Enterprise Routing Portfolio for Borderless Networks

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November 15th, 2010

By Cisco Systems

This is a first, while this paper is not “white,” it’s a very cool one- page view of Cisco’s borderless network routers. You have to check this out:

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A Network Approach to Automated VM Moves with Virtualization Visibility

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November 15th, 2010

Shehzad MerchantMove a Virtual Machine (VM) from one physical server to another, and network port profile, VLANs, security settings, etc., have to be reconfigured. Many networking companies haven’t taken the critical step of giving complete visibility and control of the VM lifecycle from an infrastructure perspective. But with XNV, Extreme Networks is bringing this functionality and visibility to network administrators, tracking VMs and applying policy as they move throughout the network. Shehzad Merchant, Senior Director for Strategy at Extreme Networks, joins me for a discussion about Extreme’s approach to network automation and visibility of virtualized infrastructure through its XNV software module.

10GbE DC Fabric Test Vendor Announcement

November 9th, 2010

Nick Lippis of the Lippis Report announces the participating vendors in the 10GbE Data Center Network Fabric test at the iSimCity lab during the week of Dec 6-10, 2010.  Watch it here

How To Position For The Massive IT Innovation and Business Cycle Shift Upon Corporations

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November 8th, 2010

Rob TaylorIT business leaders are faced with a great economic shift, while at the same time are afforded the opportunity of a shift in IT delivery models. Business leaders must balance maintaining their current infrastructure, while exploring these IT delivery innovations. Most importantly, IT business leaders need to use their IT budget, approximately 4% of corporate spend, to significantly enhance and reduce the other 96% of corporate spend. But it’s not just an economic calculus that is diving post great recession IT spending. IT leaders need to engineer their delivery to be flexible to support current business growth, ongoing change, and long-term business goals. Robert Taylor, VP of HP Enterprise Services joins me to discuss what he has learned from HP’s global 2000 customers as they emerge from the economic downturn and prepare for a new business cycle with IT.

Virtual Machine-Aware Networking

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November 1st, 2010

By BLADE Network Technologies

To exploit the benefits of server virtualization, data centers need to enable the dynamic and automatic movement of Virtual Machines while protecting their security and maintaining accessibility. Data center network plays a large role in delivering these and other important services for virtualized environments. Current networking switches are not aware of Virtual Machines, and this creates security and availability issues for both server and network administrators as they try to fully exploit the value of virtualization and manage this new environment.

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Automating the Virtual Data Center

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November 1st, 2010

By Siemens Enterprise Communications

One of the greatest obstacles of virtualization is the assignment and allocation of appropriate network resources as virtual machines (VMs) are provisioned amongst diverse network locations. Virtualizing a single data center introduces a number of challenges, not the least of which necessitates moves, adds and changes of virtual images, which adds network provisioning complexity and impacts IT administration workload. Virtualized data center networks need to provide automation, visibility and mobility to support multi-vendor storage, virtualization software and server environments.

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Access Control Security Best Practices for the HP Wired Infrastructure

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November 1st, 2010

By HP Networking

Securing your LAN network infrastructure is challenging. Factors such as cost, network instability, risk of breach and ease of implementation all play an equal part in making the right decision to retrofit an insecure, albeit functional, LAN. This white paper outlines approaches to securing the network that we, at HP, know work, in addition to providing information about what we know does not work. Getting all of the correct pieces to fit together is not so easy, so we have also provided the necessary configuration specifics to help with securing some of those devices connected to your network that you may have forgotten about, such as network printers, VoIP phones and security cameras.

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x86 Blades: Shrinking the Branch Office

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November 1st, 2010

by Cisco Systems

Multisite organizations are reducing the number of servers in their branch offices by moving applications to the data center. Yet, they continue to place a few essential applications locally because of performance, survivability or compliance requirements. By making use of x86 server blades, these lean branch offices can lower equipment and operating costs, right-size and simplify infrastructure, and improve hardware provisioning and remote management.

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BLADE’s CEO Vikram Mehta on Virtualization and Being Acquired by IBM

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November 1st, 2010

Vikram MehtaMove a Virtual Machine (VM) from one physical server to another, and network port profiles, VLANs, security settings, etc., have to be manually reconfigured, adding cost, delay, security issues and rigidity to what should be an adaptive infrastructure. BLADE Network Technologies’ data center 1/10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet blade and top-of-rack switches incorporate what its calls VMready with Virtual Vision that enables data centers to deploy VM-aware networks that automate network change management as VMs come online and move between physical servers within or across data centers. Vikram Mehta, CEO of BLADE Network Technologies (BLADE), joins me to talk about BLADE’s data center network virtualization strategy, plus the company’s pending acquisition by IBM. It’s a great talk, and we hit lots of industry nerves in this thought-provoking podcast.

A Flat Data Center Network Fabric Discussion with Voltaire

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November 1st, 2010

Ronnie Kenneth, CEO, and Asaf Somekh, VP Marketing of Voltaire, a leader in data center networking, are my guests as we dive into Ethernet data center fabric design options. Data Center vendors are discussed too, and you have to hear what they had to say about Cisco. Enjoy, Nick

Extreme’s Next Generation Gigabit Ethernet Switches Offer New Network Design Options

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October 26th, 2010

Darius GoodallGigabit Ethernet networking has expanded to desktop connections in campus networking and to dense server connectivity in data centers. In short gigabit Ethernet has become mainstream with multiple use cases driving its growth. But a new generation of gigabit Ethernet switches is needed to satisfy market demands with attributes such as PoE-Plus, stacking, data center cooling, power efficiency and more. It’s these attributes and more that Extreme is delivering with its new Summit X460 Gigabit Ethernet switch. I talk with Darius Goodall, Senior Manager Product Marketing at Extreme Networks about the Summit X460 and the new network designs it enables.

Lippis Report 159: Cisco’s Borderless Green Network Service

October 22nd, 2010

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A Comprehensive Approach to Corporate and Government Energy Cost Savings and Carbon Reduction

Being green is increasingly being forced upon IT business leaders from their management, government regulations and societal pressures. Ask a recent college grad what is the number one societal contribution they would like to make with their career and the answer is “make the world greener.” The workforce is changing worldwide with a sense of personal and corporate social responsibility to reduce carbon emissions, and choose sustainable materials and processes to power our lives and deliver products and services. And being green is no longer a luxury that IT leaders can choose as governments, boards of directors and presidential directives issue mandates forcing energy efficiency upon IT executives.

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The Proven Financial Benefits of SIP Trunk Consolidation

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October 18th, 2010

By Siemens Enterprise Communications

In the U.S., a Pacific Northwest state is saving almost $2 million per year by deploying IP Least Cost Routing. A New York-based insurance company has shifted 70,000 calls per week onto its new internal SIP network, saving about 13,000 hours per month of voice traffic which previously had gone to a PSTN carrier. Meanwhile, in Europe, a large manufacturing company is saving 35% of its inter-site communication costs by moving to SIP Trunking.

SIP Trunking is a well-proven technology, with many carriers offering the service, both domestically and internationally. Typical savings from using SIP Trunking can range from 25% to 50%.

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Evaluating and Enhancing Green Practices with Cisco Catalyst Switching

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October 18th, 2010

By Cisco Systems

National security, environmental and resource supply issues will encourage governments to implement green initiatives and incentives. There will be business ramifications as a result of policies implemented by local, state and federal governments around the world. As traditional energy supplies decrease and newer, but more costly, renewable supplies are brought online, organizations will be forced to look for more efficient ways to deploy their data networks to meet stricter government regulations and prevent overall negative effects.

Cisco has recognized this impending effect on the IT community for some time, and has been building products and developing new technologies to assist organizations in this transition. This white paper describes the energy sustainability characteristics of the Cisco® Catalyst® 6500 Series Switch. The Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switch offers the latest technologies to enable organizations to meet the green requirements of today while providing a flexible architecture to address the necessities of tomorrow. This paper covers Energy savings, Operational efficiency and Innovative business practices.

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