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The Economics of Network Downtime

Infonetics Research recently released a study that claims businesses (just in North America alone) lose as much as $100 million a year due to network downtime. Let us dissect that into numbers you and I can relate to.

  • On average, businesses suffer from 14 (CA Technologies) to 87 hours (Gartner) of downtime per year.
  • A conservative estimate pegs the hourly cost of network downtime at $42,000 (Gartner).
  • The cost of unplanned downtime per minute is between $5,600 and $11,000 (Ponemon Institute).
  • MTTR (mean time to resolution) per outage, on average, is 200 minutes (ITT Process Institute).

For a quick/rough calculation of your own potential revenue lost, use this equation provided by North American International Systems (NASI).

GR = gross yearly revenue
TH = total yearly business hours
I = percentage impact
H = number of hours of outage
Service costs are rarely zero.

Most businesses associate network downtime with major events or security breaches, but such isn’t always the case. Their own employees could induce it too. For many, that was the case every September. This blog is not about a challenge, but a growth hacking opportunity (transformed from an IT challenge).  Read More »

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It’s All About Simplicity: Join Cisco at Wireless Field Day on October 1

We are excited to announce that Cisco will be WFD8participating in Wireless Field Day 8 this year! Cisco is bringing together independent bloggers, speakers, and podcasters to share best practices and opinions in a two-hour interactive discussion format. All presentations will be live streamed from the Tech Field Day website October 1, 2015 beginning at 9:30 am PT.

Cisco is focusing on operational simplicity, and will cover the following topics at #WFD8:

802.11ac Wave 2 and Mobility Express: We will be discussing how 802.11ac Wave 2 provides customers new capabilities found in the Cisco Aironet 1830 and 1850 Access Points such as Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) and their advantages. We will also demonstrate how Mobility Express can be deployed in less than 10 minutes, ideal for smaller businesses who want an uncompromised enterprise-class solution without the big IT staff to manage it. Learn more about 802.11ac and Cisco Mobility Express. Read More »

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Networking Field Day 10 Recap – Introduction to SD-WAN and Zero Touch Deployment

Last month we had the honor of hosting the first session of Networking Field Day 10. For the unitiated, the Tech Field Day folks bring independent bloggers, speakers, and podcasters to vendors for deep-dives. The 12 delegates of #NFD10 stopped by to discuss Cisco’s approach to SD-WAN. This was a great session as SD-WAN, while pretty hot right now, is also a pretty great solution to branch automation.

Jeff Reed, VP of Network Transformation, kicked off Networking Field Day 10 to introduce Cisco’s approach to Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) for the Enterprises to the 12 delegates who attended.

Next, Sumanth Kakaraparthi, Product Manager for Platform Routing and Pedro Leonardo, Product Manager in Network Transformation for Enterprise Management and Controller started the sessions by explaining the Zero Touch Deployment model. They showcased how no physical user interaction with the device is required other than connecting the necessary cables.  Read More »

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With Cisco Mobility Express and CMX 10.2, their Beauty Lies in their Simplicity

In the time it takes to get up from your desk, walk downME_APs the hallway and make a cup of coffee, a Cisco Mobility Express enterprise-level wireless network can be configured and deployed. You don’t even have to be chained to your desk to configure the dashboard; it can all be done via a mobile app while you’re at the coffee machine.

Introduced on September 15th, Cisco Mobility Express is geared toward small to medium-sized organizations (about 150 employees) and delivers the same type of Cisco advanced features that larger companies get for a fraction of the cost. These preconfigured features are all based on Cisco best practices. Cisco Mobility Express has a virtualized control function on a master access point, which means that no physical WLAN controller appliance is required, with up to 24 APs serving as subordinates.

Following the recently introduced Cisco Aironet 1850 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Point, we are introducing the Cisco Aironet 1830 Access Point. Both support the latest Wi-Fi standard: 802.11ac Wave 2. Due to an increase in bandwidth-intensive applications, Bring Your Own Device policies and the Internet of Things, studies show that within three years, wireless traffic is expected to triple. There is going to be a push for networks that support 802.11ac Wave 2 because they have the speed—three times faster than networks that support 802.11n—and bandwidth needed to support these extra devices.  Both the Aironet 1850 and 1830 access points can run in Mobility Express mode and other Cisco deployment modes.  Read More »

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Digital Vortex: How Not to Be the 40% That Will Fail!

VortexAt least 40% of businesses will fail at staying digitally agile.

Among 941 business leaders in 12 industries surveyed, 43% percent confirms that they “either do not acknowledge the risk of digital disruption, or have not addressed it sufficiently.” This disquieting statistic is accompanied by another finding: in each industry, four out of ten (40%) incumbents surveyed, whose market shares are dominant today, will be displaced by the digital disruption within five years (Digital Vortex, Global Center for Digital Business Transformation. June 2015). Yet, only 25% says they’re actively pursuing a solution or willing to disrupt themselves in order to stay competitive.

For further reading about this Digital Vortex study, check out my colleagues’ blog: At the Center of the Digital Vortex – Chaos, Disruption, and Opportunity.

In this blog, I’m not going to discuss the study or its methodology with you. Instead, I will talk about the one common denominator that all businesses across industries have – the WAN – the savior for those 40% at risk of being displaced. Read More »

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