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

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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. 

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Featured Download: Cisco Nexus® 9508 Sets New Power Efficiency Test Result Record

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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

Featured Download: NEC Launches Version 5 of its ProgrammableFlow® Networking Suite and Sets the Bar for SDN

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NECLaunchesVersion5ofItsProgrammableFlowNetworkingSuite_DonClarkNEC has launched its fifth version of its popular ProgrammableFlow Software-Defined Network (SDN) controller just when OpenFlow 1.3 is starting to be implemented in popular switches.  The NEC ProgrammableFlow® Networking Suite, was the first commercially available SDN solution to leverage the OpenFlow protocol, enabling network virtualization and allowing enterprises, data centers and service providers to deploy, control, monitor and manage secure multi-tenant network infrastructure.  Don Clark, Director of Strategy and Business Development at NEC joins me to talk about NEC’s SDN investment and the latest version of its controller, which you all can learn more about by attending ONUG at JPMorgan in NYC on Oct 29th and 30th.

 

Podcast Duration: 12 minutes 33 seconds

 

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

 

Question 1 @ 3:03 sec: Nick: Don, Lets start with a description of the NEC ProgrammableFlow SDN controller that is what is it, what’s new and what type of SDNs does it enable?

 

Question 2 @ 4:27 sec: Nick: Don, OpenFlow 1.3 support was added to the controller, what new SDN designs with that enable?

 

Question 3 @ 6:58 sec: Nick: Don, I’d like to talk a bit more about your Top of Rack switches – which do the NEC ProgrammableFlow SDN controller support, all openflow 1.3 devices?

 

Question 4 @ 8:56 sec: Nick: Don, there are visualization features within the NEC controller, can you talk to that feature set? 

 

Question 5 @ 10:29 sec: Nick: Don, how do network architects and designers start to build SDNs with the NEC ProgrammableFlow controller?

Featured Download: Cisco Invests In Unified Access To Address Fundamental Changes In Enterprise Networking And BYOD

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Cisco is fundamentally changing the way it approaches network  by prioritizing R&D to deliver a common user experience independent upon wired, wireless or remote access. In addition, to simplifying network operations and reducing opex, Cisco is unifying its product suites for One Policy, One Management and One Network to address the BYOD megatrend.  Its approach is to deliver a unified access or holistic solution to IT business leaders that span both wired, wireless and remote network access with a common security,  management and features framework. Cisco calls this new approach Cisco Unified Access. Cisco is also introducing a new converged wired and wireless switch –  Catalyst 3850 switch.   Jeff Reed; Vice President and General Manager Unified Access Group at Cisco Systems joins me to discuss Cisco’s  Unified Access strategy and new Catalyst 3850 switch.

Duration: 15:26 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:03 sec

Question 1 @ 2:22: First would you like to add to my intro, that is what is Unified Access and what’s driving it?

Question 2 @ 3:02: What are the basic elements of UA from a product development point of view, that is where is Cisco investing to deliver UA?

Question 3 @ 5:07: Can you expand on the new 3850 product especially around the topic of virtualized WLAN controllers.

Question 4 @ 7:08: How does UA address BYOD, Video and security trends?

Question 5 @ 10:52: How much does IOS 15.0 Infrastructure play a part in UA?

Question 6 @ 12:47: What do you expect the business outcomes to be for those that deploy UA?

Closing @ 14:41: Summary of UA and its impact on business process.

 

Featured Download: IBM Empowers Applications to Call Upon Network Services Via PureSystems

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Dr.Casimer DeCasatis

This is the forth of a five part podcast series on IBM’s Open Data Center Interoperable Network or ODIN program and DOVE or Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet. I talk with Dr. Casimer DeCasatis, IBM Distinguished Engineer and System Networking’s Chief Technical Officer for strategic alliances about IBM’s Software Defined-Networking or SDN stack and how applications request network services with IBM’s linkage between its Patterns and SDN product set.

Duration 12 minutes and 17 seconds:

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:27 What are the key architectural components that enable applications to call upon network resource within PureSystems.

Question 2 @ 4:45: What is Patterns and its main function?

Question 3 @ 7:21: How do clients build DOVE networks and DOVE networks build Virtual System pattern?

Question 4 @ 8:58: What network infrastructure needs to be put in place before virtual system patterns can be created and what’s the main business benefit gained?

Featured Download: IBM Scales Virtual Networks Via Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet

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This is the second of a five part series on IBM’s Open Data Center Interoperable Network or program and its DOVE or Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet.  I talk with Renato; IBM Fellow and System Networking Chief Technical Officer about IBM’s approach to virtual network overlays called DOVE.

Duration 16 minutes and 20 seconds:

 

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:22: Renato would you like to add anything to my virtual network overlay discussion in the intro that’s unique to IBM?

Question 2 @ 4:46: What is DOVE, a switch, software, etc?

Question 3 @ 7:42: How are IBM’s virtual network overlays created and managed?

Question 4 @ 9:59 How are virtual networks transported over the physical L2/3 network?  Does IBM support hybrid mode?

Question 5 @ 11:59: There are multi-tenant clouds, hybrid clouds and large-scale private clouds or data centers that would benefit from virtual network overlays.  Which use cases does IBM see as virtual network overlays offering the most value today?

Question 6 @ 14:29: How do IT business leaders start to implement IBM’s virtual network overlay?

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Featured Download: Tapping into the Potential of Virtual Teams With Siemens Enterprise Communications

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Ross Sedgewick

Unstructured business process is more distributed than ever thanks to smartphone platforms iOS and Android. As the workforce has become more mobile, work teams have become more distributed and virtual. Mobility brings freedom and increased individual productivity but a new study finds that working in virtual teams has a long way to go before group productivity climbs. I discuss how to tap into the huge potential of organized virtual teams through Unified Communications and Collaboration or UCC with Ross Sedgewick, Global Marketing at Siemens Enterprise Communications.

Duration: 14:50 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:26 sec: Ross, lets start with the study. What were the main findings about virtual teams?

Question 2 @ 6:24 sec: Ross, there’s a lot of untapped productivity in today’s virtual teams. One main problem is that people are using old tools like email, voice and conference calls while virtual and they are getting frustrated with them. What are the new tools for virtual teams?

Question 3 @ 9:36 sec: Ross, Siemens’s approach to virtual team collaboration tools is called amplifyTEAMS. What is amplifyTEAMS and how does it increase virtual team productivity?

Question 4 @ 12:55 sec: Ross, what’s the business outcome gain when organizations implement amplifyTEAMS?

Featured Download: IBM Sets Direction With Open Data Center Interoperable Network Architecture

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Dr.Casimer DeCusatis

This is the first of a five part podcast series on IBM’s Open Data Center Interoperable Network or ODIN program and its DOVE or Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet initiative.  In this podcast I talk with Dr. Casimer DeCusatis IBM Distinguished Engineer and IBM System Networking’s chief technical officer for strategic alliances about IBM’s expanded approach to data center networking and the gains anticipated by IBM customers.

Duration 10 minutes and 05 seconds:

 

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:16: Let’s start with a discussion about Open Data Center Interoperable Network; what is it and what problem(s) does it seek to solve?

Question 2 @ 3:37: What benefits will IT leaders gain as they start an ODIN journey.

Question 3 @ 5:13: Is ODIN an architecture and an approach to networking or a way for IBM to communicate to the market a set of product/service investments it’s making?

Question 4 @ 7:13: How does ODIN prepare a data center or cloud for elastic compute, storage and network provisioning of resource pools that can be rapidly partitioned into desired configuration?

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Featured Download: 2013 Industry Predictions with Nick Lippis and Zeus Kerravala

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Nick Lippis, Zeus Kerravala

Zeus Kerravala of ZK Research and I host our annual predictions podcast. We provide our top ten 2013 predictions that span consolidation in the SDN market, Cisco breaking away from HP/Dell, VMware jumping the shark, Micosoft’s rebound, the formation of the white box Top of Rack switch market, UC providers moving into context aware services, the rise of truly mobile applications and how Cisco will win with Cisco ONE. Enjoy and the very best for a happy and healthy New Year.

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Featured Download: Siemens Enterprise Communications Rethinks The Future of User Communication Interfaces and Experience

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Jan Hickish

The communications industry changed in 2007 with the iPhone introduction, resulting in a fundamental change in the way people communicate!  Smartphone communications experience is richer and as such employees are demanding to use their iOS and Android devices at work, which has ushered in the Bring You Own Devices era.   But there’s a divide between smartphones and Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC)?  How do IT leaders bridge the gap between BYOD and UCC investments?  I talk with Jan Hickisch of Siemens about the bridge it’s building to link BYOD and UCC from a user experience point of view.

Duration 9 minutes and 32 seconds:

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:01 sec: Let’s start with a discussion about how Siemens is adjusting its product set to user adoption of mobile platforms and what changes you anticipate in user experience

Question 2 @ 3:05 sec: There’s a concept that Siemens calls “vibrant conversations” to describe the future of user experience.  Can you elaborate?

Question 3 @ 5:00 sec: Another Siemens’ concept in the area of user interfaces and experiences is “thought trail”.  What is it and how does it work?

Question 4 @ 6:43 sec:  There’s one last concept I want to explore and that’s “unified domains” for presence, messaging, contact and directory integration within OpenScape UC Mobile? What is unified domains and how does it work.

Question 5 @ 7:47 sec:  The coolest feature of OpenScape UC Mobile is Call Swipe; can you quickly describe?

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Featured Download: Avaya Virtualizes Aura on VMware

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Mark Monday

Mark Monday Vice President, Product Management, Collaboration Platforms and Endpoints at Avaya joins me to discuss virtualized unified communications.  Avaya announced its Aura Virtualized Environment or Avaya Unified Communications on VMware, which are full-featured Avaya Aura core platform and applications installable as VMware virtual appliances.  This affords a range of new deployment opportunities not previously available that promise to accelerate mobility, video and overall business collaboration deployment. We discuss the implications and new options afforded by Aura on top of VMware.

Duration: 13 minutes 17 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:52 sec: When you say that Avaya Aura is now virtualized, what does that actually mean, what is virtualized?

Question 2 @ 4:37 sec: While it may be obvious for some; let’s start with a discussion about the motivations to virtualize Avaya Aura.  What’s the key value proposition for customers and partners?

Question 3 @ 8:27 sec: There are new go to market models for partners with Avaya Aura Virtualized Environment, can you describe them and their implications for Avaya’s reach?

Question 4 @ 10:53 sec: How do existing customers take advantage of Avaya Aura Virtualized Environment as well as new prospectus?

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Featured Download: The New Personal Era of Unified Communications

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The adoption rate of Unified Communications and Collaboration or UCC has been disappointing.  Its value proposition was rooted in its ability to unify different ways people communicate in the hope that business process would be streamlined, productivity increased and cost reduced.   Some of this is true, but we are entering a new era where most of the underlying UCC assumptions are no longer valid.  Chris Hummel, Chief Commercial Officer at Siemens Enterprise Communications and I believe that a new “people and team” driven UC architecture is emerging that includes mobility, video, social and cloud that’s focused on individual productivity.  In this Lippis Report podcast we discuss a new way to think about and evaluate UCC in the mobile Internet age.

 

Duration: 23:16

 

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ 00:10 sec

 

Question 1 @ 2:09 sec: Chris, let’s start with a discussion about why the UCC market has not been deployed as widely as many industry observers anticipated?

 

Question 2 @ 4:12 sec: Chris, how do UCC offerings need to change to make UCC more appealing to enterprise buyers?

 

Question 3 @ 8:21 sec: Chris, how does the people and team approach to UCC manifest in terms of products and services and what are the anticipated business outcomes?

 

Question 4 @ 17:04 sec: Chris, are we entering into a new productivity period where smart IT business leaders will seek to measure personal productivity gains made through individual centered UCC?

Featured Download: A Realistic Approach To Dynamic Workload Scaling

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Dave Dhillon, Product Marketing Manager, Cisco Systems

Dynamic Workload Scaling or Cloud bursting is commonly referred to as the ability to expand or contract workload between two or more virtualized data centers or cloud providers.  It sounds simple enough, but there has not been a practical approach to securely and automatically facilitate elastic IT resources in response to demand.  Cisco Systems is offering one of the most realistic approaches to cloud bursting that leverages the Nexus 7000 and its Application Control Engine or ACE load balancers.  Overlay Transport Virtualization or (OTV) is a feature of the Nexus 7000 and provides Layer 2 connectivity extension across any transport connecting two or more data centers.  ACE provides VM aware load balancing over OTV, which creates the basis for Cisco’s Dynamic Workload Scaling cloud bursting strategy.  I talk with Dave Dhillon Product Marketing Manager at Cisco Systems as we dive into Cisco’s approach to cloud bursting.

Duration: 9 minutes 59 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:01 sec: let’s start with a Dynamic Workload Scaling definition and how much demand Cisco sees for this capability?

Question 2 @ 3:46 sec:  Ok great, so let’s talk about Cisco’s Dynamic Workload Scaling approach.  It leverages ACE, OTV, Nexus 7000 and its partnership with VMware.   Can you talk to the piece parts of the approach and how they work together to deliver Dynamic Workload Scaling?

Question 3 @ 6:53 sec: Thank for solution overview, so what are the new levels of business flexibility or outcomes enabled when Dynamic Workload Scaling is implemented?

Question 4 @ 7:59 sec: How do IT business leaders implement DWS in their private clouds?

 

Featured Download: Cisco’s Nexus 1000V-based Programmable Virtual Network Overlays

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This is the fourth and last podcast in a four part series on Cisco’s Open Network Environment or Cisco ONE. Cisco ONE utilizes the multi-hypervisor Nexus 1000V virtual switch to create virtual network overlays and will be enabling programmability through programmatic interfaces to its virtual supervisor module (VSM), enabling automation-centric provisioning. To make virtual overlays functionally equivalent to physical data center networks, virtual Layer 4-7 application network and virtual security services are added via its virtualization stack of related protocols and layered products. Gary Kinghorn, Senior Manager, Data Center and Cloud Solution Marketing at Cisco Systems joins me to discuss Cisco’s approach to virtual network overlays.

Duration: 22 minutes and 37 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:36 sec: Gary, would you like to add anything to my virtual network overlay discussion in the intro that’s unique to Cisco?

Question 2 @ 3:45 sec: What are some of the misperceptions that most need to be cleared up?

Question 3 @ 4:42 sec: Gary, you and I talked before about a network virtualization stack early this year, and now the conversation appears to have shifted to this virtual overlay concept. Are these really the same things that Cisco has been talking about for a while? Or what’s different and what’s behind the evolution?

Question 4 @ 7:11 sec: There’s a lot of discussion in the industry now about the virtual switch being a key strategic battleground going forward, and that presumably extends to virtual overlay infrastructures overall. We know that VMware acquiring Nicira gives them an overlay story as well that could lead to competition with Cisco specifically in this area. Is this a “battleground”, and if so, what makes Cisco’s approach different or unique?

Question 5 @ 16:23 sec : Lets talk use cases. When do you go from a physical network to a virtual one, when do you need overlays, and what are the applications that are going to be built on top of these new SDN API’s?

Question 6 @ 18:19 sec: Which use cases does Cisco see as virtual network overlays offering the most value today?

Question 7 @ 20:59 sec: The perception is that a lot of this SDN stuff is really out in the future? When and how do data center architects start to implement Cisco’s virtual network overlays?

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