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

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February 12th, 2014

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

Brocade VDXTM 6740 Top-of-Rack Switch Performance and Power Test

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February 12th, 2014

By Lippis Enterprises

For this Lippis/Ixia evaluation at iSimCity, Brocade submitted the VDX™ 6740, which is Brocade’s flagship Top-of-Rack (ToR) switch that’s built with Brocade’s Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS™) technology, an Ethernet fabric innovation that addresses the unique requirements of highly virtualized, cloud data center environments. The line-rate, low latency VDX™ 6740 fixed configuration switch is available in two models: the VDX™ 6740 with up to 64 1/10 GbE SFP+ ports, and the VDX™ 6740T with 48 1/10 GBASE-T ports and four 40 GbE SFP+ ports. The VDX™ 6740 series switches are based on a single custom ASIC fabric switching technology and runs the feature-rich Brocade Network Operating System 4.1.0 (NOS) with VCS Fabric technology.

Arista 7500E Software-Defined Cloud Network Switch Performance Test

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February 12th, 2014

By Lippis Enterprises

Arista 7500E is the most widely deployed spine switch of this new class of 288 40GbE modular switches. Over the past few months, the Lippis Report with Ixia tested the 7500E for layer 2 and 3 unicast plus multicast performance, congestion management, demanding cloud traffic performance, power consumption, the ability for its VOQ buffers to be adjustable, and if its 64-Way ECMP hash works as advertised as well as performance tested its 100GbE Line Card. If you’re building a cloud network, then you need to read this report first. In this report, we deliver the most comprehensive test and review of Arista’s 7500E modular data center spine switch.

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

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July 23rd, 2013

By Lippis/Ixia

The latest Lippis/Ixia open industry test of ToR and Core data center switches was tested at Ixia’s iSimCity during the spring of 2013, and its results can be downloaded here. We tested for performance via RFC and real-world cloud traffic plus power consumption. Each vendor is provided with the report ending section being a cross-vendor evaluation. Participating suppliers are:

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 8770 Data Center Switch
Extreme Networks BlackDiamond. X8
Extreme Networks Summit. X670V
Dell Force10 S-Series S4810
Juniper Network EX Series EX8200 Ethernet Switch

Gaining Network Visibility

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July 8th, 2013

by Ixia/Anue

Network monitoring switches improve productivity, boost the efficiency of
monitoring tools and solve the challenge of limited access points

Service providers are under ever-increasing pressure to improve the performance and security of their networks. To meet these challenges, they rely on a bevy of monitoring tools. Monitoring for security and compliance, as well as application and network performance, requires access to an increasing amount of network data, optimally performing monitoring tools and full visibility into the network. Ultimately, the limited number of data access points prevents effective monitoring. The network monitoring switch is a necessary tool in addressing these challenges. Not only does a network monitoring switch solve the problem of TAP and SPAN shortages, it also improves the traffic to all monitoring tools, improving overall
monitoring tool performance and productivity. Find out how by downloading this white paper.

Best Practices for Network Monitoring

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June 10th, 2013

By Ixia/Anue

IT teams are under big pressure to improve the performance and security of corporate networks. Monitoring for security, compliance, and performance requires getting the right data to the right monitoring tool for analysis. This paper describes the capabilities of a network monitoring switch and how it optimizes the traffic to the monitoring tools, improving overall monitoring tool performance and protecting the IT team’s monitoring tool investment

Ixia/Anue ‘s Larry Hart On Its SDN Network Visualization Strategy

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May 20th, 2013

Larry_Hart_On_Its_SDN_Network_Visualization_StrategyAs the need for visibility of applications flowing inside networks grows, network architecture itself is changing thanks to network plus server virtualization in data centers, and now Software-Defined Networking. Also trends like BYOD, virtualization, and application mobility are bringing complexity and a new dynamism to today’s networks. Larry Hart, Vice President, Ixia/Anue joins me to discuss how Software-Defined Networking is enhancing the hot network visualization market.

Lippis Report 207: The Killer SDN Applications: Network Virtualization and Visualization

April 8th, 2013

nicklippis.jpgAt the last Open Networking User Group (ONUG) meeting in Boston organized with partner Fidelity Investments, it became very clear that there are two killer SDN applications: network virtualization and visualization. Some argue that network virtualization used for VM-VM networking is not an SDN technology, but I beg to differ. Sure, there are closed and open approaches to network virtualization, but over the next business cycle, the integration of OpenStack and OpenFlow will make it clear that network virtualization is an SDN application, especially as it’s extended to physical networks. The second killer app is network visualization—that is, the ability to monitor network traffic and tweak application performance.   At ONUG Rich Groves, Principal Architect at Microsoft presented his SDN based approach to network visualization he designed with Big Switch Networks, cPacket, IBM, Arista and other suppliers that everyone is now using.  Why is network visualization an SDN killer app? Because it uses SDN technology, and most importantly, lowers the capital cost significantly from existing network visualization approaches while also delivering an entirely new level of self-server flexibility. Companies, such as Big Switch Networks, Gigamon, Arista, Cisco, NetScout, Ixia/Anue, cPacket and others, are now positioning their network visualization offers within an SDN context and for good reason. In this Lippis Report Research Note, I focus on network visualization as an SDN killer app.

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The Virtual Blind Spot Best Practices for Monitoring Virtual Environments

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April 8th, 2013

By Ixia/Anue

The “many in” notions that VMs are built upon become problematic when trying to trace a packet, or analyze packet flow. Even worse, in most organizations, the teams that handle the physical network are different than those that handle virtualization, ensuring finger pointing in the case of any issues. In this paper, we will consider the growth of virtualization, and the visibility issues arising from a traditional implementation. We will then overview Ixia’s Anue Net Tool Optimizer (NTO) solution and demonstrate how its product capabilities can help customers today, while using existing and familiar IT assets you have already deployed.

Best Practices in Big Data Monitoring

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March 25th, 2013

By Ixia/Anue

According to industry analysts Gartner, “Big Data are high-volume, high-velocity, and/or high-variety information assets that require new forms of processing to enable enhanced decision making, insight discovery and process optimization.” The world’s technological per-capita capacity to store information has roughly doubled every 40 months since the 1980s; as of 2012, every day 2.5 quintillion (2.5Å~1018) bytes of data were created. Big Data exceed the demands of a typical network because of the size and speed of the data traveling over the network. Almost everything about this new paradigm is different than what traditional networks were designed to handle. But there are some elements of networks running Big Data that are exactly like its more typical counterpart. You still need to monitor the performance of the network, make sure that the network is secure, and check the behavior of the applications that are running on it. And meeting these needs require a way to monitor Big Data; that is as revolutionary as it is – the network monitoring switch. In this paper, we will overview the issues posed by the surge of Big Data in industry, as well as the capabilities of a network monitoring switch to make the most of it.

Spring 2012 Open Industry Network Performance And Power Test Report

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June 8th, 2012

The IT Industry’s Forth Open Network Performance and Power Consumption Test

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Lippis Report 184: Network Services to Differentiate Next Generation of Campus Core Switches

January 9th, 2012

During the middle of 2012, a few firms will introduce core switches for campus networking. Many of these products will be based upon merchant silicon such as HP Networking’s A10500 Series Enterprise Core Switch. While these products will boast performance advantage, they will find it difficult to win share against established firms such as Cisco’s Catalyst 6500, thanks to its investment in network services. In this Lippis Report Research Note 184, we explore the importance of network services and their role in campus network design.

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Lippis Report 183: 2012 Predictions

December 20th, 2011

In this Lippis Report Research Note 183, we provide our very popular annual top 10 2012 industry predictions that were provided by Andre Kindness, senior analyst at Forrester Research, Nick Lippis, CEO of Lippis Enterprises, and Zeus Kerravala, principal at ZK Research. We take a look into the year ahead and provide our view as to what will come to pass. This Research Note is based upon the “2012 Networking Industry Predictions” Lippis Report podcast.

The following are our top 10 2012 Networking Industry Predictions.

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Lippis Report 182: Top 10 Findings: The Cloud Network Industry Test of 10/40GbE Fabrics

December 5th, 2011

The Fall 2011 Open Industry Network Performance and Power Test Report is now available. Since our Spring 2011 test, we added four products from three vendors to the 11 products from eight vendors already tested. We now have data on 15 data center switching products from nine vendors in the new report to be released after Thanksgiving. Our cloud networking test of 10 and 40GbE is now the industry benchmark for cloud networking. In fact, only those companies that are sure of their product(s) enter the test at Ixia’s iSimCity. We found that 40GbE is hard, and thus you have to give credit to the vendors that go through the testing—in this test, those vendors are Extreme Networks, Brocade and Alcatel-Lucent. These firms have high performance data center switching product that is Enterprise and Cloud service provider ready. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we share our the top 10 findings from this round of testing. Lippis Report subscribers can download the 125-page report here, free of charge.

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