Lippis Report 202: Big Switch Networks Launches the SDN Industry

November 26th, 2012

On November 13, 2012, Big Switch Networks (BSN) launched its company with a 28 large ecosystem, an Open Software-Defined Networking (SDN) platform that included three key software products, with promise of much more to come, plus customer testimonials from some of the most scrutinizing, hard-to-please firms, like Fidelity and Goldman Sachs. What BSN launched on Nov 13th was not just a company and its product suite, but an organizing principle for the SDN industry. It was, by far, the largest SDN announcement to date with an impressive ecosystem afforded by its open SDN approach. Never have financial analyst firms published industry alerts, equity research, industry updates, etc., letters due to a start-up’s announcement but they did for BSN; firms such as Raymond James, Oppenheimer, Credit Suisse, UBS, the Juda Group, J.P. Morgan and others weighed in on its importance. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we review Big Switch Network’s launch and offer an answer to the key question of what it means to computer networking.

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Building a World-class Data Center Network Based on Open Standards

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November 26th, 2012

by IBM System Networking

Data centers are undergoing a major transition toward a smarter, more dynamic infrastructure. More flexible IT architectures are emerging to address the demands of current business applications and new areas, such as cloud computing, multitenancy, bring your own device (BYOD), big data, and analytics. As part of the dynamic infrastructure trend, the role of data center networks is also changing. It is causing businesses to re-evaluate their current networks, which were never designed to handle modern workloads and applications. IBM’s Open Data Center Interoperable Network or ODIN addresses many of the key problems faced by modern data networks, including automation, integration, and management. Compared to classical Ethernet architectures, ODIN fabrics have several distinguishing benefits, which are discussed in this white paper.

A Unified Network for the Mobile Era

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November 26th, 2012

By Avaya

Thanks to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), the enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) has become the network of choice, and as such, networks are expected to support an increasing number of real-time applications, such as voice and video communications. Yet WLANs were not designed to meet business demands for performance, scalability, consolidated management, improved Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and, more importantly, security. So how should an enterprise address the expectations of its increasingly mobile workforce in this BYOD-driven era? The answer is an intelligent, easily managed network that is truly unified and smart enough to deliver services rapidly and seamlessly. Bottom line: the answer is Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (VENA) Unified Access.

Cisco ASA and Cloud Web Security: Best-in-Class Network Security Combined with Best-in-Class Web Security

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November 26th, 2012

By Cisco Systems

Organizations that want to harness the power of the web must deal with a consequence: becoming vulnerable to web-based threats that can negatively impact data, reputation, and operations. Trends such as social networking and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) add to the challenge of securing the safety of network traffic and increase the attack footprint. Cisco® ASA Software Release 9.0, integrated with Cisco Cloud Web Security, and powered by Cisco Security Intelligence Operations (SIO), solves the combined problems of performance and breadth of security—without affecting network complexity or business agility. This white paper explains how Cisco uses the advantages of the cloud to protect enterprises from web-based threats and to apply comprehensive policies to web content and web-application visibility within the enterprise.

The New Personal Era of Unified Communications

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November 19th, 2012

 

The adoption rate of Unified Communications and Collaboration or UCC has been disappointing.  Its value proposition was rooted in its ability to unify different ways people communicate in the hope that business process would be streamlined, productivity increased and cost reduced.   Some of this is true, but we are entering a new era where most of the underlying UCC assumptions are no longer valid.  Chris Hummel, Chief Commercial Officer at Siemens Enterprise Communications and I believe that a new “people and team” driven UC architecture is emerging that includes mobility, video, social and cloud that’s focused on individual productivity.  In this Lippis Report podcast we discuss a new way to think about and evaluate UCC in the mobile Internet age.

 

Duration: 23:16

 

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ 00:10 sec

 

Question 1 @ 2:09 sec: Chris, let’s start with a discussion about why the UCC market has not been deployed as widely as many industry observers anticipated?

 

Question 2 @ 4:12 sec: Chris, how do UCC offerings need to change to make UCC more appealing to enterprise buyers?

 

Question 3 @ 8:21 sec: Chris, how does the people and team approach to UCC manifest in terms of products and services and what are the anticipated business outcomes?

 

Question 4 @ 17:04 sec: Chris, are we entering into a new productivity period where smart IT business leaders will seek to measure personal productivity gains made through individual centered UCC?

Lippis Report 201: What Comes After Zero Latency Switching?

November 5th, 2012

During mid-September 2012, Arista Networks and Cisco Systems launched what both claimed to be the industry’s lowest latency switches aimed at big data, cloud, Web 2.0 and high frequency trading markets. Both products are Top of Rack (ToR), 10 and 40GbE switches. Arista’s is based upon merchant silicon, while Cisco utilized custom ASIC. Arista’s 7150 Series claims 10 and 40GbE, 350 nanoseconds Layer 2 or 3 forwarding, VXLAN support and what it calls “flexible forwarding.” Cisco’s Nexus 3548 claims 10GbE, 250ns to 190ns Layer 2 or 3 forwarding, and Cisco Algorithm Boost or Algo Boost technology. At 10GbE speeds, a bit is 1/10 of a nanosecond long, so Arista’s 7150 and Cisco’s 3548 switches delay is 3500 and 2500 or 1900 bits, respectively. That is, these products offer processing delays equal to the time it takes a few thousands of bits to traverse a simple metallic or optical wire at 10Gbs! In this Lippis Report, we review Arista’s and Cisco’s new ToR switches and answer the question: what comes after zero latency switching?

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The Arista 7150 Series

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November 5th, 2012

By Arista

The Arista 7150S series represents the industry’s leading ultra low latency 1RU 1/10/40GbE Layer 2/3/4 wire speed switch family, offering a unique combination of performance, advanced functionality and extensive onboard resources. Designed to suit the requirements of demanding environments such as ultra low latency financial ECNs, HPC clusters and cloud data centers, the class-leading deterministic latency from 350 ns is coupled with a set of advanced tools for monitoring and controlling mission critical environments.

BYOD: Focus on User Experience, Not the Device

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November 5th, 2012

By Zeus Kerravala

A perfect storm is the coming together of several forces to create a single, unstoppable force. Several forces in corporate IT are rapidly coming together to create the biggest transition since the birth of the mainframe — the shift to consumerized IT. This is similar to the shift that occurred in the late 1990s when the Internet exploded: low-cost PCs, home broadband, the development of the browser and Windows came together and created a perfect storm that transformed computing forever. The shift to consumerized IT will finally let IT fulfill its vision of being able to deliver any application or service to any worker using any device over any network. This shift will be driven by a set of trends including BYOD.

Cisco Nexus 3548 Switch

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November 5th, 2012

By Cisco Systems

The Cisco Nexus® 3000 Series Switches are a comprehensive portfolio of 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet switches built from a switch-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture. Introduced in April 2011, this series has established itself as a leader in high frequency trading, high-performance computing, and big data environments by pairing high performance and low latency with innovations in performance visibility, automation, and time synchronization.

Cisco Office-in-a-Box: Solution with Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2, Cisco UCS E-Series Servers and VMware View

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November 5th, 2012

By Cisco Systems

The modern workplace continues to evolve, with demands for improved mobility, new bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and VDI initiatives, plus a need for an increasingly agile, productive and collaborative workforce. Deploying VDI at the branch or remote office has proven a challenge to most VDI adopters. Centralizing user desktops at the data center and having users access those desktops across the WAN results in poor user experience and WAN connectivity dependency for business continuity. Cisco® Office-in-a-Box consists of the award-winning Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2 (ISR G2) platforms and the new Cisco UCS® E-Series Servers. With Cisco’s best in class network technology combined with a powerful enterprise grade compute platform in a single box Cisco delivers a way to easily collapse branch office or retail store IT services into a single box.