In my last blog post, I talked about the business outcomes customers are looking to achieve when evaluating SD-WAN solutions. However, if you are going to invest in an SD-WAN solution, it is also important to think about the trends that might impact your WAN and remote sites in the next few years. Are you prepared for trends like digital disruption or the Internet of Things (IoT), which are transforming businesses and creating new sources of competitive advantage?
Today’s leading businesses are constantly reinventing themselves to disrupt the market, and they are using the latest technology to do so. Businesses that want to accelerate their digital transformation and stay ahead of the competition need a dynamic network that enables constant reinvention, all on demand. Organizations will need fast IT capabilities that accelerate business innovation through IT simplicity and insights.
Traditional WANs have been built for static applications and are managed using multiple management tools that make it difficult for IT teams to reconfigure and troubleshoot the network when responding to business needs. Solutions for moving to hybrid WAN by augmenting your network with lower-cost connectivity like the Internet, or improving application experience and security, are a first step but still tend to be a static solution.
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Tags: bill of rights, IWAN, SD-WAN, sd-wan bill of rights, SDWAN, sdwan bill of rights
As a long time networking veteran, I’ve watched our industry change and respond to a wide variety of disruptive changes. I remember PictureTel ISDN videoconferences on the IBM PC. Then came IP video conferencing in the early ’90s. Things picked up 1991, when Microsoft launched Windows Media Player 1.0.
Though Windows Media Player and Microsoft Multimedia Extensions arrived without much fanfare, they ushered in the ability to record and playback audio, and display high-performance graphics on the desktop PC — a feature, prior to that time, reserved for high-end graphics workstations such as the Commodore AMIGA.
But these capabilities were the foundation that led to video streaming in 1995. And, as we know, the future of the Internet, and the network, would never be the same. (Obligatory Rick-roll omitted)
Today, I watch younger generations (such as my own children) take for granted the networks that are all around them. Social media as we know it was (and is) clearly fueled by our endless appetite to create and share content with the whole world. Unlike the Internet of the 1990’s, today, you can do it all from the palm of your hand. Read More »
Tags: Cisco Visual Networking Index, enterprise networks, internet of things, IoT, network software
We are excited to share that Cisco will be participating in Networking Field Day 10 this year. Cisco brings together independent thought leaders and our engineers to share information and opinions in a two-hour interactive discussion format. If you cannot attend NFD10 all presentations will be live streamed from the Tech Field Day website.
These are the topics Cisco is covering this year at #NFD10:
Intelligent WAN (IWAN) Architecture: We are busting the myth that IWAN is part of a marchitecture and explaining DMVPNv3, Pfrv3, and AVC. We will also be expanding on how the IWAN architecture improves scale and performance while delivering better business outcomes for customers. Learn more about Cisco Intelligent WAN.
Branch Security: We will be showing how our security solutions simplify WAN provisioning. We will also explain how Cisco protects and hardens the network from outside attacks and security vulnerabilities. Topics covered during this presentation are Crypto, Certification CC, FIPS, NSA Suite B, and Security Designs. Learn more about Cisco Security.
Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN): Our presenter will be demonstrating how our APIC-EM Controller with IWAN App provides centralized configuration and orchestration for the WAN while doing a live demo. Learn more about SD-WAN.
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Tags: branch security, Intelligent WAN, IWAN, networking field day, SDWAN, security, software defined wan, tech field day
A Day in Life of a Network Admin
A Day in Life of a Network Administrator
“Fire drills. Box-by-box management. Sometimes, it’s about searching for a needle in a haystack,” says Nick, a network administrator, as he summarizes his typical workday over our coffee break. “I’m perpetually behind,” he adds. After a few sips, Nick starts to pour out his laundry list of frustration. (And oh boy, it’s an ugly list.)
- Meetings after meetings. It never ends.
- After meetings, then comes the fire fighting: tool malfunction, virus, security breach, degrading user experience, the list goes on.
- On a good day, more than half of it is spent on configuring tools or provisioning new apps.
- On a bad day, on top of fire drills, hours are spent justifying operational simplicity and ROI to management in order to maintain an ever-decreasing IT budget.
“It would be nice,” Nick interjects, “if I could easily manage the network like that (snapping his fingers) so I have more time on strategic stuff – like enabling business innovation and driving more value for my stakeholders (his employees and customers).”
What if there was such a way? Read More »
Tags: policy based control, policy based management, SDWAN, WAN Management, wan orchestration
With the recent launch of FirePower Threat Defense on Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers, I would like to spend some time talking about enterprise branch security and what are the requirements to keep in mind to secure your branch office. Let’s start out by examining your branch environment.
What’s happening at the branch today?
Cloud is redefining application delivery. Mobility is redefining network architecture. Next generation applications like Ultra High Definition videos, Web, and SaaS applications put increased pressure on bandwidth availability.
Organizations may be considering Direct Internet Access (DIA) at the branch to leverage local internet path for public cloud and internet access. Leveraging the local internet path at the branch reduces IT spending (freeing up costly WAN bandwidth for mission critical applications) and ensures better application experience, for example for applications hosted in the public cloud (less latency) but it may come with a cost since now the branch may be exposed to security threats. Read More »
Tags: branch office, Cisco FirePOWER, Cisco ISR, guest wi-fi, security, threat defense, threat protection