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Catalyst Compact Switches: Getting out of the Wiring Closet

Discussions about switching almost always seem to be restricted to either the campus or the datacenter. While these are obviously very critical, there is a segment that is often overlooked: switching outside the wiring closet.

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Demystifying the Catalyst: What is StackPower and Why Should You Use It?

In this blog post, let’s take a look at the basics of power redundancy, why it’s needed, traditional methods of achieving it, and how you can do it better.

Businesses require a highly available campus network. Network switch power redundancy is a critical component of overall campus redundancy. There are two commonly used power redundancy solutions for switches – full redundancy and partial redundancy. In full redundancy, every switch is attached to two power supplies so that if one goes down, other takes over. This scheme is also called 1:1 redundancy. In partial redundancy, there is one extra power supply for multiple switches. This is also called 1:N redundancy. However, each has its drawback…

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Webinar This Tuesday: Conquer the Cloud Part 2

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Are you moving your apps to the cloud? What will the impact be on your network resources? How will you provide a consistent user experience?  These are some of the questions we’ll be discussing this Tuesday, October 16, in part 2 of our webinar series, Conquer the Cloud.  This specific webinar focuses on a topic that has been in the news a lot lately – Optimizing Application Performance from Branch-to-Cloud. 

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Networking Field Day 4 at Cisco! #NFD4

This morning we have a very special treat – Networking Field Day 4 is stopping by Cisco!

Last night I got to meet a bunch of the delegates (fancy name for bloggers) and am pretty excited as they’re a great group of Field Day veterans and new folks.  I think the lineup of talks will be fun for them, and I’m hoping we’ll get a good, solid discussion going.  Plus, one of the delegates has agreed to wear a kilt. 

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Cisco Office-in-a-Box – Cisco UCS-E Series with VMware View

Increased innovation in virtualization, compute and networking technology is steadily increasing the growth and adoption of VDI. Many enterprises are extending VDI deployments to their remote offices and branches but many are also apprehensive of running VDI across the WAN link due to concerns that a single point of failure could disrupt the entire business at a remote location. Similarly, small and medium businesses (SMBs) are exploring VDI.  For them to adopt VDI the offered solution needs to be simple, reliable, and able to incorporate other business needs like office communications, PCI compliance, business continuity, etc. They prefer solutions that provide a healthy TCO and can also be deployed and managed easily. 

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