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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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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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