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Test & Verify. How often is this ‘really’ be done in networking?

Test & Verify. How often is this ‘really’ be done in networking?

After learning more about what can be done here, I really feel like more people should be taking advantage of this.

The idea of building a fully virtualized version of your existing or desired network so you can see how your applications (and the network itself) will act and react in various situations, is like a wonderful dream of ‘never leave the chair’ goodness.  This is immensely helpful and cost effective when compared to the amount of equipment historically required.

Nour Abu Sheik for Cisco Modeling Labs

Nour Abu Sheik for Cisco Modeling Labs

Watch the show: TechWiseTV 172 Cisco Modeling Labs

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Guest Expert: Nour Abu Sheik

Engineering Expert, Craig Brown, first introduced me to this software/service at Cisco Live Milan…but was stuck in Australia when we taped this…

Simulation vs. Emulation.  Different of course.  Emulation is a ‘pretender’ whereas ‘simulation’ is full on re-creation.  CML is a simulation of the environment that you create so your experience is as realistic as it can be.

Cisco Modeling Labs uses the same IOS code running on your hardware, but built to run in a simulated environment. Using OS images such as IOS, IOS XR, IOS XE, NX-OS, and L2 switching, you can design, build, visualize, and launch a network simulation in a matter of minutes rather than days.

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Intercloud Fabric: Unleashing Hybrid Cloud

John McDonough talks Intercloud Fabric on TechWiseTV

John McDonough talks Intercloud Fabric on TechWiseTV

TechWiseTV Episode 174 featuring Cisco Intercloud Fabric, part of the Enterprise Cloud Suite with guest John McDonough, @johnamcdonough

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Related Episode 171: Cloud Agility for automation in the private cloud featuring Cisco Prime Service Catalog, Stack Designer.  Short on time but curios?  Watch the Short Promo of 171.

The Intercloud Fabric offers an answer for every enterprise that recognizes hybrid cloud is the goal, yet still faces the inevitable ‘how to’ questions.

The proverbial ‘how do I have my cake and eat it too.”

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TechWiseTV SP: Cloud VPN

TechWiseTV SP 168 covers Cloud VPN

TechWiseTV SP 168 covers Cloud VPN

I first saw this demo’d at Cisco Live Milan and although it was interesting, I don’t think I fully appreciated the problem being solved.

The base technology enabling this became our first show in the SP series (NSO enabled by Tail-f).  It was then that I began to really appreciate how some of the most mature technologies, like VPN, did not have the agility providers need to truly offer all their potential customers.

We ARE going to show you a specific service, using YOUR network, where the technology can be ready to go faster than your marketing or sales department can be ready to sell it.

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The numbers are pretty clear:  By 2019, there will over $800 billion worth of incremental revenue and value for service providers to seize across cloud, mobile, and video technologies. (MOI Tool)

But when it came to rolling out new services…SP’s have only been able to service the largest of clients.  The complexity of configuration on a new service is so manual and complex that only the biggest opportunities made sense. 

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Network Service Orchestration enabled by Tail-f

Carl Moberg from Tail-f covers NSO on TechWiseTV

Carl Moberg from Tail-f covers NSO on TechWiseTV

This is the first in a new series of Service Provider focused topics.  We had a lot of choices on where to start but this jumped out as my favorite.  Tail-f brought us some incredibly successful work that dovetails nicely into our SP strategy.   

Tedious CLI and home-spun scripts continue to characterize a boom of network growth that is now struggling under its own weight.  SP networks, and many enterprises in fact, just can’t keep up with the demand for services.  This now affects their ability to compete and thrive.   

It has been impossible to implement network management and/or automation from the outside in.  Even if our networks were all from one single vendor, the number of updates, traffic characteristics and unique configurations would still make it an uphill battle.  SP networks are multivendor and full of legacy equipment that continues to have value.  Cisco’s NSO is now offering a way to work this problem from the inside out.  Standards and protocols that have been grown and tested over the last decade are now ready to turn this into one of those great ‘why didn’t we do this before’ situations.

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  • Wayne Cullen walks us through Cisco’s Evolved Services Platform (ESP), the vision and the updated roadmap.
  • Carl Moberg explains NETCONF, YANG and the benefits of a model driven architecture.

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Fundamentals of 802.11ac Wave 2

Fundamentals of 802.11ac Wave 2 from TechWiseTV

Fundamentals of 802.11ac Wave 2 from TechWiseTV

How well do you understand this Wave 2 release of the 802.11ac specification?  Our latest ‘Fundamentals of’ addresses the technical differentiators and the potential pitfalls you should be aware of.  There is a lot of power in this wave.

Just 5 Minutes to increase your knowledge: WATCH NOW

I put the full script at the bottom of this blog if interested.

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Watch some of the earlier wireless fundamentals for even more wireless innovation and (IMHO) great background:

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