Lippis Report 165: Network Security in a Virtualized World

January 31st, 2011

nicklippis.jpgThere are powerful market forces changing IT delivery. IT application delivery is becoming increasingly centralized thanks to data center server virtualization plus mobile and cloud computing. Desktops are being virtualized, too, thanks to network speeds that deliver low latency and high bandwidth, creating a thin client user experience that is indistinguishable from a thick client but at lower desktop management cost. One serious implication of this concentration of IT in data centers is that a new IT security model is needed as mobility brings greater threat exposure while virtualization changes traffic patterns and the rules of security appliance placement. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we present a new model for IT security in the virtualized mobile and cloud-computing era.

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The Impact of the Data Center on Business and IT in 2011 by BLADE Network Technologies, an IBM Company

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January 31st, 2011

Businesses are refining their strategies for harnessing and leveraging IT in the year ahead and beyond. Based on countless interactions with CIOs, industry analysts, vendor executives and other thought leaders over the course of the past year, here are predictions for the top trends that will impact IT in 2011.

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Architecting the Network for the Cloud by Lucinda Borovick and Rohit Mehra of IDC

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January 31st, 2011

This white paper describes some of the benefits and challenges in migrating to the cloud and the importance of deploying a cloud-ready network architecture. It is based on IDC’s ongoing conversations with and surveys of CIOs and network administrators, as well as interviews with executives from Cisco’s internal IT organization, which has deployed Cisco Borderless Networks for its own use.

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Cisco Virtual Security Gateway for Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches

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January 31st, 2011

by Cisco Systems

This one page at-a-glance brief on Security and Compliance for Virtual Computing provides a snapshot view of Cisco’s new Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) for Cisco Nexus® 1000V Series Switches. VSG delivers security, compliance and trusted access for virtual data center and cloud computing environments.

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Force10 Networks S-Series S4810 Test Results

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January 31st, 2011

by Lippis Report Testing

This report details the test results of the Force10 Networks S-Series S4810 enterprise Top-of-Rack (ToR) Ethernet switch. All 48 10GbE ports of the Force10 Networks S-Series S4810 are populated and tested for performance, throughput, latency and power consumption. The Force10 Networks S-Series S4810 test results are then compared against IBM BNT RackSwitch G8264, Voltaire Vantage™ 6048 and Apresia 15K ToR switches.

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BLADE Network Technologies, an IBM Company, IBM BNT RackSwitch G8124 & G8264 Test Results

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January 31st, 2011

by Lippis Report Testing

This report details the test results of the IBM BNT RackSwitch G8124 & G8264 enterprise Top-of-Rack (ToR) Ethernet switches. All 24 and 64 10GbE ports of the IBM BNT RackSwitch G8124 & G8264, respectively, are populated and tested for performance, throughput, latency and power consumption. The IBM BNT RackSwitch G8124 & G8264’s test results are then compared against Force10 Networks S4810, Voltaire Vantage™ 6048 and Apresia 15K ToR switches.

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Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch™ 10K Test Results

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January 31st, 2011

by Lippis Report Testing

This report details the test results of the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch™ 10K enterprise core Ethernet switch. All 256 10GbE ports are populated and tested for performance, throughput, latency and power consumption. The OmniSwitch™ 10K’s test results are then compared against Juniper’s EX8216 and Arista Networks 7504 core switches.

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Cisco Re-defines Networking with Its Unified Network Services

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January 31st, 2011

gary kinghornAdding new applications in a data center has become highly complex thanks to routing paths set-up to provide connectivity/reach of Layer 4-7 network services and their associated configuration and policy set-up for specific applications. Then, once the application is operational it’s hard to virtualize it and move it via v-motion while keeping set-up and policies intact especially routing paths. This is a difficult problem riddled with complexity and associated cross-administrative operational cost limiting the number of applications that can be virtualized. A fundamental new approach to networking is needed to solve this and Cisco has been thinking about it for some time now. In this Lippis Report podcast I talk with Gary Kinghorn Product Marketing Manager Data Center Solutions Marketing at Cisco Systems as we discuss Cisco’s Unified Network Services strategy.

Open Industry Network Performance And Power Test

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January 23rd, 2011

The IT Industry’s Second Open Network Performance and Power Draw Test
for
Private/Public Data Center Cloud Computing Ethernet Fabrics
Evaluating 10 GbE Switches

A cross vendor comparative test report conducted at Ixia’s iSmiCity defined by The Lippis Report. This report provides detailed test information on the following new products that have not been previously tested in public. The report details test results of the following products:

Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 10K,
Arista 7504 Series Data Center Switch,
Arista 7124SX 10G SFP Data Center Switch,
Arista 7050S-64 10/40G Data Center Switch,
Brocade VDXTM 6720-24 Data Center Switch,
IBM BNT RackSwitch G8124,
IBM BNT RackSwitch G8264,
Force10 S-Series S4810,
Hitachi Cable, Apresia15000-64XL-PSR,
Juniper Network EX Series EX8216 Ethernet Switch,
Voltaire® VantageTM 6048.

This 93-page report is a must for those evaluating 10/40 GbE data center switching equipment for private or public cloud infrastructure. You don’t want to buy data center switching gear until you read this report.

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You’re Invited To View The Lippis/Ixia Test Results Scheduled Feb 1, at noon ET in HD Live Internet Video

January 19th, 2011

Due to larger than expected demand we have exceeded the capacity of the HD internet video system and have to move the event to a WebEx web conferencing system. My apologies but you will have to re-register with WebEx PLEASE CLICK HERE

An Industry Network Performance and Power Consumption Evaluation of 10 GbE Data Center Fabric Switches

Testing week was December 6-10th. Since then we’ve been analyzing data, graphing and writing the report in an effort to bring you the results. Mark your calendar for February 1, 2011, at high noon ET, but register here http://bit.ly/ibQ9vW now to view the test results in live HD video streamed over the internet. Register now to see Nick Lippis present the results of the industry’s first open Network Performance and Power Consumption Evaluation of 10 GbE Data Center Fabric Switches. You don’t want to buy data center switching equipment until you have seen the results.

Included in the presentation are Lippis Report test data from the Ixia iSimCity lab in Santa Clara, CA, on the following products:

Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 10K
Arista 7504 Series Data Center Switch
IBM BNT RackSwitch G8124
IBM BNT RackSwitch G8264
Force10 S-Series S4810
Hitachi Cable Apresia 15000-64XL-PSR
Juniper Network EX Series EX8216 Ethernet Switch
Voltaire® Vantage 6048

This is the first time these products have been tested in a public evaluation. It is our hope that we can remove performance, power consumption and latency concerns from the purchase decision, allowing IT business leaders to focus on other purchase considerations in their data center switching procurements.

See you there, Nick

Hitachi Cable’s Apresia 15000-64XL-PSR 10GbE Switch At The Lippis/Ixia iSimCity Evaluation

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January 18th, 2011

Hitachi Cable’s brings its first ever-public tested Apresia 15000-64XL-PSR 10GbE switch to the Lippis/Ixia test at iSimCity were we test all 64 10GbE links for performance and power consumption. The Apresia 15000 series was developed under the new BoxCore concept for improving network efficiency by using box switches as Core switches to fulfill customers’ satisfaction. Nick Lippis interviews Junpei Watanabe, Manager Marketing and Business Development for Hitachi Cable on data center switching and cloud network design with Hitachi Cable’s Apresia 15000-64XL-PSR 10GbE switch. Go here to download the Lippis/Ixia Test Report of the Apresia 15000-64XL-PSR Switch.

Nick Lippis and Michael Githens Explain The Lippis Report Test Methodology

January 18th, 2011

Michael Githens, Lab Program Manager at Ixia and Nick Lippis Industry Analyst/Consultant and publisher of the Lippis Report discuss the Lippis Report Test Methodology used to develop the industry’s Data Center Switching Benchmarks.

Lippis Report 164: Cisco Builds a Modern Network Service Layer for Virtualized and Cloud Infrastructure

January 17th, 2011

nicklippis.jpgAny IT business leader knows that the single most important technology driving data center design change is server virtualization to the point that a virtual machine (VM) is now the data center building block. As server virtualization marches on until nearly every physical server has been virtualized, networking in a virtualized environment is being forced to fundamentally change too. By networking, I mean not only layer 2 and 3 forwarding but network services too, such as application controllers, WAN optimizes, firewalls, etc., which are fundamental for mission critical application performance, cost reduction and high application availability especially where service level agreements are required.

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Network Automation with the Force10 Open Automation Framework

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January 17th, 2011

By Force10 Networks

Deriving a return on virtualization investments means deploying effective automation techniques that can simplify the virtualized environment while allowing a policy-based deployment model. While many network vendors have chosen a proprietary path to automate network changes, Force10’s approach is to utilize open and industry standard technologies based on the extensible and modular Force10 Operating System (FTOS), across a range of the heterogeneous Force10 switch and routers portfolio.

Find out how to automate network changes in virtualized infrastructure by downloading this white paper