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Cisco Assists in Making Swiss College a Little Greener

AR76119With one eye on the bottom line and one on future energy consumption, Switzerland’s University of St. Gallen turned to Cisco to help make their campus a little greener.

With a campus wireless network powered by Cisco products already in place, the university looked towards Cisco switches and the Cisco Energy Management (CEM) suite to bring their energy saving dreams to light. University officials hoped that this idea would reduce their carbon footprint, raise energy efficiency and save a little money along the way.

The plan centered around using Cisco routers and Catalyst switches to power access points and other connected devices. This allowed for greater energy efficiency over the college’s 42 institutions and 30 buildings.

The results were two-fold. Armed with CEM, the network not only improved energy efficiency in the present but also allowed St. Gallen to look at curtailing excess energy consumption in the future. Since the more environmentally friendly network has been up and running, the school has been able to establish baselines for how much power each device consumes. If a device goes over that benchmark, the network is robust enough to enforce energy saving policies, such as shutting down idling PCs. Read More »

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Cisco CSR 1000V Now Available on Microsoft Azure Marketplace

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Ed Cho is a Strategic Partner Marketing Manager at Cisco where he is focusing on Cisco’s partnership with Microsoft around the cloud and data center. Prior to joining Cisco in 2013, Ed has accumulated a diversity of experiences by working in the healthcare, technology, and media /entertainment space.

This is a guest post by Ed Cho.

Since the inception of our strategic partnership in 2014, Cisco and Microsoft have worked diligiently to combine our respective strengths in the data center and cloud services into game changing solutions that empower our joint customers and partners. True to this objective, we are proud to announce the availability of Cisco’s Cloud Service Router (CSR) 1000V within Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace, thereby providing our joint customers and partners with access to a ready made virtual routing solution that brings enterprise-class networking features to users of public cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure.

Connecting to the Cloud Can Be a Road Filled with Bumps

Businesses such as yours understand the strategic importance of leveraging the cloud as a means to lower costs and to respond to customer needs and business trends in a fast and agile manner. As the case with many cloud users, you are most likely using your Internet connections to connect to public and hybrid cloud providers. However, as you seek to host more of your business critical data and applications in the cloud you may find that this traffic will be competing with non-business critical Internet traffic, making security and performance of WAN connections a top priority.

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Cisco Converged Access Boosts Productivity At RSA

The RSA Insurance Group is a British multinational general insurance company headquartered in London, United Kingdom, operating in more than 140 countries and reaching more than 17 million customers.

Faced with challenges spurred by new trends in their work environment such as BYOD, more geographically dispersed teams and move to the cloud, RSA is using Cisco Unified Access to collaborate better, be more productive and reduce costs. RSA uses Catalyst 3850 Converged Access to truly integrate wired and wireless networks, Cisco Identity Services Engine to uniformly apply policies, and Cisco Prime to manage devices, users and resources in their network. Talking about the benefits of using Converged Access on Catalyst 3850 switches, James Sandell, Group IT Delivery Director at RSA, says “People can only work flexibly with real time presence because the underpinning wifi is rock solid, fast and its seamless to join. We use Cisco Catalyst 3850 switches with IOS XE software and integrated wireless controller and it provides One network, one management and one policy”.
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AGCO Reaps Rewards with Cisco Infrastructure

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AGCO is a company that’s made its name by providing high-tech solutions to farmers around the world. After years of acquisitions and growth, the company needed to update its IT infrastructure. AGCO looked to Cisco to facilitate this communication simplification by making sure that its workers were all on the same page.

Cisco deployed a suite of business communication software to ensure that AGCO’s frontend portals were consistent through out the company. But the real changes occurred in the backend infrastructure. AGCO realized that it wouldn’t do much good to have cutting-edge communication software without having cutting-edge hardware for it to run on.

Therefore, the company began consolidating data centers and standardizing on Cisco networking and communication infrastructure. Products that were included on this complete overhaul included: Read More »

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Tune in to Networking Field Day 11 – Switching Innovation—Everything Runs on Switching

networkingtechfielddayNetworking Field Day 11 is tomorrow and will be live streaming this Thursday, January 21st, from 2:00-4:00pm.

For the uninitiated, Tech Field Day is an event hosted by Cisco where delegates come and listen to a technical deep dive by a Cisco expert in a presentation and discussion format. These delegates range from bloggers, speakers, freelance writers, and podcasters that have a public presence that has an immense influence on ways that products and companies are perceived by IT practitioners. There are a few different branches of Tech Field Day: Networking Field Day, Wireless Field Day, Virtualization Field Day, and Storage Field Day.

#NFD11 will be a two-hour session where we’ll showcase a few different Cisco technologies to 12 delegates. We’ll be discussing the provisioning of Nexus switches using Puppet, IOS 16.x, Programmable Fabric Using VXLAN/BGP-EVPN, and LED lighting powered by Cisco Catalyst switches. Before we dive into those topics, we’ll kick-off our session with an introduction from Senior Director of Data Center and Enterprise Switching Carl Solder. Read More »

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