So I’ve blogged quite a bit about the simplicity of our OneFabric architecture. As I sum this up I hope you really see the difference. Below, I just did a quick recap of what we do against one of our competitors in the market whose messaging I heard at this year’s Interop keynote. Their message sounded similar to ours (single policy, single management, etc.) but in reality it is radically different and a lot more complex.
A real-life comparison paints a very clear picture: Notice how Enterasys keeps network operations simpler by using fewer protocols and products to get more done.
|Policy Management Campus||Same Policy (and same MIB to manage) on all access (fixed and WiFi) and core devices managed by, one integrated solution, OneFabric Control Center – with one Data Base||Multiple products, different implementations and multiple data bases: Cisco Prime, ISE, and ACL – with separate QoS configuration for wired and wireless access|
|Policy Management Data Center||Again, one simple way for all products and all levels: Policy (as before) on all data center switches managed by OneFabric Control Center Integration with server via OneFabric Connect DCM||Again, multiple ways depending on products and the level of policy. VNMC managing ACL but no QoS, different OS on Nexus vs. Catalyst, various methods to integrate with server|
|Virtual Switching in the Campus||Virtual Switch Bonding VSB||VSS on the Catalyst line|
|Virtual Switching in the Data Center||Virtual Switch Bonding VSB||vPC, vPC+ on the Nexus line|
|Fabric mesh protocol for the Campus Core||Shortest Path Bridging IEEE 802.1aq||TBD|
|Fabric mesh protocol for the Data Center||Shortest Path Bridging IEEE 802.1aq||Fabric Path on the Nexus 7k line|
|Campus Interconnect for Layer 2||GRE/L2 or SPB||VPLS Virtual Private LAN Services on top of MPLS|
|Data Center Interconnect for Layer 2||GRE/L2 or SPB||OTV Overlay Transport Virtualization|
|Data Center East/West traffic optimization||Fabric Routing – VRRP based, no new protocols required||Proxy Routing – Nexus 7k only|
|Data Center Interconnect path optimization||Fabric Routing with IP Host Mobility – Host Routing based, no new protocols required||LISP Locator ID Separation Protocol|
|Summary||Leverages fewer protocols and tools – easy and simple to implement||Almost twice as many tools, protocols and proprietary extensions required to achieve the same goal|
As a great man once said “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” At Enterasys, we have worked very hard to make our network operations very simple – using fewer protocols and integrated tools. We believe this approach provides a simpler and high quality user experience. And it allows IT staff, to spend less time on operational tactics so that they are focus on more fun and strategic projects that are beneficial to the business so IT and the network becomes an important asset and not just a cost center.