We had to dig further, past our initial meetings internally and determine what would make this particular story unique from previous ones we have told this year. As it turns out, we had plenty of material to share but three really good shows done earlier, now provide great context for appreciating the innovation we talk about in this one.
So topically, Security in the Data Center is an easy hit of course. It almost sounds like an Oxymoron as many are convinced it is some kind of insurmountable obstacle. Nothing could be further from the truth. It seems to top many lists. [Watch 'Defending the Data Center' Right Now.]
As Cisco broadens the tool set with new models and deployment options, we broke this one down along party lines:
Jaishree brought in Scott Gainey for the top down view in Segment 2.
Jimmy Ray hosted Per Hagen as he explained how the new clustering technology in the ASA worked. NOTE: ASA 5515-X running the latest software release 8.6(1) was featured in the BYOD CVD (Cisco Validated Design) Smart Solution Design Guide.
Anil Kapur revealed how IPS (from Cisco anyway…) can now play effectively in a data center strategy.
Jeff Aboud joined me to illustrate how all of these new models now give us the flexibility to model a security architecture that complements the network/business strategy.
Swastik Bihani then joined us and showed new email encryption capabilities across all of our devices and web security changes worth knowing about.
For a good design guide on this one -- check out this well done paper (pdf) from our friends at the SBA labs