Category: News

Cisco Improves SDN Support For Rival VMware; Adds Docker Containers

By Mark Haranas from CRN

Cisco is striving to shed its image as a purely proprietary company by launching a software release for its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) that extends integration with its software-defined networking rival VMware as well as in Microsoft environments. The San Jose, Calif.-based networking leader is also adding support for Docker containers. (more…)

CA Technologies Enables GDT to Boost Productivity, Reduce Cost

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced that GDT, a provider of managed network and professional services, is using CA Unified Infrastructure Management (UIM) in its newly expanded 3,200 square foot state-of-the-art Network Operations Center (NOC) to safeguard connectivity and service levels for its customers around the world. CA UIM provides GDT with end-to-end visibility of its clients’ environments across multiple platforms and enables the company to monitor and project more than 20,000 network elements on its ten-by-fifty foot curved LCD Barco media wall. (more…)

Cisco Channel Chief Bahr Stepping Into Role As Klein Departs

By Mark Haranas from CRN

Cisco Systems is shaking up its channel management team, tapping Wendy Bahr as its next global channel chief.

Bahr, a 15-year Cisco veteran who has spent the bulk of that time in leadership roles within the vendor’s channel management team, will become the next senior vice president of Cisco’s Worldwide Partner Organization on July 27, Cisco confirmed. She replaces Bruce Klein, who has held the role for the past three years. (more…)

SDN Architecture for Cable Access Networks Technical Report

GDT’s own Software Defined Network Engineer Brett Kugler was a valued contributor in recent research to evaluate the technology paradigm of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). Thank you, Brett, for representing us well, again!

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Deploying a Layer 3 CLOS Fabric with Cumulus Linux Switches and Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects

Richard Kiles, St. Networking Consultant, GDT

This technical design guide from GDT System Engineer Richard Kiles provides a detailed overview and design recommendations for integrating network switches running Cumulus Linux with Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnects. The examples presented provide a highly available and redundant network fabric to support systems and services residing within a Cisco UCS compute environment. This design guide also outlines a framework for interconnecting multiple pods of UCS compute environments using Cumulus Linux switches configured in a Layer 3 CLOS fabric, providing a cost effective solution for an immensely scalable and predictable network architecture. (more…)