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Demystifying the Catalyst: The Basics of Network Software High Availability

What are Rolling Stack Upgrades (RSU) and In-Service Software Upgrades (ISSU) and how should you use them? In this blog post, let’s take a look at the basics of network software high availability.

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Striking the Right Balance in the Branch: Experience & Productivity vs. Cost & Efficiency

Talking with customers in various segments, one common trend seems to be emerging for branch deployments:  customers are trying to strike the right balance between 2 opposite ideals. On one side they want to deliver great user experience and drive employee productivity but on the other side they are being asked to reduce cost and operate more efficiently. It is becoming increasing challenging to strike this right balance, especially with newer technologies like virtualization, BYOD and Cloud.

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How To Prepare For The New Holiday, BYODday

On my way to the airport this last week I heard about a new study that came out finding over half of all Americans now carry a tablet or smartphone. This little stat reminded me of the second scariest holidays of the year, after Halloween, of course.

With the approach of Halloween we can start getting ready (at least in some countries) for running the five month holiday gauntlet.  With Halloween we can get giddy on candy and fright, for Thanksgiving we can stuff ourselves with family and food, and this is all preparation for the biggest consumptive month of December stuffed with Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s (and other holidays I haven’t thought of) and we’re afflicted with the fever of conspicuous giving.  In January many get a rest as they reset, try new diet and exercise programs, and then gear up for Valentines.  However, IT folks get a very special January holiday, Byodday.  Read More »

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Housekeeping Post – Where to Find Borderless Networks? Also, Theme Week!

Hi All!  This post is to give you an overview of where you’ll find Borderless Networks over the next month.  Some of the events listed are webinars you can attend, just click on the magic hyperlinks to register.  Others are conferences we’ll be at, and others are stops on our BYOD roadshow.   

Also, for this week & next the Borderless blog will have a theme week.  Theme weeks is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while and what better time to start than Halloween?  I am hopeful that theme weeks will bring out some interesting posts from some of our writers and will hopefully be fun for readers.   The theme for this and next week is, “Isn’t it scary”.  I know I’ve already broken this concept of theme week by having it be for two weeks.  But I really like Halloween.  If you have suggestions for theme weeks (or really hate this idea) please let me know in the comments.

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How to Unleash the Potential in your Network

If you are reading this, you are probably interested in getting more out of your network.  You have most likely made a huge investment in your network, but you simply aren’t getting the payback you had been expecting.  How can Cisco help in this regard? That’s just one of the many concepts we will be covering in our webinar October 24: Get Your Network Ready for BYOD, Video, and Cloud with Cisco Unified Access!

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