When my family and I consider buying a new car, it never ceases to astound me how many factors go into the decision. Sure, price is an important consideration. It is, however, just one of many. I want to know what’s under the hood. How does the car handle? How many passengers does it hold? How reliable is it? How safe it is? How long will it last? How fuel efficient is it? The list goes on and on. The same is true in the networking world.
We at Cisco hear a few common criticisms. Cisco solutions cost more. Cisco solutions are complex. Cisco solutions limit choice. Alternative networking vendors would have you believe that buying the “cheapest”… or the “simplest”… or the so-called “open” device is the best route to networking success. Oh, if it were only as easy as they make it sound. Just as with the new car purchase, there is so much more involved in evaluating your options and, ultimately, making the right decision. To that point, I’d like to take a moment in this post to address one of these three myths related to Cisco networking solutions, and hopefully give you some helpful tips for planning your network in the process. I’ll address the remaining two myths in future posts.
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The ultimate goal of the Borderless Networks plan is to help people, and the technology and devices they use, to connect seamlessly through the network regardless of location. Almost a year ago, we challenged ourselves with this basic question: “If the network will eventually touch everything, then wouldn’t it be useful to manage energy at every point in the network?”
EnergyWise was our answer. And ever since we first rolled out this next-generation company-wide energy manager, the plan really came together. Big milestones for the product have included partner implementations from IBM and SolarWinds, as well as the Best of Interop 2009 Green Award.
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What comes to mind when you think of Borderless Networks? For many people, the idea of universal and seamless connectivity evokes images of always on smart phones, videoconference technology, and collaboration applications like WebEx. These technologies are certainly a big part of the Borderless Networks vision, but it’s also important to look past the immediately visible end points of interaction to all the stuff going on in the background. You’ll realize that this “stuff” is in fact the network, an underlying architecture that makes all of these transformational applications and end points possible.
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Interop New York 2009 kicked off with a keynote by Marie Hattar, Cisco VP of Network Systems and Security, on “Business Transformation in a World Without Borders” This keynote was followed up with a lot of buzz on the show floor about what this world without borders means to IT and how Cisco’s Borderless Networks makes it a reality. So what is Borderless Networks and what does it really mean to IT professionals?
If you ask me (aka Cisco), I will tell you that it is Cisco’s next-generation architecture, that delivers the new workspace experience, connecting anyone, anywhere, using any device, to any resource — securely, reliably, seamlessly. What it means to me is that I can be more productive and work anytime from anywhere. As eloquent as that may sound, I am betting that you would like to hear what IT professionals have to say – right? Then check out this video with candid responses when we asked from the show floor “What is Borderless Networks and what does that mean to you?” Do you agree with these IT professionals or do you have a different view? If you are at Interop, please stop by the Cisco booth and tell us what you think. If you are not at Interop or if you prefer the virtual world, please respond to this blog.
What do you think Borderless Networks is and what does it mean to you?
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Cisco’s Borderless Networks initiative comes at a time when network technology is more important than ever before in driving growth and ROI for businesses. Connecting anyone, at any time, anywhere in the world, and improving your ability to effectively deliver critical applications and services, requires a paradigm shift away from a “plumbing” view of the network. The network doesn’t just pump data from one place to another. In a time increasingly defined by video communication, wireless connectivity and cloud computing, having a strong network provides real strategic business value everyday. The same is true for the fundamental core of the network (i.e. routing and switching) as it is for newer extensions that the core supports, such as virtualization and video conferencing.
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