Take a Network Break! Grab a coffee, a doughnut and then join us for an analysis of the latest IT news, vendor moves and new product announcements. We’ll separate the signal from the noise–or at least make some noise of our own.
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“Uncle” John Chambers Steps Down as CEO
- Nothing much will change – new CEO is not perceived as innovator.
- Expect more head count reductions, layoffs and internal disruption
- Focus on “sales and operations” where “sales” means more sales people knocking on your door and burning shoe leather, and “operations” means reducing costs, screwing resellers even harder for leaner margins.
Cisco Recruits Surprising Chambers Successor – Network Computing
What Will Cisco-Under-Robbins Be Like? |CIMI Corporation
Cisco CEO Chambers: Retirement Decision 3 Years in the Making
Interview of Everything: Cisco CEO Chambers on white boxes, SDN, leadership and the cloud | Network World
Arista and Infinera become “friends with benefits” ?
- Arista gets to put its chassis into Metro Ethernet deployments and try to enter that market.
- Infinera gets access to the Enterprise data centre. With chassis switches becoming less relevant in Cloud and Enterprise, Metro markets make perfect sense.
Cisco Sells Whitebox to Facebook ?
- well, obviously Nexus 3K and 9K could a whitebox strategy
- evidence is hearsay/rumour, still need some convincing
HP selling 51% stake in H3C networking business to gain a foothold in China.
Not Just Cloud & Hyperscale Interested in SDN.
“Midsize Enterprise Summit (MES), the largest gathering of Midmarket CIOs in North America, just wrapped this past week. Initial survey data, collected from the 250 attendees, shows the top 3 infrastructure priorities within the market over the next year to be (in no particular order):
- Replacing aging datacenter hardware
- Disaster recovery
- Increased consumption of Cloud services
With their highly virtualized environments (85+%), the preponderance of VMware within the midmarket (90%) and the scale of their environments, Midmarket IT leaders are looking to disruptive technologies such as Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solutions (HCIS), from companies like Scale, Nutanix and SimpliVity, and SDN (namely VMware’s NSX) to address these priorities (side note: who says SDN is just for large enterprise and cloud/service providers…midmarket SDN is a thing).”
Load Balancing Is Cool Again (?)
“Today, NGINX and Haproxy (another open-source software product used for load-balancing) are most heavily deployed in large cloud providers, as noted in the research:
‘Digital business leaders with extreme scalability requirements, such as Amazon, Google and Netflix, have found traditional application infrastructures inadequate to support their needs — as a result, they have invented new design patterns and techniques to support massive scale.’
However, as DevOps principles proliferate into the mainstream and/or as cloud-native scale-out applications are being built, we are seeing increasing mainstream enterprise interest in these “non-traditional” ADCs including NGINX, Haproxy and Amazon’s ELB. These products are increasingly being mentioned in our client calls around load-balancing and application delivery.”
Broadcom Tomahawk chipset rollout
- Dell Z9100 Switch Announced
- 32 ports of QSFP that can use breakout cables for 10G/25G/40G/50G and 100G ports in various configurations
HP Tomahawk switches.
- Smart rate ports – 1, 2.5, 5, 10 gig speeds. For wave 2 access points
- 10 parallel advanced packet processors per ASIC. Allows for Any order pipeline, much larger table sizes creating foundation for future SDN goodness
- Launch new Visualizer SDN application. TLDR – uses Openflow , captures packets and sends to analyzer
Extreme Networks – Customer SDN Deployments.
- Town of Enfield, CT
- Mount Mary University
- ODL Based controller
- QoS – Skype for Business use case
Cumulus Networks – 2 Announcements
- Rack Management Platform (OOB switches, managed the same as other Linux-based switches) “Developed in response to demand from major customers, this new OS extends open networking to the full rack and allows customers to manage their networks with one common interface and operational model. “
- “Supermicro now provides Cumulus Linux Ready bare metal, top-of-rack switches for deployment in any scalable, enterprise-class environment. The 1U 48x 10GbE/6x 40GbE port Supermicro SSE-X3648S/SR is available now from Supermicro and its channel partners. The bare metal switch comes preloaded with the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE), enabling simple integration of Cumulus Linux by either the customer or the channel partner to enhance existing deployments or as a part of Supermicro’s total infrastructure solution.“