Lippis Report 174: Cloud-Enabled Branch Office Strategy that Reduces WAN Cost and Increases Security Defenses

June 20th, 2011

Being close to customers has proven to be a good strategy over the past business cycle as IT business leaders have invested in their branch offices. New customer-based applications continue to be added at the branch level expanding revenue generating opportunities while at the same time video communications have increased significantly for both client and employee interactions. In addition to corporate applications and video, internet access and cloud-based applications have boomed too over the past business cycle thanks to smartphones and mobile tablets connected to local branch Wireless Local Area Networks or WLANs. All of this would be fine if for not one issue…all application and communication traffic is being forced to backhaul over the same (wide area network) WAN/VPN to either connect to corporate data centers, public clouds or the internet. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we explore a new cloud-enabled branch office strategy from Cisco that’s simple, eliminates backhauling of internet-bound traffic while increasing security, visibility and management. What’s fascinating about this new approach is that the Return on Investment or ROI is very short as it’s paid by WAN arbitrage.

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IBM Expands System Networking Offering

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June 20th, 2011

IBM’s System Networking is focused upon creating an interconnect fabric/System Network within data centers upon which servers and storage rely upon to deliver IT applications. IBM recently formed IBM System Networking that includes BNT along with partnerships of Cisco Brocade, Juniper and Mellanox plus its management solutions of Tivoli. Vikram Mehta, Vice President IBM System Networking is my guest as we discuss IBM’s expanding role in System Networking.

The 7 Deadly Traps of IPv6 Deployment and How to Avoid Them

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June 20th, 2011

by Infoblox

By all accounts, 2011 is the year that we exhausted all available public IPv4 addresses. It was also the year that the clock started ticking on your adoption of IPv6. Like it or not, the transition to IPv6 will happen in your organization. How that transition should occur is a question we sought to answer as we spoke with engineers and IT professionals who have deployed IPv6 from across the globe. In those conversations and in our research, we discerned a rational action plan for deploying IPv6 and specific threats and challenges any practitioner will face when rolling out the new addressing scheme. In this white paper, we detail best practices for IPv6 deployment.

Open Cloud Networking: Unlocking the Full Potential of Cloud Computing

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June 20th, 2011

by Force10 Networks

Cloud computing is an emerging computing model that promises a new era of flexibility and control in providing data center resources. In the cloud model, data center managers can mix and match computing, storage, and networking resources to provide an agile and highly flexible resource for customer applications. To realize the full potential, this paradigm requires open, standardized interfaces between data center layers of compute resources, the network, and storage elements. While the industry has moved toward open computing and storage layers over the past few years, networking has remained largely proprietary. Force10’s Open Cloud NetworkingSM framework is intended to unlock the network layer so data center operators can get the most out of their data center architectures and, in turn, get the most out of their cloud deployments.

Cisco Cloud Security Accelerates Cloud Adoption

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June 20th, 2011

by Cisco Systems

Cloud computing is gaining customer attention at a fascinating pace. An Infonetics research report published in early 2011 noted a significant increase in customers’ interest in cloud computing between 2009 and 2010—most of respondents indicated interest in 2010, up from only 10% in 2009. Many studies have concluded that software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) are leading the way in adopting cloud computing. Meanwhile according to an April 2011 Forrester report, the third largest cloud category, platform as a service (PaaS) is predicted to surpass IaaS to become the second largest cloud category by 2014. But according to Forrester, security is one of the top barriers to cloud computing. This white paper details an approach to secure cloud computing to mitigate threats and increase its adoption.

Force10 Networks Introduces New Era of Open Cloud Networking

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June 20th, 2011

Force10 introduced a disruptive set of products to address the new cloud networking market driven by massive virtualization and cloud spec scale data centers. First its new Z9000 Distributed Core System promises to be 1/10th the footprint, at 1/5th the price and 1/20th the power consumption of other core switches. The Z9000 is 32x40GbE or 128x10GbE platform where multiple Z9000s are connected via an open distributed core supporting up to 24,000 10GbE server links. In addition, Force10 introduced a next generation ToR switch, the S7000 that supports 40x10GbE, 12×2/4/8G FC plus 4x40GbE combining networking, storage and Open Cloud Applications. Arpit Joshipura, Chief Marketing Officer at Force10 Networks, discusses Force10’s Open Cloud Networking products and strategy, and the new design options they afford to IT architects.

Extreme Networks Starts Race to 40GbE Cloud Networking with Open Fabric

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June 20th, 2011

Extreme Networks has added to its Extreme Open Fabric cloud networking portfolio by introducing a unique 10/40GbE ToR switch in its Summit X670; an ultra low latency switch thanks to a PHY-less design and cut-through switching. For the core, the new BlackDiamond X8 is a massive core switch built for virtualized infrastructure. It boasts 192x40GbE or 768 10GbE ports, 5 Watts/10GbE port power consumption, 128K VMs, high reliability and compact size being only one-third of a rack or 14.5 RUs. In this Lippis Report podcast, I talk with Shehzad Merchant, VP of Technology at Extreme Networks, about Extreme’s new cloud networking products and the architecture it now offers to IT architects and designers.

IBM Expands System Networking Offering

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June 20th, 2011

IBM’s System Networking is focused upon creating an interconnect fabric/System Network within data centers upon which servers and storage rely upon to deliver IT applications. IBM recently formed IBM System Networking that includes BNT along with partnerships of Cisco, Brocade, Juniper and Mellanox plus its management solutions of Tivoli. Vikram Mehta, Vice President, IBM System Networking, is my guest as we discuss IBM’s expanding role in System Networking.

The Open Cloud: The Nexus Between Open Source and Cloud Computing

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June 8th, 2011



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The Open Cloud: The Nexus Between Open Source and Cloud Computing

The next wave of cloud computing’s growth will be fueled by the growth of open-source software. From Eucalyptus to Openstack, and OpenNebula to Nimbus, open-source is growing in importance at all layers of the cloud compute stack. Today’s CIOs see open-source as a viable alternative to proprietary software both in their own data center as well as in the public-cloud and hybrid cloud environments.

In order to learn about the increasingly important nexus between open-source and the cloud, please join GigaOM Pro and Rackspace for a free one hour analyst roundtable on June 15 at 10 a.m. PDT.

We’ve assembled a panel of cloud experts, including:

  • Paul Miller, Cloud Curator, GigaOM Pro – Moderator
  • Nick Lippis, CEO/Industry Analyst/Consultant, Lippis Enterprises Inc.
  • Derrick Harris, Infrastructure Curator, GigaOM Network
  • Jonathan Bryce, Co-Founder, The Rackspace Cloud

Some of the questions we’ll discuss include:

  • How open source fits within the public and private cloud environments
  • The potential benefits of utilizing open-source within cloud environments
  • The relationship between open-source and cloud-computing standards
  • Are there downsides to going with non-proprietary solutions?
  • How to prepare your business to transition to an open-source cloud environment

 Who should attend:

  • CIOs
  • IT decision makers
  • Cloud platform providers
  • Service provider executives
  • Enterprise software and technology vendors

This free webinar, hosted by GigaOM Pro and our sponsor, Rackspace, will take place Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 10 a.m. PDT. Register today to get a glimpse into The Open Cloud.

The Open Cloud
Register here to attend the upcoming GigaOM Pro webinar, sponsored by Rackspace.



Lippis Report 173: Software Defined Networking The OpenFlow Way, Grabs Industry Attention

June 7th, 2011

In Lippis Report 172, I mentioned three huge trends that are starting to interact with each other creating a perfect storm that is gripping the tech industry. One of those trends is the creation of a software ecosystem in the networking market, thanks to the Clean Slate program out of Stanford University that has spawned the Software Defined Network (SDN) initiative and open controller protocol called OpenFlow. I spent a week in the Valley talking to people at Stanford and many industry executives from Cisco, Juniper, Marvell, Big Switch, Nicira, Arista, IBM and others. In this Lippis Report Research Note, I share with you what I learned. OpenFlow-based SDN is being both hyped and in its current state, limited, but it does represent a new paradigm that has the industry abuzz, filled with possibilities.

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EVALUATING AVAYA & MICROSOFT UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS OFFERINGS

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June 7th, 2011

By Evangelyze Communications, LLC

With a broad series of new Unified Communications (UC) and collaboration offerings by Avaya and Microsoft, IT organizations have been prompted to evaluate their UC strategy. Microsoft promises to lower the overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of a UC platform by leveraging an all-encompassing software powered communications environment integrated with its Microsoft Office™ suite through the release of Microsoft Lync, while Avaya introduces its newly released UC platform through Avaya Aura.

The purpose of this whitepaper is to clearly identify the comparisons between both provider’s UC offerings through a process of evaluating value that matter to IT organizations in selecting the right UC platform.

Real-World IP Telephony: A Look at What Midsize and Large Companies Really Spend

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June 7th, 2011

By Robin Gareiss Nemertes Research

Although line shipments for IP telephony have outstripped TDM for some time, many organizations have not yet fully replaced their TDM phones. In fact, only 17% of companies have fully deployed the technology, and the bulk of those are small and midsize businesses. Larger organizations have rolled out the technology in a spotty manner where the TDM system is end-of-life, or other tactical reasons. IT organizations are evaluating the economics, plus desktop IP phones investment when people increasingly rely on mobile devices and soft clients.

Many others are re-evaluating the market as they solidify unified-communications plans and once again contemplate go-forward strategy for IPT. Will they use the same vendor(s)? Will they shift to a hosted- or managed-services model? And what is the true business case? Understanding the true costs is crucial to a successful business case—and a cost-effective implementation.

TRILL in the Data Center: Look Before You Leap Understanding Fundamental Issues with TRILL

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June 7th, 2011

By Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks has a long history of supporting industry standards that are mature and enable customers to effectively solve their networking problems. Therefore, before jumping on the Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) bandwagon, Juniper took a close look at how the protocol proposes to solve the fundamental issues plaguing the data center, specifically as they relate to connecting infrastructure designed for cloud computing. This white paper outlines the results of those reviews and presents Juniper’s conclusions about TRILL.

A Low-Latency Solution for High- Frequency Trading from IBM and Mellanox

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June 7th, 2011

In the world of High-Frequency Trading (HFT), opportunities exist only fleetingly and therefore trading solutions must run at the lowest latency to be competitive. Low-latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet has become the interconnect of choice for HFT solutions. IBM® and Mellanox® have demonstrated a solution that performs at high throughput rates and low latency to facilitate High-Frequency Trading solutions.