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How Software-Defined Networking Can Simplify Scale-Out HCI

Hyperconverged Infrastructures (HCI) offer management simplicity and provisioning agility to data centers undergoing digital transformation. When applications need more compute or storage resources, IT can "simply add a node” to an existing HCI cluster. But as the HCI environment scales out, complexity increases and network resources become a significant architectural consideration, often with significant unexpected costs that can blow your HCI budget.
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  • Big Mon on Campus: OU Improved Netwk Security+Visibility +50% + CAPEX Savings Recorded: May 24 2018 58 mins
    Aaron Baillio, University of Oklahoma and Fasial Khan, Big Swtich
    Learn how The University of Oklahoma leverages Big Mon Fabric Out-of-Band (OBB) to achieve unprecedented visibility and security as well as Big Mon Analytics Node and Recorder Node to address the following challenges: Unauthorized Application and Device Sprawl, Capacity Planning, Threat Mitigation. The University of Oklahoma deployed Big Monitoring Fabric nearly two years ago, initially, The University made the decision to replace an incumbent legacy Network Packet Broker (NPB) solution with Big Mon, due to its ease-of-use, to drive innovation and create internal and operational efficiencies, and the versatility of the product appealed to its innovative IT team. Since deploying Big Mon, The University has achieved twice the visibility at nearly 50% CAPEX savings and has benefitted from improved management workflows, including centralized configuration, orchestration troubleshooting, scale-out security, and monitoring.
  • How Software-Defined Networking Can Simplify Scale-Out HCI Recorded: Apr 4 2018 61 mins
    Storage Switzerland, Big Switch Networks
    Hyperconverged Infrastructures (HCI) offer management simplicity and provisioning agility to data centers undergoing digital transformation. When applications need more compute or storage resources, IT can "simply add a node” to an existing HCI cluster. But as the HCI environment scales out, complexity increases and network resources become a significant architectural consideration, often with significant unexpected costs that can blow your HCI budget.
  • Containers: Real-world Solutions for Networking, Security, & Storage Recorded: Feb 28 2018 56 mins
    Gou Rao,Portworx; Rani Osnat, Aqua Security; Bala Ramachandran, Big Switch Networks
    IT organizations are leveraging containers to accelerate cloud-native application delivery, improve development agility, and increase operational efficiency. With this highly-distributed and dynamic application environment, infrastructure components such as networking, storage, and security need to be dynamically managed to operate at the speed of containers. By leveraging software-defined technologies and industry-standard interfaces to support orchestration systems such as Kubernetes, Big Switch’s SDN Fabric, Portworx cloud native storage and Aqua’s security platform overcome these challenges to offer a production-grade solution to deploy and manage containers at scale.

    Watch this recorded webinar to learn why large customers have selected these solutions as the optimal architecture for their container-driven digital transformation. In this webinar, we cover:
    BIG QUESTION #1: How does Big Switch’s Big Cloud Fabric leverage SDN and Container Network Interface (CNI) plugin to simplify network operations and to enhance container visibility?
    BIG QUESTION #2: How can teams get the benefits of Kubernetes storage primitives for dynamic storage provisioning without sacrificing enterprise storage fundamentals such as performance & class of service, HA, backups, snapshots, automated upgrades, and security. BIG QUESTION #3: How can you automate security controls for container deployments, addressing risk and compliance needs, while improving application security well beyond that of traditional applications?

    Joining moderator, Kate Lehman, Head of Communications, Big Switch Networks on the panel are Gou Rao, CTO, Portworx; Rani Osnat, VP Product Marketing, Aqua Security; and Bala Ramachandran, Director of Product Management, Big Switch Networks.
  • Customer Success Story: STT Connect Builds Cloud Mgmt Co with SDN Recorded: Feb 15 2018 57 mins
    David Robinson, CTO, STT Connect; Luke Turner, SE Director, Big Switch Networks; Salman Zahid,
    “When we set out to build our private cloud business, we outlined three customer-focused tenets to abide by one, the foundation must be secure,” said David Robinson, CTO, STT Connect. Two, it must be managed in an automated way. And three, of course, it needed to be high performing today and tomorrow."

    Guided by these principles, David and his team made a strategic decision to embrace open solutions, and to have everything software-defined. Sharing the business and technology vision that launched a new web-scale cloud offering for enterprise customers and reseller partners, he discusses the infrastructure requirements and benefits; the challenges of working with network engineers who hesitated in accepting a software-defined vision; and the best practices learned during the testing and implementation phases of their project. David explains why a web-scale cloud solution with software-defined networking enables STT Connect to offer a solution that is scalable and repeatable across their data centers.

    In the webinar, we discussed the following:
    ●Big Question #1: How do you build a new web-based solution quickly and effectively?
    ●Big Question #2: How do you establish a secure, automated, and high-performance environment that can be implemented globally?
    ●Big Question #3: How do you comply with strict standards for security availability and transparency defined by their markets?
  • Multi-Terabit GTP Processing for Mobile Service Providers Recorded: Jan 24 2018 44 mins
    Judy Ash, Head of Corporate Marketing, Big Switch Networks; Praful Bhaidasna, Director of Product Management,
    Watch this recorded webinar to learn more about how an open, scale-out visibility platform with multi-terabit GTP processing can support large-scale subscriber experience monitoring in a mobile service provider environment, using Big Monitoring Fabric. As mobile communication exponentially increases, mobile service providers must ensure both the performance of their networks as well as the quality of their subscribers’ experience, resulting in the need to correlate GTP control and data plane traffic on a per-subscriber level. Big Monitoring Fabric's scale-out GTP correlation architecture guarantees network & application management tools receive appropriate, per subscriber control/user plane data.
    In this webinar, we discussed how Mobile Service Providers can ensure the quality of service for subscribers through performance monitoring; how Big Mon's fabric architecture enables large-scale visibility into the carrier core network for NPM/APM tools; and how Big Mon's Service Node provides the highest capacity GTP correlation for tools, enabling multi-terabit per-subscriber monitoring.
    Joining moderator, Judy Ash, Head of Corporate Marketing, Big Switch Networks on the panel is Praful Bhaidasna, Director of Product Management, Big Switch Networks.
  • Radware + Big Switch Networks: Enabling Next-gen Cyber Security Recorded: Nov 15 2017 47 mins
    Bala Ramachandran, Director of Product Management, Big Switch Networks
    Watch this recorded webinar to learn more about how data centers defend against the two major security challenges they face: volumetric DDoS attacks and attacks embedded in encrypted traffic.

    Did you know that modern attacks are complex and massive in scale as they are increasingly leveraging compromised IoT devices to generate DDoS flooding. A next-generation cyber-defense solution to defend from such attacks requires a software-defined architecture. Big Switch Networks and Radware have partnered on SDN-driven solutions that leverage Big Monitoring Fabric and Radware DefensePro to deliver dynamic protection from high-bandwidth DDoS attacks.

    In addition, to defend against attacks embedded in SSL traffic, the joint solution with Radware Alteon and Big Monitoring Fabric offers visibility into SSL encrypted traffic while providing seamless SDN-driven security service chaining and streamlining NetOps/SecOps change management workflows.
    In this webinar, we cover:
    •Big Question #1: What are the evolving network security requirements for enterprises and SPs?
    •Big Question #2: How does Radware DefensePro enable advanced DDoS protection and prevention?
    •Big Question #3: How does Big Mon’s SDN-driven programmability enable dynamic chaining of multiple Radware security tools?

    Joining moderator, Angelique Medina as panelists are Dennis Usle, Director, Security Solutions Architecture at Radware; David Jimenez, Security Solutions Architect at Radware; Bala Ramachandran, Director of Product Management at Big Switch Networks; and Ted Elhourani, Technical Marketing Engineer at Big Switch Networks.
  • ExtraHop + Big Switch: Pervasive Application Performance and Security Monitoring Recorded: Sep 11 2017 54 mins
    Extra Hop: Tyson Supasatit and Colin Walker; Big Switch Networks: Bala Ramachandran,Ted Elhourani,and Angelique Medina
    With ever-increasing complexity of managing distributed applications, IT Operations and security teams need visibility more than ever. Ubiquitous monitoring of volumetric east-west application traffic becomes necessary at the lowest possible costs. ExtraHop and Big Switch have partnered to deliver a scale-out, cost-effective solution for deep application visibility and security. The joint solution consisting of ExtraHop’s stream analytics platform with Big Switch’s SDN-based Big Monitoring Fabric offers real-time insight into performance and security issues, both on-premise and public cloud environments.

    In this recorded webinar, we discussed three BIG questions including: “What do security and IT operation teams need for efficient network and application performance management?”; “How do customers leverage the joint solution for proactive application optimization and tuning?”; and “How do IT teams ensure consistent application visibility across on-premise and cloud environments?” There was also a BIG demo with ExtraHop Platform with Big Monitoring Fabric solution demo.

    Moderated by Angelique Medina, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Big Switch Networks, the panelists included Tyson Supasatit, Product Marketing Manager, ExtraHop Networks; Colin Walker, Technical Marketing Engineering Manager, ExtraHop Networks; Bala Ramachandran, Director, Product Management and Ted Elhourani, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer, Big Switch Networks.
  • VMware SDDC Network Visibility & Automation with BCF vSphere Plugin Recorded: Sep 1 2017 41 mins
    Yting Jing,Product Line Mgr, VMware, Big Switch - Bala Ramachandran and Don Jayakody
    In this recorded webinar, we discuss how Big Switch has partnered with VMware to develop the Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) plugin for vSphere Client, which enables physical fabric visibility and (optionally) automation to VM admins directly from the vCenter GUI. VM admins can initiate detailed VM-to-VM flow-trace across the leaf/spine physical fabric for first-level troubleshooting. Now, VM admins and network admins have a consistent view of each others’ operational environment to rapidly resolve VM connectivity issues. The BCF plugin, certified by VMware, is compatible with vSphere HTML client and offers an enhanced user experience.

    In this webinar, we discuss:
    - Big Question #1: How does the BCF plugin enable network visibility and automation for VM admins through vCenter GUI?
    - Big Question #2: What are the benefits of an HTML-based vSphere Client architecture?
    - Big Question #3: What are the upcoming advancements in the vSphere Client SDK and certification?
    - Demo: Big Cloud Fabric Plugin for vSphere Client – Automation & Visibility

    Joining moderator, Angelique Medina on the panel is Bala Ramachandran, Director of Product Management, Don Jayakody, Technical Marketing Engineer at Big Switch Networks and Yiting Jin, Product Line Manager at VMware.
  • Best Practices for Intent-based Networking for Software Defined Data Centers Recorded: Aug 31 2017 66 mins
    Prashant Gandhi, Chief Product Officer, Big Switch Networks
    Intent-based networking is a next-generation network operating model for software-defined data centers (SDDC) and cloud organizations. It empowers network operators to get beyond traditional box-by-box approaches of manual network configurations and complex operational workflows that are slow-to-implement and error prone.

    In this recorded webinar, Chief Product Officer, Prashant Gandhi, discusses how intent-based (human-friendly) networking, using Big Switch’s Big Cloud Fabric, eliminates the complexity and time-consuming nature of provisioning, managing, and troubleshooting data center networks. Intent-based workflows enable users to identify and validate desired outcomes while ensuring automation, zero-touch and deep visibility so the network can operate at the speed of SDDC and Cloud. Key SDDC workflows, such as VM/container deployment and scale-out, network/server change management, and rapid end-to-end troubleshooting, are also be demoed, covering real-world use cases for VMware, Kubernetes/Docker, Hyper-converged and OpenStack/NFV workloads. Additional benefits of multi-fold OpEx improvement and up to 50% CapEx reduction will be presented.

    In this webinar, we discussed:
    •Big Question #1: What is intent-based networking and why does it matter?
    •Big Question #2: Why is intent-based networking key for SDDC and Cloud environments?
    •Big Question #3: How can Big Cloud Fabric enable intent-based networking today?
    •Demo: Intent-based workflows for VMware, OpenStack, and container orchestration environments.

    The webinar is moderated by Angelique Medina, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Big Switch Networks and features Prashant Gandhi, Chief
    Product Officer, Big Switch Network as the main speaker.
  • Scalable Network Visibility & Security with Information Expert, Bill Ward, CISSP Recorded: Jun 15 2017 48 mins
    Bill Ward
    Today’s security teams must keep pace with continuously emerging threats to the network — which means sifting through vast amounts of network data to detect and analyze breaches and determine affected systems.

    Big Monitoring Fabric is a next-generation network packet broker solution that enables security teams to see more and operate faster. Its highly-scalable architecture provides pervasive visibility into the network, while its single pane of glass management delivers intuitive, simplified operation.

    Information security expert Bill Ward, CISSP describes how a fabric-based network packet broker architecture can reduce security monitoring costs, provide scalable network visibility, and accelerate intrusion detection and post-event analysis.

    In this recorded webinar, we discussed: Gaining scalable network visibility for comprehensive breach detection/investigation; Using Big Mon’s Service Node to eliminate duplicate packets and unnecessary traffic for monitoring tools; and Leveraging Big Mon’s single pane of glass interface and built-in analytics as a first step in blast radius analysis.

    Moderated by Angelique Medina, Sr. Product Manager at Big Switch, the panel includes Information Security Operations expert Bill Ward, CISSP, and Shawn Mall, Sr. Systems Engineer at Big Switch.
The Software-Defined Networking Channel for IT Professionals
Big Switch Networks is the Next-Generation Data Center Networking Company. We disrupt the status quo of networking by designing intelligent, automated, and flexible networks for our customers around the world. The data center is no longer infrastructure-centric, but rather a fast moving, fast growing distributed-application environment. By harnessing the power of software-defined networking technology and coupling it with industry standard hardware, Big Switch Networks advances business competitiveness with an agile, flexible, intelligent, and secure solution so IT organizations can experience a true Next-Generation Data Center Network. This channel will focus on the changes, challenges, and technologies that will be poised to transform the next generation of software defined networking. Topics will include intent-based networking, cyber defense, data center fabric switches, integration with partners such as HPE, Dell, and VMware, fabric visibility, and more. Real-world customer case studies will provide you with insights into how organizations transform their organization’s data centers into agile, flexible solutions.

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