Lippis Report 206: What the Market Said about SDN at the Open Networking User Group

March 25th, 2013

nicklippis.jpgOpen Networking User Group (ONUG) meeting in Boston that we organized with partner Fidelity Investments. ONUG was a first for many reasons, but the biggest contributor to its success was its Board and the fact that the conference was closed to press, vendors and any recording. The ONUG Board, made up of chief network architects of the largest financial and retail concerns, developed ONUG sessions plus invited 10 pre-IPO firms to demonstrate their SDN solutions. The fact that the audience of 180 IT executives was able to openly discuss their open networking challenges, successes and hopes created a special mystique. Jayson Noland, Managing Director, Senior Analyst of Robert W. Baird, described the mystique best:

“There’s talk about standards and consortium, and what was apparent at ONUG is that there are very innovative early adopter IT leaders who will drive the market and determine the speed and success of true network transformation.”

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Intelligent Networking for the Optimized Agile Datacenter

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March 25th, 2013

by IDC Brad Casemore, sponsored by IBM System Networking

As the use of server virtualization has matured, IT organizations are realizing they cannot achieve an optimized and agile datacenter unless the network architecture is designed to support converged systems. Therefore, any approach to converged systems that leaves networking as a secondary consideration will be doomed to failure. Fortunately, the industry has responded with networking products that are integrated with converged systems architectures. These solutions deliver the high performance required for next-generation datacenters. This approach delivers benefits in several areas, including optimization of physical and virtual resources, reduction in ongoing management of virtual machines, increased security, and IT agility. This white paper describes the business and economic advantages of an intelligent datacenter network for converged system applications.

Save Your School Money with Lower Networking Costs from Avaya

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March 25th, 2013

by Avaya

With the increased adoption of online learning, hybrid learning and collaborative learning models, the K-12 education paradigm is shifting. These models use a modernized curriculum containing digital content and cloud-based applications accessed through one-to-one computing and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Underpinning these advances is the essential need for an “Always-On Learning” network, a modern infrastructure that delivers performance, reliability and operational simplicity, 24 x 7. This white paper details TCO savings for public school networks. For a large suburban school district, savings can be as high as $4.12 million in one year and $6.73 million in five years.

Arista EOS™ Precision Data Analysis with DANZ

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March 25th, 2013

By Arista Networks

Traffic volumes are exploding in the data center due to the increasing efficiency and density of highly virtualized cloud computing infrastructures and larger, more complex data sets. A single application or storage server connected at 10Gbps can now generate bi-directional flow rates in excess of two billion packets per day with aggregate daily traffic in many cloud data centers measurable in petabytes. To handle these loads, deployments of multi-path 40Gbps Ethernet spine and leaf interconnects are becoming the norm, with price-competitive 100Gbps Ethernet connectivity on the very near horizon. Arista Data ANalyZer (DANZ) is an integrated feature set in Arista’s Extensible Operating System and is currently available on Arista Networks 7150-series switches. DANZ provides a solution to monitoring and visibility challenges at 10/40Gbps and higher with unmatched price-performance and precision. DANZ functionality will be available across the majority of the Arista product line in the summer of 2013. This white paper describes DANZ.

Best Practices in Big Data Monitoring

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March 25th, 2013

By Ixia/Anue

According to industry analysts Gartner, “Big Data are high-volume, high-velocity, and/or high-variety information assets that require new forms of processing to enable enhanced decision making, insight discovery and process optimization.” The world’s technological per-capita capacity to store information has roughly doubled every 40 months since the 1980s; as of 2012, every day 2.5 quintillion (2.5Å~1018) bytes of data were created. Big Data exceed the demands of a typical network because of the size and speed of the data traveling over the network. Almost everything about this new paradigm is different than what traditional networks were designed to handle. But there are some elements of networks running Big Data that are exactly like its more typical counterpart. You still need to monitor the performance of the network, make sure that the network is secure, and check the behavior of the applications that are running on it. And meeting these needs require a way to monitor Big Data; that is as revolutionary as it is – the network monitoring switch. In this paper, we will overview the issues posed by the surge of Big Data in industry, as well as the capabilities of a network monitoring switch to make the most of it.

Aligning Network Management with Converging Operational Priorities

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March 25th, 2013

by Cisco Systems

The age of cloud and virtualization is spawning renewed focus on networking, increasing the demands that networks be highly resilient at all times. While advanced features within network technologies clearly play a role in meeting this need, advances in network management technologies and practices are also an essential ingredient. This has driven demand for converging and integrating network management tools and functions, to pave the way for better awareness of the role that networks play in the organizations they are designed to support, and also for improving efficiency and accuracy in planning and operations. In this ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES® (EMA™) whitepaper, the essential drivers and requirements for converging, unifying, and aligning network management are examined, and the newly updated Cisco Prime Infrastructure management solution is reviewed in this context.

Pablo Espinosa Video Message To ONUG IT Business Leaders

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March 18th, 2013

Pablo_Espinosa_ONUGPablo Espinosa, Director of Data, Video and Voice Network Infrastructure at GAP Inc plus ONUG founding member shares his hope of what Software-Defined Networking will enable at GAP Inc via video with the IT executives at the first Open Networking User Group or ONUG. Northbound APIs need to unlock automated orchestration, idle server and network capacity needs to be accessed and put to work and network configuration needs automation.

Moving VMs Across Layer 3 Boundaries With Extreme Networks’ Open Fabric

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March 5th, 2013

Renuke_Mendis_moving_vms_across_layer3_boundaries_with_extreme_open_fabricAt Ixia’s iSimCity I sat down with Renuke Mandis, Technical Marketing Engineer at Extreme Networks to discuss the problem of VM moves not only between racks, but also between Layer 3 boundaries, which is a much harder problem to solve.  Extreme Networks demonstrates how to extend VMs across Layer 3 boundaries using VPLS.

Moving VMs Across Arista Networks’ Software-Defined Cloud Network

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March 1st, 2013

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At Ixia’s iSimCity I sat down with Michael Francini, System Engineer/Technical Marketing Engineer at Arista Networks to discuss the problem of VMs joining, moving and being deleted from an Ethernet fabric. Michael demonstrates how Arista’s VM Tracer interacts with VMware’s Vcenter to provide administrative views to both network and virtualization operations groups and most importantly auto provision Arista’s Software-Defined Cloud Network to support VM joins, moves and deletes.

Is It Easy To Join, Move and Remove VMs in Avaya’s VENA?

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March 1st, 2013

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To show how Avaya’s VENA supports VM dynamics we demonstrate Avaya’s Virtualization Provisioning Service management tool that integrates into VMware’s vCenter to provide an end-to-end view of the virtualized Data Center, including VMs, physical hosts, and network devices across both physical and virtual environments. We put this to the test at iSimCity and with the help of Jeff Cox Solutions Architect and Elmer Balino Product Verification Test Engineer at Avaya. The goal is measure the level of difficulty to join, move and remove VMs from the Avaya VENA fabric.

Brocade’s VCS Fabric VM Join, Move and Remove Simplicity

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March 1st, 2013

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At Ixia’s iSimCity we test Brocade’s VCS for the level of ease associated with how the VCS fabric supports virtualized data centers with Viral Vimawala Brocade, Technical Marketing Engineer. Thanks to VCS’s distributed intelligence VM moves are easily supported with the fabric providing auto-provisioning to support the new VM location.

Avaya Delivers A Simple & Scalable Ethernet Fabric with Fabric Connect

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March 1st, 2013

At Ixia’s iSimCity I sat down with Jeff Cox Solutions Architect from Avaya to discuss Avaya’s approach to Ethernet Fabric design with its Fabric Connect solution. We were testing Avaya’s VSP 7000 Top-of-Rack Switch for the Data Center, in the industry’s first test of Ethernet Fabric technologies.

Brocade’s VCS Active-Active Multipath Attributes

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March 1st, 2013

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Nick Lippis describes the Layer 1, 2 and 3 multipathing test created to demonstrate Brocade VCS’s ability to join a switch into a fabric, create a trunk by simply connecting switches with multiple cables, evenly distributed hashing between a large number of links in a LAG and how multiple layer 3 gateways evenly share traffic load for layer 2 extension. These sets of test are the most telling about how easy it truly is to build a Brocade VCS fabric. Jeevan Sharma Manager Technical of Marketing at Brocade joins Nick Lippis as they dive into Brocade’s Active-Active feature set.

Extreme Networks Open Fabric Lippis Fabric Test Results

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March 1st, 2013

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I talk with Renuke Mendis, Technical Marketing Engineer at Extreme Networks as we discuss Extreme Network’s Open Fabric test results of the Lippis/Ixia Active-Active Ethernet Fabric Test at iSimCity. This was the first time the networking industry has ever attempted to test an Ethernet fabric in public across multiple vendors. We tested Extreme Network’s X670V Top of Rack and BlackDiamond X8 core data center Ethernet switches for this industry fabric test. We tested Extreme’s fabric for performance and reliability as well as VM support.