The Lippis Report Podcasts

Every week the Lippis Report brings you a new podcast where Nick Lippis interviews industry leaders. Details on the most recent are listed below, as well as links to our Thought Leader Podcast Series and more.

Brocade’s New VDX 6740 Performance Test Result Record

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gautamRoyBrocadeNewVDX6470PerformanceTestResultRecordFor the Lippis/Ixia evaluation at iSimCity, Brocade submitted the VDX™ 6740, which is Brocade’s flagship Top-of-Rack (ToR) switch that’s built with Brocade’s Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS™) technology, an Ethernet fabric innovation that addresses the unique requirements of highly virtualized, cloud data center environments. The line-rate, low latency VDX™ 6740 fixed configuration switch is available in two models: the VDX™ 6740 with up to 64 1/10 GbE SFP+ ports, and the VDX™ 6740T with 48 1/10 GBASE-T ports and four 40 GbE SFP+ ports. We populated and tested the switch’s 10 and 40 GbE ports for performance and power consumption. In this podcast, Gautam Roy, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Brocade, joins me to review the VDX 6740’s test results.

Duration: 9 minutes 30 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:38 sec: We start with a description of the VDX 6740 and its use cases.

Question 2 @ 3:25 sec: VDX 6740 Latency and Throughput performance test results.

Question 3 @ 4:30 sec: VDX 6740 IP Multicast performance test results.

Question 4 @ 5:07 sec: VDX 6740 10 and 40 GbE congestion test results.

Question 5 @ 6:15 sec: VDX 6740 cloud computing performance test results.

Question 6 @ 7:44 sec: VDX 6740 power consumption test measurements.

Question 7 @ 9:00 sec: Closing

Why CIOs Should Care About Software Defined Networking

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At the  Open Networking Users Group meeting this past October, CIOs and Chief Network Architects from large corporations discussed their Software Defined Networking plans, obstacles, requirements and experiences.  One of the loud-and-clear messages was that business unit managers are demanding self-service IT provisioning.  For CIOs to deliver on this demand, networks need to be part of the auto provisioning process of compute and storage.  Networks are holding back CIOs’ ability to deploy new applications and business process automation since network configuration time is still measured in weeks rather than the minutes it takes to configure compute and storage.  Charles Ferland, IBM’s SDN Global Sales & Business Development Manager joins me to talk about the impact that Software Defined Networking will have on Business Process from a CIO perspective.

Duration: 14 minutes 41 seconds

 

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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?

NetScout Expands Into Network Monitoring Switch Market

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netscout_expands_into_network_monitoring_switch_market_steven_shalitaOver the past two years NetScout has invested in Network Monitoring Switch technology, acquiring Simenna in 2011 and ONPATH in 2012. This is the first in a two-part podcast series were Steven Shalita, Vice President of Marketing at NetScout discusses NetScout’s increased investments in the network monitoring switch business. In this podcast we discuss network monitoring switch and fabric market attributes and dynamics. In the second podcast Steve and I review network monitoring design options, service delivery and the implications that virtualization and Software-Defined Networking have on monitoring architectures.

NetScout’s Network Monitoring Design Options and Implications

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netscouts_network_monitoring_design_options_and_implications_steven_shalitaThis is the second of a two-part podcast series were Steven Shalita, Vice President of Marketing at NetScout discusses NetScout’s increased investments in the network monitoring switch business. In this podcast we review network monitoring design options, service delivery and the implications that virtualization and Software-Defined Networking have on monitoring architectures. The first podcast on network monitoring switch and fabric market dynamics can be found here.

Cisco’s Catalyst 6500 Now Supports A VSS With Four Sup2Ts Ushering Next Generation Campus Backbone Reliability Design

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Charles_Okochu_Ciscos_Catalyst_6500_Now_Supports_A_VSS_With_Four_Sup2Ts_Ushering_Next_Generation_Campus_Backbone_Reliability_DesignTo assure 100% throughput, that is no packet loss or network performance degradation takes place during an inter-chassis switch over, Cisco invested in its third generation of Virtual Switch System or VSS. It introduced support for four Supervisors within a VSS, which it calls VS4O for short. VS40 supports a VSS pair to be resilient to up to three simultaneous supervisor failures; providing deterministic and automated recovery from failures and increases network uptime tremendously in the campus backbone. Sudeep Padiyar Senior Product Manager at Cisco Systems and Charles Okochu, Network Engineer at MarketAxess join me to discuss Cisco’s new additions to the Catalyst 6500 and the resiliency network design options it affords to Cisco customers.

Cisco Enhances VXLAN: Eliminates IP Multicast Requirement, integrates virtual services via vPath plus connects to legacy networks

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Han_Yang_Cisco_Enhances_VXLAN_Eliminates_IP_Multicast_Requirement_integrates_virtual_services_via_vPath_plus_connects_to_legacy_networksCisco introduced enhancements to its VXLAN implementation in the Nexus 1000V virtual switch that overcomes the requirement for IP Multicast. In addition Cisco is integrating vPath to VXLAN for service insertion that stitches virtual services into VXLAN overlay tunnels. Network services might include virtual firewalls, application delivery controllers, WAN optimization, network monitors, etc. A final VXLAN challenge that network teams are facing is how to integrate VXLAN into legacy networks and with existing physical networks, appliances and the enterprise WAN. We’ll hear if Cisco has any solutions to get around this issue as well. Han Yang of Cisco joins me to discuss VXLAN, without multicast and with vPath, and how it can be used to deploy virtual network overlays.

Ixia/Anue ‘s Larry Hart On Its SDN Network Visualization Strategy

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Larry_Hart_On_Its_SDN_Network_Visualization_StrategyAs the need for visibility of applications flowing inside networks grows, network architecture itself is changing thanks to network plus server virtualization in data centers, and now Software-Defined Networking. Also trends like BYOD, virtualization, and application mobility are bringing complexity and a new dynamism to today’s networks. Larry Hart, Vice President, Ixia/Anue joins me to discuss how Software-Defined Networking is enhancing the hot network visualization market.

Gigamon’s Shehzad Merchant On The Killer SDN App: Network Visualization

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Shehzad_Merchant_On_The_Killer_SDN_App_Network_VisualizationAs the need for visibility of applications flowing inside networks grows, network architecture itself is changing thanks to network plus server virtualization in data centers, and now Software-Defined Networking. Also trends like BYOD, virtualization, and application mobility are bringing complexity and a new dynamism to today’s networks. Shehzad Merchant, Chief Strategy Officer at Gigamon joins me to discuss the role of network visualization in the world of Software-Defined Networking.

Edward Martinez, CIO of Miami Children’s Hospital Takes Wi-Fi To The Next Level

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Miami Children’s Hospital or MCH deployed an 802.11n Wi-Fi network some two years ago to support their Clinical EMR deployment, which enabled clinicians and physicians to access applications such as PowerChart via mobile devices. The Wi-Fi network also enabled BYOD for patients, families and friends visiting MCH. MCH also developed its Fit4KidsCare mobile application that leverages location services so that food orders or gifts can be delivered to patient rooms while it’s WayFinding feature provides turn-by-turn navigation services to guide patients/family and guest around the complex children’s hospital. Edward Martinez, MCH SVP and Chief Information Officer discusses how its connected mobile network is having a positive impact on clinical operations and patient network services beyond connectivity for mobile devices.

Moving VMs Across Layer 3 Boundaries With Extreme Networks’ Open Fabric

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Renuke_Mendis_moving_vms_across_layer3_boundaries_with_extreme_open_fabricAt Ixia’s iSimCity I sat down with Renuke Mandis, Technical Marketing Engineer at Extreme Networks to discuss the problem of VM moves not only between racks, but also between Layer 3 boundaries, which is a much harder problem to solve.  Extreme Networks demonstrates how to extend VMs across Layer 3 boundaries using VPLS.

Jeff Gray CEO of Glue Networks on Open Networking at ONUG

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jeff_gray_glue_onugThe networking industry at an inflection point driven by IT business leaders taking greater control of their network infrastructure to lower operational cost and increase IT delivery flexibility. Open networking promises to deliver greater control, lower cost and an injection of innovation not seem before in the networking industry. To understand these dynamics, we are conducting a CEO podcast series with industry thought leaders and visionaries all of which are meeting with IT leaders at the Open Networking User Group or ONUG in Boston on Feb 13th. Jeff Gray CEO of Glue Networks joins Nick Lippis for discussion on the state of open networking.

Register to attend the Open Networking User Group here: www.lippisreport.com/onug/register

Duration: 9:50 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:35 sec: Jeff why is there so much interest in open networking from a customer point of view?

Question 2 @ 4:42 sec: How do you see open networking evolving over the next three years? What will networks look like?

Question 3 @ 6:10 sec: What are the biggest industry challenges over the next twenty-four months that the open networking community needs to overcome?

Question 4 @ 8:08 sec: How does Glue Networks participate in the open networking ecosystem?

Howard Bubb, President & CEO, Netronome on Open Networking at ONUG

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howard_bubb_netronome_onugThe networking industry at an inflection point driven by IT business leaders taking greater control of their network infrastructure to lower operational cost and increase IT delivery flexibility. Open networking promises to deliver greater control, lower cost and an injection of innovation not seem before in the networking industry. To understand these dynamics, we are conducting a CEO podcast series with industry thought leaders and visionaries all of which are meeting with IT leaders at the Open Networking User Group or ONUG in Boston on Feb 13th. Howard Bubb , President & CEO, Netronome joins Nick Lippis for discussion on the state of open networking.

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Duration: 12:38 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:34 sec: Howard why is there so much interest in open networking from a customer point of view?

Question 2 @ 2:25 sec: What are the biggest industry challenges over the next twenty-four months that the open networking community needs to overcome?

Question 3 @ 3:56 sec: How do you see open networking evolving over the next three years? What will networks look like?

Question 4 @ 7:38 sec: How does Netronome Networks participate in the open networking ecosystem?

Awais Nemat co-founder & CEO PLUMgrid on Open Networking at ONUG

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awais_nemat_plumgrid_onugThe networking industry at an inflection point driven by IT business leaders taking greater control of their network infrastructure to lower operational cost and increase IT delivery flexibility. Open networking promises to deliver greater control, lower cost and an injection of innovation not seem before in the networking industry. To understand these dynamics, we are conducting a CEO podcast series with industry thought leaders and visionaries all of which are meeting with IT leaders at the Open Networking User Group or ONUG in Boston on Feb 13th. Awais Nemat co-founder & CEO PLUMgrid joins Nick Lippis for discussion on the state of open networking.

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Duration: 12:04 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:39 sec: Awais why is there so much interest in open networking from a customer point of view?

Question 2 @ 5:23 sec: What are the biggest industry challenges over the next twenty-four months that the open networking community needs to overcome?

Question 3 @ 9:04 sec: How does PLUMgrid participate in the open networking ecosystem?