Avoiding Network Polarization and Increasing Visibility in Cloud Networks Using Broadcom Smart-Hash Technology

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February 4th, 2013

By Broadcom

Today’s massive scale data centers offer high aggregate network bandwidth for large compute clusters. Fast, fat and flat networks are widely deployed with the more ubiquitous adoption of computer virtualization and the proliferation of clustered applications. Broadcom’s StrataXGS architecture-based Ethernet switches support the SmartSwitch series of technologies to ensure that such network infrastructure design requirements can be implemented comprehensively, cost-effectively and in volume scale. Broadcom’s Smart-Hash technology, part of SmartSwitch, implements several new hashing enhancements that improve network performance and overcome limitations imposed by traditional schemes. This white paper discusses current data center traffic trends, the implications of such and related enhancement featured in Smart-Hash technology.

Smart-Table Technology Enabling Very Large Server, Storage Nodes, and Virtual Machines to Scale Using Flexible Network Infrastructure Topologies

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January 7th, 2013

By Broadcom

A critical element of cloud network scalability is forwarding table size of data center network switches. Forwarding table size impacts data center scalability, that is the number of servers and virtual machines (VM) per server, the ability to load-balance and provide full cross-sectional bandwidth across switch links. In turn, these scalability elements directly impact application performance and mobility. VMs and server sprawl, plus increased use of tunneling or overlay technologies, further exacerbate scaling challenges. This white paper explores forwarding table size requirements in private and public cloud data center networks, and considers how such requirements affect the design of data center network switches. It also describes features that are enabled by Broadcom’s Smart-Table technology, part of Broadcom’s SmartSwitch series of technologies, engineered specifically to meet feature and scale requirements of cloud networks.

Broadcom Smart-NV Technology for Cloud-Scale Network Virtualization

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May 14th, 2012

By Broadcom

Private and public cloud applications, usage models, and scale requirements are significantly influencing network infrastructure design. Broadcom’s StrataXGS® architecture-based Ethernet switches support the SmartScale series of technologies to ensure that such network infrastructure design requirements can be implemented comprehensively, cost-effectively and at scale. This set of innovative and unique technologies, available in current and future StrataXGS Ethernet switch processors, serves as the cornerstone of Ethernet switch systems from leading equipment manufacturers worldwide.
 
This white paper explores the network infrastructure virtualization requirements in private and public cloud networks, and how such requirements affect the design of data center network switches. It also describes features that are enabled by Broadcom’s Smart-NV (Network Virtualization) technology, part of Broadcom’s SmartScale series of technologies, engineered specifically to meet current feature and scale requirements of private and public cloud networks. Smart-NV encompasses comprehensive best practices for today’s high-performance data center switches, and addresses evolving needs of next generation cloud implementations.

Gaining Control and Visibility of Web 2.0 Applications with Broadcom’s App-IQ

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April 30th, 2012

Every corporation’s application portfolio is undergoing a massive transition, thanks to mobile and cloud computing plus Web 2.0 applications such as social, peer-to-peer, browser-based file sharing, etc. Clearly there are economic and corporate productivity gains in mobile and cloud computing, but not knowing what applications are flowing over an enterprise network can impact enterprise productivity. Broadcom’s App-IQ technology, which is available as an integrated feature in its latest generation of Enterprise LAN Ethernet switch solutions, promises to provide the enhanced technology for Web 2.0 traffic visibility and control.  Together with integrated WLAN capabilities, these switch solutions form the cornerstone of leading switch OEM products, as they deliver on the promise of mobility and visibility required in current and next-generation networks. I talk with Sujal Das, Director of Product Marketing at Broadcom, about its App-IQ technology and the visibility it provides to IT business leaders to control applications flowing over their networks. 

Broadcom App-IQ Technology for Web 2.0 Application Intelligence in the Enterprise Edge Network

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April 16th, 2012

By Broadcom

This white paper explores the use of Web 2.0 applications in the enterprise, their impact on the performance of the network, and the available solutions in the industry for traffic visualization. It introduces Broadcom’s App-IQ technology, which is available as an integrated feature in its latest generation of Enterprise LAN Ethernet switch solutions. Together with integrated WLAN capabilities, these switch solutions form the cornerstone of leading switch OEM products, as they deliver on the promise of mobility and visibility required in current and next-generation networks. This paper also describes how this technology can help IT managers implement policies for Web 2.0 traffic patterns using cost-effective, power-efficient, network edge and aggregation switches.