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Design-IT Solutions: How to monitor your 100G network with incompatible tools

As networks continue to grow and threats become more pervasive, the need to react quickly to changes in the state of your network is higher than ever.  One way of making your control over your network more agile is through Software Defined Networking (SDN).
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What Is Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)?

on 2/1/18 8:00 AM By | Chris Bihary | 0 Comments | Software Defined Networking (SDN)
It’s been more than 5 years since the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) introduced network functions virtualization (NFV) to the world. And yet, so much of the IT industry is still trying to come to grips with what NFV really is. Part of the problem is that conversations about NFV inevitably involve discussions about virtual network functions (VNFs) and software-defined networking (SDN).
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What White-Box and Brite-Box Mean for Your SDN Deployment

on 11/30/17 8:00 AM By | Chris Bihary | 0 Comments | Data Center Software Defined Networking (SDN)
Even though there’s still plenty of excitement surrounding software-defined networking (SDN), the conversation has really changed over the last few years. One of the most-anticipated benefits of building out SDN was the cost savings. That is, until people saw the first practical SDN deployment from Google and realized the multi-year project was quite costly. And without resources similar to Google’s, mainstream SDN started to seem further and further away than expected. Now, SDN is coming into play—but we don’t talk as much about cost savings. Instead, the rise of fabric solutions are sold based on their ability to deliver programmability and centralized control of the network. Will we ever get back to SDN as a means of scalable cost savings? The answer lies in the distinction between white boxes and brite boxes.
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Garland Partners with Edgecore for End-to-End Visibility Solutions

on 11/16/17 8:00 AM By | Chris Bihary | 0 Comments | Technology Partners Software Defined Networking (SDN)
We recently partnered with Edgecore, a leading provider of open networking solutions of bare-metal hardware switches and access products, which utilize both independent commercial and open source software options. These include applications such as SDN  (Software Defined Networking), Network Analytics, Virtualized Networks, Data Center network fabrics, and open access networks. Cloud data center operators and leading enterprises have been deploying open network solutions for several years and the benefits are noticeable.
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The Controller Problem in Software-Defined Networking

on 10/12/17 8:00 AM By | Chris Bihary | 0 Comments | Data Center Software Defined Networking (SDN)
It was great to see our technology partner, Big Switch Networks , included in this year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking . After years of using the Big Monitoring Fabric (BMF) as a network packet broker/Trojan horse to get into the data center, Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) is driving the commercial, cost-effective SDN fabric market forward. But if you read through the Gartner report, you’ll find a cautionary statement that we want to address: “Despite being an early proponent of open SDN and OpenFlow, Big Switch uses a proprietary protocol within its BCF. Thus, third-party switches cannot be integrated into BCF.”—from the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking This reported concern is worth discussing because it harks back to something that's seemed to hold software-defined networking back for years —the open controller. 
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The Evolution from Monitoring to Software-Defined Networking

One of our technology partners, Big Switch Networks, recently achieved a significant milestone—placement in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking. This achievement is telling of the ever-increasing practicality of software-defined networking. As Big Switch Networks’ SDN solution gains ground in the market, we should look at how data center networking needs are changing. What was once a demand for greater visibility in the data center is quickly becoming a need for more agile, software-defined data center networks.
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