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Preview of Cisco Medianet Sessions at Cisco Live Orlando

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that the Cisco Medianet Team will be hosting a customer panel at Cisco Live Orlando. As the event draws near, here is a broader preview of the Cisco Medianet sessions that will be offered there:

  • Sunday, Jun 23, 9:30AM -- 10:30AM – CDN Developer Forum – Medianet: Managing and Monitoring Video and Collaboration Applications and Endpoints – Patricia Costa
  • Monday, Jun 24, 10:00 AM -- 12:00 PM ­– BRKRST-2512 – Validating QoS using Medianet Media Awareness -- Technical Breakout – 2 hours – Michael O’Brien and Eric Yu
  • Monday, Jun 24, 1:00 PM -- 5:00 PM – LTREVT-2300 – Enterprise Medianet: Video Applications and Network Design Lab – Lab: Instructor-Led – 4 hours – Aamer Akhter, Ana Andrijic, and Jianzhu Zhang
  • Tuesday, Jun 25, 8:00 AM -- 9:30 AM – BRKCDN-1113 – Enhanced Management of Video with Media Monitoring – Technical Breakout – 90 mins – Aamer Akhter
  • Tuesday, Jun 25, 12:30 PM -- 2:30 PM – PNLCOL-2000 – How the Network Improves the Video and Collaboration Experience Across Industries – Panel – 2 hours – PLAMEN Nedeltchev, Ulrica de Fort-Menares,  Gary Reynolds, Aamer Akhter, Donald Krtanjek, and Michael Boscia
  • Tuesday, Jun 25, 12:30 PM -- 2:30 PM – RKEVT-2807 – Enterprise Video Network Performance Analysis with Medianet – Technical Breakout – 2 hours – Eric Yu and Michael O’Brien
  • Tuesday, Jun 25, 3:00 PM -- 4:30 PM – BRKCOL-2343 – Implementing Optimal Video Collaboration with Medianet – Technical Breakout – 90 mins – Jianzhu Zhang and Ana Andrijic
  • Wednesday, June 26, 11:30 AM -- 12:30 PM  – Cisco Medianet: Managing Enterprise Video or Unifying the Workspace with Jabber, Thin Client and Accessories  – Table Topic – Learn more about Table Topics at Cisco Live Orlando here.
  • Thursday, Jun 27, 12:30 PM -- 2:00 PM – BRKEVT-2815 – Medianet Traffic and Device Awareness for Intelligent Services – Technical Breakout – 90 mins – Toerless Eckert

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Scope of ‘KeyBoy’ Targeted Malware Attacks

On June 6, 2013, malwaretracker.com released an analysis of Microsoft Office-based malware that was exploiting a previously unknown vulnerability that was patched by MS12-060. The samples provided were alleged to be targeting Tibetan and Chinese Pro-Democracy Activists. On June 7, 2013, Rapid7 released an analysis of malware dubbed ‘KeyBoy,’ also exploiting unknown vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, similarly patched by MS12-060, but allegedly targeting interests in Vietnam and India. The indicators of compromise (IoCs) listed by Rapid7 match some of the indicators of compromise listed previously by malwaretracker.com.

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Drumroll Please…Cisco Partner Summit Contest Winners Announced

June 13, 2013 at 8:24 am PST

It’s hard to believe that Cisco Partner Summit 2013 is already a week behind us. We had such a great time chatting with partners, attending the sessions, and seeing your Vine and Favorite Quote Contests submissions roll in. We have some very creative partners out there!

To recap, there were two Cisco Partner Summit Contests, you could participate in:

  • Vine Contest: Using the Vine mobile app, capture the essence of what Cisco Partner Summit means to you in a video that is six seconds or less.
  • Favorite Quote Contest: Send a tweet of your favorite Cisco Partner Summit quote or key message that resonated most with you.

Now that the contest details are fresh in your mind, here are the Cisco Partner Summit 2013 contest winners. Drumroll please… Read More »

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And now, finally, you can afford to let your VDI administrator go on vacation ….

 

Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions Video

Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions Video

I know I know.. You are already familiar with the fundamentals of Desktop Virtualization. So we are not going to talk about that.  However, if you do not know much about Cisco’s capabilities in the space and you have three minutes and twenty seconds of your busy day to spare, you can watch this short video and get the ‘Bonsai’ rendition.  While tempting, I will not dwell on the strengths of our UCS platform which is at the core of our Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions portfolio.

I will focus instead on a question that our services team often gets from our enterprise class customers; “How do I best manage my desktop virtualization environment on a day-to-day basis?”

Let’s face it. Designing and configuring production-ready Desktop Virtualization Infrastructures takes planning and expertise. Frequently, that expertise comes in the form of a Professional Services contract. But the challenges that many of our customers experience is expanding their platform after the implementation team has moved to other projects …

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Ease of Troubleshooting : Meet Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director

June 13, 2013 at 7:00 am PST

End of April, Cisco introduced  the next generation Storage Network innovations with the new MDS 9710 Multilayer Director and new MDS 9250i Multiservice Switch (see Berna Devrim’s  blog ) . These solutions have been presented to the Storage Tech Field Day  (see blogs and videos below) , as well on the Cisco booth at different events  (ie EMC World) generating a lot of  comments  from bloggers and users. So I came back to the team of Cisco engineers  to know more  about these solutions -- Today I interviewed Bhavin  Yadav one of these fine engineers about the MDS 9710 .BhavinYadav

“Hi Bhavin . I heard a lot of comments  about troubleshooting , and the claim that it’s easy . Really? How can I achieve that? 

Haha . Welcome to the world of Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors, the easy to troubleshoot Multilayer Director Class platform in the storage area networking world! Isn’t it wonderful ? Who does not want that ? But let me first  remind you some fundamental facts before we come to any conclusion.

What are some of the reasons we have to troubleshoot?

1. Unknown human part – like wrong part replacement, playing around for fun (Are you serious? Yes, you can just pull the lever and get pull the module out like a piece of cake),
2. Technology changes –sudden traffic pattern change like unexpected data spikes, infrastructure changes like adding bunch of new virtual machines – new servers, using SSD based storage, exponential increase in data backups every night , deployment of new data centers, need of speedier networks, etc.
3. Unexpected infrastructure acts: sudden power loss, lost air cooling, burned out cables, failing hard drives – switches -- cables, etc.

So, the question comes out is – Okay, this is not something new, we deal with it everyday. Well, let me ask you this – while you work on above problems, does it impact your customers / clients? Does it impact (reduce) your available resources? Does it wake you up your staff at 2 am? But how about reducing these kinds of calls / engagements and also enhancing the customer experience? Yes, that’s what we are going to talk about.

Introducing Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director  Class SAN switch, along with Raising the bar for performance and new benchmarks on performance, reliability and flexibility, now also for troubleshooting.  Let’s see how it does this.

With MDS 9710, comes a newly refreshed hardware with new troubleshooting and monitoring tool: GOLD -- Generic Online Diagnostics. In this post, I want to talk about both, new hardware and GOLD.

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