Data Center

The Tipping Point for IP Fabrics

by asardell ‎08-31-2017 09:15 AM - edited ‎09-01-2017 07:01 AM (1,885 Views)

Brocade IP Fabrics Deliver Automation Cloud DC Scale and Agility

 

Network architects must implement infrastructures that support the business, are agile and flexible, and are cost effective. The cost factors should be demonstrable both in terms of cost-per-bit and operational efficiency

 

All of this is calling for more flexible (and often higher-scale) fabrics, which is one reason why Brocade’s IP Fabrics are gaining traction in networks both large and small, and in enterprises and service providers worldwide. 

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Integrating SLX Telemetry Streaming with Splunk Enterprise

by asardell ‎08-10-2017 12:51 PM - edited ‎08-10-2017 12:52 PM (2,687 Views)

Combined With Analytics, Data Streaming Forms an Invaluable Visibility Solution

 

In a previous blog, Deepak Patil discussed the theory and operations behind using data streaming to provide network visibility and analytics. Here, we’ll detail a concrete example of how you can build a complete solution (illustrated in this video) using SLX products and two collectors configured in Splunk Enterprise. The plugins to Splunk Enterprise can be found in this GitHub link so you can evaluate the effort involved, or implement it in your own lab.   

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New Platforms and Use Cases with Flow Optimizer 2.0

by asardell on ‎07-28-2017 09:00 AM (4,724 Views)

To assist customers in using Flow Optimizer effectively, we release validated designs and use case documents with each new release.  The newly published Flow Optimizer 2.0 Use Cases document details the following the following major use cases:

 

  • VDX Visibility and Actions
  • SLX (9850, 9540, 9240 and 9140) Visibility and Actions
  • IP Blacklist
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Intent-based Networking for CDN and Hybrid Cloud Connectivity

by asardell ‎07-17-2017 12:58 PM - edited ‎07-18-2017 07:16 AM (5,904 Views)

In earlier blogs, we have gone over the importance of automation for colocation providers, particularly Internet exchanges and especially those who are offering cloud based services to their customers.

 

Here, we’re going to look at a slightly more complex use case involving a content delivery network (CDN) that can differentiate between the different content types that are delivered. 

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Overview and Key Themes from NANOG 70

by asardell ‎06-09-2017 02:34 PM - edited ‎06-10-2017 08:56 AM (6,516 Views)

This week, network operators at NANOG 70 (Bellevue, WA) checked in with us continually for updates on the status of various solutions in our data center portfolio. I’ll talk about these and other questions here. 

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A Hybrid Cloud Connectivity Template for Colocation Providers

by asardell ‎06-01-2017 07:15 AM - edited ‎08-17-2017 09:17 PM (9,146 Views)

In the last couple of months, we’ve explored how colocation facilities (Colo), especially those that provide Internet Exchange (IXP), can enhance their service offerings for hybrid cloud connectivity.

 

Here, we'll look at prerequisites for creating enterprise hybrid clouds that include multiple Cloud Service Providers (CSP), and connection options both inside and outside the Colo. This allows colocation service providers to be a viable option in a cloud-centric world, meeting the needs of cloud-first, Mode 2 enterprises, as outlined in the Gartner report entitled, Four Strategies for Colocation Technology Product Management.

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See Us at NANOG 70 in Bellevue Next Week

by asardell ‎05-30-2017 09:21 AM - edited ‎05-30-2017 12:22 PM (5,005 Views)

Brocade is a perennial sponsor at NANOG, and NANOG 70 is no different. The Product Management team in our Switching, Routing and Analytics BU will be meeting a host of customers all week long. We’ll discuss all the solutions are gaining traction in SP networks, colocation providers, and Internet and Cloud Exchanges, as well as other areas. 

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Use Cases for Intent-Based Networking

by asardell on ‎05-24-2017 02:43 PM (6,316 Views)

This is Part II of a Two-Part Series; in Part I we discussed the components and attributes of intent-based networking. Here, we’ll detail several use cases in the areas of traffic management and threat mitigation for intent-based networking.

 

The classes of use cases we will examine are:

 

  • Traffic Management
  • External Risk Mitigation
  • Network Security Hardening

Thanks to Brocade Product Managers for the core concepts in this article. The material was presented by Ravi Rao at a Silicon Valley Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum held at Stanford University this past May 6.

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See how DevOps driven Network Simulation can take you from  0 to 60 mph much faster.......

 

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Components of Intent-Based Networking

by asardell ‎05-20-2017 09:45 AM - edited ‎05-24-2017 05:07 PM (6,182 Views)

This is Part I of a Two-Part Series, where we discuss the components and attributes of intent-based networking, including the capabilities for visibility, monitoring, and programmability from the Infrastucture. In Part II, we’ll detail several use cases for intent-based networking.

 

Thanks to Brocade Product Managers for the core concepts in this article. The material was presented by Ravi Rao at a Silicon Valley Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum Held at Stanford University this past May 6.

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Internet and Cloud Exchanges: Become Trusted Advisors for Your Enterprise Customers

by asardell ‎05-15-2017 06:49 AM - edited ‎05-24-2017 02:31 PM (6,597 Views)

According to IDC, worldwide spending on public cloud services is expected to grow from USD 96.5 billion in 2016 to more than USD 195 billion in 2020. And Gartner points out that the worldwide public cloud services market will grow 18% in 2017

 

As an Internet or Cloud Exchange Provider (IXP/CXP), you can become a trusted advisor to your enterprise customers (and ultimately your CSP ones as well) by being conversant in the issues of where best to place application workloads.

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What’s Good for the Business is Good for the Network

by asardell ‎05-08-2017 02:24 PM - edited ‎05-08-2017 10:33 PM (5,886 Views)

Boosting Agility with Visibility and Analytics

 

Networks, like all of IT, are beholden to business policies (intent) as well as to the state of the infrastructure (inventory, traffic, topology) at the time that changes are made.  Both of these categories are crucial, and are taken into account with pervasive visibility, relevant analytics and cross-domain, workflow-based automation. 

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Network Infrastructure Visibility and Analytics with Data Streaming

by patild on ‎05-04-2017 09:47 AM - last edited on ‎05-04-2017 11:42 AM by Community Manager (5,822 Views)

Given all the emphasis today on Data Analytics for driving business growth and increasing business efficiency, it is no surprise that data streaming is everywhere in the news.

 


What Data Streaming is, and Why it Matters
Data streaming is the mechanism by which you can collect comprehensive real time data from your applications and infrastructure, for analysis by various tools and

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Fit for the Future

by Marcus Thordal ‎05-01-2017 10:50 PM - edited ‎05-01-2017 10:57 PM (5,846 Views)

 The theme for DELL EMCWorld 2017 is Realizing your digital future; here at Brocade we have packed a booth full of experts and great demonstrations for your inspiration and to learn from on

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The Path to 5G is Paved with Cloud Mobility

by asardell on ‎05-01-2017 07:10 PM (5,588 Views)

How Packet Brokers Drive Efficiency in Analytics Infrastructure at the Mobile Edge

 

As mobile data traffic continues to grow exponentially, there’s widespread preparation for 5G networks, the Internet of Things (IoT), and machine-to-machine communications. This entails many critical decisions at the mobile packet edge, and high volume analytics tools need to process appropriate traffic to make these decisions.

 

Accordingly, mobile operators are embracing packet brokers, and numerous Tier 1's in every theatre are using Brocade's Session Director. 

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Announcing the 2.0 Release of Flow Optimizer

by asardell ‎04-24-2017 08:56 AM - edited ‎04-26-2017 04:46 PM (4,715 Views)

IP Blacklisting, Workflow Composer Integration, and New Platforms


Brocade Flow Optimizer (BFO) 2.0 is now available. This is the first release that incorporates Workflow Composer, and it continues the progression of supporting new platforms, as well as new visibility options and match actions.

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How Can Colocation Providers Address Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Strategy?

by asardell ‎04-20-2017 01:51 AM - edited ‎08-18-2017 09:38 AM (6,796 Views)

Two weeks ago, we talked about how a leading IXP addressed their challenges with SLX. Here, we’ll look at the Internet and Cloud Exchange (IXP/CXP) business for colocation providers from the point of view of their end customers who need cloud connections to fulfill their IT strategies through hybrid clouds. This allows colocation service providers to be a viable option in a cloud-centric world, meeting the needs of cloud-first, Mode 2 enterprises, as outlined in the Gartner report entitled, Four Strategies for Colocation Technology Product Management.

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Getting Storage Right for Business Critical Applications on VMware

by Marcus Thordal ‎04-14-2017 11:28 AM - edited ‎04-14-2017 11:31 AM (4,716 Views)

 

With more than 75% of all workloads in the enterprise data center virtualized predominantly on VMware (according to Gartner) combined with the power of flash storage technologies; getting storage right for Business Critical Applications on VMware is more important than ever.

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How a Leading IXP Addressed Key Challenges with SLX 9850

by asardell on ‎04-06-2017 06:08 AM (4,554 Views)

AMS-IX Saves Costs by Reducing Number of Core Sites

 

For Internet and Cloud Exchange Points (IXP/CXP), there are a variety of challenges in reducing costs and increasing revenue opportunities. AMS-IX moved to SLX 9850 to reduce complexity and increase scale. 

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Visibility Everywhere in the Data Center Network

by asardell ‎04-02-2017 02:36 PM - edited ‎04-02-2017 02:42 PM (4,795 Views)

Network Visibility and Flexible Infrastructure Lead to Intelligent Automation 

 

You need to see what's going on at run time in order to take actions. Armed with a closed feedback loop of automation and visibility, you can verify that network updates deliver the behavior you want.        

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The Questions We Ask of Networks

by asardell ‎03-27-2017 06:33 AM - edited ‎03-27-2017 06:39 AM (4,654 Views)

From Visibility to Collection, and on to Intelligent Automation

 

Even the first small steps you take towards collecting, collating and automating based on network-provided information lead to operational improvements. I’ll explain why here. 

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Secure High Performance DCI with Brocade and Coriant

by asardell on ‎03-20-2017 03:46 PM (5,587 Views)

Pretested Integration on Key DC Interconnect and Intra-DC Scenarios

 

Brocade and Coriant have woven together solutions for several use cases in this area to provide very high density and high performance interconnect services as well as payload encryption across DWDM systems. The solutions include Brocade’s service provider DC WAN portfolio (including SLX and MLX routers) and Coriant’s G30 DCI Platform

 

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Site Reliability Engineers. They’re Here, Happy, Hurting.

by plaporte ‎03-18-2017 02:39 PM - edited ‎03-18-2017 03:09 PM (4,567 Views)

Last week, I attended my first SRE Con in San Francisco. In case you’re unfamiliar, SRE stands for Site Reliability Engineer.

It’s the hot new job title and role as more and more organizations embrace Digital Transformation and Cloud operations models. For two days, the StackStorm team met with and fielded

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Towards Machine Learning in Networking: Benefits Begin Now

by asardell on ‎03-13-2017 07:50 AM - last edited on ‎03-13-2017 09:13 AM by Community Manager (8,888 Views)

 

Last Thursday, Packet Pushers featured a thought-provoking podcast on the applicability of machine learning (ML) to networking. David Meyer, Chief Scientist, VP and Fellow at Brocade discussed the challenges, opportunities and realities.

 

Visibility innovations such as SLX Insight Architecture and SLX Visibility Services are facilitating this ability in the data center, particularly in support of DevOps-style workflow automation such as Brocade Workflow Composer.

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Network Auto-Remediation with Workflow Composer

by asardell ‎03-07-2017 01:20 PM - edited ‎03-08-2017 10:55 AM (3,268 Views)

Here we look at auto-remediation means today and what it aspires to mean. We do this with a concrete example using Brocade Workflow Composer. This is an examination of network assurance and what it implies in the larger world of intent-based networking. As you following these exciting trends, you can get started with Workflow Composer today! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exploring the Network Essentials (Now GA!) and the Data Center Fabric Automation Suites  

 

Last week I touched on architectural choices for service providers (particularly Internet exchanges and colocation providers) for connecting customers to their networks. Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) is a mature option that allows enterprises to connect to the network and have all of their sites connected via pseudowires so that they can all be dealt with as if they were part of the same LAN.

 

 

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Solutions for Service Provider Data Centers

by asardell ‎02-21-2017 10:53 AM - edited ‎02-26-2017 05:20 PM (4,241 Views)

Last week I talked about some convergence trends in the service provider space, particularly for IXP's, collocation facilities, and cloud exchanges.  If you're in this space, you know what it is to deal with huge traffic growth and demanding customers that want high bandwidth and always-on connectivity with access to advanced cloud services.

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Convergence Trends in Interconnection

by asardell ‎02-15-2017 01:48 PM - edited ‎02-24-2017 10:19 AM (5,392 Views)

IXPs, Colocation providers, and cloud exchanges for a vibrant ecosystem. Understanding these trends is of interest to the players in this space, as well as to the many enterprises seeking to increase the use of public clouds in their IT. 

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IT agility needs automation and DevOps culture to go together

by savitakini ‎02-03-2017 11:19 AM - edited ‎04-25-2017 11:50 AM (6,696 Views)

 

Digital transformation is forcing permanent, long standing disruption across all industries and organizations. To stay competitive, remain agile and innovate, IT  has to evolve and adapt. DevOps culture is proving to be the answer, but automation is intrinsic to this culture, the processes and tools that make it happen. 

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