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Round-Up of New Cisco Borderless Networks Technologies

Yesterday, we announced the next step forward in Cisco’s Borderless Networks architecture. There are a lot of new products and technologies that fit into the launch. This post can serve as your at-a-glance summary for understanding all the various new components from Cisco and how they can impact your network. Within the network infrastructure, we gave a significant boost to Catalyst switches, ISRs, and ASRs. New innovative systems and services bolster video performance, network integrity, cost of ownership, device lifecycles, and business readiness. Cisco EnergyWise continues to expand its influence over energy consumption and costs. New secure access technologies form the basis of Cisco’s Borderless Security Architecture. The goal is to deliver the promise of “Borderless Access” while keeping the network secure at the same time.

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The City of Blinking Lights

Technically, it’s not even a city. It is a town. Possibly one of the newest zip codes in America. Not surprisingly, it is also one of the hardest hit by the mortgage crisis.  Let it be unnamed given that I’m using it for illustrative purposes. How does a town like this survive, or even thrive, given budget cuts, foreclosures and property tax defaults?

Cost cutting is an obvious answer. Some administrative staff were let go. Vendor contracts were re-negotiated.  Additional government funding was solicited where possible.  Mostly common-sense stuff.

There was also some stuff that was uncommon. Somebody did an analysis and came up with some a “bright” idea. They figured that if the street lights on the non-arterial roads could be turned into blinking red lights instead of red, yellow and green, they could actually save a lot of energy and thereby the cost.


Needless to say, after the initial confusion (when most people initially thought the lights were non-functional, and then came to the realization that it was a deliberate act from the town administration), there was a lot of hue and cry. “What? Blinking red lights all the time? No green or yellow? What about safety? What about those who don’t stop. Off with their heads!”

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Borderless Networks in Action

Our expectations for how we can use technology to connect people and organizations have changed drastically, even in the past few years. We want to live in a world without the borders that have traditionally hampered our ability to innovate, collaborate and deliver services. Cisco’s Borderless Networks architecture is paving the way for this vision in a number of concrete steps that  began with the launch of the ISR G2 in October 2009. The ultimate goal is for the network to render tasks, which previously required a great deal of time and resources, painless and effortless. Imagine if the network could carry the burden of global connectivity for you…with the click of a button.

For example, what if you wanted to send critical, rich data and applications to remote locations around the world instantaneously?

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Cisco Borderless Networks: Innovation is Everywhere

Learn how Cisco is building Borderless Networks with hardware, software and services to support innovation in all areas of your organization. 

Join us on March 17th for a live, interactive, online event showcasing Borderless Access solutions from Cisco.

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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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