Cisco’s Familiar Approach To A Unified Multi-Protocol Storage Network

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July 30th, 2012

Cisco’s multi-protocol storage initiative brings all storage protocols into its unified fabric. Just like the days of multi-protocol routing, IT managers were able to manage the transition to IP networking after routing supported multiple network protocols such as DECnet, AppleTalk, etc. In short applications that relied upon vendor specific protocols were supported and thus the transition to IP was regulated by how fast the application could support IP. The same is true in modern data centers; build a unified fabric that is capable of supporting multi-protocol storage and IT business leaders can transition to a single storage protocol over time and gain simplification, lower life cycle cost and faster application deployment. Rajeev Bhardwaj, Sr. Director of Product Management in the data center group at Cisco Systems is responsible for the MDS, Nexus and load balancing products making him the ideal executive to discuss multi-protocol storage networking and the transition toward a converged or unified data center infrastructure.

Lippis Report 196: VMware Bets Heavy on Virtual Overlay Networking with $1.26 B Nicira Acquisition

July 24th, 2012

If it wasn’t clear before July 23rd that the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) controller market resides within a cloud stack, then it’s clear now, thanks to VMware’s $1.26 billion acquisition of Nicira Networks. VMware is building a cloud stack that’s first to recognize the importance of virtualized networking and places a very high value on it. The multiple to Nicira’s revenue is, let’s say, very high. Microsoft, IBM, Citrix, Red Hat and the open stack community have just taken notice and are in the process of evaluating Big Switch Networks, Arista Networks, Embrane, Pluribus, Plexxi, et al. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we explore this exciting turning point in the open networking marketplace.

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OpenFlow and SDN: Optimizing the Network for Greater Performance and User Control

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July 24th, 2012

by Clabby Analytics

This white paper discusses how Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow are changing the way that networks are being designed, utilized, and managed. According to Clabby Analytics, SDN will radically alter the networking market competitive landscape. Thus, companies need to understand these new technologies to meet rising demand for cloud, big data, analytics and virtualization.  

Securing Web 2.0 and Social Networking for Enterprise IT

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July 24th, 2012

by Cisco Systems

Promoting products and services via social networks brings a company before an audience of hundreds of millions of engaged users, and encourages them to do the job of selling for you, via “fan” pages and viral campaigns. But the downside is that granting employees unlimited access to social networks can unleash a host of problems, ranging from corporate security breaches to compliance violations. Organizations can reap the benefits of social networking—and maintain productivity and security—by controlling which users can access social networks, as well as how and when they can access them. A comprehensive web security solution, deployed on-premise or in the cloud, can help them provide safe Internet security access for today’s distributed workforce. Find out how by downloading this whitepaper.

Guide to Cloud-Ready Branch Office Networking Is Your Wide Area Network Cloud Ready?

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July 24th, 2012

by Nick Lippis

Over the past several years, computing has accelerated its fantastic pace of innovation that has manifested into cloud and mobile computing. There are numerous metrics that have tracked these trends to show their increasingly mainstream acceptance. But the most telling set of data comes from supporting technologies or approaches that are no longer able to support both legacy and the new cloud plus mobile computing models. Wide area networking or in particular, the approach to branch office wide area networking, is in need of an overhaul as its current form does not support cloud computing. This is particularly troubling as nearly 55% of a corporation’s employees reside in branch offices, and are now, in essence, cut off from secure cloud computing, experience poor cloud application performance and cost their corporation more money than needed. This white paper provides the guide to cloud-ready branch office networking.

Broadcom and VMware Come Together

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July 24th, 2012

Broadcom and VMware Come Together to Enable Cloud-Scale Network Virtualization.
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Smarter Networking Webcast: Get Ahead of the Game with Virtualization and Edge Virtual Bridging

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July 24th, 2012

by IBM

Discover in this short, informative webcast with IBM System Networking EMEA Business Executive, Charles Ferland, how network virtualization, specifically the new emerging protocol 802.1Qbg (Edge Virtual Bridging), can benefit dynamic data center network infrastructures

The Benefits of Building Networks With Shortest Path Bridging

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July 23rd, 2012

Shortest Path Bridging or SPB was ratified in March of 2012 by the IEEE. Its an active-active link protocol that replaces the older Spanning Tree Protocols. SPB is touted as a means to simplify the creation and configuration of carrier, enterprise and cloud networks by virtually eliminating human configuration error. In short, SPB is designed to scale. Avaya, an SPB leader, has implemented it within its data center and campus networking products in a hope to drastically simply the configuration of enterprise wide virtual networks. Paul Unbehagen an SPB co-author and Avaya Director working on next generation fabric standards and implementations joins me to discuss SPB and the value it brings to enterprise and data center network design.

Join Cisco Desktop Transformation Perspectives Webcast Series

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July 9th, 2012





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According to ABI Research, the worldwide market for hosted virtual desktops is forecast to grow from about U.S. $500 million in 2009 to a cumulative total of nearly $5 billion in 2016. While desktop virtualization is on the rise, few businesses have implemented a broad-scale adoption. Despite the robust solutions provided by virtual desktop software vendors like Citrix and VMware, the network remains the critical path for delivering an excellent and secure virtual desktop experience.
If you are rethinking your network strategy to support virtual desktops, you won’t want to miss this session. Our networking experts will share a framework to prepare your network to support highly secure virtual desktops at scale with a high-quality user experience. This framework includes:
Handling of rich media and display protocol
Strategies for prioritizing virtual desktop traffic
Scaling the WAN to support more sessions within the same pipe
Securing access form any device, anywhere
Simplifying management
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Nick Lippis, Founder and CEO at Lippis Enterprises
Shannon McFarland, Principal Engineer, Cisco
Jeff Platon, Senior Director of Engineering, Cisco
 
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Lippis Report 195: CiscoLive, GigaOm Structure and IBM DOVE, Oh My

July 2nd, 2012

June could not have been a busier month for the networking industry. Cisco launched Cisco ONE, Cloud Connect and Unified Access at CiscoLive. IBM System Networking launched an SDN stack tied into the IBM PureSystems computing platforms of Expert Integrated Systems. And the folks at GigaOm delivered another great Structure conference that brought in cloud thought leaders. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we highlight some of the more significant June of 2012 announcements.

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Cisco Cloud Connected Solution: Prepare Your Network for the Cloud

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July 2nd, 2012

by Cisco
Enterprises, small businesses, and governments are looking to cloud-based solutions to solve some of their biggest business and technology challenges: reducing costs, reaching new levels of efficiency, and creating innovative business models. Cloud services and applications offer compelling economics by reducing capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx) through sharing of cloud assets and dynamic, on-demand delivery of services. To meet these new challenges, Cisco believes in making the network infrastructure “cloud intelligent.” With this type of solution, the enterprise network can truly optimize cloud application performance within the available bandwidth to deliver a high-quality user experience, especially for the high-demand applications of today and tomorrow.

Broadcom Smart-Buffer Technology in Data Center Switches for Cost-Effective Performance Scaling of Cloud Applications

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July 2nd, 2012

by Broadcom
Cloud and Web 2.0 applications deployed in private and public cloud environments are significantly influencing network infrastructure design due to their increasing scale and performance requirements. A primary design challenge is to deploy network switches that robustly scale application performance cost-effectively. The design of a switch device’s memory management unit (MMU), including its packet buffering resources, is a key element in meeting network design challenges. This white paper explores specific MMU design considerations and characteristics in network switch silicon.

OpenFlow: The Next Generation in Networking Interoperability

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July 2nd, 2012

by IBM
This White Paper by IBM discusses OpenFlow, an emerging Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technology with the potential to increase the value of data center services dramatically. Implementing SDN/OpenFlow can provide network administrators with greater control over their resources, integrated network and server management, and an open management interface for routers and switches to streamline operations and increase performance.

World IPv6 Launch Event Marks Massive Transition in IP Addressing: What It Means to You

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July 2nd, 2012

June 6, 2012 was World IPv6 Launch event, which marked the transition toward IPv6 on a global basis and will forever be the transition reference point. Close to 30% of pages viewed on the Internet globally were reachable over IPv6 after June 6, 2012. In May of 2012, there were only 519 sites IPv6 enabled or about 3% of web content. That number jumped to more than 2,500 sites or approximately 30% according to Cisco. In this Lippis Report podcast, I talk with Alain Fiocco, Senior Director of Cisco’s IPv6 High Impact Project, as we discuss IPv6 transition adoption and what it means to you.