Data Center Networking
- June 05, 2014
What's the term for when you're just throwing things out there to see what works? Spitballing? I'm just spitballing here. I think Juniper Networks should start selling Junos, the operating system ...
- May 16, 2014
Gartner's Data Center Magic Quadrant highlights the Cisco, VMware SDN battle for data center control -- and the confusion it causes.
- April 10, 2014
Cloud Dynamics builds a multi-data center cloud using the Juniper Contrail SDN software and MetaFabric.
- April 08, 2014
Avaya extends automation and resiliency of VENA Fabric Connect to wiring closet switches, WLAN and endpoints.
- March 31, 2014
Cisco expanded its line of Nexus 9500 chassis for ACI and traditional data center switching. It also added a new Nexus 3100 top-of-rack.
- February 26, 2014
IT professionals and vendors weigh in on the importance of energy-efficient switches and servers, and green data center designs.
- January 29, 2014
Dell says yes to bare-metal networking, allowing customers to run Cumulus and other operating systems on its switches.
- January 28, 2014
Nexus continues to expand its soup-to-nuts line of Nexus data center switches with the 7710, 5600 and a copper 3100.
- December 17, 2013
451 Research Chief Analyst Eric Hanselman shares his thoughts of what 2014 will bring to the data center networking segment.
- December 16, 2013
Cisco's ACI, faster Wi-Fi and WAN optimization technologies were some of the top technology stories of the year.
- December 02, 2013
New vendors are pushing network architectures that decouple software from hardware and run on bare metal switches with merchant silicon. Have we reached the x86 era in networking?
- November 26, 2013
The new Brocade ICX 7750 switch enables the scale out of campus aggregation networks without the chassis.
- November 19, 2013
Cisco's new SDN master plan revolves around new hardware -- the Nexus 9000. Are your old Nexus switches obsolete?
- November 14, 2013
Extreme's new data center switch eases migration to 10 GbE and 40 GbE, with 32 QSFP+ ports engineered for either 32 40 GbE or 104 10 GbE.
- November 08, 2013
F5 Networks introduces Synthesis, a new way to think about application delivery controllers that emphasizes a fabric over individual appliances.
- November 05, 2013
New high-density 10 GbE and 40 GbE Arista switches -- the 7000 X Series -- enable big leaf-and-spine networks and single-tier 'Spline' architecture.
- October 30, 2013
With MetaFabric, Juniper spins a new architecture that ties together networking within and between data centers and evolves QFabric.
- October 16, 2013
Open APIs enable data center automation and integration, but they call for effort by engineers, without requiring vendors to work toward integration.
- October 10, 2013
After a six-month delay, Broadcom's StrataXGS Trident II chip is shipping at volumes high enough for switch manufacturers to start building product.
- September 25, 2013
With TRILL extension, Brocade adds native multi-tenancy to its Ethernet fabric. It also rolls out new ToR switches and auto-QoS for storage traffic.
- September 24, 2013
In software-defined data center networking, routing and load balancing will live on a server, changing the cost and flexibility of infrastructure.
- August 26, 2013
New top-of-rack switches from Dell and HP Networking integrate with VMware's NSX, enabling bare-metal servers to mesh with virtual networks.
- July 18, 2013
The OpenDaylight controller code is available for download and contributors are steadily pitching add-on features.
- July 18, 2013
Extreme Networks and Lenovo strike a reseller agreement to offer a bundled package of network switches and enterprise servers to enterprises.
- June 27, 2013
The new Nexus 7700 is the most powerful data center switch on the market, and Dynamic Fabric Automation simplifies Nexus-based network fabrics.
- June 20, 2013
Cumulus launched a Linux OS for bare-metal switches this week. We spoke to CEO J.R. Rivers about how this platform will affect network operations.
- May 09, 2013
Facebook announced at Interop that its Open Compute Project will expand its scope to include open designs for top-of-rack data center switches.
- May 07, 2013
Edgenet built an OpenFlow SDN data center network with a multipath fabric that will allow it to roll storage networking into the SDN programmability.
- May 01, 2013
HP's new data center switches support OpenFlow 1.3, making it the only vendor to run the latest SDN protocol from the core to the server edge.
- April 24, 2013
With Active Fabric, Dell delivers a converged fabric for data centers where server and storage admins call the shots.
- April 12, 2013
Cisco may sell the most data center switches, but no single vision has emerged as the best way to build a data center fabric.
- March 26, 2013
In this week's networking roundup, bloggers discuss the good and bad of wireless management and why IT should trust their smart storage technology.
- March 14, 2013
With FlyScript, Riverbed adds programmable networking that integrates all of its products, from network performance monitoring to ADCs and WOCs.
- January 21, 2013
Availity, a health information network provider, is upgrading to a Juniper network, with plans to deploy the QFabric architecture in a year.
- December 05, 2012
Startup Plexxi's software-defined networking products include a tiered SDN controller and dynamic bandwidth allocation based on WDM.
- November 30, 2012
Brocade, a storage veteran and data center LAN innovator, has the tools to make end-to-end FCoE work, but that's not what customers want, one VP says.
- September 26, 2012
VMware wins the SearchNetworking Network Innovation Award for adding new features to its VMware networking portfolio in both vSphere and vCloud Director.
- September 20, 2012
Cisco has officially killed its ACE line, but says it may not be out of the load balancer business. What will it take to make a competitive Cisco load balancer?
- September 20, 2012
With the Nexus 3548 and the Arista 7150, Cisco and Arista each offer an ultra-low-latency switch with deep features and functionality.
- September 13, 2012
With a new Brocade VDX chassis, enterprises can build larger Layer 2 data center fabrics with the company's TRILL-based Virtual Cluster Switching.
- September 05, 2012
With Broadcom's new Trident II chip, vendors can build smaller, power-efficient distributed core switches for data center networks.
- July 09, 2012
FCoE at the edge can be a step toward network convergence, but end-to-end FCoE needs a whole lot more engineering before it can be reliable.
- June 26, 2012
Cisco announces longtime M&A chief Ned Hooper is leaving. CTO Padmasree Warrior takes over and Pankaj Patel assumes sole leadership of engineering.
- May 18, 2012
Juniper Networks' QFabric solution can be tricky for tech journalists to cover. When Juniper boasts of QFabric customers, those boasts are very nuanced. Not all QFabric customers are really QFabric ...
- May 11, 2012
At Interop 2012 we uncovered the latest on the HP 12500 switch and learned what the HP OpenFlow strategy is really about.
- April 25, 2012
Enterprises tend to be conservative with their data center networks, which makes Juniper Networks' efforts to displace legacy architectures with its new data center network fabric, QFabric, a ...
- April 18, 2012
With its embedded field-programmable gate array, Arista's new switch may resonate beyond the latency-phobic government and financial sectors and transform Layer 4-7 services.
- March 06, 2012
Cisco has lots of data center network choices. Maybe even too many. Blogger Greg Ferro finds that bypassing the Nexus 7000 and Catalyst 6500 on the network core worked just fine.
- November 28, 2011
Howard Hughes Medical Institute deployed 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) out to its wiring closets with Brocade to support 10 GbE endpoints and high-performance computing.
- October 18, 2011
With enhancements to the Nexus line, Cisco is offering more scalability and choice in the data center network than ever before.
- July 21, 2011
Dell's Force10 acquisition aims to create a converged infrastructure solution for the data center network with Dell's server and storage products.
- June 10, 2011
A data center fabric is the next logical step for networks in the virtualization age. Discover the need for a data center fabric, as well as our roundup of players in the market.
- June 06, 2011
Liberty Mutual networking head Jeffrey Gray found that rethinking data center network connectivity was key to achieving successful data center network redesign.
- May 19, 2011
I've gotten a lot of reader feedback from my story on data center fabric and FCoE hype, which was based on a vendor panel on data center architecture at Interop 2011. Most of the vendors on the ...
- May 19, 2011
Silver Peak has integrated its wide area network (WAN) optimization technology with EMC VPLEX Geo products to optimize traffic between virtual data centers.
- May 09, 2011
Juniper's QFabric data center network fabric is a Best of Interop finalist for 2011 for its simplistic approach to creating flatter networks and improving overall cloud networking.
- May 09, 2011
For data center network management, network and storage teams need to handle the same resources without coming to fisticuffs. The Cisco Data Center Network Manager makes it happen.
- May 09, 2011
At Interop Las Vegas, data center network management that gives control of virtualization to network engineers takes center stage—even above super-speed switches.
- May 09, 2011
Alcatel-Lucent's data center switch fabric is vying for the prestigious honor of being the Best of Interop. With its standout approach, does this fabric have it to win it?
- April 05, 2011
Alcatel-Lucent debuted a data center switch fabric that rivals leading vendors for scale, density and ultra-low server-to-server latency.
- February 02, 2011
Apparently attendees at Gartner's Data Center Summit held in Las Vegas last month weren't too enthusiastic on Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) as an avenue toward data center network convergence. ...
- December 15, 2010
In our review of top networking news of 2010, see how we covered the rise of the multi-vendor network, major changes in data center networks and security, the emergence of ubiquitous wireless LAN and the challenges networking pros face in building ...
- November 03, 2010
40 GbE will make its way into data center networks as enterprises adopt large numbers of racks with 10 GbE server connectivity. 10 Gigabit servers will drive up port density and eventually force enterprises to take the 40 GbE plunge.
- October 19, 2010
The move to flat networks and away from spanning tree will continue at Interop New York where each networking vendor will try to convince users that their specific technology is the best for a dynamic cloud environment.
- October 19, 2010
At the Interop New York 2010 conference, data center network convergence strategies will be discussed, but users aren't yet ready to invest or even choose which data center network convergence strategy they believe in.
- September 15, 2010
Data center network convergence remains on the agenda for networking vendors. Cisco's new Nexus 5500 switches offer FCoE port provisioning options while Brocade's new network management software unifies storage and data network management.
- August 05, 2010
Are you at the point where you need to update the old Cisco Catalyst 6509s in the core of your data center? If you are, you're probably looking at the Nexus line of data center switches that Cisco ...
- June 17, 2010
The Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) protocol is a pending IETF standard that could eliminate spanning tree protocol from standard data center network design. Vendors like Brocade are already staking their future on it.
- June 03, 2010
Server virtualization has forced network vendors to reinvent the data center network. Everyone has his own vision of how to deliver a network that is optimized for virtual data centers. Enterprises should think twice about just going with their ...
- May 17, 2010
Juniper Networks today unveiled it "3-2-1" architectural vision, also under an umbrella of technologies its dubbed the New Network. It's a recipe for collapsing the data center network from three ...
- May 04, 2010
Earlier this year, Brocade hired former Nortel enterprise networking chief Jim McHugh as its chief marketing officer. SearchNetworking.com caught up with McHugh at Interop last week. In this two-part Q&A, we asked him about the progress of the ...
- April 29, 2010
Enterprises are desperately seeking answers for converged I/O to support converged data center networks. While many tout FCoE, others are looking toward the ROCE specification for running InfiniBand over an Ethernet backbone.
- April 06, 2010
Cisco released new Cisco Unified Computing fabric extenders that will enable Nexus 5000 switches to support multiple types of fabrics ranging from Fibre Channel over Ethernet Infiniband (FCoE) to iSCSI and Infiniband.
- February 23, 2010
A new data center network architecture is on the horizon, thanks to the arrival of converged enhanced Ethernet (CEE) and the rise of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). With storage traffic destined to traverse IP networks, networking pros will have...
- February 02, 2010
Data center convergence, converged Ethernet, desktop virtualization and other emerging technologies will force network administrators to work more closely with other factions in the IT universe, according to HP ProCurve CTO Paul Congdon. ...
- December 21, 2009
SearchNetworking.com asked Gartner Research VP Joe Skorupa to predict what 2010 has in store for data center networks. He sees a price war driven by the HP-3Com merger, the rise of two-tiered architecture, and more 10 Gigabit Ethernet adoption.
- December 18, 2009
Cisco's Unified Computing System cloud computing vision landed the networking vendor squarely in the middle of the data center market with blade servers and a unified fabric designed to integrate storage, with a focus on virtualization.
- December 17, 2009
The Cisco-HP battle went into full effect in 2009 when the two former partners, who once sold complementary equipment into the same accounts, launched competitive products and cut off all ties.
- December 17, 2009
The top 10 networking stories of 2009 are highlighted by a push into the data center network, acquisitions, bankruptcies and new partnerships that will change networking industry leadership.
- November 19, 2009
Move over data center, networking has regained its rightful place here at Interop NY this week. Interop was once the networking show, but that ended years ago as the conference tried to become the ...
- November 19, 2009
Enterprises with extremely high uptime requirements for their data center networks will spend the extra money on out-of-band network management. The New York Stock Exhange (NYSE Euronext) has built a Force10 network to manage its Juniper production ...
- October 22, 2009
Some vendors are coming to the table with FCoE network roadmaps, but others are still releasing switches that can't necessarily support any converged enhanced Ethernet protocol in the data center. Should you be demanding a unified fabric strategy ...
- July 02, 2009
Recently, SearchNetworking.com published a story about the future of the Nortel enterprise data business in the wake of the company's bankruptcy. The story characterized Nortel's data portfolio as an old product line. The story also said that the ...
- June 29, 2009
Recently SearchNetworking.com ran a news story highlighting the emerging skills necessary for network engineers and administrators to survive. The article summoned an outraged call (I believe the ...
- May 13, 2009
At Interop, Extreme Networks will debut its new BlackDiamond 8900-Series modules, which enterprises can use to upgrade the BlackDiamond 8800-Series chassis so that a single rack of switches contains 582 10 GbE ports or more than 2000 1 GbE ports.
- March 02, 2009
Although Cisco and HP no longer have a cozy data center relationship, HP's new $1 billion data center outsourcing deal with European insurance giant Aviva includes Cisco products. The ten-year deal ...
- February 18, 2009
What would the data center vendor market look like today if Carly Fiorina hadn't been ousted as CEO of HP back in 2005? Under her leadership, HP maintained a cozy detente with Cisco. The two ...
- January 28, 2009
With the launch of two new Nexus switches, a top-of-rack network fabric extender and an upgrade to the Catalyst 6500, Cisco Systems furthers its push to dominate data centers that have large-scale deployments of server virtualization.
- January 15, 2009
Just because we're surrounded by bad news doesn't mean we can't turn our lemons into lemonade. That's at least what network management software solution company Advanced Systems Group (ASG) has ...
- November 20, 2008
The next generation of data center design puts a focus on speedier, better-managed networks to do more work at half the price.
- July 22, 2008
There's one vendor out there who is poised to challenge Cisco Systems' dominance in the data center networking market. No, it's not Juniper with its new line of EX switches. ProCurve Networking by ...
- July 14, 2008
In this video, Feng Meng, solutions manager from Cisco data center, gives a quick tour of WAAS 4.1, which incorporates ease of deployment, application-specific acceleration, branch-ready video ...
- June 10, 2008
The enterprise must prepare for the 'millenials,' or Generation Y as they are often known, according to a report from 60 Minutes. This was a theme echoed by President and Chief Executive Officer of ...
- May 07, 2008
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- May 05, 2008
When I flew to Las Vegas last week for Interop 2008, I never imagined that I'd be wearing one of the most coveted pieces of bling in the poker-playing world. But here I am, wearing one of the two ...
- March 12, 2008
Upgrading older networking products to greener, more efficient equipment can cut costs, but administrators should take a close look at total savings from switching out energy hogs like gigabit Ethernet switches for new, greener models. A report by ...
- January 29, 2008
With Cisco's new Nexus 7000 switch, the vendor has shown that the network is the key to taking data centers to the next level.
- November 28, 2007
As service providers seek to upgrade their networks to deliver more multimedia and integrated services, router manufacturers continue to see increased sales.
- April 18, 2006
A lack of prescience in Splunk's spunky search-based troubleshooting tool limited its usage to after-the-fact diagnosis. Adding Nagios, the mighty open source monitoring tool, puts Splunkers one step ahead in the data center troubleshooting race, ...
- September 08, 2005
Despite the growth in networking segments like wireless, IP voice and application networking, what has driven the industry from its earliest days is the basic need to transport ever-growing amounts of data from one point to another.
At Cisco ...