Vyatta – Free Training focussed on use in ESX and Citrix

Vyatta are slowly becoming one of my favourite networking start-ups…
Not only do they have a first class Router and Firewall/VPN product – boasting higher performance than Cisco – that they give to the community (here), they now offer free training at the Vyatta University! Specifically a new free video course related to Routing and Security in VMware and Citrix

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Vyatta are slowly becoming one of my favourite networking start-ups…
Not only do they have a first class Router and Firewall/VPN product – boasting higher performance than Cisco – that they give to the community (here), they now offer free training at the Vyatta University!

Back in March, Vyatta Core reached v6.0 providing additional features that make their product more attractive to the enterprise.

  • Netflow / sFlow logging and analysis
  • 802.11 wireless LAN – (access point + base station)
  • Binary image installation – (version mgmt)
  • IPv6 readiness (core routing and firewall)
  • Firewall enhancements
    • IPv6 firewall
    • P2P firewall
    • time-based and zone-based firewall rules
  • QoS Enhancements

You may have read my post on using Vyatta as a Router-in-a-box for VMware and Citrix…
Seeing how this is such an attractive use case for this product, Vyatta have published a course detailing  installation, verification and basic configuration of Vyatta OVF and XVA virtual appliances for adding routing & security to VMware ESX and XenServer environments.

To sign up for the free video click here or to view all Vyatta training offerings click here

I very much like Vyatta’s approach, offering the Core Edition to the community with support subscription available as an uplift and it is even more refreshing to see Training following in the footsteps.
A strong community and easy access to resources  satisfies engineers and will yield a greater amount of knowledgeable/certified individuals should Vyatta choose to go down this route.

Perhaps more Networking vendors could learn from this…

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The path to Data Centre Zen – Part 1

2 years ago Cisco announced it’s future Data Centre vision “Data Center 3.0”.  Since then we have seen a plethora of products emerge in the marketplace aimed towards the enablement of this vision; the most recent of which is the Cisco Unified Computing System or UCS.  The UCS in perhaps the most powerful and feature rich system released to date, but it is merely part of the bigger picture.

Data Center 3,0 is about far more than just Virtualisation.  It’s goal is to enable IT to become a service, not a cost-centre by making it agile, fast to deploy and easy to manage.  This will enhance end-user experience and enable the network as a platform for collaboration.  There is also a large saving to be made in the running costs of the “Data Center 3.0” model which will please both tree-huggers and bean-counters.

Cisco’s vision is great.  I do not disagree with the principles in the slightest.  The only issue I have is the premium that is paid by the customer and the vendor lock-in.

So my vision for the future is Data Centre Zen.  It is a vendor-neutral architecture with the same underlying principles.
The path to achieving Data Centre Zen is simple:

  • Consolidation
    Consolidation uses a Unified Fabric, which has been enabled through the development of FCoE and loss-less Ethernet (DCE), and CNA’s or Converged Network Adapters that have been developed to consolidate HBAs and NICs.
  • Virtualisation
    Well established solutions are already in place for Server and Desktop Virtualisation but Network Virtualisation is a key part of the overall picture.
  • Integration
    The network must become integrated with VM’s and Applications to be able to dynamically respond to their needs
  • Service Orchestration
    The final step to achieving Zen is enabled though automated provisioning, intelligent network management and integrated security.

Over the coming weeks I will be elaborating on each phase of the model and associated technologies with a view to helping all take one step closer to Data Centre Zen.

VCPs and VCDXs, Cisco (and their Gold Partner’s) Needs You!

During last week’s Cisco Live! event in San Fran it was announced that Cisco were introducing 4 new certifications, two of which are for the Cisco UCS.
The interesting thing about these certifications are the prerequisites.

Cisco Certified Unified Computing Design Speciaist – http://bit.ly/tT6VU
All candidates MUST hold a VCDX
You must have valid CCDA and pass the  642-978 DCUCD qualifier exam

Cisco Certified Unified Computing Support Specialist – http://bit.ly/hmu43
All candidates MUST hold a VCP
You must have a valid CCNA and pass the 642-979 DCUCI qualifier exam

This does not come as a surprise as we have seen VMware and Cisco getting very friendly of late.

In my humble opinion I would not be shocked if we were to see Cisco positioning a take-over bid for EMC in the near future, as has been rumoured since 2005.