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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EOS: The Next Generation Extensible Operating System

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By Arista Networks

Performance, resiliency and programmability across the entire network are now fundamental business requirements for next generation cloud and enterprise data center networks. Arista Networks has designed and delivered EOS (Extensible Operating System), a Linux-based network operating system, to address these requirements. EOS is a robust, programmable and innovative system, featuring a single software image that runs across the entire portfolio of Arista’s network switches. This guarantees consistent operations, workflow automation and high availability, while significantly reducing data center operational expenses. This whitepaper discusses current network operating systems and explains how Arista’s EOS architecture uniquely supports next generation data centers.

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Big Data

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By Arista Networks

BIG DATA BECOMING A COMMON PROBLEM
IDC projects that the digital universe will reach 40 zetabytes (ZB) by 2020, an amount that exceeds previous forecasts by 5 ZBs, resulting in a 50-fold growth from the beginning of 2010. With an ever-increasing amount of this data being unstructured it is changing the fundamental ways in which we manage and extract value from data. The term unstructured data refers to information that either does not have a pre-defined data model and/or does not fit well into relational tables. Generally it is text-heavy, but may contain other data such as dates, numbers, etc. This data comprises what is more commonly known as big data. In the past the ability to process big data was proprietary and expensive, with few people who knew how to deal with it. Mobility, social networking and search data all comes in as unstructured and needs some form of big data analytics to help increase its value. For many this means using big data analytics on the front-end and putting the data once sorted and processed into traditional relational databases on the backend – but without some preprocessing this is not possible and large amounts of relevant information are lost.

Arista is committed to supporting big data clusters in the way they were designed to operate with a non-blocking, deep buffered, high-speed data center network. This coupled with Arista’s EOS, the world’s most advanced network operating system, allows best-in-class native integration with popular big data distributions such as Hadoop.

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Cisco Nexus® 9508 Sets New Power Efficiency Test Result Record

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CiscoNexus9508PowerEfficiencyThomasScheibeDuring this video podcast, we share with you the independent results of the Cisco Nexus® 9508 power efficiency test. In previous Lippis Report Video podcasts on the Nexus® 9508, we reported the Nexus® 9508’s performance test results and programmability attributes, both of which are new industry standards. We have another standard in power efficiency to report. What we found in this Lippis/Ixia test is that the Cisco team delivers the most power efficient data center modular switch we have tested to date. I’m joined with Thomas Scheibe, Director, Product Management at Cisco, as we review the Cisco Nexus® 9508 power efficiency design, test methodology and results.

Duration: 12 minutes 43 seconds

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Cisco Launches Industry’s Broadest Networking Programming Environment with Its New Nexus® 9000 Product Line

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CiscoProgrammingEnvironmentNexus9000BradleyWongToday’s networks are restricted to configuration programming via CLI, but what if applications can call upon network resources automatically or if application developers are provided access to network state, topology, performance and other information? How might applications change and user experience improve? How may a networking programmable environment enable automated provisioning, orchestration and management? Could a programmable network enable a new era of IT and an industry of network aware applications just when the Internet of Things is starting to emerge? The Cisco Nexus® 9000 product line provides a wide range of programming options through an enhanced version of the Nexus Operating System (or NX-OS) that ranges from APIs to direct programming via its built-in Linux BASH environment, RPC, RESTful APIs, JSON, Python etc. I’m joined by Bradley Wong, Distinguished Engineer, Technical Marketing at Cisco, as we review the Cisco Nexus programming environment, its programming options provided to developers, use cases and potential industry impact.

Duration: 14 minutes 4 seconds

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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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Attend ONUG Academy and Increase Your Value in the Networking Job Market

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AttendONUGAcademy_NickGraphicThere is a fundamental shift occurring in network engineering skill set requirements as open networking and Software-Defined Networking technologies continue their rapid deployments. DevOps will have a larger role in network purchases. New network designs are emerging, thanks to virtual overlays, white box networking, Linux-based network-programming tools, OpenFlow based pSwitches and vSwitches, etc. The CCIE skills set is being augmented with SDN skills and know-how. To keep competitive and relevant in the networking industry job market, you need SDN skills. ONUG Academy offers five tutorials taught by the experts who are deploying and developing open networking/SDN standards plus technology, including:

T1: Understanding and Deploying Virtual Networks by: Srini Seetharaman, Technical Lead for SDN at Deutsche Telecom

T2: Getting Started with OpenFlow Deployments by: Brent Salisbury, University of Kentucky

T3: Integrating OpenFlow and OpenStack by: Rob Sherwood, Open Networking Foundation Chair of Architecture and Framework Working Group

T4: Understanding White Box Networking Architecture and Economics by: JR Rivers, Co-Founder and CEO of Cumulus Networks

T5: Writing SDN Applications on Popular Controllers by: Matt Davy and Chuck Black, Tallac Networks

These tutorials and instructors were defined and handpicked by the ONUG Board, respectively, who are sending their networking, virtualization and DevOps teams, so should you. Here’s a 3-minute video on why you should enroll in ONUG Academy.

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The Open Industry Network Performance & Power Test for Cloud Networks Evaluating 10/40 GbE Switches Winter 2013 Edition

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The Arista 7150S-24 SFP Data Center Switch is the fastest Top of Rack Switch we have ever tested in this series of public test. Find out just how fast the 7150S-24 can forward packets in your network by reviewing the latest public test information.

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.

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Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2011–2012

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By Cisco Systems

The Cisco® Global Cloud Index is an ongoing effort to forecast the growth of global data center and cloud-based IP traffic. The forecast includes trends associated with data center virtualization and cloud computing. This document presents the details of the study and the methodology behind it. Great forecast and projections are detailed in this report.

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IBM Empowers Applications to Call Upon Network Services Via PureSystems

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Dr.Casimer DeCasatis

This is the forth of a five part podcast series on IBM’s Open Data Center Interoperable Network or ODIN program and DOVE or Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet. I talk with Dr. Casimer DeCasatis, IBM Distinguished Engineer and System Networking’s Chief Technical Officer for strategic alliances about IBM’s Software Defined-Networking or SDN stack and how applications request network services with IBM’s linkage between its Patterns and SDN product set.

Duration 12 minutes and 17 seconds:

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:27 What are the key architectural components that enable applications to call upon network resource within PureSystems.

Question 2 @ 4:45: What is Patterns and its main function?

Question 3 @ 7:21: How do clients build DOVE networks and DOVE networks build Virtual System pattern?

Question 4 @ 8:58: What network infrastructure needs to be put in place before virtual system patterns can be created and what’s the main business benefit gained?

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IBM Scales Virtual Networks Via Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet

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This is the second of a five part series on IBM’s Open Data Center Interoperable Network or program and its DOVE or Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet.  I talk with Renato; IBM Fellow and System Networking Chief Technical Officer about IBM’s approach to virtual network overlays called DOVE.

Duration 16 minutes and 20 seconds:

 

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:22: Renato would you like to add anything to my virtual network overlay discussion in the intro that’s unique to IBM?

Question 2 @ 4:46: What is DOVE, a switch, software, etc?

Question 3 @ 7:42: How are IBM’s virtual network overlays created and managed?

Question 4 @ 9:59 How are virtual networks transported over the physical L2/3 network?  Does IBM support hybrid mode?

Question 5 @ 11:59: There are multi-tenant clouds, hybrid clouds and large-scale private clouds or data centers that would benefit from virtual network overlays.  Which use cases does IBM see as virtual network overlays offering the most value today?

Question 6 @ 14:29: How do IT business leaders start to implement IBM’s virtual network overlay?

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Extreme Networks Addresses Scale Issues with its Open Fabric Software-Defined Networking

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No matter where an IT architect looks they are confronted with scaling issues and many times one solution creates another problem.  To address increasing VM density many are expanding broadcast domains with flatter 2-tier architectures only to get bogged down in broadcast issues.  To scale virtualized networks the industry offers VXLAN, but that moves L2 scaling into a multicast-scaling problem.  Software-Defined Network and in particular OpenFlow offers a good approach for provisioning and control but introduces flow oriented architecture scaling issues of its own.  I discuss scaling challenge with Shehzad Merchant Chief Technology Officer at Extreme Networks.

Duration: 10:24 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1

@ 1:35 sec: Shehzad: Let’s first start with Extreme’s view of 40 and 100GbE.  How is Extreme incorporating it and why?

Question 2 @ 3:50 sec: Forwarding table architecture and size define logical networking scale.  Extreme recently introduced UFT or Unified Forwarding Table.  What is it and how does it work?

Question 3 @ 6:35 sec: Extreme has partnered with Big Switch Networks to address network visualization scale via its Big Tap and Big Virtual Switch.  Can you talk to this solution?

Question 4 @ 8:51 sec: Can you sum up all the initiatives that Extreme has under way to deliver on its Open Fabric architecture for clo

ud-scale networking?

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