South Island School in Hong Kong is made up of students from around the world, with 1,400 students from over 35 countries. One value that sets the school apart is its commitment to using technology in the classroom. For instance, every student has a laptop that they use to access e-books, watch educational videos, and complete homework assignments. Some exams are even taken digitally.
With wireless devices used daily by every student and faculty member, a stable network connection is almost as important as pencil and paper in classrooms. South Island School’s existing Cisco network had reached end of life, and the school needed to refresh the infrastructure with a network that could meet bandwidth needs for years to come.
“We looked at other vendors, but we were extremely impressed with how the existing Cisco equipment performed over the years,” says Victor Alamo, ICT manager at South Island Schools. “By upgrading to the latest Cisco access points and switches, we’d have an infrastructure that would keep up with our needs.” Read More »
We continue to see great interest and momentum around our Intelligent WAN solution but there is one thing we are hearing loud and clear from our customers; the need for better tools to configure and manage branch sites and associated WAN connections. For those of you familiar with Cisco’s Intelligent WAN there are four main business outcomes that the solution promises to deliver:
Better Application Experience for Users
Robust Secure Access for Applications and Users
Lower IT Costs
IT Simplicity for Increased Agility
Management falls into the IT Simplicity bucket and many times while presenting our Intelligent WAN solution customers are already thinking about how they are going to reconfigure their network into an Intelligent WAN. One of the main concerns is that the more sites you have the larger the task. Quite often there are limited or no IT resources at the branch and the thought of sending someone onsite (truck rolls) to change or reconfigure the branch router can be an expensive proposition. So what can you do to take advantage of the cost savings provided by an Intelligent WAN?
If the phrase “multigigabit switching” is not in your personal knowledge base yet, you are not alone – it’s very new. But going forward, you’ll hear a lot about it. Here’s why. Multigigabit switching is an emerging technology that shatters the Ethernet speed barriers found in the LAN infrastructure that most of you have today. It’ll extend the life of your current access LAN for years to come, while helping you get ready for new technology trends that are rapidly approaching.
Instead of being limited to no more than 1 Gbps on a Cat 5e or Cat 6 LAN, which comprises most of existing access LANs, multigigabit switching can support speeds up to 5 Gbps without any required changes to the cabling system. To get a quick idea how useful it is, click the picture below to watch a preview video.
“Why do I need such fast speeds – shouldn’t 1 Gbps be sufficient?” you might ask. Well, the world is moving so fast that new technologies are soon demanding more speed than gigabit. Consider the following use cases: Read More »
Even in conversations with customers here at Cisco Live Milan it is evident that IT is tasked to more with less, “I am told I need to be more agile.” Or, “Everyone is getting new Mobile Devices that are going to increase traffic.” Or “I needs to be more strategic to the business.”
It is clear that IT needs to rethink how they enable applications, secure the network and manage the infrastructure. But there is hope! Cisco is hard at work developing new solutions and products to help in meeting top of mind concerns. In recent January announcements, many being highlighted at Cisco Live Milan, Cisco has shown how new technology can help IT be more agile, support new demands and drive business impact. There have been a number of blogs talking about these announcements and below is where you can find out more about these exciting Cisco innovations.
Increasing IT Agility
Cisco ONE Delivers a More Valuable and Flexible way to Consume Cisco Software.
Cisco Meraki is delivering a global, enterprise-class, comprehensive Cloud-Managed IT solution
CES and NRF kicked off 2015 with a bang, and as usual, showed us that there is no shortage of gadgets and dashboards to help businesses solve their every need.
From an IT perspective, choosing the right tools to solve each technology challenge should involve a full evaluation the merits of feature sets, while balancing the (rapidly shrinking) budget. But the business doesn’t wait – IT is flanked by consumer-mindset-driven employees and visionary execs eager to stay on top of buzz words like Big Data and Analytics.
Not coincidentally, we’re witnessing IT budgets shift over to Line of Business (LoB), a clear nod towards the business relevance of digital engagement.
In fact, 44% of mobility initiatives are now either completely funded or jointly funded by Line of Business (LoB) leaders.
This is a great opportunity for IT to align with LoB interests and drive programs that allow LoB and IT to successfully deliver business outcomes together using technology.