Lippis Report 176: PCI 2.0: Maintaining Compliance in a Mobile, Cloud and Virtualized IT World

July 25th, 2011

It seems like every week or so there is news of a massive cyber attack where criminals get away with stealing credit card and other personal data on the order of tens of millions of individual records. Sony, Bank of America, Epsilon, Nintendo, the International Monetary Fund, the US Senate and CIA are but a few of the targets for high-profile cyber attacks that took place in 2011. According to a recent study by the Ponemon Institute, “cyber attacks have recently become more harsh and recurrent. At least 90% of the IT practitioners surveyed claimed that they had experienced one or more cyber breaches within the last year, and 89% of these respondents could not identify the source of these breaches.”

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Preparing Your Enterprise for the Mobile Revolution

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July 25th, 2011

By Frost & Sullivan

The world is becoming increasingly mobile, and businesses are feeling the impact of managing PCs, smart phones, desk phones and tablets. Equally important are the effects of consumer mobility trends on businesses’ IT agendas. Learn how to keep costs in check, boost user productivity, deliver a consistent experience, and maintain a single, manageable corporate identity for all end-users.

Improving Productivity in the Connected Enterprise through Collaboration

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July 25th, 2011

By (IDC) 

The consumerization of IT is helping to drive a shift towards collaborative applications convergence. Employees want to plug their consumer technology experiences into their daily work lives. Particularly, IDC believes the industry is on a trend to combine key technologies, such as email, instant messaging (IM), team workspaces, video, voice, Web conferencing and social features into a single “superset” user environment. This Technology Spotlight discusses collaborative applications and explores the role that Avaya plays in this increasingly important market.

Cisco PCI Solution for Retail 2.0: Simplifying Compliance

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July 25th, 2011

By Cisco Systems

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Version 2.0 has been released, providing clarification and reinforcing the need for merchants and other organizations to identify all system components, people and processes to be included in a PCI DSS assessment. Simply achieving device and system compliance is not enough to protect your retail business and your customers. Cisco® PCI Solution for Retail 2.0 helps you:

• Address current PCI compliance requirements
• Protect customer data in your data center, stores, Internet edge, contact center and between partners, such as payment processors
• Simplify compliance
• Offer guidance on security best practices

Avaya’s Launches New 10GbE ToR Switch and Virtualization Provisioning Management App

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July 25th, 2011

Avaya has expanded its cloud networking product portfolio with the Virtual Services Platform or VSP 7000, a 10GbE Top of Rack (ToR) Switch and its new Virtualization Provisioning Service or VPS management software.
The VSP 7000 boasts a multi-Terabit Fabric capable of horizontally stacking many 7000s, offering a new approach to server connections. The VPS virtualization management application provides visibility and automated control of virtualized infrastructure. VPS is designed to provide NetOps and SysOps shared visibility of physical, logical and now virtual IT assets. Dan DeBacker, Director of Data Solutions Architecture at Avaya, discusses the new VSP 7000 plus VPS and the new data center design options they afford.

Cisco Delivers IP and VM Mobility Plus Fabric Extender Tools for Modern Virtualized Data Center Network Design

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July 25th, 2011

In Cisco’s Data Center Fabric, it has delivered a set of features and innovations that solve some of the most difficult networking challenges found in virtualized infrastructure. IP address and VM mobility plus adapter and VM Fabric EXtenders (FEX) offer increased support for virtualized data center infrastructure, offering designers flexibility to move virtualized assets independent of location. These innovations are proposed by Cisco that promises virtualization aware networking, lower cost and increased performance. Omar Sultan, Senior Manager, Data Center Architecture at Cisco Systems, and I discuss Cisco’s new data center virtualization tools.

Cisco UCS Business Outcomes: Easier Operations Plus Faster Performance And Lower Cost Equals Third Largest Blade Server Supplier

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July 13th, 2011

Two years after Cisco launched its Unified Computing System it has 5,400 customers, holds the #3 market share ranking for x86 blade servers WW, behind only HP and IBM, according to IDG and recently broke numerous world computing performance benchmark records. While UCS has leaped frog competitors with performance plus memory and I/O capacity the most important aspect of UCS is the business value it drives. I explore this topic with Todd Brannon, Senior Manager for UCS marketing at Cisco Systems about the vision and strategy of Cisco’s Fabric Compute and the value its customers are gaining from its use. Todd brings great customer examples to this podcast, which is a must for any IT leader evaluating a data center fabric.

Lippis Report 175: Cisco’s Data Center Fabric Weaves Computing, Networking and Storage for iBusiness Outcomes

July 12th, 2011

The tech sector is at a crossroads. In just 18 short months, mobile and cloud computing has fundamentally changed business assumptions and technical underpinnings of IT delivery. And in the process IT business leaders are fundamentally changing their buying requirements and corporate IT investments challenging existing vendor relationships. The tech sector served up corporate IT along technical lines of computing, networking, storage and applications, but these lines are blurring as every major multi-billion dollar IT firm now seeks to deliver vertical offerings comprised of a single rack of compute, storage and networking to address scale and simplicity associated with the new mobile and cloud computing models. Cisco, IBM, HP, Dell and Oracle all are repositioning their data center offers to address the market opportunity and shift to assist IT leaders building iBusinesses. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we dive into Cisco’s Data Center Fabric as it’s the furthest along at integrating compute, networking and storage access for corporate advantage offering a glimpse of IT’s future.

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Cisco Delivers Next Generation Nexus Network Operating System for Virtualized and Converged Clouds

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July 12th, 2011


Cisco’s Nexus Operating System that runs on the Nexus switches and evolved from Cisco’s MDS SAN-OS is a fundamental building block of its Data Center Fabric. Berna Devrim, Senior Manager of Data Center and Virtualization Marketing at Cisco Systems, discusses the next generation of Nexus OS designed to address the biggest data center issues. These issues are virtualization scale and mobility, cloud spec scale, LAN and SAN convergence plus operational efficiency. This is one of the best audio podcast we’ve produced, so sit back listen, learn and enjoy.

The Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture

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July 11th, 2011

In November of 2010 Avaya launched its Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture or VENA, which describes its computer networking investment strategy and technology direction. VENA was designed for virtualized data center infrastructure but has been expanded to include campus and branch office networking. Dan DeBacker, Director of Data Solutions Architecture at Avaya discusses the unique attributes VENA possesses to meet today’s enterprise networking needs and the business outcomes its customers are gaining by its deployment.

Virtualization Success Depends on Network Automation The Advent of Virtualization

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July 11th, 2011

By Infoblox

Organizations of all sizes are transitioning to virtualization technology at a dramatically increasing rate. Conducted between September and December 2010, Gartner’s annual survey of 2,014 CIOs collectively responsible for $160 billion in IT spending in 50 countries across 38 industries found that “Currently, 3% of CIOs have the majority of IT running in the cloud or on SaaS technologies, but over the next four years CIOs expect this number to increase to 43%.” The motivation for adopting the new technology is enticing: increased flexibility, decreased workload for internal IT departments, faster access to on-the-fly infrastructure needs, increased worker productivity, and significant capex cost reductions. Despite this worldwide trend across all industries, most organizations will fail in the conversion process to these new technologies, thanks to complexity. This white paper explains how network automation calms complexity allowing IT business leaders to reap the rewards of dense virtualization deployment.

Distributed Core Architecture Using the Z9000 Core Switching System

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July 11th, 2011

by Force10 Networks

As data centers scale to support thousands of servers, IT managers are seeking better ways to network those servers while reducing costs and power consumption. Moreover, in large-scale data center cluster environments, inter-node communication bandwidth is increasingly becoming the main bottleneck. Compute nodes located across different physical switches may not have full bandwidth in a conventional hierarchical network design of interconnected switches. The solution is a distributed core architecture based on low-cost, high-capacity switches. This paper describes the use of Force10 Network’s® Z9000™ core switching system in a distributed core architecture to address these issues.

The EssentialCIO Insights from the Global Chief Information Officer Study

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July 11th, 2011

By IBM

How are technology leaders helping their organizations adapt to the accelerating change and complexity that mark today’s competitive and
economic landscape? To find out, we spoke in person with 3,018 CIOs, spanning 71 countries and 18 industries. They shared how they are innovating with technology for organizational success. CIOs increasingly help their organizations cope with complexity by simplifying operations, business processes, products and services. To increase competitiveness, 83 percent of CIOs have visionary plans that include business intelligence and analytics, followed by mobility solutions (74 percent) and virtualization (68 percent). Since our 2009 Global CIO Study, cloud computing shot up in priority, selected by 45 percent more CIOs than before and leaping into a tie for fourth place with business process management (60 percent each). In this report, CIOs provide you insight in to both their challenges and opportunities from increasing complexity.

HEALTH BENEFIT ADMINISTRATOR CURES GROWING PAINS WITH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC CLOUD

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July 11th, 2011

By Cisco Systems

CareCore National, a health benefit management concern, increased business agility by being able to launch new lines of business in just two weeks, down from six months. This business benefits were gained, in large part through the insight and leadership of IT executives and their deployment of Cisco’s Data Center Fabric architecture. This white paper describes how the CareCore National achieved this transformation.