSimCity was designed from the ground up to serve multiple functions for customers and visitors.iSimCity’s goal is to help enterprise, equipment vendors and carriers use extreme scale test beds to validate scaled equipment performance and deployment models. Ixia helps by making available expertise, methodologies and hardware to lessen the demands on in-house resources.

Resources:

• For more on Ixia’s test solutions, see their solutions page.
• For more on Ixia’s Xcellon™ family of load modules, see the Xcellon product page.
• For more information on the Lippis Report, see http://lippisreport.com/.
• The test prospectus can be downloaded here, and details logistics, test methodology, schedule, test result promotion, and FAQs.

About Ixia
Ixia is a leading provider of converged IP performance test systems and service verification platforms for wireless and wired infrastructures and services. Ixia’s test systems are used by network and telephony equipment manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, service providers, governments and enterprises to validate the performance and reliability of complex networks, devices and applications. Ixia’s multiplay test systems address the growing need to test voice, video and data services and network capability under real-world conditions.

About the Lippis Report
Mr. Nick Lippis is a world-renowned authority on corporate computer networking. He has designed some for the largest computer networks in the world. He has advised many Global 2000 firms on network strategy, architecture, equipment, services and implementation including Hughes Aerospace, Barclays Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Eastman Kodak Company, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Liberty Mutual, Schering-Plough, Sprint, Cisco Systems, Avaya and a wide range of other equipment suppliers and service providers.

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