Open Networking Challenges and Opportunities

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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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Understanding Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Parameters for Next Generation Threat Prevention

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By Lippis Enterprises

At the top of every IT organization’s objectives are drives to move faster, contribute to business growth, operate more cost effectively and most of all, do it all securely. Traditional IT deployment approaches are no longer cutting it. With disruptive technologies like Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Open Networking promising faster and more efficient deployments, Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are reevaluating their security options. One of those options is to deploy an automated security infrastructure that consolidates and integrates multiple security appliances, such as firewalls, IPS, antivirus, Anti-Bot, web security, sandboxing, etc., into a single integrated security fabric extending across the enterprise. We detail the cost of such a security fabric here for your consideration.

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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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Open Industry Cloud Network Fabric Test for Two-Tier Ethernet Network Architecture

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For the first time in the networking industry a benchmark has been created to measure a cloud network fabric that utilizes active-active protocols. In the “Open Industry Cloud Network Fabric Test for Two-Tier Ethernet Network Architecture” report, Arista’s “Software-Defined Cloud Network” or SDCN, Avaya’s “Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture or VENA”, Brocade’s “Virtual Cluster Switching” or VCS, Dell’s “Active Fabric Network” or AFN and Extreme Networks’ “Open Fabric” were tested. Each company submitted their cloud network fabric products for test and evaluation. I thank each of these firms for their participation in this industry test and for their contributions to creating the new Lippis Fabric benchmark. If you are building a two-tier ethernet fabric as part of your cloud infrastructure, then you have read this test report before you buy any product.

Arista Software-Defined Cloud Network
Avaya Virtual Enterprise Network Architecture or VENA Fabric Connect
Brocade Virtual Cluster Switching
Dell Active Fabric Network.
Extreme Networks Open Fabric

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Tintri Storage and Arista Networks: Application-Aware and Networking Solutions for Virtual Environments

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By Arista Networks

Many organizations are still relying on general-purpose storage systems and networks for their virtualized environments. Unfortunately, there is a significant mismatch between the capabilities of traditional network and storage platforms and the specialized demands of virtualization.
Tintri Application Aware storage and Arista’s advanced Ethernet switch technology are designed for virtualized environments. The combined Tintri and Arista solution enables enterprise IT teams to efficiently deploy, manage, and troubleshoot their virtual infrastructure – while keeping total costs under control.

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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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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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Transforming the Mobile Experience with Cisco Wireless Location Services

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By Cisco Systems

It’s a mobile world, with almost 7 billion mobile subscribers worldwide in 2013, the equivalent of almost one device for every person on the planet. The rapid increase in mobile devices is making Wi-Fi a preferred method of network access, with the United States having more than 1 mobile device per person and 125 million smartphones shipped every year. With this growth rate, and a predicted 10 billion mobile devices by 2016, organizations can look to mobility and the Wi-Fi network to deliver innovative user services and enhanced customer experience. At the same time, this trend presents businesses with both tremendous opportunities and unique challenges, and numerous innovative businesses are rapidly emerging to help unlock business value from this growth.

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Arista EOS: Smart System Upgrade

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By Arista Networks

Deploying and taking advantage of new technology is top of mind for most organizations. Balancing the business benefits of adopting a rapid pace of innovation with the associated risks is a constant struggle; one most are losing. A major inhibitor to technology adoption is the ability to transparently insert new technologies into existing facilities without adversely impacting critical applications. The difficulty in doing this has had an almost paralytic effect on the adoption of beneficial new technologies. Unfortunately, operating with outmoded equipment can severely impact your bottom line causing further erosion in already shrinking budgets. Find out how Smart System Upgrade can help.

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Network Technology Performance Evaluation Cisco Wireless High Availability By Syracuse University’s Center for Convergence of Emerging Networking Technologies (CCENT)

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Dramatic improvements in wireless networking combined with an increasingly important role for mobile devices are driving a trend towards Wi-Fi as the primary network access mechanism in many networks. An increasing number of enterprise networks, and especially mission critical networks like healthcare, cannot afford to have application sessions drop. These trends are driving CIO’s and network managers to demand increasing levels of service resiliency. Wireless network vendors are addressing these needs by implementing new capabilities, more intelligent wireless networks that are able to prioritize mission critical traffic and dynamically recover from component failures. Cisco approached Syracuse University’s Center for Convergence of Emerging Networking Technologies (CCENT) to perform a systematic beta test, including before/after benchmarking of several applications, of its newest Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) Software (code version 7.5), which includes a new controller failover feature called Client Stateful Switchover (Client SSO). We tested this new service offering on our wireless testbed that included Cisco 5508 Wireless LAN controllers and the Cisco AIR-2602i access point.

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

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By Lippis Enterprises

Now available, the latest independent industry Lippis/Ixia tests of data center switches. In this report, the following products are tested and compared for performance and power consumption:

Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 10K
Alcatel-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
Extreme Networks BlackDiamond X8
Extreme Networks Summit X670V
Dell Force10 S-Series S4810
Juniper Network EX Series EX8200 Ethernet Switch

IBM’s New, Easy-to-Deploy Flex System Communications Module

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By Clabby Analytics

Clabby Analytics published a report, “How Cisco’s UCS Compares to IBM Flex System,” in which we concluded that IBM is out-innovating Cisco when it comes to system and communications subsystem design.

In August 2013, IBM introduced yet another communications innovation with its new Flex System Fabric SI4093 Systems Interconnect Module (SI4093). This serves as a transparent network device that simplifies layer 2 connectivity and helps IT administrators avoid possible loops by eliminating spanning tree and offers the benefits of both a pass-through and a true switch. It is preconfigured and unmanaged, but also provides cable consolidation and chassis-level switching, reducing configuration and management complexity, without giving up the performance of the EN4093R. The primary competitors for the new SI4093 are Cisco and HP. In this white paper, we provide competitive analysis across Cisco, IBM and HP.

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Empowering IT Innovations and Reducing Complexity with Unified Access

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By IDC

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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