Startup Veriflow Adds New Intent-Based Capabilities To Its Network Verification Software

At Networking Field Day, Veriflow demonstrated bringing intent-based network verification to the enterprise. Drew Conry-Murray looks at these features, which include using formal verification to build software models to see if your on-site and cloud networks are performing as you intended. Drew likes the fact that its designed for networks as they exist, not positing hypothetical networks an engineer has no way of building within an organization. Ultimately, using these software models puts the onus on organizations to use them effectively for managing networks.


Cisco’s SD-Access: All The Pieces

Drew Conry-Murray gives his thoughts on Cisco’s SD-Access. SD-Access is designed to automate common networking tasks in a campus network and is an ambitious project, but Drew is optimistic. Here, he discusses the supported hardware, the new dashboard DNA Center, as well as three additional pieces: APIC-EM, the Identity Services Engine (ISE), and the Network Data Platform.


Anuta NCX: An Orchestration Platform For Networks

Drew Conry-Murray shares his thoughts on Anuta’s NCX solution, which he saw first hand at Networking Field Day in January. NCX is an orchestration platform designed to simplify a lot of networking drudgery. To do this, high-level models are constructed with Yang, which are then translated into specific device instructions when called upon. It even does device discovery to automatically understand which versioning and configuration on network devices. Key to this, Anuta has a wide list of hardware and software partners NCX supports.


DPDK Project Moves To The Linux Foundation

Drew Conry-Murray the Data Plane Development Kit being brought into the Linux Foundation as an official project. DPDK was originally developed by Intel before being open sourced as a way to accelerate packet processing in CPUs. Drew highlights that DPDK supports not just x86, but a variety of CPU architectures, as well as being able to run on NICs from Broadcom, Cisco, and Mellanox.


PQ Show 106: Whitebox, SD-WAN & More – An NFD14 Wrapup

It’s a Networking Field Day delegate super show on the latest episode of the PQ Show podcast! Greg Ferro, Drew Conry-Murray, Eyvonne Sharp, and Kevin Myers all give their impressions from Networking Field Day from January. SD-WAN, Whitebox networking, analytics, and orchestration are all on the table. Give it a listen and check out our video coverage for more details.


Nyansa Measures Network Performance Using Mobile Devices As Sensors

Drew Conry-Murray shares his thoughts on Nyansa, who presented at Networking Field Day last month. The company has an interesting approach to analytics, they use measure user experience by using mobile device endpoints as sensors, effectively turning any phone, laptop or tablet into a sensor. These on-prem metrics are then sent to Nyansa’s cloud for further analytics and to establish baseline network performance. This can be used to easily assess problems when they deviate from these baselines, and also let you see how performance of your network stacks up to others in your vertical.


Big Switch Networks Extends VMware Visibility, Adds Mesosphere Support

Big Switch Networks presented an vast array of products at Networking Field Day last month. Drew Conry-Murray was there, and he wrote up a look at their Big Cloud Fabric, the company’s SDN software for data centers. In its 4.0 version, Big Cloud now supports vSAN storage in vSphere, continuing the solutions tight VMware integration. It also supports a variety of orchestration platforms, including OpenStack, Kubernetes, and Mesosphere. In this new version, Big Cloud Fabric continues to refine and fill out its offering.


Cumulus Networks Walks A Fine Line With New Switch Hardware

Drew Conry-Murray looks at the implications of Cumulus Networks announcement of Cumulus Express. This is a program whereby Cumulus will sell switch hardware with their Cumulus Linux distribution pre-installed. Drew found it a little surprising that a company that made its name pitching disaggregation would take the approach. He reviews what they’re offering in the product line, and how recent announcements from hardware vendors could use their switch operating system.


Barefoot Networks Announces First Switches With Programmable Tofino Chip

Barefoot Networks made a big announcement prior to their presentation at Networking Field Day this week, new programmable networking switches using Tofino silicon! Delegate Drew Conry-Murray reviews the what the switch will be offering, including 32 and 64-port 100 GbE models, available in Q1. We’re looking forward to learning more about them, and to Barefoot Networks’ presentation at Networking Field Day!


Netwrix Adds Support For Office 365, Oracle To Audit User Permissions

Drew Conry-Murray gives you an update on the latest 8.5 release of Netwrix Auditor. Auditor offers the ability to track and configure users and administrator permissions for various business services. The 8.5 update now supports Oracle databases and Microsoft cloud services. Drew thinks of this as operation vegetables: maybe not your favorite, but essential for healthy operations.


Startup Radar: ZeroStack Streamlines OpenStack For Private Clouds

Drew Conry-Murray gives a look at what ZeroStack is providing. Simply put, they’re offering an OpenStack based private cloud software solution that’s easy to deploy and configure. ZeroStack supports both their own 2U units, or servers that an organization has in house. Overall, Drew thinks the market for these kind of solutions is still open enough for ZeroStack to really make an impact. Perhaps the biggest appeal, ZeroStack is saying you don’t need to be an OpenStack expert to operate their solution. That certainly lowers the barrier to entry for a lot of enterprise customers.


Startup Radar: Igneous Systems Blends On-Prem Hyperconvergence With Cloud Management

Startup Radar: Igneous Systems Blends On-Prem Hyperconvergence With Cloud Management


New CloudPhysics Calculator Compares VM Costs For Public, Private Clouds

New CloudPhysics Calculator Compares VM Costs For Public, Private Clouds


CloudPhysics Fishes Data Lakes For IT Insights

CloudPhysics Fishes Data Lakes For IT Insights


Comtrade Software Lets You Monitor Nutanix Via Microsoft SCOM

Comtrade Software Lets You Monitor Nutanix Via Microsoft SCOM


Tech Field Day Goes To 11

Tech Field Day Goes To 11


Intel’s Network Ambitions

Intel’s Network Ambitions


Intel Cloud Day Preview

Intel Cloud Day Preview


SD-WAN Startup Versa Touts Multitenancy, Scalability To Stand Out

SD-WAN Startup Versa Touts Multitenancy, Scalability To Stand Out


Live Blogging ONUG Fall 2015 Conference

Live Blogging ONUG Fall 2015 Conference