Cisco Blogs


Cisco Blog > Enterprise Networks

Why Cisco, Not Juniper? OpEx, CapEx and the Frankenkluge in the Branch Office Closet

One of the great things about being at Cisco HQ in Silicon Valley is the wonderful diversity we have here. Although you don’t really get seasons you do get an awesome mix of people. A recent stroll around the lake at Shoreline Park revealed people speaking English, Russian, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hindi and some other languages I could not identify. Similarly sushi, butter chicken and naan, pho, bulgoki and bahn mi are all easy to find for the diversified, international foodie.

However, when I go out for Indian food with my friends, they almost always insist on going to a buffet in Mountain View called Passage to India. Partially because they usually have a huge assortment of “desi-chinese” dishes such as Gobi Manchurian and Chilli Chicken but largely because they see the buffet being a tremendous value. Little chicken tikka masala, little tandoori, little goat curry, some gulab jamun – enjoy them all, they are all included in a well integrated package. A la carte approaches make it hard to enjoy such variety, as each additional dish is usually priced like the main part of a meal.

Reminds me of the whole Cisco vs Juniper thing for the branch.

We took a look at the cost of building a modern, secure, integrated services network for the branch, incorporating the functionality and services that you would want in a new branch deployment, you know, things like security (firewall, IPS, VPN), video, server virtualization, WAN optimization, video optimization, 4G backup and Unified Communications. Doing all this with Cisco was pretty easy, all you need is an ISR, which we spec’ed out as an ISR 3945 for our hypothetical 150 person branch (with a 45Mbps WAN bandwidth). Implementation was cheap and easy, particularly when you consider all the capabilities that you were getting.

Read More »

Tags: , , , , ,

High-Performing Virtual Private Network Makes Life Easier

As a medical clinic, Valley Sleep Center needs to maintain HIPAA compliance and also allow employees to review confidential patient records. Overhauling its antiquated VPN technology, the company implemented a high-performance Cisco VPN solution.  Learn more in this short video.

Lights Out On Game Day

You don’t have to be a football fanatic to feel for the 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 19th, as their nationally-televised game against the Steelers was delayed not only once, but twice, amounting to a 35-minute total delay in the game. You can expect delays due to weather in blistering cold regions, but delays in San Francisco? (And we’re long past the days of the California brown-outs…) It’s no wonder this week the PG&E CEO called it the ‘most embarrassing moment of his career.’ (See interview.) Read More »

Tags: , , , ,

Deploying IPv6 in the Internet Edge

January 5, 2012 at 7:31 pm PST

cisco validated design guides - ipv6 for the internet edgeHistorically, enterprise customers have had a mixture of deployment goals and starting points for the implementation of IPv6. These starting points very often boil down to the following:

  • Core to edge
  • Edge to core
  • Internet Edge-only

Read More »

Tags: , , , , ,

The Right Network Helps Cut Costs by 50 Percent

Here’s an interesting case study of the right network deployed for a sleep disorder clinic. Located in the metropolitan Phoenix area, Valley Sleep Center was looking to expand from two to five locations within a year. Struggling with slow VPN connections and an outdated phone system, the company decided to upgrade its network. The result? A 50% reduction in costs. See how upgrading to the right network benefited their bottom line.

Watch this video.