Prepare for Software-Defined Networking Build the Foundation for SDN with OpenFlow

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August 11th, 2013

By HP

Read this paper if you are a CTO, CIO, IT manager, or network architect interested in making your enterprise network more agile and adaptable to changing business needs. This paper describes the benefits of software-defined networking (SDN) enabled by OpenFlow technology. SDN, enabled by OpenFlow, holds the promise of breaking the logjam in network agility by eliminating legacy human middleware and paving the way for innovation.

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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IBM Software-Defined Networking Solutions

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July 8th, 2013

by IBM

This quick two-page paper provides key drivers to SDN and IBM’s SDN plus OpenFlow product road map.

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.

Gigamon’s Shehzad Merchant On The Killer SDN App: Network Visualization

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May 13th, 2013

Shehzad_Merchant_On_The_Killer_SDN_App_Network_VisualizationAs 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. Shehzad Merchant, Chief Strategy Officer at Gigamon joins me to discuss the role of network visualization in the world of Software-Defined Networking.

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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Lippis Report 206: What the Market Said about SDN at the Open Networking User Group

March 25th, 2013

nicklippis.jpgOpen Networking User Group (ONUG) meeting in Boston that we organized with partner Fidelity Investments. ONUG was a first for many reasons, but the biggest contributor to its success was its Board and the fact that the conference was closed to press, vendors and any recording. The ONUG Board, made up of chief network architects of the largest financial and retail concerns, developed ONUG sessions plus invited 10 pre-IPO firms to demonstrate their SDN solutions. The fact that the audience of 180 IT executives was able to openly discuss their open networking challenges, successes and hopes created a special mystique. Jayson Noland, Managing Director, Senior Analyst of Robert W. Baird, described the mystique best:

“There’s talk about standards and consortium, and what was apparent at ONUG is that there are very innovative early adopter IT leaders who will drive the market and determine the speed and success of true network transformation.”

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Pablo Espinosa Video Message To ONUG IT Business Leaders

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March 18th, 2013

Pablo_Espinosa_ONUGPablo Espinosa, Director of Data, Video and Voice Network Infrastructure at GAP Inc plus ONUG founding member shares his hope of what Software-Defined Networking will enable at GAP Inc via video with the IT executives at the first Open Networking User Group or ONUG. Northbound APIs need to unlock automated orchestration, idle server and network capacity needs to be accessed and put to work and network configuration needs automation.

Jeff Gray CEO of Glue Networks on Open Networking at ONUG

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February 13th, 2013

jeff_gray_glue_onugThe networking industry at an inflection point driven by IT business leaders taking greater control of their network infrastructure to lower operational cost and increase IT delivery flexibility. Open networking promises to deliver greater control, lower cost and an injection of innovation not seem before in the networking industry. To understand these dynamics, we are conducting a CEO podcast series with industry thought leaders and visionaries all of which are meeting with IT leaders at the Open Networking User Group or ONUG in Boston on Feb 13th. Jeff Gray CEO of Glue Networks joins Nick Lippis for discussion on the state of open networking.

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Duration: 9:50 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:35 sec: Jeff why is there so much interest in open networking from a customer point of view?

Question 2 @ 4:42 sec: How do you see open networking evolving over the next three years? What will networks look like?

Question 3 @ 6:10 sec: What are the biggest industry challenges over the next twenty-four months that the open networking community needs to overcome?

Question 4 @ 8:08 sec: How does Glue Networks participate in the open networking ecosystem?

Howard Bubb, President & CEO, Netronome on Open Networking at ONUG

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February 12th, 2013

howard_bubb_netronome_onugThe networking industry at an inflection point driven by IT business leaders taking greater control of their network infrastructure to lower operational cost and increase IT delivery flexibility. Open networking promises to deliver greater control, lower cost and an injection of innovation not seem before in the networking industry. To understand these dynamics, we are conducting a CEO podcast series with industry thought leaders and visionaries all of which are meeting with IT leaders at the Open Networking User Group or ONUG in Boston on Feb 13th. Howard Bubb , President & CEO, Netronome joins Nick Lippis for discussion on the state of open networking.

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Duration: 12:38 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:34 sec: Howard why is there so much interest in open networking from a customer point of view?

Question 2 @ 2:25 sec: What are the biggest industry challenges over the next twenty-four months that the open networking community needs to overcome?

Question 3 @ 3:56 sec: How do you see open networking evolving over the next three years? What will networks look like?

Question 4 @ 7:38 sec: How does Netronome Networks participate in the open networking ecosystem?

Awais Nemat co-founder & CEO PLUMgrid on Open Networking at ONUG

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February 12th, 2013

awais_nemat_plumgrid_onugThe networking industry at an inflection point driven by IT business leaders taking greater control of their network infrastructure to lower operational cost and increase IT delivery flexibility. Open networking promises to deliver greater control, lower cost and an injection of innovation not seem before in the networking industry. To understand these dynamics, we are conducting a CEO podcast series with industry thought leaders and visionaries all of which are meeting with IT leaders at the Open Networking User Group or ONUG in Boston on Feb 13th. Awais Nemat co-founder & CEO PLUMgrid joins Nick Lippis for discussion on the state of open networking.

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Duration: 12:04 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:39 sec: Awais why is there so much interest in open networking from a customer point of view?

Question 2 @ 5:23 sec: What are the biggest industry challenges over the next twenty-four months that the open networking community needs to overcome?

Question 3 @ 9:04 sec: How does PLUMgrid participate in the open networking ecosystem?

Mike Hatfield, President and co-founder of Cyan on Open Networking at ONUG

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February 11th, 2013

mike_hatfield_cyan_onugThe networking industry at an inflection point driven by IT business leaders taking greater control of their network infrastructure to lower operational cost and increase IT delivery flexibility. Open networking promises to deliver greater control, lower cost and an injection of innovation not seem before in the networking industry. To understand these dynamics, we are conducting a CEO podcast series with industry thought leaders and visionaries all of which are meeting with IT leaders at the Open Networking User Group or ONUG in Boston on Feb 13th. Mike Hatfield, President and co-founder of Cyan joins Nick Lippis for discussion on the state of open networking.

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Duration: 11:39 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:43 sec: Mike why is there so much interest in open networking from a customer point of view?

Question 2 @ 5:05 sec: What are the biggest industry challenges over the next twenty-four months that the open networking community needs to overcome?

Question 3 @ 7:49 sec: How do you see open networking evolving over the next three years? What will networks look like?

Question 4 @ 9:17 sec: How does Cyan participate in the open networking ecosystem?

Dante Malagrinò President & CEO Embrane on Open Networking at ONUG

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February 8th, 2013

dante_malagrino_embrane_onugThe networking industry at an inflection point driven by IT business leaders taking greater control of their network infrastructure to lower operational cost and increase IT delivery flexibility. Open networking promises to deliver greater control, lower cost and an injection of innovation not seem before in the networking industry. To understand these dynamics, we are conducting a CEO podcast series with industry thought leaders and visionaries all of which are meeting with IT leaders at the Open Networking User Group or ONUG in Boston on Feb 13th. Dante Malagrinò President & CEO Embrane joins Nick Lippis for discussion on the state of open networking.

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Duration: 14:44 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:39 sec: Dante why is there so much interest in open networking from a customer point of view?

Question 2 @ 5:01 sec: What are the biggest industry challenges over the next 24 months that the open networking community needs to overcome? How to insert and chain virtualized L4-7 services in cloud and SDNs?

Question 3 @ 7:52 sec: How do you see open networking evolving over the next three years? What will networks look like?

Question 4 @ 12:04 sec: How does Embrane participate in the open networking ecosystem?

Craig Elliott co-founder and CEO of Pertino on Open Networking at ONUG

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February 7th, 2013

craig_elliott_pertino_onugThe networking industry at an inflection point driven by IT business leaders taking greater control of their network infrastructure to lower operational cost and increase IT delivery flexibility. Open networking promises to deliver greater control, lower cost and an injection of innovation not seem before in the networking industry. To understand these dynamics, we are conducting a CEO podcast series with industry thought leaders and visionaries all of which are meeting with IT leaders at the Open Networking User Group or ONUG in Boston on Feb 13th. Craig Elliott co-founder and CEO of Pertino joins Nick Lippis for discussion on the state of open networking.

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Duration: 6:57 minutes

Lippis Intro/Analysis @ : 00:10 sec

Question 1 @ 1:38 sec: Craig why is there so much interest in open networking from a customer point of view?

Question 2 @ 2:30 sec: What are the biggest industry challenges over the next twenty-four months that the open networking community needs to overcome?

Question 3 @ 4:24 sec: How do you see open networking evolving over the next three years? What will networks look like?

Question 4 @ 5:37 sec: How does Pertino participate in the open networking ecosystem?