Technology moves very quickly and it is often difficult to keep up with new product announcements that are introduced in rapid succession. It is often necessary to take a step back and refresh our memory regarding how a solution is envisioned and then fulfilled.
As we look back on the last year, Cisco has released a lot of innovation focused on optimizing how IT defines and enforces policy; how they gain visibility of users, applications and devices; and how they simplify the network infrastructure. Read More »
Cisco Catalyst 2960-X is our greenest Catalyst access switch ever. If all similar switches shipped in 2012 were as energy efficient as Catalyst 2960-X, you would save enough energy to power every household in San Francisco for more than 3 years. Here’s how:
- At power up, Catalyst 2960-X consumes lower power than other comparable switches.
- Cisco EnergyWise monitors and controls the power consumption of PoE and PoE+ devices connected to the switch. You can turn off IP phones and wireless access points automatically after business hours.
- Energy Efficient Ethernet provides power savings when there is no traffic on switch ports. This saves about 15 watts for a 48 port-switch and 8 watts for a 24 port-switch.
- Downlink Hibernation Mode shuts down the downlink interface to save half watt per port when the connected devices are not in use, for example, after the office hours.
- Switch Hibernation Mode puts the switch to sleep mode during off hours and weekends. In this mode, the switch consumes as low as 6 watts, compared to 47 watts in active mode.
Collectively, these green features can reduce power consumption by up to 80%. Read More »
Tags: Catalyst 2960-X, Cisco, Energywise
If you have an iPhone or you are due for a mobile phone refresh, you would have tuned into Apple’s announcement on the new iPhones as well as the new OS, iOS7. I’ve had my iPhone4 for more than 3 years now so it definitely is decision time.
While we, as the phones’ users, are contemplating a new phone or upgraded OS, what does our other persona, the manager, director, or CIO in charge of our companies’ IT and network, need to consider? Will this impact me? Especially with BYOD policies can we bring both our iPhone and iPad -- new or just upgraded -- and connect them to the company wireless network? The answer is a resounding YES.
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Tags: AVC, Cisco iWAN, Cisco Routers, ios7, ISR-AX
#GameChanger is the one word we used to describe the new branch router: ISR 4451-X. We said it was designed from the ground up with rich services and application delivery in mind. How did we do that? Two words: Service Containers.
Service Containers are embedded into the router hardware itself, making it easy for you to manage and operate network services and applications. Services and applications are protected within each container, making it possible for each service to perform at the level that you need to, but also gives you the flexibility as its embedded nature entails. And since these containers can talk to each other even if they are on a separate device, you get high availability for your branch automatically. Read More »
Tags: application experience, enterprise networks, ISR, ISR G2, router, service containers
In my last blog I discussed how Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture fits with the Cisco ONE. Let’s now look at how the new Cisco ONE Enterprise Architecture provides at least 6 significant benefits to Enterprises. ONE + ONE = 6!
Problems that Enterprises are facing:
As enterprises are consolidating their IT infrastructure into private cloud (enterprise data-centers) or public/hybrid clouds they’re realizing massive economies of scale in application deployments. Further, they’re taking advantage of XaaS (Software/Infrastructure as a Service) offerings from Cloud Service Providers with Pay As You Go models that increase the speed of deployment and the agility of their business critical applications. This is a major shift in how applications are now being delivered over the WAN to their end-users in branch offices and on mobile/BYOD devices. IT consolidation and virtualization in the data-center are placing a lot of requirements on the enterprise WAN. Business agility and end-user and customer application experience are imposing critical requirements on the WAN. The major challenges that enterprises are facing with cloud migration are: Read More »
Tags: Cisco ONE, Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture, cloud, Control Layer, enterprise networks, Network Application Layer, network challenges, Network Elements Layer