Open Networking – The Fast Path To Innovation

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Disaggregation of silicon packet forwarding engines and network operating systems stimulates rapid innovation at each of the interface layers that make up the network infrastructure. Open Networking helps customers realize the many benefits of parallel innovations in merchant silicon, open hardware, network operating systems, protocols and network overlays to transform network infrastructure and investments in information technology deliver ultimate business agility and competitive edge. Interested in new ideas to get more from VMware NSX and your investments in the critical glue that brings together compute, storage, security, management and applications?

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  • The Business Challenges Being Solved -
    The Business Challenge -> Customer Pain -> Customer Benefit
    Business agility depends on agile IT -> Networking slow to respond to IT needs -> Agile IT
    Open solutions -> Vendor lock in -> Choice in solutions
    Contain costs -> Networking costs haven’t reduced historically -> Better TCO
    Applications need flexible IT -> Services/functionality tied to hardware & initial set up -> Services abstracted away from HW
    IT needs to run on shared Cloud infra -> Multi-tenancy requirements -> Offers security & sharing of IT infra
  • We have physical switching infrastructure
    Connected to that are physical servers
    In a highly virtualized data center, most of those have a hypervisor and a vSwitch.
    This is the PLATFORM for us to build what we can think of as a network hypervisor, providing VIRTUAL NETWORKS, rather than virtual machines.
    We take the networking and security construct (L2, L3 and some L4-L7 services) and package this in a software container.
    We get the same operational model as a VM for the network.
    Like server virtualization – it runs on any existing networking hardware, apps need no modification
    By DISTRIBUTING these services, we have scale-out capabilities for switching, routing and firewalling
    Whatever we CAN’T deliver in the vSwitch, we have an OPEN platform to insert advanced services, such as application delivery services, security etc.
  • We have physical switching infrastructure
    Connected to that are physical servers
    In a highly virtualized data center, most of those have a hypervisor and a vSwitch.
    This is the PLATFORM for us to build what we can think of as a network hypervisor, providing VIRTUAL NETWORKS, rather than virtual machines.
    We take the networking and security construct (L2, L3 and some L4-L7 services) and package this in a software container.
    We get the same operational model as a VM for the network.
    Like server virtualization – it runs on any existing networking hardware, apps need no modification
    By DISTRIBUTING these services, we have scale-out capabilities for switching, routing and firewalling
    Whatever we CAN’T deliver in the vSwitch, we have an OPEN platform to insert advanced services, such as application delivery services, security etc.
  • Include Server elements and Storage
  • Open Networking – The Fast Path To Innovation

    1. 1. Open Networking – The fast path to innovation
    2. 2. Why are customers interested in SDN/Open Networking? vmworld® 2014 Shared & virtualized infrastructure Attribute Servers Networking Provisioning time Minutes Days / weeks Cost Cost-effective Expensive Open & Choice Yes Not really Management Easy /simple Complex / hard HW Abstraction Yes (e.g. VMware ESX) None / primitive Customers are looking for • Programmability & automation - for innovation & agility • Networking independent of HW, location & topology – for flexibility • Open – for lower CAPEX • Simplify IT – for lower OPEX
    3. 3. Why Open Networking Dell - Restricted - Confidential
    4. 4. Compute paradigm shift over last 20 years The dis-aggregated server model changed the landscape Mainframe /proprietary model x86 servers model today vmworld® 2014 Proprietary architectures & mgmt tools Limited apps Proprietary OS (e.g., Solaris, HP-UX, Ultrix) Proprietary CPUs (e.g., SPARC, PA-RISC, Alpha) Orchestration/automation for distributed computing Application ecosystem Standard OS – hypervisors Industry standard (X86 CPU) Digital Sun SGI IBM Dell HP (Compaq) Others VMware | Windows Server System | Red Hat Linux | Suse Intel | AMD
    5. 5. Compute paradigm shift Why the x86 dis-aggregated server model succeeded? Orchestration/automation for distributed computing Standard OS – hypervisors vmworld® 2014 Benefits • Open – Choice for customers • Rapid Innovation at every layer (CPU, OS/Hypervisor, Applications, Middleware …) • Best of Breed solution to meet your needs • Rich ecosystem for all use cases • Cost-effective solutions x86 servers model today Application ecosystem Industry standard (X86 CPU) Dell HP (Compaq) Others VMware | Windows Server System | Red Hat Linux | Suse Intel | AMD
    6. 6. Networking already has a disaggregated model Gap exists in layer 2-3 switching Model today L4-7: WAN Optimization L4-7: Load-balancer L4-7: Firewall Wireless access Layer 2-3 switching vmworld® 2014
    7. 7. Future: shifting the paradigm in layer 2-3 switching Opportunity for flexible, scalable, open, agile systems for rapid app deployment Traditional networking Future of networking vmworld® 2014 Proprietary architectures & mgmt tools Hundreds of protocols Proprietary networking OS (e.g., Cisco IOS, Juniper OS) Proprietary ASICs Standard orchestration & automation tools Optional 3rd party SDN/NVO solutions Any networking OS Open standard hardware Merchant silicon Cisco Juniper
    8. 8. Recent Facebook announcement Validates disaggregation model “We’re big believers in the value of disaggregation – of breaking down traditional data center technologies into their core components so we can build new systems that are more flexible, more scalable, and more vmworld® 2014 efficient.” - Facebook
    9. 9. Networking market vs. server & storage market Open Networking will benefit customers … Servers Storage vmworld® 2014 others Networking others others Open solutions foster innovation, a competitive marketplace and choice for customers
    10. 10. Open, innovative, best-of-breed solutions 10
    11. 11. Dell enables the Open Networking Ecosystem Leverage open, innovative and best-of-breed solutions Standard orchestration & automation tools Optional 3rd party SDN/ NVO solutions Any networking OS Open standard hardware Merchant silicon vmworld® 2014 Automation Orchestration Monitoring Others Others Others Others
    12. 12. Open Networking with Cumulus OS Unified management model for servers & networking Best of Networking and Linux come together A multi-platform operating system for networking hardware that makes building, managing and automating massive-capacity next-generation data center networks simple. • IPv4/IPv6 routing and bridging • Modern data center & network orchestration, unifying common functions, scaling network specific ones • Helps reduce OPEX vmworld® 2014
    13. 13. Open Networking for next-gen monitoring infrastructure BigTap leverages SDN fabric for Tap/SPAN aggregation & filtering Monitoring Tools NPB NPB NPB SPAN TAP 1/10G vmworld® 2014 Control Network Production Network NPB NPB Tool Farm NPB Services Big Tap SDN Controller Monitoring network SPAN TAP 1/10G SPAN TAP 1/10G SPAN Production Network S6000-ON S4810-ON Optimized architecture for capabilities & cost Improved NPB efficiency as well as tool efficiency
    14. 14. Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) with VMware NSX A new operational model for the network • Abstracts, pools, automates networking for the SDDC • Reproduces L2/3 networking, L4-7 services • Runs on any existing networking hardware • Applications need no modification • Provides scale out / distributed switching, routing, firewalling • Enables seamless service insertion for application delivery, security, and network security partners vmworld® 2014
    15. 15. VMware SDDC vision aligned with Open Networking A new operational model for the network Based on same tenets • Abstract HW and automate operations • Innovate based on collaborating with ecosystem • Deliver open, flexible & industry standard hardware • Simplify networking - easy to deploy and run vmworld® 2014 Open Networking Model Standard orchestration & automation tools Optional 3rd party SDN/ NVO solutions Any networking OS Open standard hardware Merchant silicon
    16. 16. Software defined vs. hardware defined data center Attribute SDDC HDDC vmworld® 2014 Innovation / agility Software allows rapid innovation – ideal for early stage technology Slow (>=2yrs) – tied to ASIC / HW cycle Openness and flexibility SDDC is open & flexible – can run on any infrastructure Locks customer into proprietary hardware based solution Proven approach Web/Cloud providers (e.g. Google & Amazon) have been using this – extending this to others Unproven approach Ease of insertion / deployment Non-disruptive insertion into DC Requires forklift upgrade of networking infrastructure Any application SDDC Platform Data Center Virtualization Any x86 Any storage Any IP network Any application HDDC Platform Integrated x86 Integrated storage Vendor specific network or Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) Hardware Defined Data Center (HDDC) Vertical Integration
    17. 17. Dell – VMware – Cumulus Networks Solution Leverage open, innovative and best-of-breed solutions for the data center • Optimal coupling of overlay and underlay networks • Programmable, open architecture that enables a best of breed ecosystem • Rich automation tools for virtual and physical networks • Non-blocking underlying infrastructure with wire-rate layer 2 gateway services • Optimizes scale, performance with overlay/underlay network collaboration • Global end-to-end services and support vmworld® 2014
    18. 18. Example of rapid innovation with Open Networking Elephant-mice flow optimization (Application driven networking) • Software closest to application detects elephant flows (NSX from VMware) • Signal to network through DSCP vmworld® 2014 Encap Header Physical Network DSCP Tagging
    19. 19. BigSwitch Big Cloud Fabric innovation Built on top of the Open Networking model vmworld® 2014 Brings hyper-scale networking to the enterprise • Disaggregated model – abstract, automate and simplify • SDN with POD design to offer secure multi-tenancy Architecture • Scalable L2, L3 and L4-7 service insertion/chaining • Multi-hypervisor support • Supports OpenStack and CloudStack Operational simplification • Single pane of glass - Zero Touch Fabric Operations • Centralized troubleshooting Scale & resiliency • High Availability (fabric-wide) – headless operation, no single point of failure BIG CLOUD FABRIC CONTROLLER Hierarchical Control Plane COMPUTE WORKLOAD 1 3 SERVICES & CONNECTIVITY RACKS COMPUTE WORKLOAD SPINE SWITCHES (32x40G) LEAF SWITCHES (48x10G+6x40G) 2 Physical & Virtual Workloads 10G/40G Links
    20. 20. Example of innovation: Dell OCP contribution Data-driven Switching Abstraction Layer Dell intends to contribute Z9500 to OCP • 132 x 40GbE or 528 x 10Gb in breakout mode • Designed for Data Center Core and Aggregation Dell collaborating with other industry leaders to offer a data-driven switching driver layer • Keeps apps/tools agnostic to underlying platform/hardware • Enables seamless migration of apps/tools for a rich ecosystem http://www.opencompute.org/wiki/Networking/Workshop-2014-07 vmworld® 2014 Open Networking Model Standard orchestration & automation tools Optional 3rd party SDN/ NVO solutions Any networking OS Open standard hardware Merchant silicon Data-driven Switch Driver
    21. 21. Dell delivers Open Networking switches and enhanced value Dell’s first disaggregated Open Networking switches Designed for flexibility, performance and support of 3rd-party OS • 1RU high-density 10/40Gbps TOR switches • S4810-ON with 48 ports 10GbE and 4 ports 4GbE • S6000-ON with 32 ports of 40GbE or 96 ports of 10GbE + 8 ports of 40GbE • Supports the open source Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) • Dell global ProSupport Services vmworld® 2014 Dell S4810-ON Dell S6000-ON Technology Pre-Sales Purchase Post-Sales Innovation & R&D Open Networking switch portfolio supporting ONIE Cloud Operating System—VMware & Cumulus Networks Service Tag, QRL Capacity planning and network design Complete DC design with servers, network and storage Reseller/VAR ecosystem Global fulfillment, customs, logistics Meet special needs (e.g., lead times, financing) Support in 180+ countries RMAs, 4-hour turnaround Deploy, integrate, support and monitor End-to-end support and service, increased value
    22. 22. vmworld® 2014 “The future is SDN-based with open software and hardware. We need a practical way to get from here to there. Currently, we purchase Dell and Big Switch Networks products independently. Having them team for a fully-integrated, tested and supported solution is ideal. To me, it’s a great example of the new Dell investing in research and development to help us bridge the gap between traditional networking and SDN.” Jim Bottum CIO Clemson University
    23. 23. In summary: the future of Networking is open vmworld® 2014 Build for the future Migrate with an open, proven approach to future-proof investments, preserve choice and maximize value. Follow a familiar path Benefit from innovative, open, cost-effective and best-of-breed networking solutions based on dis-aggregated models. The time to evolve is now Technology trends and enterprise challenges demand faster innovation and more efficiency.
    24. 24. Thank you.

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