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Using SDN to Mitigate DDoS with BGP-FS

by asardell on ‎11-01-2016 08:55 AM - last edited on ‎11-01-2016 04:23 PM by Community Manager (507 Views)

Two weeks ago, I mentioned how the topic of denial-of-service DDoS issues, and the potential of BGP Flowspec (BGP-FS) as a way to mitigate them, was a very hot topic at NANOG 68 in Dallas. In general, this topic is top of mind for everyone, especially with the very recent widespread cyberattack. Let’s take a look at the continued evolution of methods to handle these attacks.

 

Traffic filtering policies have traditionally been very static in service provider networks. But in this age of traffic-based, and more widespread, DDoS attacks, operators need to create dynamic filters

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Prepare for Technology Containers in your Data Center

by Ellen Chandra on ‎10-31-2016 01:59 PM - last edited on ‎10-31-2016 04:06 PM by Community Manager (1,092 Views)

Are you considering deploying applications in Containers? According to a recent

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Brocade’s Sponsorship at NANOG 68

by asardell ‎10-21-2016 05:31 PM - edited ‎10-25-2016 03:28 PM (650 Views)

SLX 9850 Makes an Appearance to an Approving Crowd. Continued Interest in Scale and Visibility as Cloud Data Centers Continue to Grow.   

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Network Scale and Automation with Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX for VMware Cloud Foundation

by Jeni Lloyd ‎10-18-2016 09:13 AM - edited ‎10-18-2016 11:08 AM (1,600 Views)

At VMworld Barcelona today, Fujitsu announced their PRIMEFLEX for VMware Cloud Foundation integrated system. Brocade® VDX switches are the connective tissue for this new hyperconverged infrastructure option. In this post we’ll take a look at the drivers and benefits of this latest collaboration between Brocade, Fujitsu and VMware.

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Tipping the Scale-ability in your Favor with Simplified Data Center Fabrics

by mlenehan on ‎10-14-2016 01:56 PM - last edited on ‎11-01-2016 04:24 PM by Community Manager (963 Views)

As a young Product Marketing Engineer at Intel, I found myself living by Moore’s Law dutifully bringing out new microprocessors that doubled compute power every two years.

            

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Where Are Your Traffic Flows, and Can You Redirect Them?

by asardell on ‎10-12-2016 11:00 AM - last edited on ‎11-01-2016 04:25 PM by Community Manager (616 Views)

For my twenty or so years in computer networking, the promise of a network that is sensitive to the applications running on it has been put forth almost continuously.  And to some extent, constructs such as Quality of Service (QoS), policy-based routing, and even simple logical domain separation through subnetworks and VLANs have provided the support to improve application performance.

 

As part of the digital transformation, however, applications are becoming much more complex

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Data center design for business agility

by savitakini on ‎10-10-2016 03:06 PM - last edited on ‎10-20-2016 02:31 PM by Community Manager (2,639 Views)

The many approaches to data center design strategy can be confusing. But, essentially there are 2 approaches – a vertically integrated complete stack solution or build your own stack. There is a parallel here with bring-your-own-device and bring-your-own-app. 

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Brocade SLX 9850 Hits the Road for NANOG 68

by asardell on ‎10-04-2016 09:42 AM - last edited on ‎11-01-2016 04:30 PM by Community Manager (487 Views)

The Product Management team in Brocade’s Switching, Routing and Analytics Business Unit is shipping the 230Tbps-capable SLX 9850 router to NANOG 68 in Dallas (October 17-19). It will be presented at NANOG’s “Beer and Gear” event on Tuesday afternoon, October 18 at 6:00PM.

 

This high-end router is especially suited to IP fabric and core-aggregation

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It’s Not About the Network (Unless it’s Slow….or Down)

by asardell on ‎10-03-2016 10:52 AM - last edited on ‎11-01-2016 04:32 PM by Community Manager (674 Views)

Jay Etchings has a key mission as director of research operations at Arizona State University – make sure his customers don’t know about the network.  

 

“From a researcher’s point of view—a computational biologist or a genomicist—the network is not important unless it ceases to function,” say Mr. Etchings in this video

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Two Fast Paths to Docker Networking with Brocade VDX

by patild on ‎09-28-2016 01:59 PM - last edited on ‎09-30-2016 10:47 AM by Community Manager (823 Views)

Here are a couple of options for how you can get orchestration and visibility across container networks and physical networks:

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I Can See (My Network) Clearly Now!

by skhanna on ‎09-22-2016 01:59 PM (2,414 Views)

Have you ever thought about what types of cars are passing through an intersection, whether there are any accidents or if cars are ignoring traffic lights? Operators use cameras and sensors to get visbility into traffic intersections. Do you have the same visibility into your network? ...

 

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What You Can’t See Could Kill Your Network

by Jason.Nolet ‎09-13-2016 05:00 AM - edited ‎09-15-2016 11:22 AM (9,899 Views)

Looking back on the changes of the last two decades, we can see that networks were at the center of the disruption that swept through every industry twenty years ago with the introduction of the Internet...

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I've seen it over and over again. A user puts in a simple request. Nothing elaborate or unusual - just a standard request.  It goes into the queue, generates a ticket, and then... nothing.

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Summary - Brocade Workflow Composer at NFD 12

by yhasan on ‎08-24-2016 02:41 PM (1,545 Views)

We had a great afternoon with the NFD team as we walked them through our vision, design principles and demos of the Brocade Workflow Composer... here’s what happened:

 

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be_There to get Business Critical Applications on Enterprise Ready SDDC

by Nanjunda Somyaji ‎08-18-2016 04:19 PM - edited ‎08-19-2016 05:48 AM (3,343 Views)

the software defined data centerThis is the age of software with software ruling Data Center architecture and operation. The Cloud, whether it is Private or Public, is leveraging...
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Brocade & VMware power Digital Business Transformation

by Marcus Thordal on ‎08-18-2016 10:08 AM - last edited on ‎08-18-2016 03:42 PM by Community Manager (3,681 Views)

running apps iconWith summer evenings getting shorter and warmer it’s time to look forward to VMworld16, a week of knowledge sharing...
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Brocade VMworld 2016: Connections You Care About - Applications, Data and You!

by David Gorman ‎08-17-2016 03:22 PM - edited ‎08-26-2016 09:40 AM (3,258 Views)

It’s August and that means it’s time for VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas! This is THE destination to find all the sexy things you’ve been peeking at online and just never get the chance to sample in real life. And there’s also Vegas entertainment if that’s your thing instead… 

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Connect with Brocade at VMworld 2016!

by Nancy.Lam ‎08-09-2016 01:49 PM - edited ‎08-26-2016 09:48 AM (2,349 Views)

I’m very excited about VMworld 2016, Be Tomorrow! What does it mean to you?

VMworld 2016

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Brocade VDX Switches Achieve Hardware VTEP Integration with VMware NSX

by Jeni Lloyd ‎07-18-2016 01:52 PM - edited ‎08-10-2016 09:38 AM (5,574 Views)

The latest release of VMware NSX-V and the accompanying networking HW certifications for vendors including Brocade is an exciting new step towards driving agility across IT and delivering increased value from the network to the business. At Brocade, we are delighted to be the first HW VTEP to be listed in the VMware Compatibility Guide.

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Changing culture of IT for data center transformation

by savitakini on ‎06-29-2016 04:22 PM (4,476 Views)

By leveraging SDDC, CA Department of Water Resources is extending their data center to the cloud to enhance the overall customer experience. Learn more here:

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A New Approach To Network Automation

by rgolla on ‎06-24-2016 12:01 PM (2,264 Views)

Network automation can’t be addressed with “protocols” alone!  The missing piece in network automation puzzle is a software framework that addresses the inefficiencies in today’s model with the following characteristics:

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Open Your Network to Innovation

by Jeni Lloyd on ‎06-13-2016 01:12 PM (4,353 Views)

Why integration of Brocade products on RHEL OSP make business and technical sense. 

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Five Networking Must-Haves for Containers

by patild on ‎05-26-2016 05:53 AM (4,946 Views)

What must networks deliver to deploy application containers with enterprise-class reliability? How can network fabrics provide the best infrastructure for containers in production?

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Network Operations: Evolve or Get Left Behind

by Jason.Nolet ‎05-25-2016 05:00 AM - edited ‎05-25-2016 05:57 AM (7,457 Views)

The network is undergoing historic transformation with overlays, NFV-based services and SDN control.  To leverage the full value of these technologies, a new automation strategy must be front and center with the network operations team... 

 

Network Evolution

 

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From Cloud Titans To Main Street

by pg_menon on ‎03-29-2016 11:30 AM (2,868 Views)

DevOps is gaining rapid adoption in scale-out data centers. By treating infrastructure as code, and incorporating software tools for continuous integration and continuous deployment, many data centers are adopting DevOps methods...

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We have all seen it happen; a company rolls out a new ecommerce platform, or online ‘always-available’ customer services, or deploys new security as proof that they are taking the safety of customer data seriously after the last breach.  All seems wonderful until… the system fails.  Customers take to social media to vent frustration, regulators circle, fines accrue.

 

The executive management convene to pore over what went wrong.  ‘We deployed the latest applications’, they say. ‘We invested in more servers.  We ensured everyone did the training. We issued the press release’.  However, the one thing they didn’t ask at the critical moment before making any transformation or investment was ‘can our network handle it’?

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Go Green and Save Green: Building a Sustainable Data Center

by devonhanklein ‎10-15-2015 08:00 AM - edited ‎10-15-2015 09:28 AM (4,820 Views)

From your home office to the Amazons of the world, there is always a way to be more environmentally conscious. Being more sustainable means using less energy, effort, time, and thus spending less money. Keep reading for ways companies of any size could go green while saving green:

 

Google took the ultimate steps in going green by building a data center from a converted paper mill in Hamina, Finland. The building utilizes a pre-existing tunnel system that pumps raw seawater from the Gulf of Finland into heat exchangers to cool the routers and switches. The system then re-cools the warm water so it can be returned to the gulf closer to its original temperature and minimize any adverse environmental effects. The cooling method uses no compressor or refrigerant based cooling, only natural resources. 

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The Ethernet We Know Today is 35 Years Young

by Steve Day on ‎09-30-2015 08:00 AM (3,330 Views)

Although it was originally conceived in 1973 at Xerox Parc, it was the 1980 specification jointly issued by Digital, Intel and Xerox on September 30th that really got the ball rolling on the Ethernet we know today. Yes, it was “only” 10Mbps. Yes, it used “vampire” taps. But for its time it was progress. It was good enough and cheap enough to get people interested in using it rather than the alternatives of the day.

 

But it would have faded out had it not shown the ability to evolve several aspects when necessary: transmission medium, link connectivity, and speed. Critically, that evolution happened just in time for the early majority of the target markets, and there are workarounds for early adopters, e.g. link aggregation groups, or accept the risk of using pre-standard specifications.

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The IT Relevance Gap: Treat the Cause, Not the Symptoms

by Alan Murphy on ‎09-23-2015 10:00 AM (5,054 Views)

You’re at the sharp end of IT in your organization, so you’re probably seeing the same fundamental shifts in behavio r impacting other enterprise IT departments.

 

There’s a rise in traffic volumes and a change in traffic patterns. That’s partly due to the sheer volumes of data unleashed by server virtualization. More comes from the emergence of new business apps and services.

 

And even greater amounts of data are forecast as the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes a reality.

 

More immediately, user expectations for speed and agility are on the rise and will only increase.

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Protecting Network Investments with SDN Applications

by Sultan Dawood on ‎09-03-2015 11:00 AM (5,099 Views)

Using SDN and NFV technologies, the New IP helps customers transform existing networks making them more agile, programmable and intelligent. Focusing specifically on SDN applications, they allow customers to introduce SDN technology into their respective networks while addressing real world network challenges like performance. Among the top challenges facing IT and telecom managers during service roll-outs are:

  • Which applications are consuming the most bandwidth
  • Which servers are busiest and when
  • Real-time bandwidth availability and capacity planning
  • If the network has a congestion point can it continue to operate without disruption of services
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