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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Lippis Report 204: The Open Networking User Group – The Key End User Event of 2013

January 7th, 2013

For the past nine months, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a group of IT architects from Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, UBS and Gap Inc. to develop the industry’s first Open Networking User Group or ONUG. This work has come to fruition with the Lippis Report’s first ONUG meeting hosted by Fidelity Investments on February 13th in Boston. The ONUG board developed topics to be explored, hand-picked speakers who are IT architects with SDN experience, chose 10 start-ups to demonstrate their open networking value and sent colleagues personal invitations. The result is that ONUG will be the biggest, most exclusive and important event for IT executives in 2013. Here’s why:

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The Benefits of Building Networks With Shortest Path Bridging

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July 23rd, 2012

Shortest Path Bridging or SPB was ratified in March of 2012 by the IEEE. Its an active-active link protocol that replaces the older Spanning Tree Protocols. SPB is touted as a means to simplify the creation and configuration of carrier, enterprise and cloud networks by virtually eliminating human configuration error. In short, SPB is designed to scale. Avaya, an SPB leader, has implemented it within its data center and campus networking products in a hope to drastically simply the configuration of enterprise wide virtual networks. Paul Unbehagen an SPB co-author and Avaya Director working on next generation fabric standards and implementations joins me to discuss SPB and the value it brings to enterprise and data center network design.

Building A Smart Virtual Network Infrastructure With IBM

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January 10th, 2012

Renato Recio, IBM Fellow & System Networking CTO

Renato Recio, IBM Fellow & System Networking CTO

There are a growing number of options to make data center networking more flexible. One option is the use of Edge Virtual Bridging or EVB, which has been standardized in project IEEE 802.1Qbg and championed by IBM, HP, Brocade, QLogic, Emulex and many others. This approach extends the Virtual Ethernet Bridge or VEB sometime called Virtual Ethernet Switch (VES) used by hypervisors to connect VMs to the data center network. Renato Recio, IBM Fellow & System Networking CTO joins me to discuss IBM’s approach to virtual network infrastructure overlays and in particular its support for Edge Virtual Bridging.