Lippis Report 214: Open Networking Disrupts the Storage Market

October 21st, 2013

nicklippis.jpgThe dialog over open networking often goes something like this: The networking market is fundamentally changing. The established networking vendors will realize lost market share and revenue if they don’t open up. Network switching will become commoditized and offshored to Asia. While these may be true statements, one unknown inter-related trend is evolving, and that’s open networking will disrupt the storage market. The Storage Area Networking, or SAN market, and in particular Fiber Channel, is costly and difficult to configure. Ethernet networking has evolved to the point where early adapters, cloud providers and hyperscale firms are starting to consider transporting storage traffic over the same Ethernet network as user traffic. While 10GbE and 40GbE switching possess the attributes to support storage, open networking’s automation and programmability are the final pieces to the architectural puzzle to enable fully converged data and storage networking. Over the past year, VCs have poured 10s of millions into new IP storage firms to take advantage of this shift in the storage market, including Ceph by Inktank, GlusterFS, Sheepdog, SwiftStack, Scality, Hedvig, Riak CS and others. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we explain the new open networking and storage market that’s emerging.

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Unified Visibility Fabric Architecture – A New Approach to Visibility

October 21st, 2013

By Gigamon

Gigamon’s Unified Visibility Fabric architecture provides a new approach to monitoring and management of IT infrastructure. By centralizing tools and connecting them into the Visibility Fabric, significant cost savings and operational efficiencies can be realized. The Unified Visibility Fabric architecture provides pervasive visibility across campus, branch, virtualized and, ultimately, SDN islands and consists of four key components—Visibility Fabric nodes, Management, Orchestration and Applications, which when taken together provide a scalable, flexible and centralized Visibility Fabric solution.

IBM Expands Network Portfolio with SDN VE

October 21st, 2013

By Bob Laliberte, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

As organizations continue to virtualize their environments and build out cloud environments, the requirement for more flexible and agile networks is becoming a priority. One of the more promising network architectures being developed to address these challenges is software-defined networking (SDN). Although this space is still being defined, one aspect of SDN, network virtualization, is gaining mindshare. This technology leverages a virtual switch, controller, and virtualization technology. IBM has just announced its offering in this area, called Software Defined Network for Virtual Environments or SDN VE.

10 Gigabit Ethernet: Enabling Storage Networking for Big Data

October 21st, 2013

by Arista Networks

As 10 and 40GbE data center networks provide very low latency with less than 10ns of jitter and favorable price points, the ability to converge storage and user traffic onto one physical network has become realistic. In this white paper, Arista details various cloud provider storage options and how they can gain from transporting block storage flows over a 10GbE network.

Unleash the Full Potential of BYOD with Confidence

October 21st, 2013


Growing numbers of smartphones and tablets are pushing enterprise networks to the limit and creating security and management challenges for IT organizations. IT planners must upgrade wireless network infrastructure to accommodate increased traffic demands and put systems and practices in place to efficiently onboard guest devices and users, ensure predictable and reliable services, and protect IT assets. This white paper reviews BYOD administration, performance, and security implications, and describes how by taking a holistic approach to security and management, the HP BYOD solution lets you realize all the benefits of BYOD, with confidence.

A Technical Review of Cisco’s Wi-Fi-Based Location Analytics

October 21st, 2013

By Dr. James Little and Dr. Brendan O’Brien

The rapid increase of mobile devices is making Wi-Fi the preferred method of network access, predominantly within buildings, but also outside. This trend presents businesses with both tremendous potential and unique challenges. Location analytics, in conjunction with the Cisco® Mobility Services Engine (MSE), enables businesses to realize unprecedented benefits from location-based services:

● Location analytics: Estimates the number of visitors, the amount of time they spend, and the frequency of their visits within the site

● Advanced analytics: Provides knowledge of movement patterns by these visitors while they are in the building

Together, these analytics provide detailed insights into general behavior patterns of people moving and interacting within a venue or open space. Location analytics uses advanced data mining techniques tuned to the type of data Wi-Fi location provides. This data is based on potentially millions of position triangulations made per day by Cisco’s MSE. This white paper discusses the technology and capabilities behind Cisco’s location analytics.

NEC Launches Version 5 of its ProgrammableFlow® Networking Suite and Sets the Bar for SDN

October 7th, 2013

NECLaunchesVersion5ofItsProgrammableFlowNetworkingSuite_DonClarkNEC has launched its fifth version of its popular ProgrammableFlow Software-Defined Network (SDN) controller just when OpenFlow 1.3 is starting to be implemented in popular switches.  The NEC ProgrammableFlow® Networking Suite, was the first commercially available SDN solution to leverage the OpenFlow protocol, enabling network virtualization and allowing enterprises, data centers and service providers to deploy, control, monitor and manage secure multi-tenant network infrastructure.  Don Clark, Director of Strategy and Business Development at NEC joins me to talk about NEC’s SDN investment and the latest version of its controller, which you all can learn more about by attending ONUG at JPMorgan in NYC on Oct 29th and 30th.


Podcast Duration: 12 minutes 33 seconds


Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec


Question 1 @ 3:03 sec: Nick: Don, Lets start with a description of the NEC ProgrammableFlow SDN controller that is what is it, what’s new and what type of SDNs does it enable?


Question 2 @ 4:27 sec: Nick: Don, OpenFlow 1.3 support was added to the controller, what new SDN designs with that enable?


Question 3 @ 6:58 sec: Nick: Don, I’d like to talk a bit more about your Top of Rack switches – which do the NEC ProgrammableFlow SDN controller support, all openflow 1.3 devices?


Question 4 @ 8:56 sec: Nick: Don, there are visualization features within the NEC controller, can you talk to that feature set? 


Question 5 @ 10:29 sec: Nick: Don, how do network architects and designers start to build SDNs with the NEC ProgrammableFlow controller?