The Arista 7150 Series

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November 5th, 2012

By Arista

The Arista 7150S series represents the industry’s leading ultra low latency 1RU 1/10/40GbE Layer 2/3/4 wire speed switch family, offering a unique combination of performance, advanced functionality and extensive onboard resources. Designed to suit the requirements of demanding environments such as ultra low latency financial ECNs, HPC clusters and cloud data centers, the class-leading deterministic latency from 350 ns is coupled with a set of advanced tools for monitoring and controlling mission critical environments.

VXLAN: Eliminating Cloud Boundaries with SDN

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October 22nd, 2012

By Arista Networks

If you are a virtualization and/or network administrator who wants to eliminate cloud boundaries and implement elastic computing, then download this paper. By overcoming the need for flat, Layer 2 networks, enterprises and service providers are able to take advantage of more scalable, proven Layer 3 technologies within their data center without sacrificing crucial application mobility.

VXLAN Bridges Virtual and Physical Networks to the Cloud

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October 12th, 2012

By Arista Networks

If you are a virtualization and/or network administrator who wants to increase the scalability or mobility of your virtual architecture between data center and/or between routed domains while remaining full workload portable, then download this paper.

VXLAN: Scaling Data Center Capacity

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September 25th, 2012

By Arista Networks

This document provides an overview of how VXLAN works. It also provides criteria to help determine when and where VXLAN can be used to implement a virtualized Infrastructure. Arista, Broadcom, Intel, VMware and others developed the VXLAN specification to improve scaling in the virtualized Data Center.

The Changing Face of Data Centre Networks

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August 14th, 2012

By Quocirca

UK analyst firm, Quocirca, describes why fast and intelligent system networks, such as IBM’s, are of critical importance for the smarter data centre. As networking technology has standardised around Ethernet, the perception has grown that it has also commoditised. However, as technical architectures evolve to keep pace with the impact of virtualisation, cloud computing and high-performance workloads, the needs around networking are also changing. This is driving data centre operators to understand how recent performance advances and standards-based innovations in system networking infrastructures can meet the performance, scalability and agility requirements of today’s data centres.

Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitchTM 6900-X40

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December 1st, 2011

While the Lippis Report test were being conducted of the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitchTM 6900-X40, Jean Luc Ronarch, Director Product Line Management Stackable Switches at Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise joined me to discuss the firm’s latest product investment. We talk cloud network architecture and what’s unique about the new OmniSwitchTM 6900-X40.

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Cisco UCS Business Outcomes: Easier Operations Plus Faster Performance And Lower Cost Equals Third Largest Blade Server Supplier

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July 13th, 2011

Two years after Cisco launched its Unified Computing System it has 5,400 customers, holds the #3 market share ranking for x86 blade servers WW, behind only HP and IBM, according to IDG and recently broke numerous world computing performance benchmark records. While UCS has leaped frog competitors with performance plus memory and I/O capacity the most important aspect of UCS is the business value it drives. I explore this topic with Todd Brannon, Senior Manager for UCS marketing at Cisco Systems about the vision and strategy of Cisco’s Fabric Compute and the value its customers are gaining from its use. Todd brings great customer examples to this podcast, which is a must for any IT leader evaluating a data center fabric.

Lippis Report 175: Cisco’s Data Center Fabric Weaves Computing, Networking and Storage for iBusiness Outcomes

July 12th, 2011

The tech sector is at a crossroads. In just 18 short months, mobile and cloud computing has fundamentally changed business assumptions and technical underpinnings of IT delivery. And in the process IT business leaders are fundamentally changing their buying requirements and corporate IT investments challenging existing vendor relationships. The tech sector served up corporate IT along technical lines of computing, networking, storage and applications, but these lines are blurring as every major multi-billion dollar IT firm now seeks to deliver vertical offerings comprised of a single rack of compute, storage and networking to address scale and simplicity associated with the new mobile and cloud computing models. Cisco, IBM, HP, Dell and Oracle all are repositioning their data center offers to address the market opportunity and shift to assist IT leaders building iBusinesses. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we dive into Cisco’s Data Center Fabric as it’s the furthest along at integrating compute, networking and storage access for corporate advantage offering a glimpse of IT’s future.

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HEALTH BENEFIT ADMINISTRATOR CURES GROWING PAINS WITH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC CLOUD

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July 11th, 2011

By Cisco Systems

CareCore National, a health benefit management concern, increased business agility by being able to launch new lines of business in just two weeks, down from six months. This business benefits were gained, in large part through the insight and leadership of IT executives and their deployment of Cisco’s Data Center Fabric architecture. This white paper describes how the CareCore National achieved this transformation.

Manufacturer Accelerates Business Cycle Times

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July 11th, 2011

By Cisco Systems

Avago Technologies is a manufacturer. Its IT business leaders accelerated batch processing by 30 to 40%, increased business flexibility and decreased operational cost by 40% while adding a third data center. This white paper describes how Avago Technologies achieved this transformation.

Online Higher Education Institution Prepares for Growth

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July 11th, 2011

By Cisco Systems

The Apollo Group, owner of the University of Phoenix and other educational properties doubled the size of its network without an increase in IT staff, lowered per-port switching cost while increasing port volume and freed up several rows of space in its data centers. This white paper describes how the Apollo Group achieved this transformation.

Cisco’s Data Center Fabric Vision And Customer Business Outcomes

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July 11th, 2011

Cisco is the only large vertical IT supplier with compute, storage and deep networking capabilities making its data center offering unique. It’s Unified Network Services or UNS, Unified Computing System or UCS, Unified Fabric and policy based management make up the Cisco Data Center Fabric. In this Lippis Report podcast I talk with Shashi Kiran; Director of Market Management for Data Center/Virtualization at Cisco Systems about the vision and strategy of Cisco’s Data Center Fabric and the value its customers are gaining from its use.

HP’s Networking Vision

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October 5th, 2010

Saar Before HP purchased 3Com it would seldom engage in discussion about the future of networking. It was product focused. But now in an exclusive interview with Mr. Saar Gillai, Vice President of Advanced Technology Group & CTO of HP Networking, HP opens up and talks freely about industry trends it’s watching and most importantly influencing. These trends are guiding HP investment in networking with hopes of market share gain, thought leadership and increased industry influence. It’s a fascinating interview into the mind of HP Networking.

HP’s Intensified Networking & Communications Focus Explained

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September 13th, 2010

Marius HaasI interview Marius Haas, Senior Vice President and World Wide General Manager of the HP Networking Business. I asked him

• How HP will compete in the highly competitive networking market,
• What is its salient value proposition,
• Why is HP so focused on networking now, and
• Why should IT business leaders consider HP Networking.
His responses had a ring of market truth to them. As such, any IT business leader worth his/her salt needs to listen to this podcast.

Enjoy, Nick