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Liftoff! A router blasts off into space…creates history

Space – the final frontier.  And a fertile ground for new innovations.

A few weeks ago on Jan 18th, 2010, a Cisco designed router achieved a major milestone in space by successful in-orbit testing of the onboard router and the Cisco IOS® Software’s networking capabilities. This was historic, it being the first-ever deployment of an Internet Protocol (IP) router aboard a commercial geosynchronous satellite.  The entire IP routing system, the technology is dubbed Cisco Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) was launched via Intelsat’s IS-14 satellite on Nov 23rd, 2009.

The IRIS program has been in the works for a while, with the primary objective of building radiation-tolarant IP routers for satellite and related spacecraft. These would support network services for voice, video and data communications, in much the same way as routers on the ground do. IRIS provides the dynamic  flexibility and adaptability of the Internet Protocol to help streamline communications flow, improve mobility, reduce the number of hops between end points etc. compared to conventional circuit switched satellite technology.


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Securing Public Sector Networks in 2010

In my last post on the top security challenges for Borderless Networks, I focused on several issues facing businesses in 2010. Trends like an increasingly dynamic and distributed workforce, the growth of cloud computing and virtualization, and IT consumerization which are driving an evolution of the network bring not only great opportunities, but also new security threats. Outside the private sector, organizations are facing security issues that stem similarly from the ubiquity of the network as well as specific regulatory requirements.

Here, I focus on three areas that are coping with changing security threats in a borderless world: government, healthcare and education.

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4 Practical IPv6 Lessons for the Enterprise

There’s a lot of news about IPv6 these days, even in the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle. That may come as a surprise if you haven’t being paying attention to the Service Provider market or recent US Federal regulations or European Union recommendations. What’s going on?

Well, the public Internet is going to run out of IP addresses. Predictions as to when that will happen vary but it could be as soon as 2011 for prefixes from IANA.  But when it does, the Internet is going to keep working – it’s not going to grind to a halt. However, expansion – new devices, new people, new places, new applications – is another matter. And there’s where IPv6 comes in. The massive address space offered by IPv6 offers an almost unlimited capacity for growth, so, after a long time in the lab/trial phase, it looks like IPv6 is finally going mainstream.

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IPv6 History: First YouTube videos streamed on IPv6 at Cisco Live! Barcelona

Attendees at last week’s Cisco Live! event in Barcelona had the very special opportunity to experience a ground-breaking moment for IPv6 deployment.  Cisco streamed a sneak preview of YouTube videos, for the very first time, over the event’s IPv6 network for all the attendees to view!

As with all “firsts” there is an interesting story behind the scenes, and this case is no different.

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How Internet standards are born: Part 3

In our third and final interview with Cisco standards experts, I talked with Andrew Myles. He is focused on wireless standards and interoperability activities, with a distinct Wi-Fi bias.

Andrew has contributed to standardisation activities in the IEEE 802.11 Working Group since 2001. He was the Editor of IEEE 802.11h (Spectrum Management) and is currently the Chairman of the IEEE 802.11 JTC1 ad hoc committee and the 802 Liaison to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC6. Andrew has been involved in certification activities in the Wi-Fi Alliance since 2003. He became a Director of the Wi-Fi Alliance in 2004 and Chairman of its Board of Directors in 2006. Within Cisco, Andrew has a standards coordination role with WRSTG, with a particular responsibility for IEEE standards matters and an interest in international standards policy matters.

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