2013 Industry Predictions with Nick Lippis and Zeus Kerravala

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Nick Lippis, Zeus Kerravala

Zeus Kerravala of ZK Research and I host our annual predictions podcast. We provide our top ten 2013 predictions that span consolidation in the SDN market, Cisco breaking away from HP/Dell, VMware jumping the shark, Micosoft’s rebound, the formation of the white box Top of Rack switch market, UC providers moving into context aware services, the rise of truly mobile applications and how Cisco will win with Cisco ONE. Enjoy and the very best for a happy and healthy New Year.

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A Realistic Approach To Dynamic Workload Scaling

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Dave Dhillon, Product Marketing Manager, Cisco Systems

Dynamic Workload Scaling or Cloud bursting is commonly referred to as the ability to expand or contract workload between two or more virtualized data centers or cloud providers.  It sounds simple enough, but there has not been a practical approach to securely and automatically facilitate elastic IT resources in response to demand.  Cisco Systems is offering one of the most realistic approaches to cloud bursting that leverages the Nexus 7000 and its Application Control Engine or ACE load balancers.  Overlay Transport Virtualization or (OTV) is a feature of the Nexus 7000 and provides Layer 2 connectivity extension across any transport connecting two or more data centers.  ACE provides VM aware load balancing over OTV, which creates the basis for Cisco’s Dynamic Workload Scaling cloud bursting strategy.  I talk with Dave Dhillon Product Marketing Manager at Cisco Systems as we dive into Cisco’s approach to cloud bursting.

Duration: 9 minutes 59 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:01 sec: let’s start with a Dynamic Workload Scaling definition and how much demand Cisco sees for this capability?

Question 2 @ 3:46 sec:  Ok great, so let’s talk about Cisco’s Dynamic Workload Scaling approach.  It leverages ACE, OTV, Nexus 7000 and its partnership with VMware.   Can you talk to the piece parts of the approach and how they work together to deliver Dynamic Workload Scaling?

Question 3 @ 6:53 sec: Thank for solution overview, so what are the new levels of business flexibility or outcomes enabled when Dynamic Workload Scaling is implemented?

Question 4 @ 7:59 sec: How do IT business leaders implement DWS in their private clouds?


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Cisco’s Nexus 1000V-based Programmable Virtual Network Overlays

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This is the fourth and last podcast in a four part series on Cisco’s Open Network Environment or Cisco ONE. Cisco ONE utilizes the multi-hypervisor Nexus 1000V virtual switch to create virtual network overlays and will be enabling programmability through programmatic interfaces to its virtual supervisor module (VSM), enabling automation-centric provisioning. To make virtual overlays functionally equivalent to physical data center networks, virtual Layer 4-7 application network and virtual security services are added via its virtualization stack of related protocols and layered products. Gary Kinghorn, Senior Manager, Data Center and Cloud Solution Marketing at Cisco Systems joins me to discuss Cisco’s approach to virtual network overlays.

Duration: 22 minutes and 37 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:36 sec: Gary, would you like to add anything to my virtual network overlay discussion in the intro that’s unique to Cisco?

Question 2 @ 3:45 sec: What are some of the misperceptions that most need to be cleared up?

Question 3 @ 4:42 sec: Gary, you and I talked before about a network virtualization stack early this year, and now the conversation appears to have shifted to this virtual overlay concept. Are these really the same things that Cisco has been talking about for a while? Or what’s different and what’s behind the evolution?

Question 4 @ 7:11 sec: There’s a lot of discussion in the industry now about the virtual switch being a key strategic battleground going forward, and that presumably extends to virtual overlay infrastructures overall. We know that VMware acquiring Nicira gives them an overlay story as well that could lead to competition with Cisco specifically in this area. Is this a “battleground”, and if so, what makes Cisco’s approach different or unique?

Question 5 @ 16:23 sec : Lets talk use cases. When do you go from a physical network to a virtual one, when do you need overlays, and what are the applications that are going to be built on top of these new SDN API’s?

Question 6 @ 18:19 sec: Which use cases does Cisco see as virtual network overlays offering the most value today?

Question 7 @ 20:59 sec: The perception is that a lot of this SDN stuff is really out in the future? When and how do data center architects start to implement Cisco’s virtual network overlays?

Cisco To Offer Campus Slicing via SDN/OpenFlow

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This is the third of a four part podcast series on Cisco’s Open Network Environment or Cisco ONE. Cisco ONE consist of three initiatives; OnePK, Campus Slicing via SDN/OpenFlow and Virtual Overlay. In this podcast I talk with Phil Casini Product line manager for Cisco’s SDN controller development about Cisco’s Campus Slicing functionality thanks to Cisco ONE’s implementation of Software Defined-Networking and OpenFlow.

Duration: 13 minutes 28 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:09 sec: Phil lets start with the Cisco controller and OpenFlow agents. What functionality will the controller have and which Cisco switch families will be equipped with OpenFlow agents?

Question 2 @ 4:54 sec: Is Campus Slicing primarily for the university market or was the design center focused on both academic and enterprise.

Question 3 @ 8:04 sec: Is Cisco’s key added value in Campus Slicing focused on the ability to logically slice a piece of an operational network for researchers to perform their experiments?

Question 4 @ 11:00 sec: What campus slicing use cased do you foresee in the enterprise market?

Cisco’s OnePK Opens up Networking to Programming

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Kevin Woods, Cisco Systems

This is the second of a four part podcast series on Cisco’s Open Network Environment or Cisco ONE. Cisco ONE consist of three initiatives; OnePK, Campus Slicing via SDN/OpenFlow and Virtual Network Overlay. In this podcast I talk with Kevin Woods Director of Product Management at Cisco Systems about Cisco’s OnePK programing environment for developers and its potential impact on networks and business process.

Duration: 13 minutes 20 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:00 sec: Kevin lets first talk about why Cisco is offering OnePK? From the briefing I received its clear that this programming environment had to be in development for a few years, so Cisco must have been hearing this requirement for some time. True?

Question 2 @ 2:44 sec: What drove the decision to expose the network to developers via OnePK?

Question 3 @ 3:45 sec: What kind of network information and control will be exposed to developers and what type of applications will benefit from OnePK?

Question 4 @ 5:47 sec: Is there a Cisco OnePK developer ecosystem in development and how will OnePK applications be supported?

Question 5 @ 7:07 sec: What are the implications for the skill set requirements for your customers who will use onePK?

Question 6 @ 8:36 sec: How does onePK differ from OpenFlow?

Question 7 @ 10:56 sec: Will API verbs be consistent across Cisco’s OSs and when will the OnePK SDK be available?

Cisco’s LISP For Workload Mobility in Multi-Data Center and Cloud Use Cases Explained

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Victor Moreno Distinguished Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco Systems joins me to discuss Cisco’s approach to workload mobility via is Locator/ID Separation Protocol or LISP technology.

Duration: 21 minutes and 22 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:29 sec: Victor let’s start with a definition of LISP. What it is, what does it do and where is it located in the network?

Question 2 @ 8:10 sec: How does LISP support network policy?

Question 3 @ 9:27 sec: How does LISP eliminate manual network changes required to move workload? Put another way, how does LISP automate the process of workload mobility?

Question 4 @ 13:20 sec: When workload is freed from location what new data center or cloud computing design options are available to IT leaders?

Question 5 @ 17:09 sec: How do IT business leaders deploy LISP, what’s needed and how systemic does it need to be implemented?

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Extreme Networks Offers A Broad Open Networking Initiative

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Merchant VP of Technology at Extreme Networks joins me to discuss Extreme’s approach to open networking including its Open Fabric, Software Defined-Networking or SDN initiative plus network programmability.

Duration: 12 minutes 20 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis Starts @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:58 sec: Shehzad. lets first start with Extreme’s view of SDN market drivers. What are your customers asking for?

Question 2 @ 3:52 sec: Shehzad, Extreme describes an SDN architecture with four layers. Let’s describe that to the audience as its central to the re-distribution of network responsibilities and functions.

Question 3 @ 6:51 sec: Shehzad, Extreme’s initiative consist of four components: 1) Open programmability of networking, 2) SDN/OpenFlow & Multiple controller support, 3) support for OpenStack and quantum and 4) all of the above built on top of an open fabric. Can you talk to each initiative and how they are additive in value?

Question 4 @ 10:39 sec: What does Extreme’s Open fabric SDN approach bring to IT business leaders and how can they take advantage of it?

Gain the Advantages of Cloud Computing and Get Your WAN Ready for the Cloud

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By Cisco Systems

Learn how Cisco Cloud Connected Solution can prepare your network for the cloud, so your business can lower costs and gain new levels of efficiency.

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Cisco on VXLAN For Logically Isolating Virtual Subnets At Scale

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Scalability issues have overcome what VLANs were designed to provide. In multi-tenant cloud computing environments with each tenant having many applications many of which require their own logical network segments, the 4k limit of VLANs does not scale. And as cloud networks grow beyond data centers, logically isolated subnets have to be expanded to include geographic scale. Challenges include application mobility over very large resource pools that cover multiple sites, while ensuring the same consistency and logical network policy constraints. Enter VXLAN, jointly announced last summer by industry heavy-weights Cisco Systems, VMware, Red Hat, Arista and others. Han Yang Senior Product Manager at Cisco Systems joins me to discuss VXLAN in virtual networking and the challenge to logically isolate virtual subnets in highly scalable, multi-tenant data centers.

Cisco’s Familiar Approach To A Unified Multi-Protocol Storage Network

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Cisco’s multi-protocol storage initiative brings all storage protocols into its unified fabric. Just like the days of multi-protocol routing, IT managers were able to manage the transition to IP networking after routing supported multiple network protocols such as DECnet, AppleTalk, etc. In short applications that relied upon vendor specific protocols were supported and thus the transition to IP was regulated by how fast the application could support IP. The same is true in modern data centers; build a unified fabric that is capable of supporting multi-protocol storage and IT business leaders can transition to a single storage protocol over time and gain simplification, lower life cycle cost and faster application deployment. Rajeev Bhardwaj, Sr. Director of Product Management in the data center group at Cisco Systems is responsible for the MDS, Nexus and load balancing products making him the ideal executive to discuss multi-protocol storage networking and the transition toward a converged or unified data center infrastructure.

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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.

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Cisco Cloud Connected Solution: Prepare Your Network for the Cloud

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Enterprises, small businesses, and governments are looking to cloud-based solutions to solve some of their biggest business and technology challenges: reducing costs, reaching new levels of efficiency, and creating innovative business models. Cloud services and applications offer compelling economics by reducing capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx) through sharing of cloud assets and dynamic, on-demand delivery of services. To meet these new challenges, Cisco believes in making the network infrastructure “cloud intelligent.” With this type of solution, the enterprise network can truly optimize cloud application performance within the available bandwidth to deliver a high-quality user experience, especially for the high-demand applications of today and tomorrow.

The Critical Role of the Network in Big Data Applications

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By Lucinda Borovick and Richard L. Villars of IDC

In today’s IT marketplace, Big Data is often used as shorthand for a new generation of technologies and architectures designed to economically extract value from very large volumes of a wide variety of data by enabling high-velocity capture, discovery, and/or analysis. IDC believes that organizations that are best able to make real-time business decisions using Big Data will gain a distinct competitive advantage over those that are unable to embrace it.
As Big Data efforts grow in scope and importance, the network (both within the datacenter and across the WAN) will play a critical role in enabling quick, sustainable expansion while also ensuring these systems are linked to existing mission-critical transaction and content environments.

Announcing the Fall Active-Active Network Fabric Lippis Report Test with Ixia at iSimCity

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Lippis Enterprises and Ixia are very excited to announce a new test suite for active-active cloud network fabrics plus a more flexible timetable for this fall’s industry testing schedule.

The active-active fabric test is in addition to the 10GbE & 40GbE data center switch Lippis performance and power consumption benchmark test. Vendors may choose one or both tests to submit products. The fall testing schedule will span over three months, providing greater flexibility and lab access for vendors to submit products.

Lab time is available the first week of each month, starting in September to November. The following weeks are available for suppliers to test their equipment:

Week of September 10th,
Week of October 8th,
Tentatively the Week of November 5th.

The 10/40GbE Data Center Switch prospectus for the Fall 2012 Lippis Report test at Ixia’s iSimCity is now available and can be downloaded here.
The active-active fabric test prospectus can be downloaded here.

To participate, prospectuses need to be signed and returned to both Nick Lippis nick@lippis.com and Michael Githens mgithens@ixiacom.com no later than end of day August 15, 2012.

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