Featured Download: Cisco To Offer Campus Slicing via SDN/OpenFlow

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This is the third of a four part podcast series on Cisco’s Open Network Environment or Cisco ONE. Cisco ONE consist of three initiatives; OnePK, Campus Slicing via SDN/OpenFlow and Virtual Overlay. In this podcast I talk with Phil Casini Product line manager for Cisco’s SDN controller development about Cisco’s Campus Slicing functionality thanks to Cisco ONE’s implementation of Software Defined-Networking and OpenFlow.

Duration: 13 minutes 28 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:09 sec: Phil lets start with the Cisco controller and OpenFlow agents. What functionality will the controller have and which Cisco switch families will be equipped with OpenFlow agents?

Question 2 @ 4:54 sec: Is Campus Slicing primarily for the university market or was the design center focused on both academic and enterprise.

Question 3 @ 8:04 sec: Is Cisco’s key added value in Campus Slicing focused on the ability to logically slice a piece of an operational network for researchers to perform their experiments?

Question 4 @ 11:00 sec: What campus slicing use cased do you foresee in the enterprise market?

Featured Download: Cisco’s OnePK Opens up Networking to Programming

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This is the second of a four part podcast series on Cisco’s Open Network Environment or Cisco ONE. Cisco ONE consist of three initiatives; OnePK, Campus Slicing via SDN/OpenFlow and Virtual Network Overlay. In this podcast I talk with Kevin Woods Director of Product Management at Cisco Systems about Cisco’s OnePK programing environment for developers and its potential impact on networks and business process.

Duration: 13 minutes 20 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:00 sec: Kevin lets first talk about why Cisco is offering OnePK? From the briefing I received its clear that this programming environment had to be in development for a few years, so Cisco must have been hearing this requirement for some time. True?

Question 2 @ 2:44 sec: What drove the decision to expose the network to developers via OnePK?

Question 3 @ 3:45 sec: What kind of network information and control will be exposed to developers and what type of applications will benefit from OnePK?

Question 4 @ 5:47 sec: Is there a Cisco OnePK developer ecosystem in development and how will OnePK applications be supported?

Question 5 @ 7:07 sec: What are the implications for the skill set requirements for your customers who will use onePK?

Question 6 @ 8:36 sec: How does onePK differ from OpenFlow?

Question 7 @ 10:56 sec: Will API verbs be consistent across Cisco’s OSs and when will the OnePK SDK be available?

Featured Download: Cisco Is Leading The Market Toward Open Networking With Cisco ONE

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This is the first of a four part podcast series on Cisco’s Open Network Environment or Cisco ONE. I talk with Shashi Kiran, Senior Director, Data Center, Virtualization and Cloud solutions at Cisco Systems about Cisco’s strategy to open up networking and the gains anticipated by Cisco and its customers.

Duration: 21 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:01 sec: There are several discussions taking place in the industry around software-defined networking concepts. What is Cisco’s strategy to address these?

Question 2 @ 5:04 sec Is Cisco ONE a response to the ONF or is it a set of capabilities your customers are asking for?

Question 3 @ 7:10 sec: Can you elaborate on the individual offerings under the Cisco ONE framework – onePK, SDN/OpenFlow and Overlay virtual networks? What products will Cisco offer here and how can customers consume them?

Lippis Analysis @ 11:23 sec:

Question 4 @ 13:54 sec:Cisco ONE offers different capabilities for different markets such as hyperscale data centers, cloud providers, enterprises, universities and service providers. Which parts of ONE will each of these markets use, why and when?

Question 5 @ 17:37 sec: What do you expect the business outcomes to be, and how do you see the dynamics evolve around network virtualization and cloud computing environments, as the landscape seems to be changing quite rapidly.

Featured Download: Cisco’s LISP For Workload Mobility in Multi-Data Center and Cloud Use Cases Explained

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Victor Moreno Distinguished Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco Systems joins me to discuss Cisco’s approach to workload mobility via is Locator/ID Separation Protocol or LISP technology.

Duration: 21 minutes and 22 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:29 sec: Victor let’s start with a definition of LISP. What it is, what does it do and where is it located in the network?

Question 2 @ 8:10 sec: How does LISP support network policy?

Question 3 @ 9:27 sec: How does LISP eliminate manual network changes required to move workload? Put another way, how does LISP automate the process of workload mobility?

Question 4 @ 13:20 sec: When workload is freed from location what new data center or cloud computing design options are available to IT leaders?

Question 5 @ 17:09 sec: How do IT business leaders deploy LISP, what’s needed and how systemic does it need to be implemented?

Featured Download: The Future of Software-Defined Networking

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Rakesh Saha, Director of Product Management for Advanced Technologies at IBM System Networking and Samrat Ganguly, Chief Network Architect for NEC’s ProgrammableFlow join me to help us make sense of the fast paced evolution of Software-Defined Networking and predict its future.

Duration: 12 minutes and 26 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:19 sec: Rakesh, There are a few approaches to SDN including overlay virtual networks, OpenFlow control of physical and virtual switches plus a hybrid. How do you see these implementations evolving over time?

Question 2 @ 5:10 sec: Samrat, There are a range of protocols to use for the overlay of virtual networks to tunnel through physical L2/3 networks, such as GRE, VXLAN , NVGRE, etc. How will this space evolve?

Question 3 @ 6:34 sec: Rakesh, There’s discussion in the industry about how SDN can be used to configure a converged LAN/SAN fabric. Can you talk to this?

Question 4 @ 7:58 sec: Samrat, there are multiple approaches for SDN controllers, be it in a hypervisor, an appliance, part of a cloud stack, etc. How do you see the role of the controller evolving over time?

Question 5 @ 9:17 sec: Rakesh, How do you see SDN evolving and how does programmable networking fit in?

Question 6 @ 10:52 sec: Samrat, same question. How do you see SDN evolving and how does programmable networking fit in?

Featured Download: Extreme Networks Offers A Broad Open Networking Initiative

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Merchant VP of Technology at Extreme Networks joins me to discuss Extreme’s approach to open networking including its Open Fabric, Software Defined-Networking or SDN initiative plus network programmability.

Duration: 12 minutes 20 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis Starts @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:58 sec: Shehzad. lets first start with Extreme’s view of SDN market drivers. What are your customers asking for?

Question 2 @ 3:52 sec: Shehzad, Extreme describes an SDN architecture with four layers. Let’s describe that to the audience as its central to the re-distribution of network responsibilities and functions.

Question 3 @ 6:51 sec: Shehzad, Extreme’s initiative consist of four components: 1) Open programmability of networking, 2) SDN/OpenFlow & Multiple controller support, 3) support for OpenStack and quantum and 4) all of the above built on top of an open fabric. Can you talk to each initiative and how they are additive in value?

Question 4 @ 10:39 sec: What does Extreme’s Open fabric SDN approach bring to IT business leaders and how can they take advantage of it?

Featured Download: Cisco on VXLAN For Logically Isolating Virtual Subnets At Scale

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Scalability issues have overcome what VLANs were designed to provide. In multi-tenant cloud computing environments with each tenant having many applications many of which require their own logical network segments, the 4k limit of VLANs does not scale. And as cloud networks grow beyond data centers, logically isolated subnets have to be expanded to include geographic scale. Challenges include application mobility over very large resource pools that cover multiple sites, while ensuring the same consistency and logical network policy constraints. Enter VXLAN, jointly announced last summer by industry heavy-weights Cisco Systems, VMware, Red Hat, Arista and others. Han Yang Senior Product Manager at Cisco Systems joins me to discuss VXLAN in virtual networking and the challenge to logically isolate virtual subnets in highly scalable, multi-tenant data centers.

Featured Download: Cisco’s Familiar Approach To A Unified Multi-Protocol Storage Network

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Cisco’s multi-protocol storage initiative brings all storage protocols into its unified fabric. Just like the days of multi-protocol routing, IT managers were able to manage the transition to IP networking after routing supported multiple network protocols such as DECnet, AppleTalk, etc. In short applications that relied upon vendor specific protocols were supported and thus the transition to IP was regulated by how fast the application could support IP. The same is true in modern data centers; build a unified fabric that is capable of supporting multi-protocol storage and IT business leaders can transition to a single storage protocol over time and gain simplification, lower life cycle cost and faster application deployment. Rajeev Bhardwaj, Sr. Director of Product Management in the data center group at Cisco Systems is responsible for the MDS, Nexus and load balancing products making him the ideal executive to discuss multi-protocol storage networking and the transition toward a converged or unified data center infrastructure.

Featured Download: The Benefits of Building Networks With Shortest Path Bridging

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Shortest Path Bridging or SPB was ratified in March of 2012 by the IEEE. Its an active-active link protocol that replaces the older Spanning Tree Protocols. SPB is touted as a means to simplify the creation and configuration of carrier, enterprise and cloud networks by virtually eliminating human configuration error. In short, SPB is designed to scale. Avaya, an SPB leader, has implemented it within its data center and campus networking products in a hope to drastically simply the configuration of enterprise wide virtual networks. Paul Unbehagen an SPB co-author and Avaya Director working on next generation fabric standards and implementations joins me to discuss SPB and the value it brings to enterprise and data center network design.

Featured Download: Cisco Catalyst Access Switches Lower TCO by 14% According To Forrester

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Cisco commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying Cisco Catalyst Access Switches. They found that corporations that deployed Cisco Catalyst Access switches were better off by 14% than if they had deployed other Ethernet switches. They also found that IT executives who deploy non Cisco Ethernet switches spend twice as much of TCO on operational cost. I talk with Pradeep Parmar, Switching Marketing Manager at Cisco Systems on life cycle cost of network ownership and how Cisco’s Catalyst Access Switches deliver lower operational cost.

Featured Download: Siemens On The State-of-Enterprise Communications

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Siemens Enterprise Communications released the results of its State of Enterprise Communications 2012 Study, which found, not surprisingly that pure IP infrastructures save enterprises 43% over traditional PBX systems. The study found that an increasingly mobile workforce is forcing more enterprises to adapt cloud technology and that staff training and headcount issues often delay a company’s migration to a unified communications (UC) platform. The study examines enterprise communications practices worldwide, including the influences of mobile and cloud computing on communications infrastructures. Rick Puskar SVP of Global Portfolio Management Innovation at Siemens is my guest as we discuss the state-of-enterprise communications and how IT business leaders can gain from its findings.

Featured Download: IBM System Network’s RackSwitchtm G8124E, G8264 and G8316 ToR Switches Being Tested @ iSimCity

While the Lippis Report test were being conducted of the IBM System Network’s RackSwitchtm G8124E, G8264 and G8316 ToR data center switches at Ixia’s iSimCity, Dan Tuchler, VP of Product Management at IBM joined me to discuss the firm’s latest product investment. We talk cloud network architecture, Software Defined Networking and what’s unique about the new G8124E, G8264 and G8316 ToR switches.

Featured Download: New Active-Active Ethernet Fabric Test and Flexible Schedule

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Lippis Enterprises and Ixia are very excited to announce a new test suite for active-active cloud networks at the modern iSimCity plus a more flexible testing schedule. The active-active test is in addition to 10GbE & 40GbE data center switch performance and power consumption test. Vendors may choose one or both tests to submit products. The fall testing schedule will span over three months providing greater flexibility and lab access for vendors to submit products.

The industry is offering multiple active-active protocol options such as Brocade’s VCS Fabric, Cisco’s FabricPath, Juniper’s Qfabric, TRILL or Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links, SPBM or Shortest Path Bridging MAC mode, ECMP or Equal-Cost Multi-Path and MLAG or Multi-Chassis Link Aggregation Protocol. We plan to test them all. This video explains the new Active-Active Ethernet Fabric test and flexible schedule.

Featured Download: Open Networking User Group

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You’re invited to attend the first Open Networking User Group meeting exclusively for IT executives, global network architects and designers taking place February 13, 2013 at Fidelity’s Center for Applied Technology, located at 245 Summer Street on the 14th floor in Boston, MA.

You’ll hear exclusive keynotes from exceptional IT business leaders at Fidelity and Goldman Sachs about their Software-Defined Networking deployment experience.  You’ll understand what their motivations, results and concerns are so that you can make informed SDN deployment decisions for your company.

You’ll hear Nick Lippis of the Lippis Report kick off the daylong meeting with a presentation on the State of Open Networking.  You will socialize with an elite group of IT leaders from firms such as Morgan Stanley, UBS, the Gap and many others who are either planning or implementing Software-Defined Networking be it OpenFlow, Overlay, programmable networks,  network visualization and/or Network virtualization solutions.  You will have access to a private demonstration area of innovative start-up firms that are driving the SDN market.

What You Will Learn

  1. If SDN is ready for prime time or if it’s a university research project?
  2. What the early adaptors have found out about SDN and if you should follow their lead.
  3. Where is the economic savings that SDN delivers?
  4. What will be SDN economic benefits; Opex, Capex reduction or both?
  5. How to justify going forward SDN action?
  6. Does your staff have the skill sets to implement an SDN project?
  7. Which small SDN implementation in L4-7 services will have the biggest application performance benefit and cost reduction effect?
  8. Can you replace specialized appliances such as load balancer, firewalls, IPS, network visualization etc., with virtualized equivalent and gain?
  9. Which SDN applications are delivering the greatest value at the lowest cost?
  10. How secure is your computer-networking job as SDN deployments accelerate?

You can register for an opportunity to attend the Open Networking User Group here.  Please take note:  An e-mail acknowledging submission of your online registration will be sent to you. You will then receive an official confirmation upon approval of your registration, as attendance is restricted to IT executives of large firms.
All the best,

The Open Networking User Group team

About the Open Networking User Group

The Open Networking User Group was first discussed at the April, 2012 Open Networking Summit in San Jose, CA between Nick Lippis of the Lippis Report and Ernest Lefner of Fidelity Investments.   Nick was working with Guru Parulkar and Dan Pitt of the ONS/ONF during the winter of 2012 populating the enterprise tracks for the ONS summit while exploring an ONS East conference for the fall at Boston University’s college of ENG.  In late April we decided that there was not enough resources for ONS East.  Ernest Lefner and Nick Lippis were working on ONS East content and when that effort was tabled Ernest suggested that we do something smaller for east coast firms and thus the Open Networking User Group was born.

Today the Open Networking User Group (ONUG)is made up of IT leaders from Fidelity Investments, Goldman Sachs, UBS and Gap Inc. This board that Nick Lippis of Lippis Enterprises manages created the ONUG meeting sessions. No equipment vendors are speaking or allowed to attend the conference, therefore, speakers and attendance is exclusively IT executives, financial and industry analyst.

This meeting was designed to have plenty of social time and demonstration interaction. The ONUG board has selected a small group of companies to show their technology the demonstration area. We hope you can join us and contribute to the evolution of Open Networking.

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