Hi All! For this video my trusty film crew and I are still here in Orlando for CiscoLive 2013 and got in some great interviews! In this episode I learn about Smart Connected Vehicles (and why you shouldn’t hack them), meet with Chris Tillett (@christillett) of Halifax Media Group and find out why the new Cisco ISR 4451-X is the router for him, I get to sit in and program the Delorean time machine we had in our booth, and JOHN CHAMBERS GIVES ME AND MY TRUSTY FILM CREW A THUMBS UP. Yes, that needed all caps, because it is awesome and I didn’t even realize it until the episode was posted! Also, I tested the tensile strength of the CiscoLive sign.
Hi Everyone! My trusty film crew and I are here at CiscoLive! Orlando. It has been great so far with the launch of the new Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series, Cisco 4451-X, Cisco ASR 1000-AX, and Sup8E for the Catalyst 4500! Over the next few days we’ll be doing interviews with some of the awesome people here at Cisco who helped create these technologies, as well as other people doing interesting demos, and some with unique perspectives.
To kick things off, we get a little sittly with the 6800 and I got an interview with Shawn Wargo on what’s exciting about Instant Access. Enjoy and let me know what you think.
Thinking about remote site networks in a totally new way.
This week Cisco announced a new member of the Integrated Services Router family. The ISR 4451-X might not seem that unique at first glance. Here’s Cisco releasing another new router that adds to their already extensive branch router portfolio – the ISR G2. However, the newest ISR really is a #GameChanger when it comes to building a modern, future-proof network designed with business critical applications in mind.
That isn’t just marketing fluff in this case. The ISR 4451-X was designed from the ground up with rich network services and application delivery in mind. It really is the first platform conceived and built from the very beginning with a laser focus on application experience in a remote branch office. Maybe we even need a new name because in some ways it really is changing what it means to be a “router.”
When we started thinking about designing a new high-end branch router, several things were happening simultaneously with our large Enterprise customers. First, the role of applications was changing in the network. With modern business-critical applications being delivered across the wide-area network are now critical for keeping the front doors open, the network is now more critical than ever to businesses of all types. Read More »
If you are going to Cisco Live Orlando next week, you probably have your schedule planned out. However, I’m going to do something a little silly and urge you to attend Rob Soderbery’s Monday afternoon keynote. This is a silly recommendation as most people are either keynote people or they aren’t. You’ve already made up your mind on whether you go to these things. However, we have something special planned for it that will only happen at this keynote. And that’s actually all I can say about it. That, and the general program listing:
Your Enterprise Network: Getting You Where You Want to Go
Is your enterprise network ready to take you where you want to go? Will it support the business applications that you are being asked to support? In this keynote, you will hear how Cisco is unifying access, building out new network services and making the network more manageable so you can meet the coming needs of your organization. We will also show you how you can support more aspects of your business using the network as a platform for the Internet of Things. Monday, June 24, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
On to the stuff I *can* talk about… the Weekly Overview and more after the jump.
Having completed all of the previousstrategyelements, you are ready to deploy. Is that all there is to it? Not quite. In this post, I’ll highlight strategies you can use for a smooth post-deployment.
In one of my past experiences, deployment of our branch routers went off without a hitch and we patted ourselves on the back and went home. In the morning, operations noted a reload on two of the routers we had upgraded the night before. It appeared that one of the defects we evaluated had not discovered “all” of the traffic that could force the reload. So what was the impact of all this? As part of our change management strategy, we were certain to ensure that we could back out on our changes. Additionally, we set the device to load the old software and configuration if the device reloaded. This resulted in less than a minute outage for those devices that did reload and the design allowed for seamless failover between the two switches. Failure to do so would have resulted in the router continuously reloading as these packets were encountered -, which would unlikely be noticed. It is important to note that there was no impact on the production network or business services. Read More »