Cisco Enhances VXLAN: Eliminates IP Multicast Requirement, integrates virtual services via vPath plus connects to legacy networks

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May 27th, 2013

Han_Yang_Cisco_Enhances_VXLAN_Eliminates_IP_Multicast_Requirement_integrates_virtual_services_via_vPath_plus_connects_to_legacy_networksCisco introduced enhancements to its VXLAN implementation in the Nexus 1000V virtual switch that overcomes the requirement for IP Multicast. In addition Cisco is integrating vPath to VXLAN for service insertion that stitches virtual services into VXLAN overlay tunnels. Network services might include virtual firewalls, application delivery controllers, WAN optimization, network monitors, etc. A final VXLAN challenge that network teams are facing is how to integrate VXLAN into legacy networks and with existing physical networks, appliances and the enterprise WAN. We’ll hear if Cisco has any solutions to get around this issue as well. Han Yang of Cisco joins me to discuss VXLAN, without multicast and with vPath, and how it can be used to deploy virtual network overlays.

Ixia/Anue ‘s Larry Hart On Its SDN Network Visualization Strategy

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May 20th, 2013

Larry_Hart_On_Its_SDN_Network_Visualization_StrategyAs the need for visibility of applications flowing inside networks grows, network architecture itself is changing thanks to network plus server virtualization in data centers, and now Software-Defined Networking. Also trends like BYOD, virtualization, and application mobility are bringing complexity and a new dynamism to today’s networks. Larry Hart, Vice President, Ixia/Anue joins me to discuss how Software-Defined Networking is enhancing the hot network visualization market.

Open Industry Active-Active Cloud Network Fabric Test for Two-Tier Ethernet Network Architecture

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May 14th, 2013

For the first time in the networking industry a benchmark has been created to measure a cloud network fabric that utilizes active-active protocols. In the Open Industry Active-Active Cloud Network Fabric Test for Two-Tier Ethernet Network Architecture report, Arista, Avaya, Brocade and Extreme Networks submit their cloud networking products for test and evaluation. I thank each of these firms for their participation in this industry test and for their contributions to creating the new fabric benchmark. If you are building a two-tier ethernet fabric as part of your cloud infrastructure, then you have read this test report.

Gigamon’s Shehzad Merchant On The Killer SDN App: Network Visualization

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May 13th, 2013

Shehzad_Merchant_On_The_Killer_SDN_App_Network_VisualizationAs the need for visibility of applications flowing inside networks grows, network architecture itself is changing thanks to network plus server virtualization in data centers, and now Software-Defined Networking. Also trends like BYOD, virtualization, and application mobility are bringing complexity and a new dynamism to today’s networks. Shehzad Merchant, Chief Strategy Officer at Gigamon joins me to discuss the role of network visualization in the world of Software-Defined Networking.

Edward Martinez, CIO of Miami Children’s Hospital Takes Wi-Fi To The Next Level

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May 6th, 2013

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Miami Children’s Hospital or MCH deployed an 802.11n Wi-Fi network some two years ago to support their Clinical EMR deployment, which enabled clinicians and physicians to access applications such as PowerChart via mobile devices. The Wi-Fi network also enabled BYOD for patients, families and friends visiting MCH. MCH also developed its Fit4KidsCare mobile application that leverages location services so that food orders or gifts can be delivered to patient rooms while it’s WayFinding feature provides turn-by-turn navigation services to guide patients/family and guest around the complex children’s hospital. Edward Martinez, MCH SVP and Chief Information Officer discusses how its connected mobile network is having a positive impact on clinical operations and patient network services beyond connectivity for mobile devices.