This post is a grand experiment. All the cool kids are using this YouTube thing, so we thought we’d give it a shot. Armed with cameras, lights, and an endless supply of press releases, we’re trying something called video news.
The text that follows is the copy I wrote for the video. If you don’t like watching videos, you can still enjoy this terse rundown of news items from the worlds of IT and networking the old fashioned way.
Welcome to Packet Pushers video news for January 11, 2017. This is a quick summary of the press releases we’ve noticed that we think you might find interesting.
Arista 7160 Series With AlgoMatch
First up, Arista announced in December 2016 the new 7160 switch with AlgoMatch.
What’s the 7160? It’s a series of fixed config 10/25 and 100 gigabit Ethernet switches aimed at networks needing extremely high performance and scalability. There are several models in several port densities that, at a glance, look like good candidates for leaf-spine architectures looking at 3:1 oversubscription ratios or lower between tiers. One model, the 7160-48TC6 caught my eye because it has 48 ports of 10 gig and 6 ports of 100 gig. If you do the math, that’s one heck of a ToR switch.
So, what’s the AlgoMatch technology all about? In short, it’s using a special Arista developed software algorithm to make a lower power and higher efficiency use of silicon for features like user defined filters, complex counters, and complex network policy that would kill your TCAM ordinarily. I haven’t had the chance to dive deep on AlgoMatch, but making a few assumptions, I see AlgoMatch as a way to put rich network policy functions into a switch and have them function at wirespeed, rather than pushing all of that complexity out to the network edge in softswitches running on hosts.
NetBeez Releases 1.0.12
Next, network monitoring and service testing folks NetBeez released version 1.0.12 of their server and agents in December 2016. There are four major improvements with this release.
- Restful API, although NetBeez cautions that this is beta.
- Public dashboards leveraging the API.
- UI dashboard optimizations.
- Bug fixes to improve test stability.
Viptela Winning Deals, One Of Their Users Wins An Award
Moving on, we’ve got news from SD-WAN startup Viptela. Viptela keeps winning deals, and announced in December 2016 new customer Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited. In addition, Singtel’s ConnectPlus SD-WAN managed service, which is powered by Viptela, won the 2016 World Communication Award, cited as “a blue chip mark of success in the global telecom industry.”
The interesting bit here is that SD-WAN is increasingly a telecom & provider play, and not just an enterprise play. Therefore, if you’re evaluating SD-WAN for cost savings or performance reasons (or both), don’t forget to check out new offerings that might be available from your provider as an alternative to private MPLS-based WAN.
Silver Peak Lands A Law Firm As A Customer
In more SD-WAN customer news, Silver Peak announced in January 2017 a small win, a 21 site deployment for US state Arizona-based law firm Goldberg & Osbourne. The big Silver Peak win here seems tied to not only the SD-WAN capabilities of their Unity platform, but also the application acceleration capabilities the Unity platform offers.
This is what I consider a “classic” SD-WAN deployment scenario, where there’s a mix of broadband and MPLS circuits today, a mix of several traffic classes, and Silver Peak handling application-based routing via policy. This is a gateway to all broadband connectivity, where the pricey, private MPLS gets engineered out of the design because application routing software makes broadband connectivity good enough.
VeloCloud Has An Excellent 2016
Yet more SD-WAN news, this bit from VeloCloud. This release from January 2017 says essentially that 2016 was an excellent year for the startup, with an 8x increase in sales, 50K total site deployments, and 600 customers. This alongside of 130 registered channel partners. As with other SD-WAN vendors, VeloCloud is winning deal both in the enterprise and service provider space. VeloCloud seems especially proud of their service provider portfolio, counting AT&T, Sprint, Mitel, TelePacific, NewCloud Networks, Vonage, MetTel, EarthLink, and NetOne as customers.
ETSI Aims At Data Contextualization For Smart Cities
ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, has created a new industry specification group aimed at data contextualization. The Industry Specific Group for Context Information Management will first meet in Sophia Antipolis, France on February 9-10, 2017. The aim is to provide specifications for API, data publication platforms, and standard data models for use in the growing world of machine to machine communications and the Internet of Things.
The end game is primarily smart cities. To quote the release, ““The ISG Context Information Model will specify protocols running ‘on top’ of IoT platforms and allowing exchange of data together with its context, this includes what is described by the data, what was measured, when, where, by what, the time of validity, ownership, and others. That will dramatically extend the interoperability of applications, helping smart cities to integrate their existing services and enable new third-party services.”
Extreme Announces Retail Guest Analytics
Extreme Networks, lately famous for success in massive wifi deployments in sports stadiums and the like, announced a Retail Guest Analytics toolset. This product aimed at retailers who want to do real-time customization of the shopping experience through a smartphone app. If I’m getting it, the idea is for a retailer to provide wifi in-store, the customer to use the retailer’s app, and then through Retail Guest Analytics, the retailers can interact with shoppers.
The endgame then, is understanding how shoppers shop when in the store, making retail stores smarter about how to layout the stores and make shoppers aware of what’s in the store that they might actually want. Along with the analytics software, Extreme mentions a number of their access points, switches, and management tools that are a part of the ExtremeWireless WiNG Solution.
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