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

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?

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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North American IPv6 Summit: My Critical Takeaways for the Enterprise Customer

The 2012 North American IPv6 Summit was held in Denver, Colorado on April 9-12, 2012.  As usual, it was an excellent conference with the largest attendance of any IPv6 event in North America this year.  There were many excellent speakers who gave timely talks on the state of IPv6 deployment, gaps in the overall education within the end-user base as well as advances and limitations in vendor support.

I gave a keynote talk on “Enterprise Internet Edge Design for IPv6″ and afterwards I was approached by several enterprise customers who stated that they had great success using the Cisco Validated Design (CVD) options defined in our Deploying IPv6 in the Internet Edge CVD.  This is great to hear but our work is not done yet.  We still need to help customers understand the significance of deploying IPv6 in not just the network but throughout the enterprise.  This is most evident in the lack of documentation by commercial off the shelf (COTS) application vendors who need to do a better job of helping customers understand the support for IPv6.

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