Virtualizing services within the network
When we launched the new ISR 4451-X at Cisco Live a few months back, one of the Big New Things we talked about was the Service Container architecture. Unless you were paying close attention to the 4451-X, you might have missed that whole thing. So what the heck is a Service Container?
To put it simply, a Service Container is a virtual machine running within the network itself. Instead of your typical server virtual machine, these VMs can be used to enhance the capabilities of the underlying network itself. Service Containers can add additional services, such as WAN Optimization, to the network. They can also enhance the capabilities of network devices by adding things like new programmable interfaces to the network. In some cases they can even be used to add impressive capabilities to the network from trusted third party developers.
Tags: Cisco Router, ISR, ISR 4451-X, KVM vs LxC, Service Container, Virtual service
Gartner has released their 2013 Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure Magic Quadrant. For the 2nd time in a row, Cisco is recognized as a leader in this highly anticipated publication.
Without further ado, here is the 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure (Authors: Tim Zimmerman and Mark Fabbi; Published 3rd September 2013).
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Tags: Cisco, Gartner Magic Quadrant, Gartner Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure Magic Quadrant, Magic Quadrant Leader, unified access
Technology moves very quickly and it is often difficult to keep up with new product announcements that are introduced in rapid succession. It is often necessary to take a step back and refresh our memory regarding how a solution is envisioned and then fulfilled.
As we look back on the last year, Cisco has released a lot of innovation focused on optimizing how IT defines and enforces policy; how they gain visibility of users, applications and devices; and how they simplify the network infrastructure. Read More »
Cisco Catalyst 2960-X is our greenest Catalyst access switch ever. If all similar switches shipped in 2012 were as energy efficient as Catalyst 2960-X, you would save enough energy to power every household in San Francisco for more than 3 years. Here’s how:
- At power up, Catalyst 2960-X consumes lower power than other comparable switches.
- Cisco EnergyWise monitors and controls the power consumption of PoE and PoE+ devices connected to the switch. You can turn off IP phones and wireless access points automatically after business hours.
- Energy Efficient Ethernet provides power savings when there is no traffic on switch ports. This saves about 15 watts for a 48 port-switch and 8 watts for a 24 port-switch.
- Downlink Hibernation Mode shuts down the downlink interface to save half watt per port when the connected devices are not in use, for example, after the office hours.
- Switch Hibernation Mode puts the switch to sleep mode during off hours and weekends. In this mode, the switch consumes as low as 6 watts, compared to 47 watts in active mode.
Collectively, these green features can reduce power consumption by up to 80%. Read More »
Tags: Catalyst 2960-X, Cisco, Energywise
If you have an iPhone or you are due for a mobile phone refresh, you would have tuned into Apple’s announcement on the new iPhones as well as the new OS, iOS7. I’ve had my iPhone4 for more than 3 years now so it definitely is decision time.
While we, as the phones’ users, are contemplating a new phone or upgraded OS, what does our other persona, the manager, director, or CIO in charge of our companies’ IT and network, need to consider? Will this impact me? Especially with BYOD policies can we bring both our iPhone and iPad -- new or just upgraded -- and connect them to the company wireless network? The answer is a resounding YES.
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Tags: AVC, Cisco iWAN, Cisco Routers, ios7, ISR-AX