LiveAction updates LiveNX network management service

In networking news, LiveAction launches LiveNX 8 and LiveWire; Kaloom and Red Hat collaborate for a virtualized central office; and Siemens and Aruba bridge the IT-OT gap.

LiveAction has updated its LiveNX network management service to LiveNX 8 after integrating Savvius technology. This latest version of the network performance management and diagnostics platform integrates flow data with packet capture and analysis.

As a network management service, LiveNX 8 is designed to improve network monitoring and diagnostics for network operations teams. It looks to identify root causes of network issues, so organizations can correct them. LiveNX 8 can also automate existing workflows.

This week, LiveAction also introduced LiveWire, an appliance designed for network edge deployment. It captures and converts real-time packet data, which feeds into the visualization engine of LiveNX 8.

Together, LiveWire and LiveNX 8 offer visual insights and analytics to traditionally "dark" environments, such as application classification; performance management for software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) deployments; or holistic visibility for legacy, multivendor edge switch environments. LiveWire use cases include branch wireless monitoring, point-of-sale transaction troubleshooting and voice-over IP troubleshooting.  

The LiveNX network management service uses a range of data sources, including various flow protocols, packet capture and analysis, Simple Network Management Protocol and API tools, providing network visibility across multifabric networks, including branch locations, WANs, SD-WANs, data centers and multi-cloud environments.

Kaloom, Red Hat partner for virtual central office service

Kaloom, a provider of automated data center networking software, has teamed up with Red Hat for a virtual central office (VCO) service for multivendor network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments at the network edge. The service looks to speed and simplify the deployment of value-added residential, enterprise and mobile services by telcos and enterprises.

Kaloom offers an automated VCO networking service with Red Hat's NFV infrastructure. The service uses Kaloom's programmable fabric, which can boost the performance and lower the latency of NFV applications. By using open source software-defined networking capabilities, the Red Hat VCO can support virtualized, next-generation mobile services and define a multivendor central office for both 4G and 5G technologies.

The Kaloom service looks to enhance CPU use for virtual network functions (VNF) applications by offloading service-chaining functionality and embedding it into the data plane. It also offers a way to program infrastructure using the open standards-based P4 programming language to add services and capabilities. In-band telemetry is offered to manage and support the VNF infrastructure at scale.

Through their collaboration, Red Hat and Kaloom aim to strengthen NFV infrastructure automation, potentially changing how cloud and data center networks are built, managed and maintained for operators, wireless providers, enterprises and cloud providers.  

Siemens, Aruba join forces for integrated networks

Digitalization, Industry 4.0 and industrial IoT are raising new challenges, because data must now traverse the boundary separating operational technology (OT) and IT. Typically, industrial OT networks are not coupled tightly with enterprise IT networks, which creates gaps in data and device visibility, application assurance and security.

To address this concern, Siemens and Aruba have teamed up to bridge the OT and IT worlds. The companies aim to support customers with reliable and secure data networks for high plant and network availability. Customers could benefit from integrated networks with interoperability from factory floors to corporate offices. Siemens provides industrial Ethernet network components, while Aruba offers wired and wireless LAN infrastructure.

The combined services offer wired and wireless networking products and related software that can be implemented through different channels, including the companies' partner networks, with access to engineering and support experts.

The services aim to ensure network security that spans the IT and OT worlds. For example, Aruba's 360 Secure Fabric for IT networks can be combined with Siemens' Defense in Depth OT security concept. And because of varied customer security needs, Siemens and Aruba also aim to tailor security services to address specific customer requirements.

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