Lippis Report 188: Cisco Deepens the Visibility and Control Attributes of the SecureX Framework to Deliver Context-Aware Mitigation

March 20th, 2012

SecureX is the network security framework that Cisco launched last year. The company has now deepened SecureX to bolster its ability to provide SecOps greater visibility of applications and network traffic, and control of network security resources to mitigate exploits faster and more effectively by providing context- aware security information brought on by Bring Your Own Device or BYOD plus cloud computing applications and services. Cisco achieves this through its new ASA-CX Context-Aware Security capabilities, expanded support for Security Group Tagging or SGT within TrustSec enabled devices, and the addition of device profiling functionality in the IOS of its routers, switches and wireless access points. All of this security technology works with its Identity Services Engine or ISE—Cisco’s identity and access control policy platform.

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Building an Intelligent Mobile Edge Network

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March 19th, 2012

The edge network has to be more intelligent to support Bring Your Own Device or BYOD as well as existing wired desktops. But many SecOps groups would rather deny mobile access than allow it due to security threats, thanks to lack of visibility or device, user and location information mobile devices offer upon network access. To mitigate this concern, Extreme Networks launched its Intelligent Mobile Edge Network initiative including Ridgeline 3.1 to provide SecOps context-aware identity information and application visibility for mobile and fixed endpoints entering the network. In addition a new line of edge switches called the Summit x440 works closely with WiFi equipment to increase 802.11n performance and scalability. Huy Nguyen, Sr. Director of Product management at Extreme, joins me as we discuss the fundamental changes in edge networking thanks to BYOD and Extreme’s approach to securing mobile devices so corporations can gain the productivity gains of user device freedom.

Arista Advanced Event Management

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March 19th, 2012

By Arista Networks

Advanced Event Management (AEM) is a powerful and flexible set of tools to automate tasks, customize the behavior of the system and associated operation of the switching infrastructure. Leveraging an open operating system, AEM allows operators to fully utilize the intelligence within EOS to respond to real-time events, automate routine tasks, and take local automated action based on changing network conditions. Simplifying the overall operations, AEM provides the tools to customize alerts and actions. This white paper describes Arista’s approach to Advanced Event Management.

Multivendor Network Architectures, TCO and Operational Risk

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March 19th, 2012

By Deloitte

Enterprises face increasingly complex choices in their network vendor strategies. IT leaders must introduce new technology for critical business functions, while managing IT costs and balancing operational risks.This report summarizes the findings from a detailed customer survey conducted by Deloitte to examine the operational, financial, and risk factors associated with the use of single vendor and multivendor approaches in different types of enterprise networks. By providing a framework for understanding the overall value drivers associated with these networking strategies, this report is intended to help IT decision makers evaluate the potential impact of different approaches.

Open Networking User Group

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March 6th, 2012

You’re invited to attend the first Open Networking User Group meeting exclusively for IT executives, global network architects and designers taking place February 13, 2013 at Fidelity’s Center for Applied Technology, located at 245 Summer Street on the 14th floor in Boston, MA.

You’ll hear exclusive keynotes from exceptional IT business leaders at Fidelity and Goldman Sachs about their Software-Defined Networking deployment experience.  You’ll understand what their motivations, results and concerns are so that you can make informed SDN deployment decisions for your company.

You’ll hear Nick Lippis of the Lippis Report kick off the daylong meeting with a presentation on the State of Open Networking.  You will socialize with an elite group of IT leaders from firms such as Morgan Stanley, UBS, the Gap and many others who are either planning or implementing Software-Defined Networking be it OpenFlow, Overlay, programmable networks,  network visualization and/or Network virtualization solutions.  You will have access to a private demonstration area of innovative start-up firms that are driving the SDN market.

What You Will Learn

  1. If SDN is ready for prime time or if it’s a university research project?
  2. What the early adaptors have found out about SDN and if you should follow their lead.
  3. Where is the economic savings that SDN delivers?
  4. What will be SDN economic benefits; Opex, Capex reduction or both?
  5. How to justify going forward SDN action?
  6. Does your staff have the skill sets to implement an SDN project?
  7. Which small SDN implementation in L4-7 services will have the biggest application performance benefit and cost reduction effect?
  8. Can you replace specialized appliances such as load balancer, firewalls, IPS, network visualization etc., with virtualized equivalent and gain?
  9. Which SDN applications are delivering the greatest value at the lowest cost?
  10. How secure is your computer-networking job as SDN deployments accelerate?

You can register for an opportunity to attend the Open Networking User Group here.  Please take note:  An e-mail acknowledging submission of your online registration will be sent to you. You will then receive an official confirmation upon approval of your registration, as attendance is restricted to IT executives of large firms.
All the best,

The Open Networking User Group team

About the Open Networking User Group

The Open Networking User Group was first discussed at the April, 2012 Open Networking Summit in San Jose, CA between Nick Lippis of the Lippis Report and Ernest Lefner of Fidelity Investments.   Nick was working with Guru Parulkar and Dan Pitt of the ONS/ONF during the winter of 2012 populating the enterprise tracks for the ONS summit while exploring an ONS East conference for the fall at Boston University’s college of ENG.  In late April we decided that there was not enough resources for ONS East.  Ernest Lefner and Nick Lippis were working on ONS East content and when that effort was tabled Ernest suggested that we do something smaller for east coast firms and thus the Open Networking User Group was born.

Today the Open Networking User Group (ONUG)is made up of IT leaders from Fidelity Investments, Goldman Sachs, UBS and Gap Inc. This board that Nick Lippis of Lippis Enterprises manages created the ONUG meeting sessions. No equipment vendors are speaking or allowed to attend the conference, therefore, speakers and attendance is exclusively IT executives, financial and industry analyst.

This meeting was designed to have plenty of social time and demonstration interaction. The ONUG board has selected a small group of companies to show their technology the demonstration area. We hope you can join us and contribute to the evolution of Open Networking.