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ACI Momentum Continues

July 23, 2014 at 2:13 pm PST

TWTV 151 ACI Momentum

We embarked upon this episode with an agenda. Take a sample of the building momentum around Cisco ACI. The growing benefits, details and momentum behind the Application Centric Infrastructure. First announced in November 2013 and just before we start shipping.

In my estimation, we saw five areas worth highlighting from Cisco Live:

  1. Cisco is ready to ship ACI
  2. Partnerships and joint use-cases are resonating with customers
  3. Strong integrations with APIC through OpFlex
  4. Partners see strong customer demand
  5. Partner are getting ready to ship ACI-based solutions

Great Q&A with Soni Jiandani from Network World’s John Dix: Cisco describes its SDN Vision She nails Cisco’s ACI vs. SDN messaging and any confusion you may still have with the positionoing. She also puts good context around the OpFlex protocol.

Our show is a great sneak peak for this summer’s blockbuster release of ACI Fabric Mode and the APIC Controller. If you need to catch up. Be sure and review the launch details we covered for ACI in November 2013: TWTV136: Inside the Application Centric Infrastructure

The key elements for ACI in that episode were:

  • Application Awareness -- top down control based on what was important
  • A new, tighter coupling between software and hardware
  • Architecture
  • Recognition that virtualization on the compute side had not been accompanied by requisite innovation on the network wide -- potential for wasted opportunity.
  • East West traffic was growing gangbusters in the data center and needed assisted.

We walk through the following components of the offering:

  • APIC -- Centralized cluster controller
  • Northbound API for standardized communication and control from Applications that need to interact with the Fabric
  • Southbound API for third party network services integration
  • Profiles -- Application Network Profiles -- the logical representation of all components of the application and its interdependencies on the application fabric
  • ACI Fabric -- new stateless hardware within the Nexus portfolio, 9000 series

So what was still missing?
- APIC GUI -- How would we interact?
- Migration plan -- Clarity on how to leverage within existing networks
- Southbound interface -- more details on network control
- Partner Plans -- who would support?

And that formed much of what we wanted to cover for today’s show -- filling in the blanks on the momentum…just before the big release this summer.

Shashi Kiran level on set on what has been accomplished.
TWTV 151 ACI Momentum

Ronak Desai, Director of Software Development walked Jimmy Ray through the new APIC interface.

TWTV 151 ACI Momentum

I got a chance to ask Mike Cohen about OpFlex and where it fits.

TWTV 151 ACI Momentum

And finally, Jimmy Ray weighed in with his view on partner support and the growth we are seeing for the Eco-System.

Please to enjoy!

Robb
@robbboyd

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Collaboration Tools Unleashed

July 22, 2014 at 7:55 am PST

TWTV150 Collaboration

Customers spoke. Cisco listened. And innovated.

Simplicity has always been a pain point for video collaboration systems. The new DX and MX systems leverage the same interfaces and are available at price points that make video more accessible for any size company. Combined with Intelligent Proximity that allows control of endpoints, seamless handoff of calls from one device to another, the ability to better interact with your online meetings – collaboration now becomes a real part of how we interact with devices and our work day.

Episode Promo

Segment Details and Guests Include:

  • Tom Richards and Desktop Video
  • Jimmy Ray whiteboards Video Codecs
  • Kirk McNeil introduces the 8800 Series Phones
  • Ron Lewis covers The Boardroom and Meetings Spaces

More information at this handy Collaboration Endpoint Reference Page

Now -- be sure and watch the show right here

Robb, Tina and Jimmy Ray

@techwisetv

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TWTV150 Collaboration

TWTV150 Collaboration

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Wireless Stew, Intoxicating Demo and Plixer

July 8, 2014 at 1:55 pm PST

Tony Scotino Stills

One of the best times I always have at Cisco Live involves getting to play ‘TV Anchor’ for the various live shows we stream. Well the Cisco TV team lets us use their equipment to do a live version of TechWiseTV each afternoon as well. Now honestly, I do plan these out…a little. But our day three show is generally a ‘hey…what do we WANT to do” kind of show. Planning for day 3 simply involved asking Jimmy Ray and Tina what they wanted. We had TWO wireless cameras this year to play with so it felt like we could do a little more. As for me (with input from the hillbilly of course), we wanted to take advantage of Wireless Stew’s presence and get him up to tell his story…so that is how we started.

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Stewart Gouman’s is a fantastic fan of the show, running his wireless consultancy and very informative blog from the Great White North. He has sought us out in just a few visits over the years stopping by the studio in San Jose or catching us while at Cisco Live when we all end up in the same place. Watch the show and get his career and community advice.

Tina gave an ‘intoxicating’ review of her favorite IoT demo at the wine bar.

Tina Intoxicating Demo

Jimmy Ray ran back to one of his favorite netflow analyzer’s Plixer.

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Did you miss it while live? Catch it now…just as it happened..

 

Thanks for watching!

@robboyd

 

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Four Easy Wins – One Amazing Service

June 27, 2014 at 8:02 am PST
Bryan Williams on TechWIseTV

Bryan Williams on TechWIseTV

One of my favorite unsung hero’s for making life easier with what seems like all of your Cisco devices: Smart Call Home. Machine to machine communication that is disabled by default…but just a few quick steps could make your life SO MUCH EASIER.

Smart Call Home proactively flags device issues and initiates resolution which can dramatically improve business continuity. Enabled devices continuously monitor their own health and notify you of potential issues, often before business is affected. This automated support capability reduces resolution time by up to 80%.

Imagine getting these four benefits -- right away

  • 24 hour self-monitoring and analysis of potential problems (I get this through my wife…but that’s a different story)
  • Proactive alerts with actionable resolution insights sent right to your inbox
  • Auto-generated Service Requests expediting support from Cisco TAC
  • Access to detailed device diagnoses, resolution insights, advisories and history reports through a dedicated portal.

Imagine TAC calling you with resolution of a problem you did not even know existed yet? It could happen.

Smart Call Home transforms device data from machine code for easy-to-execute, plain-language description of the alert, possible reasons for the fault, and recommendations on how to fix the issue.

I love this stuff. Our TechWiseTV episode on this came out great.

Preview:

It was even my great fortune to cover for Jimmy Ray and personally host Engineer and Services Expert Bryan Williams again for the workshop. Watch right now and see just how easy it can be.

Robb

@robbboyd

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Going on the Mobility Offensive

April 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm PST

Are you still being ‘defensive’ with your mobility strategy? Truly embracing mobility is not about offering Wi-Fi or a comfy chair. Getting offensive with mobility involves the planned intersection of technology and business strategy allowing you to outthink and outpace your competition.

Episode 145 of TechWiseTV includes some of our favorite new stuff announced at Interop.

Watch the entire episode right now.

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