Lippis Report 223: An Open Approach to Network Automation

March 3rd, 2015

nick_podium2Modern day networking is labor intensive. Configuration, monitoring and change management are manual processes for the most part. In fact, at the last Open Networking User Group (ONUG) this past Fall at Credit Suisse, most IT business leaders said that one network engineer supports approximately 120 networking devices such as a router, switch, etc. Compare this to 20,000 servers that a single engineer manages at a hyper scale firm and you can see that networking needs automation. Manual networks are not helping IT business leaders who are feeling pressure from business unit managers demanding self-service IT delivery on par with cloud providers such as Amazon, Azure, etc., but without the implied loss of security, visibility and control. Case in point: at ONUG in Boston hosted by Fidelity Investments, large financial service firms showed what happens when they offer business unit managers on-demand virtual machine (VM) creation and deletion; the trend lines showed exponential growth, demand and consumption!

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

March 3rd, 2015

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:

Open Networking Challenges and Opportunities

March 3rd, 2015

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.

Understanding Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Parameters for Next Generation Threat Prevention

March 3rd, 2015

By Lippis Enterprises

At the top of every IT organization’s objectives are drives to move faster, contribute to business growth, operate more cost effectively and most of all, do it all securely. Traditional IT deployment approaches are no longer cutting it. With disruptive technologies like Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Open Networking promising faster and more efficient deployments, Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are reevaluating their security options. One of those options is to deploy an automated security infrastructure that consolidates and integrates multiple security appliances, such as firewalls, IPS, antivirus, Anti-Bot, web security, sandboxing, etc., into a single integrated security fabric extending across the enterprise. We detail the cost of such a security fabric here for your consideration.