Lippis Report 221: HP Invests Heavy in Unified Wired and Wireless Network Infrastructure

July 28th, 2014

nick_podium2 Ever since the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007, mobile computing has never been the same. In just six short years, the smartphone industry is selling nearly 500 million devices a quarter, according to Gartner, and there will be 50 billion devices, including laptops, smartphones, iPads, tablets, non-IT devices, etc., connected to wireless networks by 2020. For the past several years, BYOD or Bring Your Own Device projects have been the largest budget spends for IT departments worldwide, thanks to each user connecting up to three devices on average with Wi-Fi being the preferred wireless network service. As mobility connectivity has been on the rise, wired connections to enterprise networks are still growing, albeit at a slower pace than prior to 2010. From a network design, operations and management perspective, these networks evolved at different paces and with separate management and operational models. The networking industry has been working to unify or converge wired and wireless management to ease operations, increase security and user experience. In particular, increasing complexity or operational cost is driving the need for unified wired and wireless, in addition to the increased use of Software as a Service (SaaS) or cloud computing as a more flexible IT service delivery model. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we review HP’s approach to unified wired and wireless networking.

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Tintri Storage and Arista Networks: Application-Aware and Networking Solutions for Virtual Environments

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July 28th, 2014

By Arista Networks

Many organizations are still relying on general-purpose storage systems and networks for their virtualized environments. Unfortunately, there is a significant mismatch between the capabilities of traditional network and storage platforms and the specialized demands of virtualization.
Tintri Application Aware storage and Arista’s advanced Ethernet switch technology are designed for virtualized environments. The combined Tintri and Arista solution enables enterprise IT teams to efficiently deploy, manage, and troubleshoot their virtual infrastructure – while keeping total costs under control.

SDN at Citigroup Networking for Citi’s Software Defined IT Infrastructure

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July 28th, 2014

In this white paper an overview is provided of some of Citi’s key data center and networking challenges and the role of SDN in Citi’s evolving data center infrastructure to address these challenges. Rather than being solely focused on software APIs and controllers, Citi is leveraging a holistic view of SDN, incorporating both physical and virtual networking. The company has defined a phased SDN technology strategy for data center networking, covering a physical networking fabric, network overlays, management and control, and cloud orchestration. 

Note that this white paper is available exclusively to IT executives. Apply to receive the paper here

Application Performance in an Application Centric Networking World

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July 28th, 2014

podcast_3_artworkIn a fireside chat format, recorded recently at CiscoLive with Steven Shalita, Vice President of Marketing at NetScout we discuss how NetScout fits into the Cisco Application Centric Networking ecosystem and free discussion on the pros and cons of the major industry changes taking place. We chat about organizational models to optimize service delivery, why end-user experience has become such a high priority metric and how to measure it, how do to improve the success of rolling out new services, why should the network professionals care about application performance and how does Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Function Virtualization (NFV) change things?

NetScout Bridges Gap Between Old and New Open Networking Worlds

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July 28th, 2014

podcast_2_artworkAs the transition to open networking technologies progresses, NetScout seeks to add value by minimizing disruption and preserving excellent user experience by being a bridge between the old and the new worlds of open networking. At the Open Networking User Group or ONUG Spring hosted by Citigroup in New York City, IT business leaders discussed their transitioning to open networking technologies such as network virtualization or overlays, software-define WAN and LANs, linux based tools to automate the configuration and change management of networking, storage and servers, OpenStack, white box based underlays and much more. While no two firms are at the same point of transition, what was very clear is that all are in transition. Recorded recently at CiscoLive with Steven Shalita, Vice President of Marketing at NetScout we discuss how NetScout can bridge the transition from today’s networks to the new world of open networking.

NetScout Defines A Performance Management Layer

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July 28th, 2014

podcast_1_artworkNetScout’s business focus is on providing performance management that spans applications to network stack. To control application performance an automated way to create of an application dependency map that spans applications, compute, storage and networking across data center, campus and WAN. An application dependency map enables cross-functional application troubleshooting and performance optimization. This is the Holy Grail of IT as it enables business resiliency and lowers OpEx. NetScout is in an optimal space to deliver this value. We’ll find out how they are approaching performance management in this Lippis Report podcast, recorded recently at CiscoLive with Steven Shalita, Vice President of Marketing at NetScout.

Open Networking Challenges and Opportunities

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July 16th, 2014

Today the ONUG Board published the ONUG Use Case White Paper, “Open Networking Challenges and Opportunities,” available for download now. The white paper outlines a user mandate and requirements for the top three use cases as voted by IT users at ONUG Spring 2014.