Lippis Report 222: Cisco Preps ACI for General Availability: What to Expect

August 25th, 2014

nick_podium2One of the biggest networking events this August is the general availability of Cisco’s ACI or Application Centric Infrastructure. Cisco has been shipping its Nexus 9000 series of switches in what is called standalone mode, which is an ultra-fast data center Ethernet switch, since November 2013. Nexus 9000 orders tripled from 180 in Q3 to 580 at the end of Cisco’s fiscal fourth quarter. Cisco promised as part of the Nexus 9000 release that these switches can be deployed in what it calls “ACI fabric mode.” ACI fabric mode promises to reduce operational cost, increase agility and link applications to network infrastructure like never before. The manifestation of fabric mode is ACI, and it’s now entering general availability. In this Lippis Report Research Note we take a look at ACI from a point of view of what it can do for Data Center architects today.

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Arista Networks OMI Integration with Microsoft

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August 25th, 2014

By Arista Networks

This whitepaper describes how Arista’s support of OMI (Open Management Interface), coupled with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and PowerShell, allows customers to monitor and manage their network more effectively. By supporting this standards-based management interface, Arista and Microsoft are working together to reduce the operational overhead of managing a network and give greater visibility to administrators.