Juniper Networks at Network Field Day #4

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Juniper Networks at Network Field Day #4 Anchored the final day of NFD#4 organized by Stephen Foskett, Claire Chaplais and the Gestalt IT team. We had presentations on QFabric, Mykonos, Virtual Chassis and network management automation. Below are some of my reactions to the Juniper Networks presentations and technology. I definitely recommend checking out my friends posts on their blogs with their thoughts …

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Brocade Acquisition of Vyatta

Vyatta Brocade Acquisition

The Brocade acquisition of Vyatta was announced today. On the surface Vyatta is functionality we have in today’s routers to load in VMs or on physical gear as a software router. It is complete with IGPs, EGPs, QOS, PBR, Crypto (no MPLS) and about everything else you find in a traditional router. Vyatta is not a vSwitch, it is routing functionality in x86. While being delivered …

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The Potential Impact of Software Defined Networking SDN on Security

The Potential Impact of Software Defined Networking SDN on Security is something that is quite exciting as we explore the new opportunities that are enabled by SDN. Security is a perfect spot to begin contemplating the impact of SDN use cases to the infrastructure ecosystem. The disruptive implications of software defined networking on the legacy network security industry is significant. …

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Revisiting the vCider SDN Solution Prior to Cisco Acquisition

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Revisiting the vCider SDN Solution Prior to Cisco Acquisition : I never really got a chance to know what vCider brought to the menu of network industry disruption  prior to their recent acquisition by Cisco. Matt Nabors @itsjustrouting and I were talking about vCider the other day and I realized I never knew much about them other than some general concepts and went …

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Why We Expect More From Technology Providers? We Don’t Have a Choice

Thomas Edison and the Phonograph at the White House

Why We Expect More From Technology Providers? We Don’t Have a Choice: Network Architects, engineers and operators is often where the buck stops in the infrastructure world. Our jobs implicitly depend on robust and reliable networks while trying to absorb exponential growth, coupled with flat or even shrinking budgets. We are real world people in Healthcare, Banking, Finance, Government and every …

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Brocade on SDN at Network Field Day

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Brocade on SDN at Network Field Day: I was honored with participating in Network Field Day #4 which had loads of top notch presenters from the biggest names in Networking and IT in the industry today. Each of those organizations have people who believe in the value in open public dialogue with the consumers. This is becoming ever more important as we …

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HP Announces Their SDN Controller


HP Announces Their SDN Controller Hp announces their SDN controller at Interop: HP is not new to the OpenFlow conversation. HP was one of the first, if not the first networking companies to make their OpenFlow enabled switch firmware agent GA (generally available) in 16 products in 2011 and now up to 24 products in 2012. HP has also long …

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Does the Cost of Cloud IaaS Intersect the Local VM?

Cloud Unicorn Accountant For Hire

Does the Cost of Cloud IaaS Intersect the Local VM? In the 90’s if you were to recommend hosting your corporate email from a provider for cost savings you would probably get laughed out of a job. Today depending on the sensitivity of your data and levels of FUD in your organization suggesting keeping email long term on your premise you …

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IETF Draft – BGP-signaled end-system IP/VPNs Contrail

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There is a new IETF Draft – BGP-signaled end-system IP/VPNs draft-marques-l3vpn-end-system submitted for review. It is quite the whose who on the working group of traditional networking vanguard companies like Cisco, Juniper, Infinera, AT&T labs, Verizon and a new comer to the race Contrail. Contrail is an SDN startup with series A funding at $10Mil. There are some of the …

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The Death of the Wired Enterprise Network

Building Distribution Bandwidth

I remember about two years ago having a conversation with my boss and we were speculating on the lifespan of a wired network in an Enterprise campus. We both agreed it would all be driven by the App. Well, thanks to carrier networks being what they are, content, cloud and application providers typically develop to the lowest common denominator bandwidth, …

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Enterprise 802.11 Wireless Growth (Part 3)

Enterprise Wireless

In part 1 of the three parter we looked at the ability to manage 802.11 wireless networks and the benefits of analytics that is provided out of the box. In part 2 we compared traffic rates (unscientifically) between an average wireless controller distribution and wired distribution. In the conclusion we will look at the growth of three points over two years. …

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Enterprise Wireless and Wired: A Byte is a Byte (Part 2)

Enterprise Wireless

Enterprise Wireless and Wired: A Byte is a Byte (Part 2): This is a second post regarding enterprise wireless and why those networks are much more manageable, (out of the box) then it’s wired network brethren. I have simplified my explanation of why the current path needs adjusting and the reasons why. Enterprise, Data Center and Service Provider networks all have very …

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Software Defined Data Center Slidedeck


Software Defined Data Center SlideDeck: Posting a SlideDeck from a presentation while back titled Software Defined Data Centers, if the graphics help anyone with their own presentations have at em! The only different concepts are some public cloud thoughts and scenarios and some analogies to wireless controllers and SDN deployments. Not all networks must be built the same. We have at …

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Public Cloud and Network as a Service

Telephone Cabling Mess

The first part of the post was building the Public Cloud node. The second part of this post is going to be a primitive blue print for how to build a hybrid private/public network and what network as a service could mean. Without reliable national broadband and backbone networks both provider and customer will be taking serious risks. I will …

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The HP Public Cloud and OpenStack


We have listened to people ramble on about the promise of the cloud and the impact on infrastructure for a few years now, but very rarely has anyone articulated a reasonable blueprint on ramp into this public cloud. SaaS is everywhere, the application was and will continue to be the low hanging fruit, the rest is a bit more difficult. …

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