Among all the Megatrends that have significant implications from an infrastructure perspective (as discussed here), the one that customers in EMEAR currently expect the most from Cisco is Clouds. Both in terms of technical guidance as well as architectural innovations.
In the Cisco Cloud approach, intelligence in the network can help ensure delivery of cloud services, provide access and services to the right users, and offer the flexibility to connect with public, hybrid, and community clouds.
As shown in the illustration to the right, three main elements must be considered to build an efficient cloud. In addition, the network needs to provide dynamic access to these resources, and the Cloud applications and services must deliver anywhere, anytime access.
With the emergence of Cloud architectures, innovation is required within the network to allow IP to gain two critical features not natively provided by IP today: IP mobility and the Virtual Private Network (VPN). Read More »
Tags: Cisco, cloud, EMEAR, Hybrid Cloud, LISP, Megatrends, mobility, Multi-Tenancy
Although I’m calling it the software strategy, it really targets the development of two specific standards: software image and configuration template. Choosing the correct software will be a critical factor in the success of a deployment. All the design and best practice efforts will amount to nothing if a critical defect is encountered in software. Software defects have created their fair share of network outages but what’s most frustrating is that many of these outages are caused by well-known defects that could have easily been avoided with a little research!
Software Risk Analysis
It has been my experience that often customers will deploy a hardware platform with the software that came installed from the factory. As you can imagine, this leads to a very diverse deployment of software. In this instance, diversity is not good as it creates a scenario where you cannot manage the risk and it is left to chance. Standardization of your software releases will put you in control of the risk and allow you to properly research software prior to deployment. Read More »
Tags: bug toolkit, risk analysis, software strategy
In my previous blog, I talked about building out a lab to help with IPv6 integration testing. It cannot be understated how important it is to test any new feature that is going to be deployed on the network. This statement is true independent of the feature involved. In this case, we are talking about IPv6, but we could just as easily be talking about virtualization or BYOD.
So now that we have the lab build up in progress, what’s next? Read More »
Tags: ipv4, IPv6, Lab testing, RIPE
The UTC TELECOM conference wraped recently and the Connected Grid team has had a great time on-site! It’s been exciting for us to demo key components of our product portfolio and connect with many of our core audiences. Centered on the theme of “delivering your future,” the sold-out event served as a great platform for us to discuss Cisco’s efforts within the utility industry and the migration of the grid into a fully IP-enabled world. Read More »
Tags: Connected, connected grid, IoT, utility
I’ve blogged (a lot) about planning for the integration of IPv6 into your network, and I even threw in some thoughts about how to go about doing the integration. Some of the procedures discussed in earlier posts included:
Equally important is the task of setting up a lab and (in our next post) developing a test plan. Read More »
Tags: IPv6, IPv6 deployment, IPv6 Lab