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The Foundation of the Next-Generation Internet & the Voice of the Customer

In support of today’s announcement introducing the CRS-3, I had the opportunity to sit down with Keith Cambron, CEO of AT&T Labs at their Floram Park, NJ facility.  During our conversation Keith commented directly on the changing market dynamics and traffic patterns and also on the significance of today’s news announcing the CRS-3 and AT&T’s successful 100Gbps field trial using the CRS-3 as a foundational platform.  Click the image below to view the video in its entirety.

 

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RSA is almost here!

The RSA Conference is being held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from March 1-5, 2010. As one of the most importance security-related tradeshows, it’s important for security professional to stay abreast of the announcements.

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Cisco IP NGN Becomes Even More End to End

The Cisco end-to-end IP NGN just became even more comprehensive.

Thanks to the acquisition of Starent.

Cisco has expanded the ASR Series platforms with the ASR 5000, as a result of the Starent purchase finalized just before Christmas.  The ASR 5000 gives Cisco an even better IP NGN offering for mobile operators, who are struggling to deal with exploding mobile Internet traffic, multimedia applications and demanding consumers.  

 

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No Surprise — Mobile Data Traffic Keeps Growing

Global mobile data traffic will continue to rapidly increase through 2014, according to the the latest update to Cisco’s VNI Mobile Forecast for 2009-2014.  No surprise there. 

But the details are sometimes surprising, often mind-boggling.

 

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Introducing OTV: New Datacenter 3.0 Technology Tackles Global Virtual Machine and Workload Mobility

Plenty of ink has been spilled on today’s technology releases from Cisco.  Most notably, Omar does a fantastic job of detailing the new technologies Cisco is bringing to market today, including Overlay Transport Virtualization and Cisco’s new 10GBase-T offerings.  I’m going to embed some video below on both, but before I do, I thought I’d take a brief moment to draw out some of the exciting ramifications of OTV.

As previously mentioned, my knowledge tends toward the compute side of the house.  OTV is very much a networking technology (in technical terms it allows you to overlay a Layer 3 network on top of a Layer 2 network) available for the Nexus 7000 datacenter switches starting today.  However, the practical implication of this technology are very much compute and virtualization relevant.  In essence, OTV easily enables full VM and workload mobility between disparate datacenters.

Already OTV is getting rave reviews from virtualization vendors, such as VMware. “Moving workloads between data centers has typically involved complex and time-consuming network design and configurations,” said Ben Matheson, senior director, global partner marketing, VMware. “VMotion can now leverage Cisco OTV to easily and cost-effectively move data center workloads across long distances, providing customers with resource flexibility and workload portability that span across geographically dispersed data centers.  This represents a significant advancement for virtualized environments by simplifying and accelerating long-distance workload migrations.”

But don’t take my word for it, here’s oodles more info on OTV:

 

Additionally, today we also announced new 10GBase-T products to help customers ease the transition to 10GbE networking:

 

 

 

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