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Network Services Headers (NSH): Creating a Service Plane for Cloud Networks

In the past, we have pointed out that configuring network services and security policies into an application network has traditionally been the most complex, tedious and time-consuming aspect of deploying new applications. For a data center or cloud provider to stand up applications in minutes and not days, easily configuring the right service nodes (e.g. a load balancer or firewall), with the right application and security policies, to support…

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Happy Birthday, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure!

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity”. ~ Plato November 6, 2014 marked the one-year anniversary since the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) was officially announced in the ACI Launch Event at Waldorf Astoria, New York City. I had the privilege to attend the event; I thought to myself that if Cisco had picked NYC for an announcement that’s got to be serious. Also after living over 20 years…

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Introducing Nexus 5624Q Switch: Seamlessly Migration from 1G to 10G/40G

Recent trends like Big Data, Video, and Collaboration are shaping the Enterprise IT environments.  At first glance, these trends might not seem like anything new.  But what is different is that technologies are now available that lets organizations deal with these trends in a better way ( for example 10/40/100G availability ,  Multicore processors driving higher I/O,  BiDi Optics,  New gen multi-protocol Fabric Extender (FEX), etc).  New innovat…

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Nexus 5600 Switches: Flexible, Reliable and widely adopted

Recent trends like big data, BYOD, video and Internet of Things are putting more pressure on over all data center design.   Enterprise architects are looking for cost effective and innovative platforms to stay competitive in the market place.  Each application is unique and the network, storage and compute requirements for scaling and growing these applications are also unique. Cisco Nexus 5600 product portfolio caters to all your data center ne…

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Docker Networking Going Enterprise ?

The second revolution in server virtualization is here.  Virtual Machines were the first revolution that allowed users the ability to run multiple workloads on a single server through a hypervisor. Now the next wave is here.  Linux Containers have recently started to gain momentum with many enterprise customers asking me if they should consider it and if Cisco offered Docker support in the enterprise-grade virtual networking products. I approach…

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