Yesterday we took a look at some concrete examples of Borderless Networks in the enterprise and home office.
Today, while we have seen that there is plenty of meat in Borderless Networks in the office, Borderless Networks has plenty of meat on the road as well. Bob, our enterprise worker, travels a lot, doing tradeshows and customer visits and dispensing Kool-Aid of various types. When he knows he is going to have to do some heavy lifting with PowerPoint he is sure to take a laptop running AnyConnect, a secure VPN client that works with the Cisco ASA firewall back at HQ to give secure, encrypted remote access. Even if he is in a coffee shop using public Wi-Fi, he knows that his data is safe because everything is going back through that encrypted tunnel. But it is more than just connectivity that we are talking about here because traffic goes through a Cisco Ironport web security appliance, filtering spyware, trojans and the like. And, just like when he is in the office, TrustSec ensures that he has access to what he needs and can’t touch the things he doesn’t. Security is deeply integrated into the network itself, not just an afterthought or add-on appliance.
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Tags: anyconnect, ASA, Borderless Networks, Cius, Ironport, TrustSec
Last week, Cisco sponsored Gartner ITxpo in Orlando. By all accounts the event was a success, with around 7000 attendees, over 1000 of whom were CIOs. In John Chambers’ keynote session, Gartner’s Ken Dulaney said that he liked Borderless Networks and it set Cisco on a good course. However some customers felt that it lacked “meat.” A few other analysts, reporters and industry writers have also indicated that they had trouble “getting it.”
I think that part of the problem is that many people understand things better when provided with concrete examples than when presented with high level statements such as “Connect anyone, anywhere, on any device.” With that in mind, let’s look at some customer stories.
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Tags: Borderless Networks, Cisco CleanAir technology, Cisco Unified Wireless Network, Cisco Virtual Office, Gartner ITxpo
Clouds are popular. It’s not just because of cloud computing, you know. I was amazed to see people in St. Cloud, Minnesota talk about how much they enjoyed a new kind of cloud beds. In the computing world, businesses and organizations are fully embracing virtualization. Customer deployments show that you can easily install ten (10) or more virtual machines (VMs) on a physical host. For example, Drilling Info, Inc, a fast growing company in Texas, is currently running about 70 VMs on 3 Cisco UCS blades. Such dramatic footprint reduction plus business agility and additional energy, administration and networking savings are powerful reasons to drive IT data center consolidation. The City and County of San Francisco, for instance, has a distributed infrastructure consisting of 40 data centers and server rooms. They are currently in a process to consolidate into a fully virtualized data center.
Since virtualization is widely considered to be a precursor to private cloud computing, does the success so far mean that the road to cloud computing is free and clear?
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Tags: data center security, private cloud, virtualization security
If you had the chance to take a job offer for more money, but not have the ability to work outside the office or accept a lower pay package and have the flexibility to work anytime, from anywhere so you could realize a work life balance – what would you do?
The Connected World Report, released yesterday, confirms that two out of three or 66 percent of the employees surveyed around the world said they would choose the lower-paying job with more flexibility. What is even more significant about this response is it comes during a time of great economic global uncertainty.
This research is further evidence that going to a borderless network is becoming more important as the changing dynamics of businesses and employee expectations as the global workforce becomes increasingly mobile and distributed. Employee lifestyles, inside and outside the office, are making access to corporate and personal applications and information on any device a requirement.
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Tags: Borderless Networks, Connected World Report, mobility
I was fascinated with genetics when I was young, and still to this day, I somewhat regret that I didn’t choose Life Sciences as my major. I was amazed in 2000 to see that a group of scientists under the Human Genome Project has completely sequenced genome – a full five years before the expected date of completion. This project was considered a mega project because the human genome has billions of base-pairs, and was carried out by geneticists in many countries.
How did they do it? I’d attribute the success to collaborative efforts and the power of AND, or one plus one is greater than two. It may be hard for me to explain the laws of math behind this equation to my second grader, but this is the power that drove the success of the Human Genome Project. Today, I want to share with you another great example of this power in-force: the Cisco EnergyWise Ecosystem Partnership.
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Tags: ecosystem, Energywise, Green