The hotel industry has traditionally managed IT applications and network infrastructure locally on property, which led to higher costs associated with having local resources on premises. But now, many hotels have realized a need for greater operational efficiency and an ability to meet guests’ Wi-Fi needs. A virtual server seems to be the solution.
According to Gartner Inc., approximately 60 percent of servers will be virtualized by 2014, up from 12 percent in 2008. Clearly, we are starting to see large businesses across multiple industries realize the benefits of virtualizing their server workload. For example, one benefit is that IT executives are able to cut down the costs of storing data through physical hardware, which is both a costly and inefficient method. Without physical hardware, an on-site IT staff is no longer necessary which also reduces operational costs. Additionally, offloading information to the cloud helps free up bandwidth for guests and customers alike to utilize – a benefit very helpful to hoteliers that put the guest experience first. Read More »
Tags: cloud, Connected Mobility Experiences, hospitality, wifi, Wifi for Hotels
Whether you need to support BYOD work practices, or provide more secure access to your data center resources, the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) can help. With this all-in-one enterprise policy control platform, you can reliably enforce compliance, enhance infrastructure security, and simplify service operations.
Cisco’s leading One Policy Solution—the Identity Services Engine (ISE)—now delivers even greater capabilities.
Join us next Thursday September 5 to learn about the solution’s newest enhancements—now available with its 1.2 release. The Identity Services Engine provides a comprehensive solution to manage and maintain network access and policies—ensuring consistent enforcement across wired, wireless, and VPN networks. Register today! Read More »
Tags: bring your own device, byod, Cisco, ISE, mobile, mobile security, on-board, policy, security
Are you an IT manager feeling the pressure to be “innovative” while still responsible for keeping the lights on? And what does it actually mean to be “innovative” in Enterprise IT? Isn’t it just about the technology?
Today’s IT managers are not only responsible for making technology decisions, they are becoming increasingly responsible for using the network to deliver on business priorities, help solve business problems, and accelerate growth.
Whether it is headlines such as, “Today’s CIO Needs to Be the Chief Innovation Officer“ from an HBR blog, or the continued threat of Shadow IT, the pressure is on IT organizations to demonstrate their value beyond just “keeping the lights on”. Read More »
Tags: innovation, IT Alignment, IT managers, Nemertes
In my previous 3-part blog series I discussed the challenges in the Enterprise WAN and relevancy of SDN in overcoming these challenges and how Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture addresses these WAN challenges. In this blog post I will discuss how Cisco ONE (Open Network Environment) and ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture fit together. In a following blog, I will discuss how Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture provides six significant benefits to enterprises through programmability. ONE + ONE = 6 is the new math for Enterprise programmability!
Cisco ONE (Open Network Environment)
Cisco ONE is a comprehensive, Cisco wide solution (not just data center) approach to making networks more open, programmable, and application-aware. There are numerous blogs, and videos about Cisco ONE that can be found here. As a brief summary, Cisco ONE comprises of 3 pillars that provide a programmable approach to both physical and virtual infrastructure: Read More »
Tags: architecture, Cisco ONE, Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture, enterprise networks, open APIs, Open Networking, programmability, SDN, SDN controller
There are a lot of great technologies that have outstanding business benefits but are not widely deployed. For example, 802.1X for wired networks can determine appropriate network access based on user identity and additional contextual information. The technology is already built into the network to help customers improve their network security. If you ask your peers in the industry, however, you may hear that many of them have not turned on 802.1X on their switching network. Why? Depending on who you ask, you might get different answers from different people. But one common response is that IT staff is too busy with so many burning issues on their network so they don’t have time for something like 802.1X. It’s not just about this technology. They never have enough time to do testing, troubleshooting and configuration changes. That’s why any solutions that can help simplify and streamline networks and IT operations will go a long way. Read More »
Tags: Access Switches, Catalyst 6500, Catalyst 6800, Catalyst Instant Access, Cisco, enterprise networks