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cPacket offers packet brokers and network analysis

This week, bloggers explore cPacket packet brokers and network analysis, HPE's real hyper-converged strategy and the state of OpenStack private cloud.

In a recent Packet Pushers post, Ethan Banks explored a new packet brokers and network analysis offering from cPacket, based in Mountain View, Calif. Banks writes that the firm offers a unique hardware system, running on custom silicon, which combines packet brokers and network analysis, enabling a more granular packet capture approach. According to Banks, cPacket's method is unusual in that it aims to create a visibility fabric for traffic analysis, allowing deep inspection that is scalable and distributed.

cPacket's recent offering, the cVu, equipped with 32 40 Gbps ports, is suitable for large enterprise and data center needs. The company also upgraded its software with gap detection capabilities, which spots problems in packet delivery within microseconds. According to Banks, the cPacket offering will be especially useful for data centers that need to monitor an ever-increasing number of 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 40 GbE ports. He adds that cPacket's appliance is useful for networks that may already have a visibility fabric in place, because of the "full-on packet analysis engine" the company offers with its packet brokers and network analysis tools.

Read more of Banks' thoughts on cPacket's technology.

What is HPE's hyper-converged strategy?

The CTO Advisor's Keith Townsend believes that Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Synergy Composable Infrastructure is a glimpse of future data center hyper-convergence offerings that incorporate hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) as a fundamental component. Townsend assessed why HPE has hesitated to partner with other vendors and what will be the firm's ultimate hyper-converged strategy.

"Synergy is the true HCI solution here," Townsend said in his post. Townsend believes that HPE is on target with the needs of today's large scale data center, which encompass both the hybrid cloud and hybrid infrastructure. In the "chassis" model that Townsend describes, memory and storage and physical server infrastructure can be recomposed with orchestration software. Townsend sees HPE's offering essentially "right-scaling" the data center and expanding hyper-convergence throughout the hybrid cloud.

Dig deeper into Townsend's thoughts on HPE's hyper-convergence strategy and why he thinks the company is on the right track.

Looking into OpenStack private cloud

Colm Keegan, an analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group examines OpenStack private cloud and its implications in a blog post. Keegan believes that OpenStack is a "tech oddity," and finds it fitting that one of the organization's recent conferences took place in Austin, Texas, a city known by the slogan "keep Austin weird." In a recent ESG survey of hybrid cloud trends, only 14% of the 308 respondents said they were using open source systems like OpenStack for private cloud. By contrast, 85% said they planned to use vendor-based systems from VMware or Microsoft as the foundation for their private cloud strategy.

Is OpenStack really an oddity? Keegan sees the "green shoots already in action," as more groups assay open source in some capacity. The same survey indicates 52% of proprietary cloud technology users are employing open source cloud infrastructure in a "limited capacity" while another 28% are testing its capabilities. Looking to the future, Keegan sees Volkswagen's plans to use OpenStack to build its next-generation cloud capabilities as a significant step toward greater open source adoption.

Delve deeper into Keegan's thoughts on OpenStack.

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