A New Open Data Center Fabric Emerges for The Age of Software-Defined Infrastructure

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November 4th, 2015

by Nick Lippis, Lippis Consulting

Abstract

A number of independent trends are driving a new age of software-defined networking and overall infrastructure. These trends include a new IT delivery model based upon cloud computing, big data analytics, Internet of Things and new IT delivery model. This trend is so massive that no army will stop its progression that’s rooted in the separation of network hardware from its high-value software. At the heart of this trend is realization that wide area and data center networking is transitioning to a software model which has implications that stem from how IT organizations are organized to how applications are delivered and maintained. We focus this white paper on the transition to software and the implications upon networking from a perspective of fabric and services, which connects servers and storage to the internet/intranet.

Low Latency Data Center Interconnect Using Infinera Cloud Xpress Optical Transport and Arista Data Center Switches

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November 4th, 2015

by Nick Lippis, Lippis Report Testing

In this Lippis Test Report we measure end-to-end performance for a data center interconnect (DCI) solution that included Infinera and Arista network equipment. A key take-away from this experience working with Infinera’s Cloud Xpress optical transport platform and Arista’s 7280SE-68 programmable switches it’s that high-performance, high-capacity DCI – at multiples of 100 Gb/s with line-rate throughput and low latency – is feasible and straight forward to deploy. Based on our test results and my observations, Infinera and Arista have engineered impressive products and a solid end-to-end solution that address enterprises that require DCI with high speed, low latency and low power consumption.