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E-VPN and PBB-EVPN Take Data Center Interconnect to the Next Level

Tina-lamBy Tina Lam, Product Manager

MPLS based Layer 2 VPN has been around for over 10 years since the inception of IETF Pseuduowire Edge to Edge (PWE3) Working Group. Many drafts and standards have been added, since then, to address different applications and to improve scale and convergence in different topologies. L2VPN as a whole is widely deployed in both service providers and enterprises, from Ethernet services, to fixed and mobile convergence, to enterprise campus layer-2 transport.

Recently, one emerging driver that has been picking up a lot of momentum is to use L2VPN for Data Center Interconnect (DCI). Data centers are often situated in different locations, to be geo-redundant for the purpose of workload mobility and business continuity. At the same time the physical location of the data center has to be transparent to users and to applications. Hence the need for layer-2 connectivity between sites. While Ethernet over MPLS (EoMPLS) and Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) have been used for this purpose, DCI presents new requirements and challenges not fully addressed today.  To keep the data center always on, and to utilize all the resources and links as efficiently as possible, data centers need all-active redundancy and load balancing. The technology should be as simple as possible to provision and manage Read More »

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The March of the IPv6 Internet

gunter_vandeveldeBy Gunter Van de Velde, Sr Technical Leader, NOSTG Engineering

It has been a year since the World IPv6 Launch and in that year the global usage of IPv6 has more than doubled. Where traditionally it is believed that there is no IPv6 traffic on the Internet is now shown differently! The reality of real existing user traffic demonstrates the progress of the next generation of the Internet. During the World IPv6 Launch a year ago there was about 0.64% of Internet traffic carried over IPv6, while right now about 1.35% of the Internet traffic is carried over IPv6. That is nearly double and experts believe exponential growth is expected over the next couple of years.

Another data-point is the readiness of the service providers regarding IPv6. On the Internet there are about 44,470 Autonomous networks announcing one or more IPv6 prefixes into the global routing system. A year ago only about 13.7% of them were announcing IPv6 prefixes. That number increased to 16.1% resulting in 7.168 networks out of the 44.470 that are announcing IPv6 prefixes right now.

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Source: http://www.worldipv6launch.org/infographic/

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AVC You in Orlando: There’s nothing Mickey Mouse about AVC!

I hope everyone is getting excited to take the Journey to the Sunshine State and have packed a few sets of mouse ears. A quick blog post this week as I have already run out of puns. I’d like to encourage you all to check out our Application Visibility and Control (AVC) partners at Cisco Live Orlando! There are three that I’d love to highlight.

InfoVista will be showing off their Application Visibility Solution in the Cisco Partner Pavilion and theater, ActionPacked! Networks has a very special announcement about LiveAction and can be found in booth 201, and Plixer’s Netflow Knights will highlight their full range of netflow support in booth 747 and our Partner Pavilion -- and even has a rap video, or so I’ve been told. I can’t wait to see in person what our customers think about our partners’ technologies. Also, come take a look at what Cisco has hidden beneath our huge plastic ears Read More »

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MapR and Cisco and Forrester Discuss the Seven Architectural Best Practices to Productionizing Hadoop

June 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm PST

On June 20th, Cisco and MapR will join with Forrester Research Big Data analyst Mike Gualtieri to discuss “productionizing” Hadoop. But what does it mean?

Mike has developed a list of 7 architectural best practices that will help your enterprise quickly, and easily develop or move your Hadoop environment into standard data center processes. Following his guidelines, your can get your Hadoop environment up and running in no time, saving time by being proactive on the headaches and pitfalls that are unique to Big Data environments.

Joining Mike will be MapR CMO, Jack Norris discussing their best practices and how they line up with the Big 7 from Forrester.

Finally, Cisco IT will showcase a MapR production environment and how they have streamlined the complex Big Data workloads, automatically moving data into and running analytics out of their Hadoop environment.

Keeping the Hadoop production environment up and running smoothly is the name of the game here and in the face of resource constraints, Cisco IT has standardized on Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler—with its seamless integrations into MapR, Hive, and Sqoop—giving your enterprise the ability to “productionize” complex workloads from any data source.

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Join us as we walk you through the 7 architectural best practices for Big Data, MapR and Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler.

Register here.

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A Mobility Guide to Cisco Live! Orlando Part I

If you’re heading to Cisco Live! Orlando next week, you’ve probably signed up for a few sessions after running your eyes through the hefty spread of sessions and talks in the events catalogue.

Here’s a cut of the mobility-centric sessions you should mark your calendars for:

Speaker(s)  Rob Soderbery -- Senior Vice President, Enterprise Networking Group, Cisco 

June 24 at 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET / 21:30 CET  / 22:30 GMT <--Editor’s Note: FIXED to Monday June 24!

To View: Go to the home page at the event start time. The keynote will play in the “Excite” tab.

Session Abstract

Is your enterprise network ready to take you where you want to go? Will it support the business applications that you are being asked to support? In this keynote, you will hear how Cisco is unifying access, building out new network services and making the network more manageable so you can meet the coming needs of your organization. We will also show you how you can support more aspects of your business using the network as a platform for the Internet of Things.

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