If you’ve ever had a situation where you urgently need new switching features or critical bug fixes, you’ll know why a new Cisco IOS software release is as precious as gold. In fact, a new software release can create big impact beyond features and bug fixes in many ways. For example, about 9 months ago, Cisco published its first converged software release (IOS-XE 3.5.0E/IOS 15.2(1)E) that allowed many Cisco switches such as Catalyst 4500-E, 4500-X, 3750-X, 3560-X, 2960-S, 2960-C, 2960-Plus, and 3560-C to use a common software release for simplified IT operations and maintenance.
Today, we are excited to announce a new Cisco software release, IOS-XE 3.6.0E/IOS 15.2(2)E, which is a major milestone in the Cisco IOS software history. For the first time, this new software delivers a single version of converged release for the extensive Cisco Unified Access product portfolio. You can save precious time, reduce operational costs and achieve lower total cost of ownership (TCO) with this release as you qualify, deploy and maintain this single combined software going forward . This software release supports new Unified Access products including Catalyst 2960-X/XR, Catalyst 3850/3850 fiber/3650, Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor 8-E, Cisco 5760 Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) as well as other “classic” Catalyst switches. Take a look at the chart below to see details.
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Has this happened to you? The line of business comes to you one day and says they have this great new idea to train the sales teams. “Let’s use YouTube videos”, they say. Or the CMO comes to you and says, “digital signage will increase our revenue if we can promote this next new line of products that is about to launch”. Or “This new cloud application looks great and it will increase employee productivity!”
But all you could say was ‘no, that’s not possible’. Not because you didn’t want to enable each of these groups but because 1) you are short of resources or 2) budget is tight or 3) the infrastructure just isn’t ready yet. Any or all of the above?
With 80% of the workforce in a non-HQ location, enabling these digital services is daunting to IT. What happens to other business critical applications if the WAN is flooded with YouTube videos? Digital Signage is a great idea, sure, but how do I distribute those HD videos or images to the stores? Cloud applications may seem like not much as a user but what happens if all my users are accessing the cloud at the same time? Read More »
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Dimension Data recently came out with their 2014 Network Barometer Report. The report has business and technology insights based on data gathered from 74,000 network devices in 32 countries. Some of the findings are counter-intuitive, like failure rates and mean-time-repair (MTTR) are lower for obsolete equipment. See press release here, and download the full report here (requires registration). Also, check out their Google+ hangout on Wednesday July 9th.
Based on this exhaustive report, Dimension Data’s top recommendation is:
“Have an accurate inventory of your network estate.”
The very fact that this is a top recommendation shows that creating accurate network inventory is hard. Otherwise, customers would already be doing this, and Dimension Data wouldn’t need to make it their top recommendation.
We are doing our part to make it easy for customers to create an accurate inventory of their network devices. Cisco Active Advisor is a free cloud-based service that can scan your network for Cisco enterprise and small business products such as Catalyst switches, routers, wireless access points, wireless controllers, and more. It provides valuable information on these products such as security vulnerabilities (PSIRTs), product lifecycle (End of Sale, End of Support), service contract status, warranty status, and more. You can view the report in an elegant web-based interface, and setup alerts. Cisco Active Advisor is ideal for small and mid-size networks. Read More »
During geek-fests like CiscoLive, it’s easy to become hypnotized by all the amazing technology. So many smart people are innovating in so many amazing ways. When the party’s over, though, we all need to get back to business. Not just CIO’s and CTO’s -- everyone in IT needs to focus on business outcomes -- now more than ever. Here’s why.
IT is under increasing pressure to innovate and help deliver business results, as evidenced by several new data points in our industry. Understanding these trends and next steps can help IT, business, and operations teams all work better together to deliver more value from technology.
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“Location, Location, Location” is what you need to keep in mind for real estate in the physical world. But in today’s
enterprise environment where everything is virtual and many critical apps are in the data center or cloud, the most important thing is connectivity.
So welcome to the era of connectivity, connectivity, connectivity!
As connectivity is so important, what can we do to ensure the uptime of the branch WAN connectivity without increasing costs?
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Tags: Intelligent WAN, ISR, IWAN, MPLA, performance routing, PfR