Open Industry Network Performance and Power Test for Cloud Networks Evaluating 10/40 GbE Switches

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July 23rd, 2013

By Lippis/Ixia

The latest Lippis/Ixia open industry test of ToR and Core data center switches was tested at Ixia’s iSimCity during the spring of 2013, and its results can be downloaded here. We tested for performance via RFC and real-world cloud traffic plus power consumption. Each vendor is provided with the report ending section being a cross-vendor evaluation. Participating suppliers are:

Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 10K
Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6900-40X
Arista 7504 Series Data Center Switch
Arista 7124SX 10G SFP Data Center Switch
Arista 7150S-24 10G SFP Data Center Switch
Arista 7050S-64 10/40G Data Center Switch
IBM RackSwitchTM G8124E
IBM RackSwitchTM G8264 upgraded
IBM RackSwitchTM G8316
Brocade VDXTM 6720-24 Data Center Switch
Brocade VDXTM 6730-32 Data Center Switch
Brocade VDXTM 8770 Data Center Switch
Extreme Networks BlackDiamond. X8
Extreme Networks Summit. X670V
Dell Force10 S-Series S4810
Juniper Network EX Series EX8200 Ethernet Switch

Lippis Report 211: Cisco’s Catalyst 6800 Adds another Ten Years to Catalyst 6500 Series

July 22nd, 2013

nicklippis.jpgBack in December of 2012, we published a research note titled “Why Cisco’s Catalyst 6500 Series Will Be Around in 2025.” While it was, and still is, a bold prediction, Cisco’s latest Catalyst introduction, the Catalyst 6800, provides yet another proof point that this prediction will be reality. Modular switches are big IT investments, with longevity assumed in the purchase. Cisco communicates longevity by continuing to invest in research and development, adding platform value with backward compatibility of previous investments to migrate forward—that is, no forklift upgrades and extracts maximum value from past purchases, delivering investment protection and trust. Cisco does this better than most and is rewarded for the design philosophy. Consider that the Catalyst 6500 is the most deployed campus backbone switch. Cisco’s investing hundreds of million of dollars on a Catalyst innovation roadmap with the 6800 being the latest result of this investment. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we review the Catalyst 6800 and reiterate that this Catalyst will be in operation well into 2025.
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Arista 7500 Scale-Out Cloud Network Designs

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July 22nd, 2013

by Arista Networks

Arista Networks’ award-winning Arista 7500 Series was introduced in April 2010 as a revolutionary switching platform, which maximized data center performance, efficiency and overall network reliability. It raised the bar for switching performance being five times faster, one-tenth the power draw and one-half the footprint compared to other modular data center switches. Just three years later, the introduction of the Arista 7500E Series modules and fabric delivers a three-fold increase in density and performance with no sacrifices on functionality, table sizes or buffering with industry-leading 1,152 x 10GbE, 288 x 40GbE or 96 x 100GbE in the same quarter-rack 11RU chassis. This whitepaper details scale-out cloud network designs enabled with the new Arista 7500E second-generation linecard and fabric modules.

Lippis Report 210: HP Networking Is Poised to Capitalize on the Software-Defined Networking Market Transition

July 8th, 2013

nicklippis.jpgHP has been an industry leader when it comes to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) as it sees an opportunity to accelerate its growth in the networking market during a fundamental transition point. HP’s SDN strategy spans from the data center to campus and branch office networking. Its strategy includes solutions across all three layers of the SDN architecture, including the infrastructure, control and application layers.

HP’s SDN strategy is extended by inclusion of management as a critical element to enabling SDN adoption for greenfield and hybrid deployments. At the infrastructure layer, HP supports open programmable interfaces into its networking hardware portfolio. At the control layer, HP is releasing its Virtual Application Networks SDN controller in the second half of this year. At the application layer, HP has demonstrated and announced several compelling applications and use cases with real customer deployments. HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC) now also includes SDN management elements for each layer of the SDN architecture.

In this Lippis Report Research Note, we explore HP’s SDN strategy and offerings, and offer an approach to pilots and deployment.

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The New World of IP Multicasting

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July 8th, 2013

Introducing IP Multicast over Avaya VENA Fabric Connect
By Avaya

IP multicast has opened the door to a wide range of applications that are now taken for granted, including audio and video conferencing, online training, news distribution, stock price updates, software distribution, database replication and more. But the widespread use of IP multicasting belies its complexity. Current approaches are ill suited to next-generation IP multicasting applications, such as video surveillance as well as emerging data center transport models, such as VXLAN and NVGRE. Because multicasting is a necessity for next-generation networking, IP Multicast over Avaya VENA Fabric Connect makes it possible to implement multicast routing solutions at lower cost and with greater performance. Find out how by downloading this white paper.

IBM Software-Defined Networking Solutions

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July 8th, 2013

by IBM

This quick two-page paper provides key drivers to SDN and IBM’s SDN plus OpenFlow product road map.

Investment Protection with the Arista 7500 Series

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July 8th, 2013

by Arista Networks

Arista Networks’ award-winning 7500 Series was introduced in April 2010 as a revolutionary switching platform, which maximized data center performance, efficiency and overall network reliability. It raised the bar for switching performance, being five times faster, one-tenth the power draw and one-half the footprint compared to other modular data center switches. Just three years later, the introduction of the Arista 7500E Series linecard and fabric modules delivers a three-fold increase in density and performance with no sacrifices on functionality, table sizes or buffering with an industry-leading 1,152 x 10GbE, 288 x 40GbE or 96 x 100GbE in the same quarter-rack 11RU chassis.

This whitepaper details the investment protection capabilities of the Arista 7500 E-Series
linecards and fabrics, and how they utilize the Arista 7500 chassis and interoperate with
existing Arista 7500 linecards and fabric modules.

Gaining Network Visibility

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July 8th, 2013

by Ixia/Anue

Network monitoring switches improve productivity, boost the efficiency of
monitoring tools and solve the challenge of limited access points

Service providers are under ever-increasing pressure to improve the performance and security of their networks. To meet these challenges, they rely on a bevy of monitoring tools. Monitoring for security and compliance, as well as application and network performance, requires access to an increasing amount of network data, optimally performing monitoring tools and full visibility into the network. Ultimately, the limited number of data access points prevents effective monitoring. The network monitoring switch is a necessary tool in addressing these challenges. Not only does a network monitoring switch solve the problem of TAP and SPAN shortages, it also improves the traffic to all monitoring tools, improving overall
monitoring tool performance and productivity. Find out how by downloading this white paper.