A New Open Data Center Fabric Emerges for The Age of Software-Defined Infrastructure

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by Nick Lippis, Lippis Consulting

Abstract

A number of independent trends are driving a new age of software-defined networking and overall infrastructure. These trends include a new IT delivery model based upon cloud computing, big data analytics, Internet of Things and new IT delivery model. This trend is so massive that no army will stop its progression that’s rooted in the separation of network hardware from its high-value software. At the heart of this trend is realization that wide area and data center networking is transitioning to a software model which has implications that stem from how IT organizations are organized to how applications are delivered and maintained. We focus this white paper on the transition to software and the implications upon networking from a perspective of fabric and services, which connects servers and storage to the internet/intranet.

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SDN at Citigroup Networking for Citi’s Software Defined IT Infrastructure

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In this white paper an overview is provided of some of Citi’s key data center and networking challenges and the role of SDN in Citi’s evolving data center infrastructure to address these challenges. Rather than being solely focused on software APIs and controllers, Citi is leveraging a holistic view of SDN, incorporating both physical and virtual networking. The company has defined a phased SDN technology strategy for data center networking, covering a physical networking fabric, network overlays, management and control, and cloud orchestration. 

Note that this white paper is available exclusively to IT executives. Apply to receive the paper here

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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.

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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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NEC Launches Version 5 of its ProgrammableFlow® Networking Suite and Sets the Bar for SDN

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NECLaunchesVersion5ofItsProgrammableFlowNetworkingSuite_DonClarkNEC has launched its fifth version of its popular ProgrammableFlow Software-Defined Network (SDN) controller just when OpenFlow 1.3 is starting to be implemented in popular switches.  The NEC ProgrammableFlow® Networking Suite, was the first commercially available SDN solution to leverage the OpenFlow protocol, enabling network virtualization and allowing enterprises, data centers and service providers to deploy, control, monitor and manage secure multi-tenant network infrastructure.  Don Clark, Director of Strategy and Business Development at NEC joins me to talk about NEC’s SDN investment and the latest version of its controller, which you all can learn more about by attending ONUG at JPMorgan in NYC on Oct 29th and 30th.

 

Podcast Duration: 12 minutes 33 seconds

 

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

 

Question 1 @ 3:03 sec: Nick: Don, Lets start with a description of the NEC ProgrammableFlow SDN controller that is what is it, what’s new and what type of SDNs does it enable?

 

Question 2 @ 4:27 sec: Nick: Don, OpenFlow 1.3 support was added to the controller, what new SDN designs with that enable?

 

Question 3 @ 6:58 sec: Nick: Don, I’d like to talk a bit more about your Top of Rack switches – which do the NEC ProgrammableFlow SDN controller support, all openflow 1.3 devices?

 

Question 4 @ 8:56 sec: Nick: Don, there are visualization features within the NEC controller, can you talk to that feature set? 

 

Question 5 @ 10:29 sec: Nick: Don, how do network architects and designers start to build SDNs with the NEC ProgrammableFlow controller?

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Ballarat Grammar Secures BYOD with HP SDN and Sentinel SDN Security Application

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Gregory Bell, Head of Technical Services, Ballarat Grammar said “The Sentinel SDN application takes away a lot of the manual labor that we used to do. We now know exactly where the infections are and how many there are—we can detect threats and respond in a proactive manner. That saves us hours of work every week.” Ballarat Grammar is a K-12 independent Anglican school located in Victoria, Australia. An extensive parkland campus hosts a flourishing community of 250 faculty and 1,400 students, with over 200 of the students living on campus in boarding houses. Ballart Grammar looked toward HP’s SDN portfolio to increase student and faculty productivity and educational opportunities by allowing users to bring their own devices and securely connect to the network.

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Arista eAPI

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by Arista Networks

Arista EOS offers multiple programmable interfaces for applications. These interfaces can be leveraged by applications running on the switch, or external to EOS. Arista’s newest interface, EOS API (eAPI), allows applications and scripts to have complete programmatic control over EOS, with a stable and easy to use syntax. Once the API is enabled, the switch accepts commands using Arista’s CLI syntax, and responds with machine-readable output and errors serialized in JSON, served over HTTP. DevOps teams will be very impressed.

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The Era of Application Centric Networking

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By Nick Lippis

IDC reports that in 2012, Android and iOS combined for 87.6% of the 722.4 million smartphones shipped worldwide, up from 68.1% from 2011. IDC also predicts the expected value of the cloud computing market will increase as much as 130% to $43 billion in 2016. It’s clear that not only are applications being accessed on smartphones and hosted in public and private clouds, but business units are demanding and receiving self-service IT delivery. At the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) in Boston hosted by the Lippis Report and Fidelity Investments large financial service firms showed that self-service Virtual Machine (VM) creation and deletion trend lines are growing exponentially. These trends are powerful, and they are only in the early stages. This poses a challenge to network designers and planners as the rulebook they have referenced for the better part of a decade has become antiquated and a new model to build branch office networks is desperately needed. Download this white paper to find out how to build modern branch office networks in the era of application centric networking.

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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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Prepare for Software-Defined Networking Build the Foundation for SDN with OpenFlow

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By HP

Read this paper if you are a CTO, CIO, IT manager, or network architect interested in making your enterprise network more agile and adaptable to changing business needs. This paper describes the benefits of software-defined networking (SDN) enabled by OpenFlow technology. SDN, enabled by OpenFlow, holds the promise of breaking the logjam in network agility by eliminating legacy human middleware and paving the way for innovation.

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IBM Software-Defined Networking Solutions

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This quick two-page paper provides key drivers to SDN and IBM’s SDN plus OpenFlow product road map.