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Integrating IPv6 Into Your Network: Five Steps for Building Your IPv6 Address Plan

May 2, 2012 at 10:35 am PST

When I was younger and faced with a large problem, I tended to shy away from the problem and take other paths to avoid the issue in the hope that the issue either got smaller or ideally went away.  I’m finding that as an adult, you cannot always do that.  Some issues just will not go away no matter how hard you try to avoid them or how creative your excuses get for why they are not important right now.

Integrating IPv6 into your network is one of those issues.  It is a large problem that impacts all areas of what goes on in the IT shop – network, security, applications, content, operating systems, etc.  The key to making an integration successful is to make sure that representatives from all IT organizations participate and contribute to the project and to approach the problem by breaking it into manageable chunks.

Step 1: Don’t panic.  Read More »

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Interop Las Vegas 2012: Two Big Things To Know about Cisco Switching

April 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm PST

Interop Las Vegas is next week. Over 100 sessions will take place, covering a wide range of IT challenges led by cloud, mobility and security. Padmasree Warrior, CTO, SVP Engineering & GM Enterprise Business  of Cisco, will deliver the first conference keynote speech titled “Cisco Innovation: In It to Win It” on Tuesday May 8. What else can you expect from Cisco, specifically from Cisco switching?

Before I get to that, I’ll share with you a recent conversation that I had with a Cisco customer.


Steven Song: We are collecting customer feedback on Cisco switching.
Cisco customer: Sure.
Steven Song: On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest, how do you rank Cisco switching?
Cisco customer: 6.
Steven Song: Can you please explain?
Cisco customer: Cisco switches are extremely stable. I put them in and they just run and run. They perform way beyond my expectations. I can do a lot of things with them, like segmenting the  networks for different user groups and controlling which business applications get higher priorities.

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Insiders Guide to Optimization at Interop

This weekend my little sis and I re-watched Best in Show. This 2000 gem from Christopher Guest is a gentle mocumentary of the personalities you’d find at a dog show. We got some laughs as we watched the dialog between the commentators – one who was supposed to be quite knowledgeable on dogs, and one who was clueless and said things like:

Now tell me, which one of these dogs would you want to have as your wide receiver on your football team? 

I especially liked the above because it is pretty random and the response from the other commentator was great. I thought about it this morning since the NFL draft is tonight (go Niners!) and was thinking about Best In Show overall since we have our own competition coming up in a few weeks.

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Why are you Using Legacy and Proprietary Networks for your Factory Floor?

April 23, 2012 at 5:00 am PST

These days you hear a lot about convergence. Networking, compute, and storage technologies are converging in the data center. Wired and wireless networks are converging in campus networks. These converging technologies are being driven by a desire to make IT infrastructure more flexible and responsive to changing business and employee needs, and to use IT as a competitive advantage to deliver products and services faster to the marketplace.

What has this got to do with industrial networks?

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BYOD Security and Scaling Solutions: Join us for a TweetChat April 17

These days, it’s nearly impossible to separate our work and personal lives. Network administrators likely feel this more than anyone as they try to help everyone in their organization use and onboard new smartphones and tablets. I experienced it this weekend while spending time with my cousin who came for a last minute visit from out of town. When he arrived we began to chat about the start-up he had been working for and discussed all of the potential challenges and risks that his former employer faced on the company network. I mentioned that Cisco had just run a Technical Deep Dive on Cisco’s Mobility Innovations for scalable and secure productivity.

After I mentioned the Cisco 3600 Series CleanAir Access Point and its ability to find and mitigate interference and to increase performance, his ears seemed to perk up a bit. “But,” he said “the challenge isn’t only high quality connectivity, it’s making sure that the network stays secure and that each user, whether they are connecting via wired or wireless devices, is granted the access they need to perform their job. No more, no less, and there should be no hassles for me.” Read More »

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