Networks must evolve. See how Brocade makes deployment 5x faster

SUMMARY: Upgrading your network in a high-pressure environment isn’t easy. But finding the fastest way to deploy ethernet fabrics just got easier. Brocade® VCS® fabrics can be deployed five times faster than any other network on the market. See how. In order to capitalize on new opportunities and compete with global competition, IT must move ...

VMware NSX brings advanced networking to virtualization: Is it enough?

VMWORLD 2013 CONFERENCE COVERAGE This article is part of an Essential Guide, our editor-selected collection of our best articles, videos and other content on this topic. Explore more in this guide: 1. – VMWORLD 2013 NEWS: READ MORE IN THIS SECTION IT pros take a critical look at VMware’s software-defined vision Networking virtualization may be a ...

Vendors link hardware switches with VMware NSX network virtualization

VMWORLD 2013 CONFERENCE COVERAGE This article is part of an Essential Guide, our editor-selected collection of our best articles, videos and other content on this topic. Explore more in this guide: 1. – VMWORLD 2013 NEWS: READ MORE IN THIS SECTION IT pros take a critical look at VMware’s software-defined vision Networking virtualization may be a ...

Dell, HP unveil top-of-rack switches at VMworld

SAN FRANCISCO — Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. each unveiled new top-of-rack data center switches with high-density 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports at VMworld this week, further cementing the show’s relevance to the networking industry. The two IT giants announced their new switches as part of their overall participation in the partner ecosystem for VMware Inc.’s NSX network virtualization platform. ...

Are there alternatives to the OpenFlow protocol?

Are there alternatives to the OpenFlow protocol? What other languages protocols can be used southbound from a controller? OpenFlow, the most famous and talked-about southbound protocol, is used for communication between a controller and a switch. An important point to remember is that the OpenFlow protocol is used only to gain remote control of the forwarding tables ...

Using F5 Big-IP LTM with IPv6

A very simple way to enable legacy IPv4-based web applications to be reachable via IPv6 is to use an IPv4/IPv6-enabled load balancer to frontend the application. This is e.g. the approach that Netflix took in mid 2012 to enable their service for IPv6 via the AWS Elastic Load Balancers (ELBs). Architecture In this post we will use ...

Big Data Believers: NetApp, Cisco Take FlexPod To Next Level With Hadoop

Cisco (NSDQ:CSCO) and NetApp Tuesday rolled out a new version of their jointly developed FlexPod converged infrastructure aimed specifically at big data workloads, the first in a series of solutions targeting data-intensive applications. Cisco and NetApp also unveiled a new naming convention for the FlexPod solutions to make it easier to differentiate among the various configurations. The ...

Cisco gets serious on cybersecurity with $2.7B Sourcefire buy

SUMMARY:Cisco is jumping on the cybersecurity bandwagon by buying Sourcefire to monitor networks and endpoints. It’s been quite a year for network security acquisitions — Blue Coat buying Solera(terms undisclosed), Intel buying Stonesoft ($389 million) … and now network-equipment giant Cisco is to pick up Sourcefire for the not insubstantial sum of $2.7 billion. There is of course ...

Survey shows 1 in 5 enterprises use software-defined networks

  photo: Flickr user ditatompel SUMMARY:Lots of IT people want to kick the tires of SDN, and big advantages are expected, from faster service delivery to higher productivity. Whether SDN will deliver on those expectations is another story. Although people have been talking about software-defined networking (SDN) for about three years now, use cases don’t come ...

Cisco spin-in Insieme Networks comes out of stealth, sort of

ORLANDO, Fla. — Insieme Networks, Cisco’s much-discussed, stealth subsidiary, debuted at Cisco Live this week, but exact details of the company’s technology remain unclear. When Cisco quietly formed the company last year, many believed Insieme would develop Cisco’s answer to software-defined networking (SDN), but then the company started hiringapplication-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) engineers, which indicated it was working ...