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Inside the Branch: UCS E-series 101

Recently, I was chatting with Hugo Vliegen, Director of Technical marketing, Enterprise Networks, and he was telling me all of the questions he had been getting from customers about the Cisco UCS E-Series.  Questions such as:

  • What’s this rumor I’ve heard that Cisco has a server that sits on a branch router?
  • You’re telling me the UCS E-Series is enterprise-class? What does that even mean?
  • What’s new on the Cisco ISR series?

So I suggested we do an interview series with Hugo – something short and fun where he could get the Cisco experts on the record and help our customers learn a little more about the UCS E-Series. Read More »

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New Video Services and The Impact on Networks – Part 1

Video based services have become a strong focus point of today’s business and personal needs. Whilst low-resolution video services with limited immersive capabilities have been around for two decades, the technology and infrastructure has finally grown to a point where services requiring good, or excellent, user experience can be delivered in an optimal manner.

Furthermore, the evolution of the office space from centralised and corporate owned employee application devices to a flexible Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach is moving the trust model from physical devices to application-based authentication, thereby increasing the need to redefine the rules for video delivery.

These changes are putting pressure on network infrastructures to keep up with the growth of those services.

I have therefore asked Thomas Kernen, Consulting Systems Engineer, to provide me with some insight into those changes. Thomas leads Cisco’s participation in many video industry and standards fora. Read More »

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Catalyst 3650 Delivers High Quality User Experience with Simplicity

October 10, 2013 at 5:00 am PST

The network at my workplace is getting really fast these days. I cannot believe that as soon as I hit “Download” to pull a 50 MB

Get to know the new Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch

Get to know the new Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch

video file from a server to my laptop, the browser immediately says “Download is complete.” Wait, isn’t that supposed to take a few minutes, or at least a few seconds? Wireless is also getting dramatically better. Not too long ago, wireless was “nice to have” and only as a secondary means of network support. Today everyone’s expectation is that “wireless has to work”. Whether I plug in to my wired docking station, or move to a conference room with wireless, everything just works equally well. Is that your experience, too? If not, the newly announced Catalyst 3650 switch will make that happen for you very soon. There’s much more to it, but supporting gigabit desktop and 802.11ac is just a simple example of how the Catalyst 3650 can dramatically enable high quality user experience.

Several years ago, Cisco anticipated rapid growth of high demand on the network and mobile device surge in the workplace that are taking place today. That is why Cisco designed and executed on a Unified Access strategy to bring wired and wireless networks together with superior performance and consistency. At the heart of the technology is the Cisco Unified Access Data Plane (UADP) ASIC that enables wired-wireless convergence right on the network edge, with the enforcement of necessary security and management policies.

Why is wired-wireless convergence so critical, you ask?

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Another “Better Together” Combination: Cisco and Akamai

register for webinarsTwo Companies Agree to Improve Application Delivery Over the Internet and Hybrid WANs

Today, Cisco and Akamai announced plans to work together to deliver the world’s first integrated Application Optimization solution for hybrid WANs, leveraging the Internet as a fast, reliable, and secure WAN option. The anticipated solution would leverage the most widely deployed enterprise router: the Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR), and Akamai’s new Unified Performance solution.  We believe this collaboration will come as a pleasant surprise for Network and Application IT teams, who can appreciate the value in combining two great things that work even better together, while dramatically lowering their operational expenses.

First, let me explain what Akamai Unified Performance offers. As a proven leader in content delivery over the Internet, Akamai is now providing a new set of caching, and bandwidth optimization technologies to enable high-quality online experiences within “brick and mortar” locations. It basically brings Akamai’s world-class performance and optimization technology into the branch office.  With Akamai Unified Performance, retailers and enterprises can engage customers and employees in new, more immersive experiences through digital media, while alleviating the burden of more traffic over the wide-area network (WAN).

[EDITOR NOTE 11/13/13: The Cisco communities where you'd normally register for webinars are undergoing an update.  You can still register for the Nov 20 and Dec 11 webinars]

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Who Leads the Enterprise Networking and Communication Market?

[Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Matthias Machowinski, Directing Analyst, Enterprise Networks and Video at Infonetics.]

Infonetics recently published our Enterprise Networking and Communication Vendor Leadership Scorecard, our annual look at the top vendors in this space and their strengths and weaknesses. Enterprise networking and communication infrastructure is a critical component of the day-to-day operations of any organization—it connects people, devices, and IT systems and allows them to communicate with each other securely. This market consists of 3 major sub-segments:

  • Networking: Equipment used to build enterprise networks, such as switches, routers, and WLAN
  • Communication: Equipment and software that provides real-time enterprise voice and video communication, such as IP PBX, videoconferencing rooms, and UC software
  • Security: Products that provide security for networks and network-connected devices, such as firewalls, IDS/IPS, and content security appliances Read More »

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