Jayshree Ullal , President & CEO, Arista Networks on Open Networking at ONUG

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January 31st, 2013

jayshree_ullal_arista_onugThe networking industry at an inflection point driven by IT business leaders taking greater control of their network infrastructure to lower operational cost and increase IT delivery flexibility. Open networking promises to deliver greater control, lower cost and an injection of innovation not seem before in the networking industry. To understand these dynamics, we are conducting a CEO podcast series with industry thought leaders and visionaries all of which are meeting with IT leaders at the Open Networking User Group or ONUG in Boston on Feb 13th. Jayshree Ullal , President & CEO, Arista Networks joins Nick Lippis for discussion on the state of open networking.

Register to attend the Open Networking User Group here: www.lippisreport.com/onug/register

Duration: 13:08 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:38 sec: Jayshree why is there so much interest in open networking from a customer point of view?

Question 2 @ 2:50 sec: What are the biggest industry challenges over the next twenty-four months that the open networking community needs to overcome?

Question 3 @ 7:12 sec: How do you see open networking evolving over the next three years? What will networks look like?

Question 4 @ 9:52 sec: How does Arista Networks participate in the open networking ecosystem?

Karl May President & CEO of Vello Systems on Open Networking at ONUG

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January 30th, 2013

karl_may_vello_onugThe networking industry at an inflection point driven by IT business leaders taking greater control of their network infrastructure to lower operational cost and increase IT delivery flexibility. Open networking promises to deliver greater control, lower cost and an injection of innovation not seem before in the networking industry. To understand these dynamics, we are conducting a CEO podcast series with industry thought leaders and visionaries all of which are meeting with IT leaders at the Open Networking User Group or ONUG in Boston on Feb 13th. Karl May President & CEO of Vello Systems joins Nick Lippis for discussion on the state of open networking.

Register to attend the Open Networking User Group here: www.lippisreport.com/onug/register

Duration: 14:12 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:32 sec: Karl why is there so much interest in open networking from a customer point of view?

Question 2 @ 4:13 sec: What are the biggest industry challenges over the next twenty-four months that the open networking community needs to overcome?

Question 3 @ 8:36 sec: How do you see open networking evolving over the next three years? What will networks look like?

Question 4 @ 10:10 sec: How does Vello Systems participate in the open networking ecosystem?

Cisco Invests In Unified Access To Address Fundamental Changes In Enterprise Networking And BYOD

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January 29th, 2013

Cisco is fundamentally changing the way it approaches network  by prioritizing R&D to deliver a common user experience independent upon wired, wireless or remote access. In addition, to simplifying network operations and reducing opex, Cisco is unifying its product suites for One Policy, One Management and One Network to address the BYOD megatrend.  Its approach is to deliver a unified access or holistic solution to IT business leaders that span both wired, wireless and remote network access with a common security,  management and features framework. Cisco calls this new approach Cisco Unified Access. Cisco is also introducing a new converged wired and wireless switch –  Catalyst 3850 switch.   Jeff Reed; Vice President and General Manager Unified Access Group at Cisco Systems joins me to discuss Cisco’s  Unified Access strategy and new Catalyst 3850 switch.

Duration: 15:26 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:03 sec

Question 1 @ 2:22: First would you like to add to my intro, that is what is Unified Access and what’s driving it?

Question 2 @ 3:02: What are the basic elements of UA from a product development point of view, that is where is Cisco investing to deliver UA?

Question 3 @ 5:07: Can you expand on the new 3850 product especially around the topic of virtualized WLAN controllers.

Question 4 @ 7:08: How does UA address BYOD, Video and security trends?

Question 5 @ 10:52: How much does IOS 15.0 Infrastructure play a part in UA?

Question 6 @ 12:47: What do you expect the business outcomes to be for those that deploy UA?

Closing @ 14:41: Summary of UA and its impact on business process.

 

IBM Empowers Applications to Call Upon Network Services Via PureSystems

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January 28th, 2013

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This is the forth of a five part podcast series on IBM’s Open Data Center Interoperable Network or ODIN program and DOVE or Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet. I talk with Dr. Casimer DeCasatis, IBM Distinguished Engineer and System Networking’s Chief Technical Officer for strategic alliances about IBM’s Software Defined-Networking or SDN stack and how applications request network services with IBM’s linkage between its Patterns and SDN product set.

Duration 12 minutes and 17 seconds:

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:27 What are the key architectural components that enable applications to call upon network resource within PureSystems.

Question 2 @ 4:45: What is Patterns and its main function?

Question 3 @ 7:21: How do clients build DOVE networks and DOVE networks build Virtual System pattern?

Question 4 @ 8:58: What network infrastructure needs to be put in place before virtual system patterns can be created and what’s the main business benefit gained?

Boston SDN Executive Summit

January 16th, 2013






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Arista CEO Jayshree Ullal will present how SDN will change application delivery in the enterprise and how those organizations that adapt and leverage this exciting innovation will thrive and lead in this space. The agenda also includes a keynote presentation highlighting the trends and outlook of SDN by Nick Lippis, CEO of the Lippis Report and Founder, ONUG, and a live demonstration with ample opportunity for Q&A.

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IBM Scales Virtual Networks Via Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet

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January 14th, 2013

This is the second of a five part series on IBM’s Open Data Center Interoperable Network or program and its DOVE or Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet.  I talk with Renato; IBM Fellow and System Networking Chief Technical Officer about IBM’s approach to virtual network overlays called DOVE.

Duration 16 minutes and 20 seconds:

 

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:22: Renato would you like to add anything to my virtual network overlay discussion in the intro that’s unique to IBM?

Question 2 @ 4:46: What is DOVE, a switch, software, etc?

Question 3 @ 7:42: How are IBM’s virtual network overlays created and managed?

Question 4 @ 9:59 How are virtual networks transported over the physical L2/3 network?  Does IBM support hybrid mode?

Question 5 @ 11:59: There are multi-tenant clouds, hybrid clouds and large-scale private clouds or data centers that would benefit from virtual network overlays.  Which use cases does IBM see as virtual network overlays offering the most value today?

Question 6 @ 14:29: How do IT business leaders start to implement IBM’s virtual network overlay?

Register to attend the Open Networking User Group hosted by Fidelity and the Lippis Report on Feb 13th 2013 in Boston, MA

Extreme Networks Addresses Scale Issues with its Open Fabric Software-Defined Networking

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January 14th, 2013

No matter where an IT architect looks they are confronted with scaling issues and many times one solution creates another problem.  To address increasing VM density many are expanding broadcast domains with flatter 2-tier architectures only to get bogged down in broadcast issues.  To scale virtualized networks the industry offers VXLAN, but that moves L2 scaling into a multicast-scaling problem.  Software-Defined Network and in particular OpenFlow offers a good approach for provisioning and control but introduces flow oriented architecture scaling issues of its own.  I discuss scaling challenge with Shehzad Merchant Chief Technology Officer at Extreme Networks.

Duration: 10:24 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1

@ 1:35 sec: Shehzad: Let’s first start with Extreme’s view of 40 and 100GbE.  How is Extreme incorporating it and why?

Question 2 @ 3:50 sec: Forwarding table architecture and size define logical networking scale.  Extreme recently introduced UFT or Unified Forwarding Table.  What is it and how does it work?

Question 3 @ 6:35 sec: Extreme has partnered with Big Switch Networks to address network visualization scale via its Big Tap and Big Virtual Switch.  Can you talk to this solution?

Question 4 @ 8:51 sec: Can you sum up all the initiatives that Extreme has under way to deliver on its Open Fabric architecture for clo

ud-scale networking?

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Lippis Report 204: The Open Networking User Group – The Key End User Event of 2013

January 7th, 2013

For the past nine months, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a group of IT architects from Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, UBS and Gap Inc. to develop the industry’s first Open Networking User Group or ONUG. This work has come to fruition with the Lippis Report’s first ONUG meeting hosted by Fidelity Investments on February 13th in Boston. The ONUG board developed topics to be explored, hand-picked speakers who are IT architects with SDN experience, chose 10 start-ups to demonstrate their open networking value and sent colleagues personal invitations. The result is that ONUG will be the biggest, most exclusive and important event for IT executives in 2013. Here’s why:

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Smart-Table Technology Enabling Very Large Server, Storage Nodes, and Virtual Machines to Scale Using Flexible Network Infrastructure Topologies

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January 7th, 2013

By Broadcom

A critical element of cloud network scalability is forwarding table size of data center network switches. Forwarding table size impacts data center scalability, that is the number of servers and virtual machines (VM) per server, the ability to load-balance and provide full cross-sectional bandwidth across switch links. In turn, these scalability elements directly impact application performance and mobility. VMs and server sprawl, plus increased use of tunneling or overlay technologies, further exacerbate scaling challenges. This white paper explores forwarding table size requirements in private and public cloud data center networks, and considers how such requirements affect the design of data center network switches. It also describes features that are enabled by Broadcom’s Smart-Table technology, part of Broadcom’s SmartSwitch series of technologies, engineered specifically to meet feature and scale requirements of cloud networks.

IBM Flex System Fabric Network Strategy

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January 7th, 2013

by IBM System Networking

Complexity has become a roadblock to data center efficiency. In order to have efficient, cost-effective data center operation, IT administrators must integrate and simplify network resources and data center management. The solution to simplifying management, reducing costs, easing complexity and increasing time-to-value lies in addressing all the elements of the system: servers, storage and networking. IBM® Flex System™ provides compute, storage and networking resources in a single environment that is both efficient and easy to manage. IBM PureFlex™ System and IBM PureApplication™ System offer an integrated solution using components from the IBM Flex System portfolio. These components provide advanced networking, storage and virtualization technologies, with flexibility for a variety of workloads.

Integrating VXLAN with Avaya VENA Fabric Connect

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January 7th, 2013

by Avaya

VXLAN, VMware’s attempt at creating a next-generation VLAN technology, is intended to help businesses maximize the effectiveness of their server virtualization activities. Officially, “Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) works by creating Layer 2 logical networks that are encapsulated in standard Layer 3 IP packets. A ‘Segment ID’ in every frame differentiates the VXLAN logical networks from each other without any need for VLAN tags. This allows very large numbers of isolated Layer 2 VXLAN networks to co-exist on a common Layer 3 infrastructure.” The intent is to build virtual domains on top of a common networking and virtualization infrastructure, with these virtual domains having complete isolation from each other and the underlying network. This is the theory anyway. However, the initial VXLAN specification was based on some rather conventional networking concepts and did not make allowance for groundbreaking work that had already been undertaken within the IEEE in defining Shortest Path Bridging (SPB).

Software Defined Cloud Networking

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January 7th, 2013

By Arista

Ethernet networks have evolved significantly since their inception back in the 1980s, with many generational changes to where we are today. Networks are orders of magnitude faster with 10Gbps line rate switching as the norm. Moreover, today’s Ethernet networks offer sub-microsecond switch latency, traffic scaling and load balancing across redundant interfaces, and are reducing the management complexities with state-driven architecture and open interfaces for managing hundreds of switches through global, yet highly secured interfaces. Thousands of man-years of engineering effort have gone into developing features for enterprise switching and routing with each vendor developing their own software stack, thus creating a system where the forwarding logic and the hardware to switch millions of packets per second remains closed. Software Defined Cloud Networking (SDCN) is a term often used when a controller external to the forwarding logic and the actual switch itself programs the network devices to alter or enhance the flow of traffic.

Cisco Video Surveillance in Hospitals: Ten Ways to Save Money and Improve the Patient Experience

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January 7th, 2013

By Cisco Systems

Video surveillance in hospital settings can help provide high-quality, affordable healthcare. This white paper, intended for hospital executives, explains how hospitals can use Cisco® Video Surveillance solutions to lower costs and improve patient safety. Capturing video can mitigate expenses associated with patient sitters, drug diversion, other theft, and false accident or injury claims. Hospital personnel gain earlier awareness of incidents that can compromise patient safety by using video analytics software to send an alert based on loitering, boundary crossing, or queue length. And as part of emergency preparation, video surveillance provides situational awareness to help officials plan an effective response. In this paper are ten use cases for video surveillance in hospitals using a Cisco Video Surveillance solution and the hospital’s existing Cisco network.

Tapping into the Potential of Virtual Teams With Siemens Enterprise Communications

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January 7th, 2013

Ross Sedgewick

Unstructured business process is more distributed than ever thanks to smartphone platforms iOS and Android. As the workforce has become more mobile, work teams have become more distributed and virtual. Mobility brings freedom and increased individual productivity but a new study finds that working in virtual teams has a long way to go before group productivity climbs. I discuss how to tap into the huge potential of organized virtual teams through Unified Communications and Collaboration or UCC with Ross Sedgewick, Global Marketing at Siemens Enterprise Communications.

Duration: 14:50 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:26 sec: Ross, lets start with the study. What were the main findings about virtual teams?

Question 2 @ 6:24 sec: Ross, there’s a lot of untapped productivity in today’s virtual teams. One main problem is that people are using old tools like email, voice and conference calls while virtual and they are getting frustrated with them. What are the new tools for virtual teams?

Question 3 @ 9:36 sec: Ross, Siemens’s approach to virtual team collaboration tools is called amplifyTEAMS. What is amplifyTEAMS and how does it increase virtual team productivity?

Question 4 @ 12:55 sec: Ross, what’s the business outcome gain when organizations implement amplifyTEAMS?