MPLS in the Enterprise

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By Foundry Networks

Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) as a technology has been around for over a decade and has been used extensively in several service provider networks world-wide. Over the last few years, the standardization of applications such as VPN technologies over MPLS has opened the door for this technology to be used in an enterprise network. This paper explores the use of MPLS in an enterprise network and its associated benefits of lower cost and increased security.

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Blueprint for the Next Generation Enterprise Network

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Delivering an ideal enterprise network solution implies having a mission-critical network infrastructure, secure on-demand network access, non-stop operational management, unified business communications, and the highest return on investment. These key requirements are essential in building the next generation enterprise network, and are readily available in Foundry’s Enterprise products.

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Foundry Networks Application Delivery Solutions for Enterprise Service-Oriented Architecture

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CIOs and IT experts are facing ever increasing new requirements from the business experts for extending their services to be available everywhere around the world. They still need to consolidate data centers and business applications to lower costs, pay attention to new compliance rules and give access to business applications to new business end users. “The network” becomes the increasingly important glue in between more and more globally distributed and used business application components and end-users. Foundry Networks and SAP present jointly in this paper how modern application and network technologies could be combined to form productive SAP business application landscapes, which perform well and securely when used globally.

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Leveraging the Advantages of a Multi-Vendor Network Strategy

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By Foundry Networks

Today’s enterprise network provides more than simply a technology infrastructure. It’s an enabler for the enterprise, supporting mission critical applications, creating operational efficiencies and increasing productivity gains. While the infrastructure provides the very foundation for the organization and its initiatives, the business strategy must drive the development of the enterprise network, ensuring it supports today’s requirements while evolving to meet tomorrow’s demands.

A multi-vendor network strategy supports the idea that in order to truly align the enterprise infrastructure strategy with business requirements, organizations must be free to choose the solutions that best meet their unique needs and based upon open standards, not proprietary, closed systems. Business imperatives and strategy should drive network infrastructure strategy, not the other way around.

Extraordinary Customer Service

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By DK and Authored by Michael Miller

We are pleased to provide you with this 50-page book on delivering extraordinary customer service. This book is written for business and IT leaders and offers best practices for improving your customer's experience with your company. What your customers think about your company is often a result of their experience when they contact you. Whether or not they remain customers is often a result of the quality of service you provide. Extraordinary Customer Service explores the contact center as a strategic part of your enterprise, where you can leverage differentiated services to provide a superior customer experience that can build brand loyalty and increase profits. Presented here are the best practices, trends, and innovations that can help empower your people to be more productive, your processes to be more intelligent, and your customers to be more satisfied.

How to get Sub-millisecond Application Performance

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Wayne EarlaCerno is a company that serves online ads at sub-millisecond speeds. It uses anonymous shopping data from a group of over 450 multichannel retailers to predict which products of more than 140 million online consumers will be likely to purchase. aCerno reaches nearly all online shoppers and processes over a couple billion queries per day. From the time of the query to the time an ad is served has to be 150 milliseconds or less. Foundry Networks’ equipment makes that possible. Wayne Earl, Director of Network Operations at aCerno is my guest as we explore aCerno’s IT infrastructure that allows it to deliver a fantastic service to its customers with very strict time constraints. If you’re looking to increase application performance then you need to listen to this podcast.

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Application and Content Delivery Networks Converge Into New Industry Offering

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Jeff KaplanMany IT leaders have build private application delivery networks while outsourcing content delivery network needs to improve the performance of video, music downloads, and rich media. These two separate networks are now converging into one physical but logically separate networks with unique attributes for the traffic, which flows through them. Two experts in the field from Internap; Phil Kaplan Chief Strategy Officer and Tim Sullivan Chief Technology Officer join me to discuss how these two network clouds are beginning to drift together and what this will mean to IT operations and business. Internap's approach to service delivery is software based and relies upon backbone router vendors such as Foundry Network's NetIron XMR and its ServerIron to deliver the services it offers. If you have built an application delivery network and outsource content delivery to a service provider then you need to listen to this podcast.

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Green Data Center Networking Strategies

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Bill Ryan of Foundry NetworksEnergy used by the nation's servers and data centers is about 61 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2006, costing about $4.5 billion. This consumption is up by a factor of 2 since the year 2000 and is projected to double again by 2011 unless efficiencies are implemented. Bill Ryan, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Foundry Networks joins me to discuss best practices in Green Data Center Networking that can result in network power consumption efficiencies in the 80-to-90% range. If you're looking to build a Green data center, then you need to listen to this podcast.

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The Five Requirements Of Application Delivery Switches?

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Gary HemmingerThe new trend in application delivery switches is an expansion beyond load balancing toward specific application support of firms like Oracle, BEA, SAP, Microsoft, et al. With enterprise spending on application acceleration equipment expected to reach $3.7 billion by the end of 2008, we identify the five issues IT leaders need to consider before they procure and deploy these switches in their data centers and server farms. I discuss this with Gary Hemminger, Director of Product Marketing for Application Delivery Products at Foundry Networks. No matter where you are on the buying cycle, you need to listen to this podcast before you act.

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ServerIron Application Delivery Solutions

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Foundry Networks’ application delivery solutions are adopted by over 2,000 of the world’s largest enterprise, service provider and e-commerce organizations. These solutions are offered on the industry’s only purpose-built ServerIron application traffic and management switch family. These switches enable high performance, always-on and secure IP application and service delivery. The ServerIron family accelerates, secures and scales IP, Web and Voice over IP (VoIP) applications. The ServerIron products support business-critical applications including financial trading, e-mail, DNS, VoIP, Web, CDN, e-commerce and ERP.

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Securing and Accelerating Application Delivery

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This presentation by Foundry Networks describes their approach and investment in application delivery for both the enterprise and service provider markets. It starts with company history then quickly gets into application delivery. The ServerIron L4-7 solution is explored in detailed while providing the most common and effective deployment scenarios.

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Foundry Network Admission Control Architecture

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This white paper details Foundry Network´s approach to network admission control. End points are proactively checked for compliance with IT security policy and either denied network access, or quarantined where tools are offered to help them come into compliance. The paper provides guidelines establishing guest access to restricted network zones, including internet access. Best practices are provided, as well as a look at the future of endpoint admission control by reviewing short and long term trends and prospects for these technologies. This includes a look at Foundry´s web authentication capabilities, and how clientless admission control might be added to admission control.

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ServerIron SIP & VoIP Application Switching

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With Microsoft bringing its ecosystem to the IP telephony market, IT executives can be sure that there will be a plethora of communication application options in 2007 and beyond that we have never seen before. For now, the key planning activity is to get your network ready for convergence. Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a key enabling technology for new-generation IP-based communication services such as voice, messaging, streaming, and video. This document highlights the challenges to deploying these services and discusses solutions to help deliver commercially viable, always available, and highly scalable SIP-based communication services.

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Foundry Network’s New ServerIron GT 10Gx2 and E 10Gx2P

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I interview Gopala Tumuluri of Foundry Networks on their ServerIron GT 10Gx2 and E 10Gx2P. These high performance switches are designed for IP data center applications in the enterprise and service provider markets. They sport Foundry’s Traffic Works software which includes layer 2, 4, 7 plus SSL acceleration, load balancing, security features and more. I give my take on the announcement at the end of the podcast. Enjoy.

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