Unified Visibility Fabric Architecture – A New Approach to Visibility

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October 21st, 2013

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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October 21st, 2013

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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October 21st, 2013

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.

Arista eAPI

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September 23rd, 2013

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.

Arista Scale with Symmetry Guide

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August 11th, 2013

by Arista Networks

The ever-increasing traffic levels across data networks have created a challenge for even the most high performance inline network appliances. While network devices are processing packets at higher and higher rates, ever increasing demand can require seamless expansion of a network. To tackle this problem, Arista Networks has partnered with Palo Alto Networks to help our customers scale to the performance demands on their networks. Find out how by downloading this white paper.

Arista 7500 Scale-Out Cloud Network Designs

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July 22nd, 2013

by Arista Networks

Arista Networks’ award-winning Arista 7500 Series was introduced in April 2010 as a revolutionary switching platform, which maximized data center performance, efficiency and overall network reliability. It raised the bar for switching performance being five times faster, one-tenth the power draw and one-half the footprint compared to other modular data center switches. Just three years later, the introduction of the Arista 7500E Series modules and fabric delivers a three-fold increase in density and performance with no sacrifices on functionality, table sizes or buffering with industry-leading 1,152 x 10GbE, 288 x 40GbE or 96 x 100GbE in the same quarter-rack 11RU chassis. This whitepaper details scale-out cloud network designs enabled with the new Arista 7500E second-generation linecard and fabric modules.

Lippis Report 210: HP Networking Is Poised to Capitalize on the Software-Defined Networking Market Transition

July 8th, 2013

nicklippis.jpgHP has been an industry leader when it comes to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) as it sees an opportunity to accelerate its growth in the networking market during a fundamental transition point. HP’s SDN strategy spans from the data center to campus and branch office networking. Its strategy includes solutions across all three layers of the SDN architecture, including the infrastructure, control and application layers.

HP’s SDN strategy is extended by inclusion of management as a critical element to enabling SDN adoption for greenfield and hybrid deployments. At the infrastructure layer, HP supports open programmable interfaces into its networking hardware portfolio. At the control layer, HP is releasing its Virtual Application Networks SDN controller in the second half of this year. At the application layer, HP has demonstrated and announced several compelling applications and use cases with real customer deployments. HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC) now also includes SDN management elements for each layer of the SDN architecture.

In this Lippis Report Research Note, we explore HP’s SDN strategy and offerings, and offer an approach to pilots and deployment.

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Investment Protection with the Arista 7500 Series

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July 8th, 2013

by Arista Networks

Arista Networks’ award-winning 7500 Series was introduced in April 2010 as a revolutionary switching platform, which maximized data center performance, efficiency and overall network reliability. It raised the bar for switching performance, being five times faster, one-tenth the power draw and one-half the footprint compared to other modular data center switches. Just three years later, the introduction of the Arista 7500E Series linecard and fabric modules delivers a three-fold increase in density and performance with no sacrifices on functionality, table sizes or buffering with an industry-leading 1,152 x 10GbE, 288 x 40GbE or 96 x 100GbE in the same quarter-rack 11RU chassis.

This whitepaper details the investment protection capabilities of the Arista 7500 E-Series
linecards and fabrics, and how they utilize the Arista 7500 chassis and interoperate with
existing Arista 7500 linecards and fabric modules.

Arista 7500 Switch Architecture (“A Day in the Life of a Packet”)

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June 24th, 2013

by Arista Networks

Arista Networks’ award-winning Arista 7500 series was introduced in April 2010 as a revolutionary switching platform, which maximized data center performance, efficiency and overall network reliability. It raised the bar for switching performance, being five times faster, one-tenth the power draw and one-half the footprint compared to other modular data center switches.

Just three years later, the introduction of the Arista 7500E series modules and fabric delivers a three-fold increase in density and performance, with no sacrifices on functionality, table sizes or buffering, with industry-leading 1152 x 10GbE, 288 x 40GbE or 96 x 100GbE in the same quarter-rack 11RU chassis. This white paper provides an overview of the switch architecture of the Arista 7500E series Linecard.

Visibility into the Cloud and Virtualized Data Center

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June 24th, 2013

by Gigamon

IT organizations today face unprecedented challenges. Internal business customers continue to demand rapid delivery of innovative services to respond to outside threats and opportunities. At the same time, it is not unusual for organizations to issue broad mandates to cut back on spending budgets. In these tough times, the adoption of disruptive technologies holds the key to improving efficiency and truly accomplishing more with less. Cloud computing and virtualization as a technology is one such innovation that allows creation of a more dynamic and flexible infrastructure by maximizing resource utilization while increasing IT service delivery. With more of the path of application data being shrouded in virtual
networks, managing and monitoring network operations with traditional approaches is becoming difficult. IT leaders and stakeholders are constantly struggling with gaining back visibility, maintaining and improving application performance, and enforcing corporate regulatory policies across this new type of network while also leveraging benefits brought by virtualization; this white paper shows you how.

The Visibility Fabric Architecture–A New Approach to Traffic Visibility

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June 10th, 2013

by Gigamon

The volume of digital information created and replicated will grow from 1.8 trillion gigabytes in 2011 to 7.9 trillion gigabytes in 2015. IDC

By 2014 70% of IT risk and security officers in the Global 2000 will be required to report at least annually to their board of directors on the state of IT security within their organization. Gartner

There are many drivers to network visibility. The Gigamon Visibility Fabric architecture empowers network and security architects, engineers and operators to design and deploy an intelligent infrastructure by applying user-defined “map” logic to select the appropriate, relevant and critical network traffic flows and deliver them to centralized security, monitoring and management systems. This new approach can extend the network reach of tools to significantly improve return on investment, allows IT organizations to more efficiently manage and secure their network, and provides a solution that can quickly evolve and scale as network needs change.

The Visibility Fabric Architecture–A New Approach to Traffic Visibility

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April 8th, 2013

The volume of digital information created and replicated will grow from 1.8 trillion gigabytes in 2011 to 7.9 trillion gigabytes in 2015. IDC

By 2014 70% of IT risk and security officers in the Global 2000 will be required to report at least annually to their board of directors on the state of IT security within their organization. Gartner

There are many drivers to network visibility. The Gigamon Visibility Fabric architecture empowers network and security architects, engineers and operators to design and deploy an intelligent infrastructure by applying user-defined “map” logic to select the appropriate, relevant and critical network traffic flows and deliver them to centralized security, monitoring and management systems. This new approach can extend the network reach of tools to significantly improve return on investment, allows IT organizations to more efficiently manage and secure their network, and provides a solution that can quickly evolve and scale as network needs change.

Save Your School Money with Lower Networking Costs from Avaya

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March 25th, 2013

by Avaya

With the increased adoption of online learning, hybrid learning and collaborative learning models, the K-12 education paradigm is shifting. These models use a modernized curriculum containing digital content and cloud-based applications accessed through one-to-one computing and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Underpinning these advances is the essential need for an “Always-On Learning” network, a modern infrastructure that delivers performance, reliability and operational simplicity, 24 x 7. This white paper details TCO savings for public school networks. For a large suburban school district, savings can be as high as $4.12 million in one year and $6.73 million in five years.

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.