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Network Management and Diagnostics

Does the Commercial & Industrial IoT Have a Single Set of Requirements?

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Does the Commercial & Industrial IoT Have a Single Set of Requirements?

by Robert Dolin, VP and Chief Technology Officer, Echelon Corp.

The Internet of Things will be an important part of the future in most industries and especially Smart Buildings. Here Robert Dolin, CTO of Echelon Corp., shares a vision on how IoT will come in “different flavours.”

Echelon Corporation develops, markets and supports the world's most proven, open standard, multi-application energy control networking platform. Echelon’s vision from its inception 20 years ago is one of low-cost embedded monitoring and control technology in every electrically controlled device in the world. Today Echelon’s technology platform is embedded in more than 100 million devices, 35 million homes, and 300,000 buildings.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become an expansive concept, encompassing a broad range of application areas. The IoT is not a single, homogenous entity, however. It can be broken down into the human IoT (HIoT) and the commercial and industrial IoT (IIoT). The IIoT can be further divided into machine-to-machine (M2M) and machines-to-machines (Ms2Ms) segments. Read more...

Emulex Joins InfniBand

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Emulex Joins InfniBand

Network connectivity, monitoring and management solution vendor Emulex joins the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA), the organisation taking care of the InfiniBand specification. 

The company is a voting member of the steering committee with a charter to define and promote the RDMA standard, the technology behind the RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) standard.

RoCE promises improvements in application performance and costs by improving data centre communication efficiency and resource utilisation. It uses Infiniband transport to provide RDMA platforms running on mainstream data centres over 10/40GbE and beyond.  Read more...

VMware Intros NSX

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VMware Intros NSX

VMWare shows off the results of July 2012 acquisition Nicira at VMworld 2013-- the company launches NSX, a software-defined networking (SDN) platform turning switches, routers, firewalls and load balancers into software. 

The platform combines Nicira assets with VMware's own vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS), and promises to "unleash the power of network virtualisation" by decoupling the networking and security in Layers 2 - 7 from the underlying hardware. The result? More easily programmable, more agile and faster networking infrastructure, at least according to VMware.

The company also says NSX improves over the likes of its own VXLAN, with better scaling and interoperation with non-VMware hypervisors such as Microsoft HyperV and KVM.  Read more...

Vello Intros VellOS 7.0

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Vello Intros VellOS 7.0

Vello Systems claims to "shatter" the walls between optical, ethernet and virtual networking with VellOS 7.0, a scalable enterprise network OS uniting all networking technologies under a single vendor-agnostic platform. 

According to the company VellOS 7.0 allows customers to build and manage "highly adaptable, reliable and cost effective" infrastructure using a mix of networking technologies, with a common framework handling optical, ethernet and virtual networking planes. 

Based on a distributed Linux framework, VellOS incorporates standards-based RESTful APIs and GUI-style network policy and control, allowing users to mix and match OpenFlow-enabled network devices.  Read more...

Vendors Team up in SPB Interoperability

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Vendors Team up in SPB Interoperability

Avaya, Alcatel-Lucent, HP and Spirent team up at Interop 2013 to present what they say is the first, live multi-vendor interoperability test using Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) technology. 

The test leverages the InteropNet backbone network to connect equipment at each participant's booths-- namely an Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6900 LAN switch, Avaya Virtual Services Platform 9000, HP 12500 series switches and Spirent TestCentre. 

SPB is an open and extensible fabric networking technology. Standardised as either 802.1aq (IEEE) or RFC 6329 (IETF), the technology simplifies network creation and management by demanding service provisioning only in the edge of the network. Using the Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS) protocol, SPB dynamically builds and maintains network topology between nodes and establishes a multi-path  traffic distribution fabric.  Read more...

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