Lippis Report 171: Cisco Expands Medianet Architecture to Enterprise Scale

April 25th, 2011

Even during the most difficult recession in decades, videoconferencing endpoint unit shipments increased according to Frost and Sullivan. In fact, unit and revenue growth rates are projected to be on a tear with an 18.3% and 16.5%, respectively, compound annual growth rate between 2009 and 2015. Why so bullish? Consider Camp Dresser McKee (CDM), a global water treatment design and build firm who, during the downturn, invested in high-quality video conferencing, not only to save on travel cost and executive wear and tear but to transform its business processes. CDM has been able to consolidate offices in regional centers for design engineers while close to customer projects outposts are linked back to centralized design centers via high-definition video conferencing. The value gained is far greater than travel cost savings as the capital spend on video conferencing has reduced corporate operational spend and increased efficiency while at the same time making them more competitive.

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A Practical Guide: Rapid Automated Network Deployment

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April 25th, 2011

By Force10 Networks

Bare Metal Provisioning (BMP) or jumpstarting is a function that allows for virtually hands-off provisioning of many devices. When you hear about BMP today, it is primarily in reference to the automated provisioning of server infrastructure. As demand increases for larger and larger networks to support server infrastructure growth, however, we must adapt this technology to the provisioning of network devices themselves to keep up. Force10’s BMP function automates switch configuration to significantly improve data center build productivity. In this guide, we will see how to use BMP to automate configuration of Force10 switches.

Medianet 2.2: Reduced Costs and Informed Decisions with Improved Network Visibility

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April 25th, 2011

By Cisco Systems

In this paper, you will learn what the Medianet 2.2 components are and how they work together to:

● Reduce IT costs and the complexity of deploying video, voice and data as well as improve user experience;
● Provide much-improved visibility into the network to accelerate troubleshooting and the ability to assess the impact of voice, video and data on the network.

Camp Dress McKee’s HD Videoconferencing Delivers Business Efficiency and Lowers Opex

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April 25th, 2011

Camp Dress McKee (CDM) is a consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm delivering exceptional service to public and private clients worldwide. CDM’s traditional areas of expertise include water and the environment. In this podcast, I talk with Peter Palmisano, CIO of CDM, about how CDM is using HD videoconferencing to speed business processes and reduce operational cost.

Lippis Report 170: Why Networking Is Key to Cloud Computing Design

April 11th, 2011

nicklippis.jpgThere is no escaping the fact that cloud computing is a fundamental change in the IT industry that is in the early stages of its adoption curve. Yes, we hear a lot about Amazon’s Elastic Compute or EC2, Rackspace, Microsoft’s Azure, etc. And yes, there are multiple definitions and cloud markets such as PaaS, IaaS, SaaS, UCaaS, etc. So it’s no wonder that most IT executives think of cloud computing in terms of servers, real or virtualized, applications and power spend. And yes, the primary reason that cloud computing is a reality is because we can scale compute power. But for those building private and public clouds as well as those supplying them, a critical eye is turning toward networking as a fundamental differentiator. With IT giants hording some $300B in cash on hand, we expect networking to be a target for acquisition. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we review the large providers of IT and assess their networking capabilities.

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Camp Dress McKee’s HD Videoconferencing Delivers Business Efficiency and Lowers Opex

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April 11th, 2011

peter_CDM.jpgCamp Dress McKee or CDM is a consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm delivering exceptional service to public and private clients worldwide. CDM’s traditional areas of expertise include water and the environment. In this podcast, I talk with Peter Palmisano, CIO, CDM, about how CDM is using HD videoconferencing to speed business processes and reduce operational cost.

WAN Virtualization – Transforming the Enterprise WAN

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April 11th, 2011

By Talari Networks

Cloud Computing is making service centralization easier and much more cost effective in the Enterprise. This results in growing demand for scalable, reliable and inexpensive WAN access to deliver new WAN-based services. However the cost of private WAN services like MPLS remain stubbornly high and continued telecom service provider investment in Internet-based wired and wireless (4G) consumer-targeted WANs is delivering as much as a 100x price performance benefit for Internet-based connectivity. In addition, co-location facilities are becoming the lowest cost place to locate server/services and provide diverse low cost bandwidth. WAN virtualization allows IT business leaders to use these higher bandwidth but lower cost WAN services in their enterprise reliably.

Enabling the Enterprise Network for Cloud Computing: Reducing Cost and Complexity, Enabling the Agile Enterprise

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April 11th, 2011

By Gartner

This document evaluates the potential benefits and drawbacks of converging data center networks and debunks a myth about lower costs and complexity. It includes quantitative analysis, along with insights gained from discussions with Gartner clients about organizational issues that affect convergence decisions.

The Critical Role of the Network in Supporting Cloud-Based Solutions

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April 11th, 2011

Written by Jim Metzler for Cisco Systems

The movement on the part of enterprises to adopt a Cloud-based service model combined with the growing interest on the part of IT organizations to provide an internal SLA (Service Level Agreement) for the services they provide creates tremendous opportunities for Communications Service Providers or CSPs. The primary opportunity is for CSPs to offer a wide range of network centric solutions that are supported by an SLA. CSPs are in a unique position to offer these solutions because, unlike the Internet, the Next Generation Networks (NGNs) that CSPs have deployed are capable of providing contracted levels of availability, delay, jitter and packet loss. This paper provides three recommendations for CSPs to capture Cloud-based service revenues.

Cloud Ready Network Architecture

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April 11th, 2011

By BLADE Network Technologies, an IBM Company

Private clouds describe an architecture in which servers and networks in the data center can rapidly respond to changing demands, by quickly scaling compute capacity and connecting that server capacity where it is needed. The technology underlying this fluidity is server virtualization, which by now has been established as a reliable and essential core technology for most data centers. Five critical networking technologies are needed to build a private cloud network:

• Up to 1.28Tbps of line-rate, loss-less bandwidth
• Single-wire networks for data and storage with DCB support
• Support for thousands of virtual ports
• Virtual machine awareness
• Extremely low power requirements

This white paper details a cloud network architecture that incorporates these five success factors.

OpenScape Cloud Defines New UCaaS Market

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April 11th, 2011

Paul McMillanThe UC market is rapidly moving toward a cloud service for the small to medium business (SMB) market, thanks to Siemens Enterprise Communications and others offering powerful communications and office productivity software delivered as a service. Cloud services offer the SMB market with some of the same IT services that large enterprises enjoy, but without the complexity and cost. For example, Siemens has been working with Google to offer its OpenScape Cloud Service that integrates features into Google applications, like click to call/conference, etc. In this Lippis Report podcast, I talk with Paul McMillan, Director UC Technical Vision & Strategy at Siemens Enterprise Communications, about the SMB market and how its OpenScape Cloud Services is offering new, innovative solutions that allows these firms to be more competitive and agile.