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Finding the ROI at Interop

Posted by riverbedtest on May 20, 2009

David Spark reporting for Riverbed at Interop ’09, Las Vegas, NV.

I spoke with the very outspoken networking industry insider, Larry Chaffin, CEO and Chairman of Pluto Networks and blogger for Network World. I asked him what people are looking for here at Interop and he said, “ROI.” So the inevitable follow up question was, “So where’s the ROI?” Watch Chaffin’s answer. He talks about video conferencing to reduce travel costs, WAN optimization to reduce bandwidth, easier storage to maintain, and consolidation of equipment to reduce power costs.

For more, check out all of Riverbed’s Interop ’09 Las Vegas coverage.

 

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Rayonier: Riverbed’s happiest customer?

Posted by riverbedtest on May 20, 2009

David Spark reporting for Riverbed at Interop ’09, Las Vegas, NV.

Throughout the show I’ve been hearing testimonials from Riverbed customers, and Adam Rasner of Rayonier must be one of the biggest Riverbed fans I’ve met. Rasner is the director, corporate network services for Rayonier, Inc., a 2,000 person forest products company that creates timber, real estate, performance fibers.

Decentralized on five continents. Rasner said Rayonier wanted to reduce costs by consolidating their eight data centers down to just two. The business was very concerned about application performance as systems and apps were being moved offsite.

Rayonier had 80 nodes on their network, with a variety of topologies: MPLS, Frame Relay, DMVPN, satellite, and traditional site-to-site VPN technologies. Rayonier got rid of the old Frame Relay and consolidated to MPLS, Rasner said.

Not only did they use WAN optimization for consolidation, but Rasner said Rayonier wanted to use their WAN network for replication, disaster recovery, and high availability.

Rayonier looked at four WAN optimization suppliers: Cisco, Riverbed, Blue Coat, and Citrix Netscaler. He rated them on three criteria: application performance over the wire, ease of deployment and integration, and bandwidth reduction. 

Riverbed was the clear winner with 70 to 90% total data bandwidth reduction, depending on the application being used.

Since Rayonier had such success with Riverbed’s Steelhead appliances, they decided to deploy Steelhead Mobile to their Cisco VPN users. For sites that had less than five users, they used the mobile connection. Same reduced bandwidth costs, but for employees traveling Rayonier saw huge savings in remote locations where there were high pay-per-minute/megabyte costs. 

Other benefits, said Rasner, were:

  • Centralized backup of remote servers.
  • Speed up replication of data between facilities for disaster recovery.
  • High availability of critical systems and sped up failover processes.
  • No need to hire professional services.
  • No affect to their VoIP services.

In the end, Rasner said Rayonier saw ROI in just 12 months and alleviated the need to increase bandwidth for years. Watch my follow up interview with Rasner.

For more, check out all of Riverbed’s Interop ’09 Las Vegas coverage.

 

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Reinventing the Data Center

Posted by riverbedtest on May 20, 2009

David Spark reporting for Riverbed at Interop ’09, Las Vegas, NV.

On Wednesday, Interop in Las Vegas opened with a keynote discussion entitled “Reinventing the Data Center.” The moderator was Art Wittmann, Managing Director, InformationWeek Analytics, and joining him on the panel were:

  • Dr. Mark Stuart Day, Chief Scientist, Riverbed Technology
  • Paul McNab, Vice President, Enterprise & Mid Market Solutions Marketing, Cisco
  • Dave Stevens, Chief Technology Officer, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
  • David Yen, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Data Center Business Group, Juniper Networks

Read their full bios at the bottom of this page.

Here’s a summary of the issues and points brought up in the discussion:

  • To the question, “What equipment should you first purchase?” one person answered to first think about services and creation of those services. Another replied, you need to know your communications and switches.
  • The data center has become a less siloed environment. Being able to provide dynamically available computing is where we’re striving for (e.g. cloud computing).
  • The data center is an ecosystem problem when you’re dealing with solutions from so many vendors. You would think vertically integrating would be the solution, but that locks customers in.
  • There’s more competition to innovate on products rather than race to create standards. But an innovation may lead to a standards body.
  • Greatest needs for standards are needed around virtual machine mobility and transport. More importantly is the need to maintain quality of service once that information comes out of its “compute node.”
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCOE) – Don’t want to get caught in a situation where only certain vendors can work with each other.
  • It’s going to be multi-protocol for a while. We need to hide that translation confusion.
  • FCOE deployments are happening at the edge of the network. We want to drive that conversion deeper into the network.
  • The FCOE growth will happen before you actually see storage traffic going over it. The data center will want to implement it as a reserve to allow for growth.
  • It takes three to six months to deploy applications because there are so many different networking and storage people you need to coordinate before you can test and launch anything. The ideal situation would be to have them siloed for their expertise, but integrated in a managerial sense so you can turn them on in a dynamic way instead of having the delay of coordination.
  • FCOE is not a driving issue. People are struggling with virtualization, cloud computing, and storage duplication.
  • Network architecture is not just dealing with issues of connections within the data center, but also those connections to disaster recovery, to the cloud, etc.
  • Consolidation is one of the areas you can immediately see return on investment. The cost savings will mostly be in reduced power consumption.

For more, check out all of Riverbed’s Interop ’09 Las Vegas coverage.

 

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IT agility creates business agility

Posted by riverbedtest on May 20, 2009

David Spark reporting for Riverbed at Interop ’09, Las Vegas, NV.

On Wednesday, Interop ’09 in Las Vegas opened with a keynote from John McAdam, President and CEO of F5, IT architecture infrastructure developers and load balancers. His topic of discussion was “Staying agile in a dynamic world.”

For the past few years, and echoed this year once again during CIO Boot Camp, there’s constant discussion about synergy between business operations and IT operations. McAdam said the reason for that is IT agility can create business agility.

Value add is the differentiation for businesses. Without it, everyone is a commodity.

Being a leading innovator requires IT agility

IT agility enables increased businesses to speed up and scale out its innovation. Cost is a factor. IT agility can reduce operational costs, even if there is an initial outlay. You’ll drop costs in administration and deployment, management and troubleshooting, and purchasing upgrades, said McAdam.

You want to deliver value-added services faster than competitors, McAdam continued. First to market is a competitive advantage. It’s not the end all be all, but it is significant.

The innovation of scale is constantly dealing with variance, said McAdam. And variance can come from any of four areas: user interactions, secure access, applications, and data.

To be able to handle the cost, scale, and speed of innovation, what’s needed is a unified application and data delivery architecture. That requires an on-premise architecture, discreet and virtualized, plus augmenting some of that architecture with cloud computing, McAdam said. Some IT organizations will put all operations in the cloud for ultimate IT agility. It’ll take some time before that happens.

For more, check out all of Riverbed’s Interop ’09 Las Vegas coverage.

 

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A tour of the Interop network (NOC)

Posted by riverbedtest on May 20, 2009

David Spark reporting for Riverbed at Interop '09, Las Vegas, NV.

At the last Interop in New York (2008), one of my favorite video interviews was a tour of the Interop network, also known as the network operations center or NOC. The NOC is the largest temporary network in the world. If you're a network geek, you're going to love watching this tour. Mark Sullivan who gave the tour last year, guided it again this year. Along with Mark is Matt Easley of Riverbed. Riverbed donated a few Cascade appliances for the network.

For more, check out all of Riverbed's Interop '09 Las Vegas coverage.

 

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Interop ’09 Las Vegas: Show Report, Day 2

Posted by riverbedtest on May 19, 2009

David Spark reporting for Riverbed at Interop ’09, Las Vegas, NV.

Hello all, David Spark here, your trusty Riverbed reporter at Interop. The first day of the expo floor was today and I ran around and did a ton of interviews. Most of the interviews were with Riverbed partners and customers. I have to admit this first day show report is very Riverbed centric. But if you’re a Riverbed customer or someone who is considering WAN optimization, watch this first and then follow up with some of the other video interviews I did throughout the day.

For more, check out all of Riverbed’s Interop ’09 Las Vegas coverage.

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Compellent: Fast data replication over Riverbed devices

Posted by riverbedtest on May 19, 2009

David Spark reporting for Riverbed at Interop ’09, Las Vegas, NV.

I chatted with Jason Hardy, Storage Architect for Compellent Technologies, a block level storage area networking manufacturer which means they have block level (that’s down to the 1s and 0s) intelligence of the storage environment. Knowing that much, they can data storage activities very quickly and efficiently such as data replication, which they do over Riverbed devices, plus data recovery.

For more, check out all of Riverbed’s Interop ’09 Las Vegas coverage.

 

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Netscout: See which application is your traffic hog

Posted by riverbedtest on May 19, 2009

David Spark reporting for Riverbed at Interop ’09, Las Vegas, NV.

I spoke with Steven Shalita, VP of Marketing for Netscout, a solution that provides visibility into network application traffic over an IP network environment. Netscout is partnering with Riverbed allowing you to see that traffic is being reduced overall, but also where it’s being reduced the most. More importantly, if traffic isn’t dropping as much as you’d like, you can see which applications, such as video or voice, are eating up the most bandwidth.

For more, check out all of Riverbed’s Interop ’09 Las Vegas coverage.

 

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It’s an HP ProCurve. It’s a Riverbed Steelhead. No silly, it’s both

Posted by riverbedtest on May 19, 2009

David Spark reporting for Riverbed at Interop ’09, Las Vegas, NV.

In probably the noisiest location on the Interop show floor, I interviewed Rob Becker of Riverbed as he showed off an HP ProCurve appliance that had the Riverbed Steelhead built into it. No need to get two appliances, just get one.

For more, check out all of Riverbed’s Interop ’09 Las Vegas coverage.

 

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Crescendo and Riverbed: Complete traffic optimization solution

Posted by riverbedtest on May 19, 2009

David Spark reporting for Riverbed at Interop ’09, Las Vegas, NV.

I spoke with Dan Sahar, Director of Product Management for Crescendo Networks, a company that provides application delivery control. That means they optimize and accelerate Web applications being served on Web farms. They’re partnering with Riverbed to offer a complete traffic optimization solution within your enterprise environment (Riverbed) and out to your customers accessing your services via the Web (Crescendo).

For more, check out all of Riverbed’s Interop ’09 Las Vegas coverage.

 

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