Brocade’s New VDX 6740 Performance Test Result Record

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April 1st, 2014

gautamRoyBrocadeNewVDX6470PerformanceTestResultRecordFor the 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. We populated and tested the switch’s 10 and 40 GbE ports for performance and power consumption. In this podcast, Gautam Roy, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Brocade, joins me to review the VDX 6740’s test results.

Duration: 9 minutes 30 seconds

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 2:38 sec: We start with a description of the VDX 6740 and its use cases.

Question 2 @ 3:25 sec: VDX 6740 Latency and Throughput performance test results.

Question 3 @ 4:30 sec: VDX 6740 IP Multicast performance test results.

Question 4 @ 5:07 sec: VDX 6740 10 and 40 GbE congestion test results.

Question 5 @ 6:15 sec: VDX 6740 cloud computing performance test results.

Question 6 @ 7:44 sec: VDX 6740 power consumption test measurements.

Question 7 @ 9:00 sec: Closing

EOS: The Next Generation Extensible Operating System

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April 1st, 2014

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.

Lippis Report 219: What Is Happening to Open Networking?

March 18th, 2014

nick_podium2It was so simple; the separation of network hardware from software through a protocol called OpenFlow would open up the networking industry by injecting innovation into a vertically integrated industry. Specialized network hardware, called routers and switches, would give way to low cost white box alternatives, built in Asia, that were centrally controlled by software running on x86 commodity hardware. The networking industry would split into three parts: those that sold data forwarding gear, controller software and network applications. Well, that was 2010, and the reality is that this model of Open Networking has not materialized in the enterprise market—perhaps in a few operator and hyperscale networks, but not the real markets: the enterprise and public sector environments. Open Networking has taken on a life of its own. Overlays or virtualized networking are coming into their own; white box solutions without OpenFlow are being piloted in the enterprise and deployed in select cloud providers and operator networks; Linux is being considered as a network operating system to enable automation and normalize management tools across compute, storage and networking. The wide area, and in particular, branch office networking is about to undergo a fundamental change, thanks to new open networking solutions entering the market that promise radically lower cost, centralized policy provisioning control and service enablement. Hardware appliances are under attack in both branch office and data centers as vendors start to offer network service virtualization or NSV. Open networking security, or the lack thereof, is now coming into focus as is the killer SDN application: IP storage. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we provide a snapshot of the fast-pace changes occurring in Open Networking.
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Arista EOS: Smart System Upgrade

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March 18th, 2014

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.

Lippis Report 218: ONUG vs. OpenStack, Open Compute and ONF

February 24th, 2014

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A quick look at the board of directors of the Open Network User Group will make it obvious that ONUG is driven by some of the world’s biggest IT business leaders of networking technology. Leading financial, insurance, retail and logistics companies are all active members of ONUG. That alone sets it apart from the many other organizations with “open” in their name. In keeping with their goals, all ONUG events are intentionally kept to a manageable size so that members can meet their primary objective – which is to network other ONUG members.

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Lippis Report 217: It’s Network Service Virtualization in the Enterprise rather than Network Function Virtualization

February 13th, 2014

NickDuring the October 2013 Open Networking User Group (ONUG) meeting, the ONUG community prioritized nine use cases based upon budget development and propensity to buy. The top three use cases were open branch office networking, open overlay or network virtualization, and integrating layer 4-7 network services to eliminate appliances into overlay networks. All ONUG use cases can be found here. Of particular note is the integrating L4-7 network services ONUG use case as its main focus is the elimination of hardware appliance, be it in the branch office and data center. A knee-jerk reaction to this use case was to define it as Network Function Virtualization or NFV. But these discussions ended with the realization that NFV will not work in the enterprise market. In this Lippis Report Research Note, I explain why and introduce the term “Network Service Virtualization.”

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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.

Lippis Report 216: Arista’s 7500E Breaks Multiple Test Records In Most Comprehensive Review of its Spine Switch

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January 27th, 2014

NickBack in August of 2013 we reviewed the Arista 7500E in Lippis Report Research Note 212. Nearly six months later the 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, if its 64-Way ECMP hash works as advertised and performance tested its 100GbE Line Card. If you’re building a cloud network, then you need to read this report first. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we deliver the most comprehensive test and review of Arista’s 7500E modular data center spine switch.

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Lippis Report 215: Cisco’s Nexus 9000 Re-defines Software-Defined Networking

November 6th, 2013

nicklippis.jpgIt was back in February of 2013, during the Open Networking User Group, or ONUG, hosted by Fidelity Investments in Boston, that one of its board members told me “We could wake up in the morning and Cisco will have an open networking solution that changes the industry.” Well, November 6th 2013 was that morning. Cisco acquired Insieme Networks and with it, addressed networking’s biggest complaints that have been voiced far and wide; that is, data center networking is too over-subscribed, ridged and not flexible to support on-demand workload creation and movement. These and other complaints are perhaps best articulated in an October 2010 blog by James Hamilton, VP and Distinguished Engineer on the Amazon Web Services Team, titled Data Center Networks Are In My Way. Since then Insieme’s engineering team has redefined networking, as we know it, manifested in a product portfolio that will not only change networking but the IT industry. There are multiple value propositions embedded in the new Cisco product line, which I’ll cover here in the Lippis Report over the next few quarters. But for this Lippis Report Research Note, we review the new Nexus 9000 series of data center switches, which Cisco promises is the most port dense and power efficient plus fastest packet forwarder and programmable data center modular switch in the industry. The Nexus 9000 series represents a familiar starting point on the journey toward a new era in software-defined networking.

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Lippis Report 214: Open Networking Disrupts the Storage Market

October 21st, 2013

nicklippis.jpgThe dialog over open networking often goes something like this: The networking market is fundamentally changing. The established networking vendors will realize lost market share and revenue if they don’t open up. Network switching will become commoditized and offshored to Asia. While these may be true statements, one unknown inter-related trend is evolving, and that’s open networking will disrupt the storage market. The Storage Area Networking, or SAN market, and in particular Fiber Channel, is costly and difficult to configure. Ethernet networking has evolved to the point where early adapters, cloud providers and hyperscale firms are starting to consider transporting storage traffic over the same Ethernet network as user traffic. While 10GbE and 40GbE switching possess the attributes to support storage, open networking’s automation and programmability are the final pieces to the architectural puzzle to enable fully converged data and storage networking. Over the past year, VCs have poured 10s of millions into new IP storage firms to take advantage of this shift in the storage market, including Ceph by Inktank, GlusterFS, Sheepdog, SwiftStack, Scality, Hedvig, Riak CS and others. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we explain the new open networking and storage market that’s emerging.

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Lippis Report 213: We Are Entering Software-Defined Networking 2.0

September 23rd, 2013

nicklippis.jpgIt’s been a few years now that the industry has been working toward delivering a Software-Defined Networking market. The model that kicked off SDN was a Stanford definition that split the data and control plane, connecting them via a new standard protocol called OpenFlow. As OpenFlow was being standardized, the open networking movement entered other parts of the networking market, such as virtualized networking, visualization, programmable networking and white box networking. A broader new SDN 2.0 model is emerging that includes a wide range of use cases and technologies that promise to fundamentally change not just the networking industry, but the IT value chain and, in particular, the storage market. At ONUG, SDN 2.0 will be front and center as ONUG Board of Directors including  Bank of America, CitiGroup, Gap Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase, UBS, and other IT business thought leaders discuss how SDN 2.0 is impacting their IT infrastructure. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we provide a rough sketch of SDN 2.0. To get the full version, you need to come to ONUG!

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Lippis Report 212: Arista Sets New Standard in Modular Data Center Switching with 7500E

August 13th, 2013

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The IT industry is at the beginning of two massively disruptive trends: cloud and mobile computing. Distributing computing tools or the ability for a small number of operational personnel to manage tens to hundreds of thousands of servers is one of the major scale forces driving cloud computing economics being leveraged by cloud providers and enterprise IT. In fact, the number of servers per rack has grown from 20 to 40 in 2010 to 60 to 80 in 2013; a trend that will only continue. Along with unparalleled server density increasing, application access via mobile devices is driving massive east-west and north-south data/traffic, thanks to content being distributed across many servers within cloud facilities. From a networking perspective, all this adds up to increased number of higher speed server connections into leaf or Top-of-Rack (ToR) switches and subsequent ToR-to-Core (spine) switch connections with the ability to support ever increasing “Brownian motion” type traffic patterns. High density and performance plus low latency demands are signaling the need for a new generation of 10/40/100 GbE modular switching in private and public cloud infrastructure plus high-end data centers. Enter Arista’s 7500E that’s designed to address the growing need for 10/40/100 GbE switching within demanding virtualized data center environments. In this Lippis Report Research Note, we dive into Arista’s 7500E as it’s a beacon of what’s to come from many other suppliers over the next 18 months.

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