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Why Cisco, Not Juniper? OpEx, CapEx and the Frankenkluge in the Branch Office Closet

One of the great things about being at Cisco HQ in Silicon Valley is the wonderful diversity we have here. Although you don’t really get seasons you do get an awesome mix of people. A recent stroll around the lake at Shoreline Park revealed people speaking English, Russian, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hindi and some other languages I could not identify. Similarly sushi, butter chicken and naan, pho, bulgoki and bahn mi are all easy to find for the diversified, international foodie.

However, when I go out for Indian food with my friends, they almost always insist on going to a buffet in Mountain View called Passage to India. Partially because they usually have a huge assortment of “desi-chinese” dishes such as Gobi Manchurian and Chilli Chicken but largely because they see the buffet being a tremendous value. Little chicken tikka masala, little tandoori, little goat curry, some gulab jamun – enjoy them all, they are all included in a well integrated package. A la carte approaches make it hard to enjoy such variety, as each additional dish is usually priced like the main part of a meal.

Reminds me of the whole Cisco vs Juniper thing for the branch.

We took a look at the cost of building a modern, secure, integrated services network for the branch, incorporating the functionality and services that you would want in a new branch deployment, you know, things like security (firewall, IPS, VPN), video, server virtualization, WAN optimization, video optimization, 4G backup and Unified Communications. Doing all this with Cisco was pretty easy, all you need is an ISR, which we spec’ed out as an ISR 3945 for our hypothetical 150 person branch (with a 45Mbps WAN bandwidth). Implementation was cheap and easy, particularly when you consider all the capabilities that you were getting.

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Cisco UCS Demonstrates Enterprise Performance for RISC/UNIX Migration Opportunities

January 17, 2012 at 10:54 am PST

Benchmarks can be invaluable when it comes to making a decision on whether to migrate mission-critical applications, especially those benchmarks that are frequently referenced by enterprise IT organizations when making decisions about which platform to use as their Oracle Database. The TPC-C benchmark is often referred to as the flagship server benchmark that measures online transaction processing (OLTP) performance by simulating a complete compute environment where a population of users runs transactions against a database. In many instances online transaction processing is critical to business operations and the systems that run these applications must have high performance and be reliable.

Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS™) servers, combined with Oracle Database software, recently delivered a result with outstanding performance and leadership price-performance versus 2-socket RISC/UNIX platforms. The Cisco UCS C250 M2 delivered more than four times better performance that an HP Integrity rx6600 with 78% lower price-performance and 16% better price-performance than the IBM Power 780.

In an era in which IT budgets are shrinking, the high costs to rollout and support applications based on RISC/UNIX systems becomes more and more unappealing. This new TPC-C result is just another example of how Cisco UCS can deliver performance that businesses require for their enterprise applications at lower costs.

I urge you to check out our RISC/UNIX Migration Program page for additional performance briefs, case studies, white papers, and migration guides.

Cisco at CES 2012: Catching Up With Marthin De Beer and Jesper Andersen

Marthin De Beer, Senior Vice President of Cisco’s Video and Collaboration Group takes time at CES to share his thoughts on the service provider video market. He highlights Cisco’s video experience demos at the show, and discusses how we are helping customers through our end-to-end architecture, with strategies to bridge legacy infrastructure to future IP-centric architectures, including the emergence of home gateways. Read More »

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Medianet – Horizontal & Vertical integration

Medianet is the architecture for video. The architecture has two very simple concepts:

  1. Build capabilities around services that run across the infrastructure in order to deliver consistent experience.
  2. Build intelligence into the network

The former we term horizontal integration and the latter vertical integration.

Figure 1: Medianet Architecture

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Modernizing the Grid: a Conversation with Cisco’s Connected Energy Customers and Partners

Cisco recently sat down with Richard Creegan of Itron, Gary Murphy of BC Hydro and Dave Geier of SDG&E to discuss the current state of the smart grid transition and to get their perspectives on the new set of offerings in Cisco’s Connected Grid portfoli0. Through a host of new solutions, services and partnerships for utilities, Cisco aims to provide a common communications and network platform to help utilities move forward with grid modernization efforts.                                                                                     

We began with Itron, which joined with Cisco in 2011 in an effort to combine expertise and offer a fully-compliant IPv6 Field Area Network (FAN) solution to the industry. 

CiscoThe alliance between Cisco and Itron has produced its first solution for the utility industry. Can you talk a little about why you felt this union made sense?

Itron: Both Cisco and Itron have their own unique expertise. When it comes to Cisco, information technology is core to what they do and it elevates the value of what we offer to customers. Combined with Itron’s proven expertise in delivering operational technologies that utilities use to run their businesses, this partnership established a vision to create a smart grid platform that will help move both companies forward.  

 Next we turned to BC Hydro and SDG&E, two utility companies who are both utilizing Cisco’s new FAN solution. 

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