Lippis Report 198: Mobile Internet 2.0: Monetizing Public Wi-Fi via Business-to-Consumer Relationships

September 25th, 2012

There are two worlds colliding: the mobile cellular voice world and the mobile data Wi-Fi world. These two worlds co-existed but largely ignored each other. But in 2007, everything changed when the iPhone was launched and started the world’s next big innovation cycle; that is mobilizing the Internet. This innovation cycle’s size and impact is on par with the Internet and social networking but is occurring faster than either of these cycles. Mobile Internet is now a necessity. Consider that 67% of Mobile Internet users use their smartphone to research a purchase and actually visit the store that advertised it, or that 72% have made purchases based on a local advertisement delivered to their smartphone. Mobility and proximity are coming together in the fact that 94% of users who receive location-based services consider them valuable.

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Software-Defined Networking and its Applicability to Enterprise WANs

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September 25th, 2012

By Talari Networks

Software-Defined Networks (SDNs) have the potential to revolutionize data centers and campus networks. However, not enough research has been conducted on the applicability of SDN technology to enterprise WANs. This paper will discuss the SDN architecture, enterprise WAN requirements and how Talari’s patented Adaptive Private Networking (APN) technology begins to apply the value of SDN to the enterprise WAN.

Moving to an Open Data Center with an Interoperable Network

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September 25th, 2012

Create a flattened, converged, virtualized, standards-based network
by IBM System Networking

An open data center with an interoperable network is a flat, converged, virtualized data center network that is based on open industry standards. Instead of under-utilized devices, multi-tier networks, and complex management environments, the modern data center is characterized by highly utilized servers running multiple VMs, flattened, lower latency networks and automated, integrated management tools. New software-defined network approaches (including overlay networks and OpenFlow standards) greatly simplify the implementation of features such as dynamic workload provisioning, load balancing, and redundant paths for high availability and network reconfiguration. Further, high-bandwidth links between virtualized data center resources may extend across multiple data center locations to provide business continuity and backup/recovery of mission-critical data. A highly virtualized data center offers greater resource utilization and lower costs. This new network infrastructure also simplifies management and addresses network issues such as latency, resilience, and multi-tenant support for public and private cloud environments. By taking advantage of IBM’s Open Interoperable Networking (ODIN) design approach, enterprises can design a cost-effective and manageable data center that fully uses the potential of virtualization, and gives customers the flexibility to migrate to federated data centers, in which computing, storage, and net-work resources may be treated as dynamically provisioned resource pools that can be rapidly partitioned into any desired configuration. To learn more about the ODIN, visit:

VXLAN: Scaling Data Center Capacity

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September 25th, 2012

By Arista Networks

This document provides an overview of how VXLAN works. It also provides criteria to help determine when and where VXLAN can be used to implement a virtualized Infrastructure. Arista, Broadcom, Intel, VMware and others developed the VXLAN specification to improve scaling in the virtualized Data Center.

802.11ac: The Fifth Generation of Wi-Fi

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September 25th, 2012

by Cisco Systems

802.11ac, the emerging standard from the IEEE, is like the movie The Godfather Part II. It takes something great and makes it even better. 802.11ac is a faster and more scalable version of 802.11n. 802.11ac couples the freedom of wireless with the capabilities of Gigabit Ethernet. Wireless LAN sites will see significant improvements in the number of clients supported by an access point (AP), a better experience for each client, and more available bandwidth for a higher number of parallel video streams. Even when the network is not fully loaded, users see a benefit: their file downloads and email sync happen at low lag gigabit speeds. Also, device battery life is extended, since the device’s Wi-Fi interface can wake up, exchange data with its AP, then revert to dozing that much more quickly. This paper provides a technical description of the next generation of Wi-Fi.

Conquer the Cloud Part 1: The Cloud and your Network – Is There a Gap?

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September 25th, 2012

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Nick Lippis
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Rahul Tripathi
Director of Product Management, Services Routing, Cisco
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Learn from experts on the best ways to prepare your wide-area network (WAN) for cloud computing.
Despite recent innovations for accelerating cloud and mobile computing, one critical area has remained neglected – the WAN. With the majority of workers in remote offices, you may find it difficult to deliver a secure cloud experience with adequate application performance. Traditional networks are not cloud-ready, and must be re-designed to benefit from the cost efficiencies and business agility of cloud computing.
Join panelists Nick Lippis, Founder and CEO of Lippis Enterprises, and Rahul Tripathi, Director of Product Management for Services Routing at Cisco, as they discuss:
Why traditional WANs are challenged by cloud computing
The requirements for a cloud-ready branch office
Solutions for robust security, accelerated application performance, and efficient operations
Management tools that improve visibility and control
Next steps for getting your WAN cloud-ready
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Cisco’s Nexus 1000V-based Programmable Virtual Network Overlays

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September 15th, 2012

This is the fourth and last podcast in a four part series on Cisco’s Open Network Environment or Cisco ONE. Cisco ONE utilizes the multi-hypervisor Nexus 1000V virtual switch to create virtual network overlays and will be enabling programmability through programmatic interfaces to its virtual supervisor module (VSM), enabling automation-centric provisioning. To make virtual overlays functionally equivalent to physical data center networks, virtual Layer 4-7 application network and virtual security services are added via its virtualization stack of related protocols and layered products. Gary Kinghorn, Senior Manager, Data Center and Cloud Solution Marketing at Cisco Systems joins me to discuss Cisco’s approach to virtual network overlays.

Duration: 22 minutes and 37 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:36 sec: Gary, would you like to add anything to my virtual network overlay discussion in the intro that’s unique to Cisco?

Question 2 @ 3:45 sec: What are some of the misperceptions that most need to be cleared up?

Question 3 @ 4:42 sec: Gary, you and I talked before about a network virtualization stack early this year, and now the conversation appears to have shifted to this virtual overlay concept. Are these really the same things that Cisco has been talking about for a while? Or what’s different and what’s behind the evolution?

Question 4 @ 7:11 sec: There’s a lot of discussion in the industry now about the virtual switch being a key strategic battleground going forward, and that presumably extends to virtual overlay infrastructures overall. We know that VMware acquiring Nicira gives them an overlay story as well that could lead to competition with Cisco specifically in this area. Is this a “battleground”, and if so, what makes Cisco’s approach different or unique?

Question 5 @ 16:23 sec : Lets talk use cases. When do you go from a physical network to a virtual one, when do you need overlays, and what are the applications that are going to be built on top of these new SDN API’s?

Question 6 @ 18:19 sec: Which use cases does Cisco see as virtual network overlays offering the most value today?

Question 7 @ 20:59 sec: The perception is that a lot of this SDN stuff is really out in the future? When and how do data center architects start to implement Cisco’s virtual network overlays?

Cisco To Offer Campus Slicing via SDN/OpenFlow

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September 15th, 2012

This is the third of a four part podcast series on Cisco’s Open Network Environment or Cisco ONE. Cisco ONE consist of three initiatives; OnePK, Campus Slicing via SDN/OpenFlow and Virtual Overlay. In this podcast I talk with Phil Casini Product line manager for Cisco’s SDN controller development about Cisco’s Campus Slicing functionality thanks to Cisco ONE’s implementation of Software Defined-Networking and OpenFlow.

Duration: 13 minutes 28 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:09 sec: Phil lets start with the Cisco controller and OpenFlow agents. What functionality will the controller have and which Cisco switch families will be equipped with OpenFlow agents?

Question 2 @ 4:54 sec: Is Campus Slicing primarily for the university market or was the design center focused on both academic and enterprise.

Question 3 @ 8:04 sec: Is Cisco’s key added value in Campus Slicing focused on the ability to logically slice a piece of an operational network for researchers to perform their experiments?

Question 4 @ 11:00 sec: What campus slicing use cased do you foresee in the enterprise market?

Cisco’s OnePK Opens up Networking to Programming

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September 15th, 2012

Kevin Woods, Cisco Systems

This is the second of a four part podcast series on Cisco’s Open Network Environment or Cisco ONE. Cisco ONE consist of three initiatives; OnePK, Campus Slicing via SDN/OpenFlow and Virtual Network Overlay. In this podcast I talk with Kevin Woods Director of Product Management at Cisco Systems about Cisco’s OnePK programing environment for developers and its potential impact on networks and business process.

Duration: 13 minutes 20 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:00 sec: Kevin lets first talk about why Cisco is offering OnePK? From the briefing I received its clear that this programming environment had to be in development for a few years, so Cisco must have been hearing this requirement for some time. True?

Question 2 @ 2:44 sec: What drove the decision to expose the network to developers via OnePK?

Question 3 @ 3:45 sec: What kind of network information and control will be exposed to developers and what type of applications will benefit from OnePK?

Question 4 @ 5:47 sec: Is there a Cisco OnePK developer ecosystem in development and how will OnePK applications be supported?

Question 5 @ 7:07 sec: What are the implications for the skill set requirements for your customers who will use onePK?

Question 6 @ 8:36 sec: How does onePK differ from OpenFlow?

Question 7 @ 10:56 sec: Will API verbs be consistent across Cisco’s OSs and when will the OnePK SDK be available?

Cisco Is Leading The Market Toward Open Networking With Cisco ONE

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September 15th, 2012

This is the first of a four part podcast series on Cisco’s Open Network Environment or Cisco ONE. I talk with Shashi Kiran, Senior Director, Data Center, Virtualization and Cloud solutions at Cisco Systems about Cisco’s strategy to open up networking and the gains anticipated by Cisco and its customers.

Duration: 21 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:01 sec: There are several discussions taking place in the industry around software-defined networking concepts. What is Cisco’s strategy to address these?

Question 2 @ 5:04 sec Is Cisco ONE a response to the ONF or is it a set of capabilities your customers are asking for?

Question 3 @ 7:10 sec: Can you elaborate on the individual offerings under the Cisco ONE framework – onePK, SDN/OpenFlow and Overlay virtual networks? What products will Cisco offer here and how can customers consume them?

Lippis Analysis @ 11:23 sec:

Question 4 @ 13:54 sec:Cisco ONE offers different capabilities for different markets such as hyperscale data centers, cloud providers, enterprises, universities and service providers. Which parts of ONE will each of these markets use, why and when?

Question 5 @ 17:37 sec: What do you expect the business outcomes to be, and how do you see the dynamics evolve around network virtualization and cloud computing environments, as the landscape seems to be changing quite rapidly.

Cisco’s LISP For Workload Mobility in Multi-Data Center and Cloud Use Cases Explained

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September 10th, 2012

Victor Moreno Distinguished Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco Systems joins me to discuss Cisco’s approach to workload mobility via is Locator/ID Separation Protocol or LISP technology.

Duration: 21 minutes and 22 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:29 sec: Victor let’s start with a definition of LISP. What it is, what does it do and where is it located in the network?

Question 2 @ 8:10 sec: How does LISP support network policy?

Question 3 @ 9:27 sec: How does LISP eliminate manual network changes required to move workload? Put another way, how does LISP automate the process of workload mobility?

Question 4 @ 13:20 sec: When workload is freed from location what new data center or cloud computing design options are available to IT leaders?

Question 5 @ 17:09 sec: How do IT business leaders deploy LISP, what’s needed and how systemic does it need to be implemented?