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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Open Industry Network Performance & Power Test for Cloud Networks Evaluating 10/40/100 GbE Switches

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By Lippis Enterprises

Now available, the most comprehensive independent industry Lippis/Ixia tests of data center switches. We test 10/40 and 100GbE switches with new merchant and custom ASIC silicon. In this report, the following products are tested and compared for performance and power consumption:

Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 10K
Aclatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6900-40X
Arista 7504 Series Data Center Switch
Arista 7124SX 10G SFP Data Center Switch
Arista 7150S-24 10G SFP Data Center Switch
Arista 7050S-64 10/40G Data Center Switch
IBM RackSwitchTM G8124E
IBM RackSwitchTM G8264 upgraded
IBM RackSwitchTM G8316
Brocade VDXTM 6720-24 Data Center Switch
Brocade VDXTM 6730-32 Data Center Switch
Brocade VDXTM 6740 Data Center Switch
Brocade VDXTM 8770 Data Center Switch (24-40GbE & 256-10GbE)
Brocade VDXTM 8770 Data Center Switch (27-40GbE & 6-100GbE)
Extreme Networks BlackDiamond. X8
Extreme Networks Summit. X670V.
Dell Force10 S-Series S4810
Dell S6000 Data Center Switch
Dell Z9500 Data Center Switch
Juniper Network EX Series EX8200 Ethernet Switch

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Open Industry Cloud Network Fabric Test for Two-Tier Ethernet Network Architecture

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For the first time in the networking industry a benchmark has been created to measure a cloud network fabric that utilizes active-active protocols. In the “Open Industry Cloud Network Fabric Test for Two-Tier Ethernet Network Architecture” report, Arista’s “Software-Defined Cloud Network” or SDCN, Avaya’s “Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture or VENA”, Brocade’s “Virtual Cluster Switching” or VCS, Dell’s “Active Fabric Network” or AFN and Extreme Networks’ “Open Fabric” were tested. Each company submitted their cloud network fabric products for test and evaluation. I thank each of these firms for their participation in this industry test and for their contributions to creating the new Lippis Fabric benchmark. If you are building a two-tier ethernet fabric as part of your cloud infrastructure, then you have read this test report before you buy any product.

Arista Software-Defined Cloud Network
Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture or VENA Fabric Connect
Brocade Virtual Cluster Switching
Dell Active Fabric Network.
Extreme Networks Open Fabric

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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. 

Note that this white paper is available exclusively to IT executives. Apply to receive the paper here

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The Industry’s Most Comprehensive Nexus® 9000 Programming Environment Demonstrated

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Nexus9000ProgrammingEnvironmentDemonstratedLillianQuanTo understand the depth of the Cisco Nexus® 9000 programming environment, Lillian Quan, Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco, demonstrates the richness of this new platform. We start with standard CLI comments then move to the Nexus API environment that generates JSON or XMP code. We then utilize this code to demonstrate automation of repetitive network engineering task via Splunk and real-time graphic of network data via Graphite to create a NOC dashboard. After watching this video, network engineers will want to enroll in a Linux course while DevOps will finally be able to use familiar tools to access network data and information.

Duration: 20 minutes 25 seconds

Cisco Nexus® 9508 Sets New High Performance Latency Test Result Record of 1.6 to 3.5 microseconds Spine Switch Populated With 288-40GbE Ports

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CiscoNexus9508LatencyTestResultBradleyWongWhile most companies announce products long before first customer ship with long road maps of when product features are available, Cisco’s Nexus® 9508 is ready now. The independent and open industry Lippis/Ixia team test the Nexus® 9508 at 288-40GbE capacity for layer 3 unicast plus IP multicast latency and congestion management via RFC 2544, 3918 and 2889, respectively. This test is a new industry record as no other data center switch has been tested at 288 40GbE ports. What are really impressive are the results and the engineering achievement of the Cisco team. I’m joined with Bradley Wong, Distinguished Engineer, Technical Marketing, at Cisco, as we review the Cisco Nexus® 9508 test methodologies and results.

Duration: 12 minutes 9 seconds

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Open Industry Network Performance and Power Test for Cloud Networks Evaluating 10/40 GbE Switches

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By Lippis/Ixia

The latest Lippis/Ixia open industry test of ToR and Core data center switches was tested at Ixia’s iSimCity during the spring of 2013, and its results can be downloaded here. We tested for performance via RFC and real-world cloud traffic plus power consumption. Each vendor is provided with the report ending section being a cross-vendor evaluation. Participating suppliers are:

Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 10K
Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6900-40X
Arista 7504 Series Data Center Switch
Arista 7124SX 10G SFP Data Center Switch
Arista 7150S-24 10G SFP Data Center Switch
Arista 7050S-64 10/40G Data Center Switch
IBM RackSwitchTM G8124E
IBM RackSwitchTM G8264 upgraded
IBM RackSwitchTM G8316
Brocade VDXTM 6720-24 Data Center Switch
Brocade VDXTM 6730-32 Data Center Switch
Brocade VDXTM 8770 Data Center Switch
Extreme Networks BlackDiamond. X8
Extreme Networks Summit. X670V
Dell Force10 S-Series S4810
Juniper Network EX Series EX8200 Ethernet Switch

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Arista 7500 Scale-Out Cloud Network Designs

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by Arista Networks

Arista Networks’ award-winning Arista 7500 Series was introduced in April 2010 as a revolutionary switching platform, which maximized data center performance, efficiency and overall network reliability. It raised the bar for switching performance being five times faster, one-tenth the power draw and one-half the footprint compared to other modular data center switches. Just three years later, the introduction of the Arista 7500E Series modules and fabric delivers a three-fold increase in density and performance with no sacrifices on functionality, table sizes or buffering with industry-leading 1,152 x 10GbE, 288 x 40GbE or 96 x 100GbE in the same quarter-rack 11RU chassis. This whitepaper details scale-out cloud network designs enabled with the new Arista 7500E second-generation linecard and fabric modules.

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Spring 2012 Open Industry Network Performance And Power Test Report

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The IT Industry’s Forth Open Network Performance and Power Consumption Test

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Announcing the Fall Active-Active Network Fabric Lippis Report Test with Ixia at iSimCity

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Lippis Enterprises and Ixia are very excited to announce a new test suite for active-active cloud network fabrics plus a more flexible timetable for this fall’s industry testing schedule.

The active-active fabric test is in addition to the 10GbE & 40GbE data center switch Lippis performance and power consumption benchmark 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.

Lab time is available the first week of each month, starting in September to November. The following weeks are available for suppliers to test their equipment:

Week of September 10th,
Week of October 8th,
Tentatively the Week of November 5th.

The 10/40GbE Data Center Switch prospectus for the Fall 2012 Lippis Report test at Ixia’s iSimCity is now available and can be downloaded here.
The active-active fabric test prospectus can be downloaded here.

To participate, prospectuses need to be signed and returned to both Nick Lippis nick@lippis.com and Michael Githens mgithens@ixiacom.com no later than end of day August 15, 2012.

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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.

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.

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