Enabling a Platform for Branch Innovation
In an era of content explosion, where IT is challenged by exponential traffic growth due to mobility, video, cloud and Internet of Things – no place is this problem more acute than the branch office where businesses typically engage customers.
To address this critical need, Cisco is pleased to announce the availability of Cisco ISR 4451-X Converged Branch Infrastructure, a new platform for innovation that integrates world-class network, compute and storage to deliver unprecedented performance and power into an all-in-one box solution at an unbeatable total cost of ownership. This solution has also been recognized as one of the finalist for Best of Interop in the Networking category, which further underscores the unique innovation Cisco is bringing to the industry.
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Tags: Best of Interop Finalist, Cisco ISR 4451-AX, Converged Branch Infrastructure Solution, JouleX EnergyManager (JEM), UCS-E Series
More people than ever are talking about “shadow IT” nowadays. As the name implies, it’s mysterious, perhaps even malevolent by some people’s standards. From a traditional IT vantage point, this negative view may be somewhat justified given the risks it creates around security, compliance, productivity, and technology investment.
But let’s look at it from another perspective. Shadow IT is on the rise because more people outside of IT are gaining awareness and access to technology, and harnessing it as a business differentiator. More importantly, many of these people are business leaders with growing budgets that align to their priorities. Here’s how much technology budget growth business leaders expect in the next year:
Source: Cisco Business and IT Priority Survey results Read More »
Tags: Cisco Business and IT Priority Survey, connected mobile experience, enterprise networks, Intelligent WAN, internet of things, Shadow IT, technology budgets, unified access
Traveling can be stressful – for business or leisure – and hoteliers do their best to make sure that the hotel in which you choose to stay during your time away from home provides the best worry-free conveniences available. High-tech hotels are taking steps in the right direction by offering in-room automation, loyalty perks, mobile check-ins and more to enhance the guest experience.
But even luxury, high-tech hotels need upgrades sometimes. To validate this point, we look back at Boston in March 2012 at an event referred to as the ‘Back Bay blackout.” Unfortunately, an electrical fire in Boston left thousands without power. I imagine the scene was a little chaotic without lights, phones and Internet. The Mandarin Oriental, Boston and its guests were also left without access to phones or Internet during this power outage. Read More »
Tags: Case Study, catalyst, Catalyst with UPOE, Cisco Smart Install, Cisco Switches, efficiency, hotel, network
For the last 3 weeks, my colleagues have written on the topic of IWAN and its various components. Ido wrote about the basics (and more) about IWAN, Kiran on how to get twice the bandwidth with PfR, and Hector on how Glue Networks improves the IWAN experience for IT. As the name suggests, the ‘WAN’ in Intelligent WAN is a very important element but we can’t forget why we need an intelligent WAN – the branch or store that sits on the other side. It’s the place where 80% of employees of enterprises reside and where content explosion is happening with cloud applications, video training, and other business applications need to be delivered to. So it would be an understatement to say the branch architecture and how applications are delivered and hosted is important.
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Tags: Cisco Router, ISR, IWAN, IWAN Wed, IWAN Wednesday, UCS-E Series
The advent of the many clouds has now become a reality. Enterprises of all sizes and segments are embracing cloud solutions, whether private internal cloud, Virtual Private Cloud, Public Cloud, or some Hybrid. The number of workloads as well as cloud traffic are expected to grow exponentially in the next 5 years.
The shift to the many clouds has significant impact on the role of IT. IT has to reinvent itself to be able to keep control as applications are increasingly moving to cloud infrastructures.
In particular, there are two very strong trends that will require IT to increasingly position itself as a Broker of Services, and evolve from a more traditional role of being an infrastructure provider.
First, line of businesses intend to address some of their IT needs directly by purchasing cloud-based IT services. Read More »
Tags: Akamai, AVC, Cisco Cloud Connector, Cisco Intelligent WAN, IWAN, Shadow IT, virtual desktop