The New World of IP Multicasting

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Introducing IP Multicast over Avaya VENA Fabric Connect
By Avaya

IP multicast has opened the door to a wide range of applications that are now taken for granted, including audio and video conferencing, online training, news distribution, stock price updates, software distribution, database replication and more. But the widespread use of IP multicasting belies its complexity. Current approaches are ill suited to next-generation IP multicasting applications, such as video surveillance as well as emerging data center transport models, such as VXLAN and NVGRE. Because multicasting is a necessity for next-generation networking, IP Multicast over Avaya VENA Fabric Connect makes it possible to implement multicast routing solutions at lower cost and with greater performance. Find out how by downloading this white paper.

Save Your School Money with Lower Networking Costs from Avaya

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by Avaya

With the increased adoption of online learning, hybrid learning and collaborative learning models, the K-12 education paradigm is shifting. These models use a modernized curriculum containing digital content and cloud-based applications accessed through one-to-one computing and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Underpinning these advances is the essential need for an “Always-On Learning” network, a modern infrastructure that delivers performance, reliability and operational simplicity, 24 x 7. This white paper details TCO savings for public school networks. For a large suburban school district, savings can be as high as $4.12 million in one year and $6.73 million in five years.

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Is It Easy To Join, Move and Remove VMs in Avaya’s VENA?

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To show how Avaya’s VENA supports VM dynamics we demonstrate Avaya’s Virtualization Provisioning Service management tool that integrates into VMware’s vCenter to provide an end-to-end view of the virtualized Data Center, including VMs, physical hosts, and network devices across both physical and virtual environments. We put this to the test at iSimCity and with the help of Jeff Cox Solutions Architect and Elmer Balino Product Verification Test Engineer at Avaya. The goal is measure the level of difficulty to join, move and remove VMs from the Avaya VENA fabric.

Avaya Delivers A Simple & Scalable Ethernet Fabric with Fabric Connect

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At Ixia’s iSimCity I sat down with Jeff Cox Solutions Architect from Avaya to discuss Avaya’s approach to Ethernet Fabric design with its Fabric Connect solution. We were testing Avaya’s VSP 7000 Top-of-Rack Switch for the Data Center, in the industry’s first test of Ethernet Fabric technologies.

Avaya’s Fabric Connect Active-Active Attributes

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Jeff Cox Solutions Architect at Avaya describes the Avaya VENA Fabric Connect two-tier network architecture configured with the VSP 7000 for the Lippis/Ixia industry test. We administratively disconnect a link in the core of the fabric and measure packet loss and packet loss duration too to show the resiliency of Avaya’s Ethernet Fabric solution.

Avaya VENA Distributed Top-of-Rack

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By Avaya

Supporting mission-critical applications requires 24×365 always-on infrastructure, and the Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7000 delivers against this challenge. It is a highly strategic product that is fit-for-purpose for today’s connectivity requirements and future-ready for the evolving and emerging application-driven needs of tomorrow. This paper describes Avaya’s unique distributed ToR approach to lower latency for increasingly dominant east-west traffic flows within data center and cloud computing facilities.

Integrating VXLAN with Avaya VENA Fabric Connect

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by Avaya

VXLAN, VMware’s attempt at creating a next-generation VLAN technology, is intended to help businesses maximize the effectiveness of their server virtualization activities. Officially, “Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) works by creating Layer 2 logical networks that are encapsulated in standard Layer 3 IP packets. A ‘Segment ID’ in every frame differentiates the VXLAN logical networks from each other without any need for VLAN tags. This allows very large numbers of isolated Layer 2 VXLAN networks to co-exist on a common Layer 3 infrastructure.” The intent is to build virtual domains on top of a common networking and virtualization infrastructure, with these virtual domains having complete isolation from each other and the underlying network. This is the theory anyway. However, the initial VXLAN specification was based on some rather conventional networking concepts and did not make allowance for groundbreaking work that had already been undertaken within the IEEE in defining Shortest Path Bridging (SPB).

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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Accelerating the Deployment of Virtualized Applications in the Data Center Introducing Avaya Collaboration Pods

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by Avaya

Avaya Collaboration Pods are turnkey solutions consisting of virtualized server, storage, networking and management components all fine-tuned to deliver maximum performance of Avaya application solutions over the underlying data center infrastructure. With fully integrated management and support, the solution enables rapid deployment of complex technologies, including virtualized applications and services, storage and networking, while simplifying the task of operating technologies from multiple vendors.

A Unified Network for the Mobile Era

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By Avaya

Thanks to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), the enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) has become the network of choice, and as such, networks are expected to support an increasing number of real-time applications, such as voice and video communications. Yet WLANs were not designed to meet business demands for performance, scalability, consolidated management, improved Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and, more importantly, security. So how should an enterprise address the expectations of its increasingly mobile workforce in this BYOD-driven era? The answer is an intelligent, easily managed network that is truly unified and smart enough to deliver services rapidly and seamlessly. Bottom line: the answer is Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture (VENA) Unified Access.

BYOD: Focus on User Experience, Not the Device

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By Zeus Kerravala

A perfect storm is the coming together of several forces to create a single, unstoppable force. Several forces in corporate IT are rapidly coming together to create the biggest transition since the birth of the mainframe — the shift to consumerized IT. This is similar to the shift that occurred in the late 1990s when the Internet exploded: low-cost PCs, home broadband, the development of the browser and Windows came together and created a perfect storm that transformed computing forever. The shift to consumerized IT will finally let IT fulfill its vision of being able to deliver any application or service to any worker using any device over any network. This shift will be driven by a set of trends including BYOD.

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.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the New Data Center Network

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By Zeus Kerravala, Senior Vice President and Distinguished Research Fellow

The enterprise data center has undergone several major transformations since the introduction of computing as a corporate resource. The computing platform has evolved from main frame computing, to client server, to Internet-based computing, and now we sit on the precipice of the next major data center transition—the evolution to a fully virtualized data center. Each transition saw the cost of computing driven down and the importance of the network elevated. Each phase allowed organizations to increase the efficiency of their data center operations and improve asset utilization, ultimately leading to a better experience for end-users. This white paper provides a perspective on the rise of network value as it acts as the backplane for the virtualized data center and provides design recommendations.

Network Virtualization using Shortest Path Bridging and IP/SPB

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By Avaya

This White Paper discusses the benefits and applicability of the IEEE 802.1aq Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) protocol, which is augmented with sophisticated Layer 3 routing capabilities. The use of SPB and the value to solve virtualization of today’s network connectivity in the enterprise campus as well as the data center are covered.

This document is intended for technically savvy network managers as well as network architects who are faced with:
• Reducing time to service requirements
• Less tolerance for network down time
• Network Virtualization requirements for Layer 2 (VLAN-extensions) and Layer 3 (VRF-extensions)
• Server Virtualization needs in data center deployments requiring a large set of Layer 2 connections (VLANs)
• Traffic separation requirements in campus deployments for security purposes as well as robustness considerations (i.e., contractors for maintenance reasons needing access to their equipment or guest access needs)
• Multi-tenant applications such as airports, governments or any other network with multiple discrete (legal) entities that require traffic separation