Open Networking Challenges and Opportunities

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Today the ONUG Board published the ONUG Use Case White Paper, “Open Networking Challenges and Opportunities,” available for download now. The white paper outlines a user mandate and requirements for the top three use cases as voted by IT users at ONUG Spring 2014.

Empowering IT Innovations and Reducing Complexity with Unified Access

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Unfortunately, wired networking equipment and wireless networking equipment have traditionally operated in separate realms, with inconsistent features, policies, tools, and management. This increases the network administrator’s burden and drives up management costs and complexity. Cisco has recently released a new set of unified networking and management platforms designed to bring consistency and continuity to all aspects of the campus network, from the wiring closet to WLAN controllers — and everything in between. By implementing such an architectural approach to unifying wired and wireless networks, IT and network managers can introduce new levels of efficiency, gain greater levels of manageability, and improve user experience. Enabling greater levels of business innovation and growth while controlling costs, IT can demonstrate how it is driving innovative value-add to the business.

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AgilePorts over DWDM for long distance 40GbE

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By Arista Networks

Existing 40GbE solutions are limited to 10km and require costly upgrades to DWDM systems to enable long haul extensions. The AgilePorts feature enables groups of adjacent SFP+ ports to be configured for 40Gb operation using 10Gb transceivers and cables providing maximum port flexibility and a seamless migration from 10Gb to 40Gb. This enables the use of inexpensive and simple 10Gb DWDM systems to extend a 40GbE service. Arista AgilePorts allows four 10GbE SFP+ to be combined into a single 40GbE interface for easy migration to 40GbE.

IP Ethernet Storage

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By Arista Networks

Traditional storage networks and costs are growing at an exponential rate. New requirements for compliance and new applications such as analytics mean that ever-increasing volumes of unstructured data are collected and archived. Legacy storage networks cannot meet the need to scale- out capacity and reduce capital and operational expenditures. In response to this challenge, new storage architectures based on Ethernet have evolved. How will this change the storage network? Most future IT asset deployments will leverage 10 10GbE and 40GbE for the underlying storage interconnect for newer applications. Arista Networks has responded to the need for a new
IP Ethernet storage fabric. Arista provides industry- leading products and solutions that deliver operational and infrastructure efficiencies that have been previously unavailable.

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

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

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

Unified Visibility Fabric Architecture – A New Approach to Visibility

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By Gigamon

Gigamon’s Unified Visibility Fabric architecture provides a new approach to monitoring and management of IT infrastructure. By centralizing tools and connecting them into the Visibility Fabric, significant cost savings and operational efficiencies can be realized. The Unified Visibility Fabric architecture provides pervasive visibility across campus, branch, virtualized and, ultimately, SDN islands and consists of four key components—Visibility Fabric nodes, Management, Orchestration and Applications, which when taken together provide a scalable, flexible and centralized Visibility Fabric solution.

IBM Expands Network Portfolio with SDN VE

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By Bob Laliberte, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

As organizations continue to virtualize their environments and build out cloud environments, the requirement for more flexible and agile networks is becoming a priority. One of the more promising network architectures being developed to address these challenges is software-defined networking (SDN). Although this space is still being defined, one aspect of SDN, network virtualization, is gaining mindshare. This technology leverages a virtual switch, controller, and virtualization technology. IBM has just announced its offering in this area, called Software Defined Network for Virtual Environments or SDN VE.

10 Gigabit Ethernet: Enabling Storage Networking for Big Data

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by Arista Networks

As 10 and 40GbE data center networks provide very low latency with less than 10ns of jitter and favorable price points, the ability to converge storage and user traffic onto one physical network has become realistic. In this white paper, Arista details various cloud provider storage options and how they can gain from transporting block storage flows over a 10GbE network.

Unleash the Full Potential of BYOD with Confidence

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Growing numbers of smartphones and tablets are pushing enterprise networks to the limit and creating security and management challenges for IT organizations. IT planners must upgrade wireless network infrastructure to accommodate increased traffic demands and put systems and practices in place to efficiently onboard guest devices and users, ensure predictable and reliable services, and protect IT assets. This white paper reviews BYOD administration, performance, and security implications, and describes how by taking a holistic approach to security and management, the HP BYOD solution lets you realize all the benefits of BYOD, with confidence.

A Technical Review of Cisco’s Wi-Fi-Based Location Analytics

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By Dr. James Little and Dr. Brendan O’Brien

The rapid increase of mobile devices is making Wi-Fi the preferred method of network access, predominantly within buildings, but also outside. This trend presents businesses with both tremendous potential and unique challenges. Location analytics, in conjunction with the Cisco® Mobility Services Engine (MSE), enables businesses to realize unprecedented benefits from location-based services:

● Location analytics: Estimates the number of visitors, the amount of time they spend, and the frequency of their visits within the site

● Advanced analytics: Provides knowledge of movement patterns by these visitors while they are in the building

Together, these analytics provide detailed insights into general behavior patterns of people moving and interacting within a venue or open space. Location analytics uses advanced data mining techniques tuned to the type of data Wi-Fi location provides. This data is based on potentially millions of position triangulations made per day by Cisco’s MSE. This white paper discusses the technology and capabilities behind Cisco’s location analytics.

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.