Monday, June 15, 2015

#ONS015 -- Open Networking Can Address Complexity

The big challenge is solving network complexity, says Ram Appalaraju, Executive Advisor to ONS.

It's come to the point where we need the entire community to put its weight behind open source projects.  There are several open networking initiatives at play here.  The minimum bar is extracting the control plane from the data traffic, but beyond that customers are expecting very high scalability, high throughput etc.

Cisco Advances its Application Centric Infrastructure

Cisco is rolling out a number of new Software-defined Networking (SDN) capabilities, including a major new software release for its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), new automation APIs for hyperscale data centers, and new Nexus data center switches. Cisco's pitch is that ACI provides a fully integrated SDN approach with a focus on security, centralized management, compliance, and an ability to scale quickly. The company is also working to build a deeper partner ecosystem.

Significantly, Cisco claims to be pulling away from its competitors in terms of programmable network installations.  The company now has over 2,600 Nexus 9K and ACI globally, with over 585 customers using its Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). Its ecosystem has expanded to 36 partners. Cisco also said its Nexus 3000 and Nexus 9000 portfolio grew 144 percent year-over-year, with over 1 million switch ports shipped.

In terms of its SDN strategy, the flagship ACI platform is not the only story. Cisco is also supporting customers building mega-datacenters who wish to implement programmability in their networks by means of open APIs and tools such as Puppet, Chef or Ansible.  Here Cisco is supporting a common NX-API model across its N2K-N9K switches.  Cisco is also offering 3rd-party controller support in its NK-N9K switches along with VxLAN-BGP EVPN capabilities. This enables software overlays for Nexus data center switches without implementing ACI.

However, Cisco argues that customers deploying its ACI can gain a significant ROI over implementing a "two-network" approach of white boxes + VMware NSX. At last week's Cisco Live! in San Diego, the company released cost comparison studies backing up its ACI claims.

In terms of ACI improvements, the latest version of software for ACI deployments centers on cloud management integration, enhanced multi-site support and improved operations. Some highlights:

  • Cisco supports hypervisors from VMware, Microsoft and Red Hat and provides comprehensive centralized virtual network automation and visibility with Cisco ACI
  • Microsoft Azure and System Center virtual network automation and transit fabric interconnect support
  • Expanded ACI stretched fabric support for multi-site data center deployment and disaster recovery use cases for up to 150 kilometers over DWDM, Pseudo wire and 40G dark fiber
  • CliQr, a new ACI ecosystem member, provides application dependency mapping and application deployment automation on ACI networks
  • Improved operational simplicity with heat maps, capacity planning and new simplified troubleshooting tools. 
  • Cisco NX-OS operating system extensibility support on Nexus 9000 switches with: object store and model-driven NX-API enhancements
  • Built in third party DevOps automation tools
  • Secure SDK enabling third party and custom application development running natively on NX-OS
  • A common programmatic approach using NX-API across the entire Nexus switch portfolio (Nexus 2000 through Nexus 9000 switches)
  • New Nexus 3200 Top of Rack switches for next generation 10G/25G/40G/50G/100G cloud data centers are available Q3CY15.
  • Nexus 3232C  delivers 128 ports of 25Gb or 32 ports of 100Gb
  • Nexus 3264Q delivers 64 ports of 40Gb
  • Now shipping: extension of standards-based fabric support with VXLAN BGP EVPN to the modular Cisco Nexus 9500 series switches
  • New Cisco Virtual Topology System (VTS) - a data center overlay provisioning and management system for stand-alone Nexus fabric, supports overlays across the entire Cisco Nexus switch portfolio (Nexus 2000 through Nexus 9000 switches.) VTS supports the BGP EVPN control plane for managing VXLAN overlays in the programmable fabric. It also integrates with cloud management systems such as OpenStack, using plug-ins for seamless integration and overlay automation.
  • Support for BGP-EVPN VXLAN provisioning.
  • Provisioning and management for existing environments by extending the BGP-EVPN fabric via software overlay
  • Integration with cloud management systems such as OpenStack


http://www.cisco.com

IBM Backs Apache Spark for Cloud Data Processing

IBM is putting its weight behind Apache Spark, which is an open source engine for large-scale data processing and compatible with Hadoop data.

Apache Spark can run in Hadoop clusters through YARN or Spark's standalone mode, and it can process data in HDFS, HBase, Cassandra, Hive, and any Hadoop InputFormat. It is designed to perform both batch processing (similar to MapReduce) and new workloads like streaming, interactive queries, and machine learning.

IBM said Spark is potentially the most important new open source project in a decade that is being defined by data. As such, IBM plans to embed Spark into its Analytics and Commerce platforms, and to offer Spark as a service on IBM Cloud. The company said its will put more than 3,500 IBM researchers and developers to work on Spark-related projects at more than a dozen labs worldwide; donate its IBM SystemML machine learning technology to the Spark open source ecosystem; and educate more than one million data scientists and data engineers on Spark.

“IBM has been a decades long leader in open source innovation. We believe strongly in the power of open source as the basis to build value for clients, and are fully committed to Spark as a foundational technology platform for accelerating innovation and driving analytics across every business in a fundamental way,” said Beth Smith, General Manager, Analytics Platform, IBM Analytics. “Our clients will benefit as we help them embrace Spark to advance their own data strategies to drive business transformation and competitive differentiation.”

http://www.ibm.com

Brocade Intros SDN Flow Optimizer App

Brocade introduced a new FLOW OPTIMIZER application and new SDN capabilities for its MLX SERIES routers.

The Brocade Flow Optimizer is designed to adapt the network based on anomalous traffic patterns and behaviors. The goal is to enable service providers and enterprises to gain proactive insight into their network traffic, mitigate network attacks, and eliminate network congestion, in order to improve the end user experience.

The SDN application supports an OpenDaylight-based controller that provides real-time policy-based management for network traffic flows through Brocade MLXe routers.  The Brocade Flow Optimizer allows network managers to mitigate network flood attacks, throttle bandwidth intensive workloads, reprioritize rogue traffic, and redirect suspicious activity for further analysis. The Brocade Flow Optimizer SDN application is generally available. Price is based on a perpetual software license, depending on the network capacity supported. Capacity for up to 20 GB of traffic management is priced at $4,995 and capacity for up to 200 GB of traffic management is priced at $12,995.

Brocade also announced the Brocade NetIron OS 5.9 software, building on the continued advancement of SDN capabilities in the Brocade MLXe routers. This latest OS release leverages the company's VersaScale programmable forwarding architecture.

"With the introduction of the Brocade Flow Optimizer, Brocade is taking a concrete step to help its customers maximize the value of software-driven networks and increase network performance by mitigating network attacks and enabling policy-based traffic engineering," said Jason Nolet, senior vice president, Switching, Routing, and Analytics Products Group at Brocade. "Brocade is delivering on the merits of agile, New IP networks with a low-risk, highly innovative SDN solution."

http://www.brocade.com

O2 UK Picks Ciena for Nationwide Network

O2, the commercial brand of Telef√≥nica UK Limited, is deploying Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions in anew backbone network that will connect major UK cities, including London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Liverpool.  The network will enable O2 to deliver web-scale services to support massive growth in data center and network virtualization demands. Financial terms were not disclosed.

O's new network will be powered by Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical platform, equipped with WaveLogic 3 Coherent Optical Processors.  Additionally, O2 is deploying the 6500 platform equipped with packet switch modules, which enable seamless integration of packet and optical technologies to reduce total cost of operation and time-to-market for new services.

http://www.ciena.com

ADVA Launches NFV Demarcation Products

ADVA Optical Networking introduced its FSP 150-GE110Pro Series, multi-layer, service demarcation solution for NFV-based services.

The ADVA FSP 150-GE110Pro Series, which is currently in trials, enables network operators to offer multi-service access by combining the demarcation of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and IP services in one network element.

For security, the box leverages the company's ConnectGuard Ethernet technology. ADVA said it developed the solution on a fully open and standardized architecture, ensuring that it’s not limited to vendor-specific orchestration implementations.

“We’re reaching a key juncture in the migration to service-centric networks. The decisions the industry makes this year will have far-reaching implications,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. “That’s why we’re launching our ADVA FSP 150-GE110Pro Series today. Over the past decade, we’ve developed a clear lead in the NID space and we’ve used all of our expertise and insight to take demarcation technology to the next level."

http://www.advaoptical.com/

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