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Advanced Wireless Functionality for a Fraction of the Price

Since launching Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) – Cisco’s innovative solution that turns the network into a platform for delivering location-aware, in-venue services – customers have been intrigued. However, CMX could not exist without the Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE), a location-aware network appliance to provide location-aware capabilities as well as deep wireless security.

Before I get into the new pricing details, here’s a quick recap of what the MSE can do:

The MSE is a network appliance that takes your wireless network and turns into a platform for delivering cool and innovative location-based services that provide unique business value through online, onsite and social analytics. For example, you can now leverage your wireless network to see how many customers are visiting your store? Are they new or repeat customers? Are long wait times at checkout hurting my business? With the MSE, organizations can even communicate directly with visitors in their venue through their mobile devices. You can now provide wayfinding (indoor GPS) and push relevant content such as offers or coupons directly to your visitors, which in turn can drive revenue gains for the venue.

The MSE does more than location based services – it also has a rich set of network security tools (known collectively as wIPS – wireless intrusion prevention system) that help protect the network from all kinds of attacks.  The MSE can not only tell you that there is an attack taking place, but it will tell you which type of attack (“honeypot”), where the attack is coming from, and will also enable the network fight back against the attack (“flood the attacking device with traffic making it impossible for him to do anything”).

We wanted to make this great functionality more accessible and affordable for our customers, so I am happy to announce that we are offering a new pricing promotion for MSE licenses starting now until April 2014.

Here are the basics of the promotion: Read More »

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Security: Vital for Technology-enabled Education

October 11, 2013 at 8:47 am PST

More and more we are seeing the education landscape change to include more technology for collaboration and mobile learning. Colleges and universities are enabling secure networks for staff and students to access resources on-campus and off. With October being National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and Educause next week, we are hearing a lot of talk about the importance of campus network security and threats. Read More »

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – October 11, 2013

October 11, 2013 at 8:18 am PST

Partner-Weekly-Rewind-v2Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:

Off the Top

Cisco completed its acquisition of Sourcefire this week. This move brings Sourcefire’s competitive technology and talent into the Cisco family, but what does that mean to partners?

Ken Trombetta took some time this week to offer his thoughts on the Sourcefire acquisition’s effect on channel partners. He also affirmed Cisco’s commitment to making the integration as seamless as possible for Cisco Channel Partners.

Be sure to check out Ken’s blog and give us your thoughts on the Sourcefire acquisition. Read More »

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

This month, we are marking the tenth anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). The goal is to raise awareness and educate Americans about the importance of cyber security. Agencies and organizations are holding events and driving initiatives to engage Americans in a discussion about how to establish safer practices.

NCSAM sheds light on the most pressing topics in security, including mobility, education, cyber crime and critical infrastructure.  In alignment with NCSAM’s mission, we are sharing our own cyber security best practices, advice and resources.

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Cisco.com URLs will be changing (but we’ve got you covered)

October 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm PST

Later this year, many URLs on Cisco.com are going to change. But don’t worry: We’re putting a mechanism in place that will take you to the right location even if you have bookmarks or are coming from external references.

These redirects will be automatic, but if you’re curious, here’s how the URLs will change:

Before:  http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/products/ps10536/index.html

After:  http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/routers/3900-series-routers/index.html (by the way, this link won’t work yet)

We want to reassure you that even though some links are changing, we’re vigilant about avoiding broken links.  We’ve made a lot of progress on this area in the last year, as you’ve read via Bill Skeet’s recent blog post about link quality.

Please let us know questions or concerns you have, and we’ll keep you updated as we get closer to the go-live dates.

 

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