Fiber Channel Over Ethernet: A Pragmatic Approach to Data Center Network Convergence

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By HP/3Com/H3C

The convergence of storage and Ethernet onto a common end-to-end network infrastructure is still early in the evaluation stage as the (DCB) standards for Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) are not completely finished. Instead of collapsing both storage and data onto a common backbone, many IT leaders plan to keep the two technologies on dedicated networks for years to come, converging networks where and only when it makes sense for their business.

One area that seems ripe for this type of targeted FCoE deployment is at the server to network edge. This type of (in-the-rack) solution decouples access layer server and storage I/O consolation from end-end full fabric convergence – allowing customers to gain many near term practical benefits of 10GE I/O consolidation, including; dramatically reduced cost and complexity, simplified cabling, reduced power consumption and a 10X boost in network performance. This solution allows customers to extend rather than replace Fibre Channel, preserving the investments that organizations have made in their storage infrastructure while laying the foundation for broader network convergence in the future.

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Moving to the Data Center over Ethernet (DCoE)

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By 3Com

The industry is a buzz around Ethernet’s emergence as the unifying data center network fabric of choice.  Although 10GigE is very attractive as a unifying fabric — prices are dropping and adoption is rising — we’re still a long way from a unifying fabric in the data center. According to Nemertes, nearly 63% of organizations have no plans for network storage over 10GigE, while 71% have no plan yet to converge data center switching fabrics into one unified fabric. Standards organizations are still working to address the key challenges of latency, loss, and performance at scale, which are required to ensure that a converged infrastructure performs effectively for all data center applications.   For most organizations, the best approach may be evolutionary – one in which converging parts of the network such as access layer (in-the-rack) help address server/storage I/O complexity with higher performance 10GigE Converged Network Adaptors (CNAs) – makes good sense in the near term. As the enterprise needs for agility and lowered TCO converge with standards-based resilience and reliability, we will eventually arrive at the “data center over Ethernet” (DCoE).
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The End of the Overlay: Unified Networks Arrive

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By Farpoint Group

Unified Networking is identified as one of the most important trends in enterprise networks, specifically, the eventual merger of wired and wireless LANs into simply the LAN. This tight integration of the wired and wireless LAN through integrated hardware, common operating system and unified management delivers compelling benefits to the enterprise, including lower TCO (Capex and Opex) through the elimination of redundant infrastructure, operational efficiency in the forms of increased uptime, visibility and improved security and finally a reduction in network administration, education and training costs.

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Real Security for Virtual Networks and Data Centers

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By 3Com/H3C/TippingPoint

The same general benefits that enterprises derive from server and application virtualization—more efficient resource utilization, driving down deployment and management costs, and reducing network complexity— can also be realized through virtual networks. Additionally, network security components such as Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPSs) and firewalls can provide more sophisticated policy enforcement in the network fabric. Most enterprises have by now at least started to take advantage of data center virtualization to drive down the cost of application deployment and more efficiently use server resources. While the first step of virtualization usually happens in the application server, enterprises should also be thinking about ways to reduce hardware costs and management complexity by taking advantage of the same virtualization concepts in the design of their data center and campus networks.

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Securing Virtualized Data Centers

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 alan kesslerAnalysts estimate 30% of today’s data center workloads are being virtualized and this number continues grow. As such, the need to provide the same intrusion protection system or IPS security for applications in virtualized and non-virtualized data centers is a must. In short applications on virtualized servers need the same protections as applications running on non-virtualized servers. To meet that end 3Com has launched its Secure Network Fabric and TippingPoint’s Secure Virtualization Framework. Alan Kessler, President of TippingPoint is my guest to discuss these initiatives and how they solve the problem of securing applications running on and off virtualized servers.

Analyzing the Hard Numbers for Your Campus LAN A Total Cost of Ownership Comparison By Info-Tech Research Group

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Info-Tech Research Group found that in each case, the five- year TCO of 3Com’s H3C portfolio is lower than its comparable Cisco products, across 1000-, 3000-, and 5000-user campus LAN scenarios. Cisco charges a price premium of 34% to 40% over H3C solutions, which fluctuates depending on the design. These percentages translate into thousands of dollars in cost-savings for customers who choose H3C and H3C infrastructure. Given the turbulent economic climate, this can mean more money for other projects, fewer job cuts, or even a stronger bottom line.

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The Importance of Service and Support for Your Enterprise Network

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imran kahn3com offers a global support network for its customers that are staffed around the world. Their hallmark is flexibility in engagement arrangement and customization of support needs. Vendor transition and product support are two key aspects offered by 3Com so that risk of vendor transition is transferred to 3Com and not the customer. Service and support is needed more now then ever as data center and enterprise network design and deployments have become complex thanks to a plethora of new technologies and options. I discuss the Importance of service and support in enterprise networking with Imran Khan Vice President of Global Services at 3Com. Enjoy, Nick

Building Mission-Critical Data Centers

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H3C Resilient Virtual Switching Fabric
By 3Com/H3C
3Com’s enterprise H3C switches make use of an innovative technology called Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) to enable the creation of a resilient virtual switching fabric. IRF delivers network and data center geographic independence, and distributes high-availability and resiliency by extending the network control plane across multiple active switches.  This technology can help simplify large scale network design, reduce network complexity and eliminate the need for slow convergence technologies such as Spanning Tree Protocol (STP).
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3Com Extends Value Proposition to Large Enterprise Market With China Out Strategy

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Ron SegeWe decided to re-run this podcast interview with Ron Sege in light of HP’s intent to acquire 3Com.
Ron Sege, President and Chief Operating Officer of 3Com discusses its worldwide strategy, value proposition and how it plans to gain share and compete in the large enterprise market. 3Com has an entirely refreshed product line that spans switching, routing, security, wireless and unified communications and has been tested in large enterprise customers. 3Com is differentiating this product with cost advantage, total cost of ownership and services. Ron explains how 3Com survived the crash and is positioned to lead in the recovery as IT leaders’ buying patterns have shifted. It’s a fascinating discussion, enjoy. Nick