Cisco Nexus® 9508 Sets New Power Efficiency Test Result Record

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November 6th, 2013

CiscoNexus9508PowerEfficiencyThomasScheibeDuring this video podcast, we share with you the independent results of the Cisco Nexus® 9508 power efficiency test. In previous Lippis Report Video podcasts on the Nexus® 9508, we reported the Nexus® 9508’s performance test results and programmability attributes, both of which are new industry standards. We have another standard in power efficiency to report. What we found in this Lippis/Ixia test is that the Cisco team delivers the most power efficient data center modular switch we have tested to date. I’m joined with Thomas Scheibe, Director, Product Management at Cisco, as we review the Cisco Nexus® 9508 power efficiency design, test methodology and results.

Duration: 12 minutes 43 seconds

Lippis Report 215: Cisco’s Nexus 9000 Re-defines Software-Defined Networking

November 6th, 2013

nicklippis.jpgIt was back in February of 2013, during the Open Networking User Group, or ONUG, hosted by Fidelity Investments in Boston, that one of its board members told me “We could wake up in the morning and Cisco will have an open networking solution that changes the industry.” Well, November 6th 2013 was that morning. Cisco acquired Insieme Networks and with it, addressed networking’s biggest complaints that have been voiced far and wide; that is, data center networking is too over-subscribed, ridged and not flexible to support on-demand workload creation and movement. These and other complaints are perhaps best articulated in an October 2010 blog by James Hamilton, VP and Distinguished Engineer on the Amazon Web Services Team, titled Data Center Networks Are In My Way. Since then Insieme’s engineering team has redefined networking, as we know it, manifested in a product portfolio that will not only change networking but the IT industry. There are multiple value propositions embedded in the new Cisco product line, which I’ll cover here in the Lippis Report over the next few quarters. But for this Lippis Report Research Note, we review the new Nexus 9000 series of data center switches, which Cisco promises is the most port dense and power efficient plus fastest packet forwarder and programmable data center modular switch in the industry. The Nexus 9000 series represents a familiar starting point on the journey toward a new era in software-defined networking.

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Cisco Launches Industry’s Broadest Networking Programming Environment with Its New Nexus® 9000 Product Line

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November 6th, 2013

CiscoProgrammingEnvironmentNexus9000BradleyWongToday’s networks are restricted to configuration programming via CLI, but what if applications can call upon network resources automatically or if application developers are provided access to network state, topology, performance and other information? How might applications change and user experience improve? How may a networking programmable environment enable automated provisioning, orchestration and management? Could a programmable network enable a new era of IT and an industry of network aware applications just when the Internet of Things is starting to emerge? The Cisco Nexus® 9000 product line provides a wide range of programming options through an enhanced version of the Nexus Operating System (or NX-OS) that ranges from APIs to direct programming via its built-in Linux BASH environment, RPC, RESTful APIs, JSON, Python etc. I’m joined by Bradley Wong, Distinguished Engineer, Technical Marketing at Cisco, as we review the Cisco Nexus programming environment, its programming options provided to developers, use cases and potential industry impact.

Duration: 14 minutes 4 seconds

Cisco Nexus® 9508 Power Efficiency Test

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November 6th, 2013

By Nick Lippis

Cisco launched its Nexus® 9500 series of data center modular switches, which Cisco promises offers not only the highest port density of 10/40/100GbE, and the most programmable and fastest packet forwarding modular data center switch in the industry, but the most power efficient too. To verify and measure the power efficiency claim, Cisco engaged the Lippis/Ixia team to test the new Nexus® 9508 modular data center switch for power draw at scale. We found that the Nexus® 9508 sets a new record in data center modular switch power efficiency drawing some 3.85Watts per 10GbE port at a scale of 1,152-10GbE ports populated in a single chassis.

Why the Nexus® 9000 Switching Series Offers the Highest Availability and Reliability Measured in MTBF

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November 6th, 2013

By Nick Lippis

At the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) this past October 29th and 30th, hosted by JPMorgan Chase in New York City and attended by over 500 influential IT and industry business leaders, virtualized networking overlays and the need for high performance plus reliable underlays was top of mind. With 2014 and 2015 being the years of open networking pilots and deployments, respectively, much focus was on high-density 40GbE spine switches from Cisco’s Nexus® 9000 series, Arista’s 7500E and HP’s 11900/12900. At ONUG, IT leaders expressed multiple drivers for high-density 40GbE spine switches, including connecting thousands to hundreds of thousands of servers at 10GbE, support for IP storage and the high-growth of virtual connectivity via network overlays, all over a high-performance and highly reliable underlay. In this Lippis Report Research Note we explore the three reference designs for building 288-40GbE spine switches based upon Broadcom Dune, Broadcom Trident II and the new hybrid, custom plus merchant silicon, with an eye toward reliability and available based upon component count and measured in terms of Mean Time Between Failure.

Nexus® 9000 Programmable Network Environment

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November 6th, 2013

By Nick Lippis

The definition of Software-Defined Networking being the separation of data and control plane offered little to DevOps professionals or network engineers seeking a programming environment to customize their network and automate opera¬tional tasks. With the introduction of the Nexus® 9000, Cisco is offering the most compre¬hensive set of network programming options that delivers programming tools through an enhanced version of the Nexus Operating System (or NX-OS), which ranges from direct switch programming via its built-in Linux BASH environment, open RESTful APIs with JSON and XML support, direct integration with Python, etc. Most network engineers will opt to enroll in a Linux programming course versus obtaining another CCIE certification after reading this Lippis Report Research Note. In this research note, we review Cisco’s new programming environment detailing its options, use cases and industry impact.

Cisco Nexus® 9508 Switch Performance Test

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November 6th, 2013

By Nick Lippis

Cisco recently launched its Nexus® 9500 series of data center switches which Cisco promises offers the highest port density of 10/40GbE and future 100GbE—the most power efficient, the
most programmable and fastest packet forwarding modular data center switch in the industry. To verify these claims, Cisco engaged the Lippis/Ixia team to test the new Nexus® 9508 modular data center switch. We found that the Nexus® 9508 sets new records in data center modular switch performance. In short, it’s the fastest modular switch under the Milky Way.

The Industry’s Most Comprehensive Nexus® 9000 Programming Environment Demonstrated

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November 6th, 2013

Nexus9000ProgrammingEnvironmentDemonstratedLillianQuanTo understand the depth of the Cisco Nexus® 9000 programming environment, Lillian Quan, Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco, demonstrates the richness of this new platform. We start with standard CLI comments then move to the Nexus API environment that generates JSON or XMP code. We then utilize this code to demonstrate automation of repetitive network engineering task via Splunk and real-time graphic of network data via Graphite to create a NOC dashboard. After watching this video, network engineers will want to enroll in a Linux course while DevOps will finally be able to use familiar tools to access network data and information.

Duration: 20 minutes 25 seconds

Cisco Nexus® 9508 Sets New High Performance Latency Test Result Record of 1.6 to 3.5 microseconds Spine Switch Populated With 288-40GbE Ports

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November 6th, 2013

CiscoNexus9508LatencyTestResultBradleyWongWhile most companies announce products long before first customer ship with long road maps of when product features are available, Cisco’s Nexus® 9508 is ready now. The independent and open industry Lippis/Ixia team test the Nexus® 9508 at 288-40GbE capacity for layer 3 unicast plus IP multicast latency and congestion management via RFC 2544, 3918 and 2889, respectively. This test is a new industry record as no other data center switch has been tested at 288 40GbE ports. What are really impressive are the results and the engineering achievement of the Cisco team. I’m joined with Bradley Wong, Distinguished Engineer, Technical Marketing, at Cisco, as we review the Cisco Nexus® 9508 test methodologies and results.

Duration: 12 minutes 9 seconds