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Deliver High Performance Cloud Services with the new ASR 1001-X

At CiscoLive this week, I am proud to announce the launch of the new Aggregation Services Router, the ASR 1001-X.

photo 1The ASR 1001-X is the latest addition to the ASR 1000 family of routers that packs 20Gbps forwarding capacity and 8G of Layer 3 Crypto  throughput in a compact 1RU form factor!

In my earlier blog post I highlighted the need for connecting data centers to share and scale cloud services on demand and achieve flexibility and availability that is required by the cloud. As data centers continue to grow so does the need for more power and cooling, while rackspace continues to become a rare commodity. Talking to customers they wanted a platform with a smaller footprint but with higher performance and hence the ASR 1001-X was born. 

Some of the key benefits of the ASR 1001-X we are highlighting at CiscoLive are:

  • Investment Protection: Pay-as-you-grow forwarding throughput upgradable from 2.5 to 5,10 and 20Gbps
  • Robust Security: Up to 8Gbps of Suite-B encryption combined with Layer 2 MAC Security.
  • Data Center Interconnect (DCI): For workload mobility, high-availability application clusters and layer 2 extension for legacy applications support.
  • Cisco IWAN: Application Visibility and Control, AppNav and Performance Routing enable inexpensive business-class Internet links as a WAN transport
  • Advanced Routing: Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to enable Host mobility, Ingress traffic load-balancing, high VPN scale, and IPv6 transition
  • Route Reflector: Up to 13M IPv4 routes (selective download)
  • Multimedia Edge: Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) Enterprise Edition to offer 16k calls
  • Ease of Management: Seamless integration and management with Cisco Prime Infrastructure.

I am often asked how each one of the benefits will help our customers so I wanted to talk about some of the common use cases where customers will see the largest benefit of the ASR 1001-X. For this blog I will cover in detail the Data Center Interconnect (DCI) use case and I will cover more use cases in future blog posts.

The Data Center Interconnect must provide secure access to satisfy a key requirement for the consumption of services from the cloud. Before the advent of the cloud, the network traffic that flowed in the interconnecting network fabric or the IP NGN was unidirectional -- it flowed from the client to the server in the network and back to the network client. Cloud and virtualization has made the network traffic multi-dimensional. The network traffic not only moves to and from client and network server it can also move across servers that are located in geographically dispersed data centers that are interconnected using DCI technologies. VMware virtual machine motion is an example of that. Based on this criteria, the ASR 1001-X supports the following DCI technologies:

  • Virtual Extensible LAN Services
  • Overlay Transport Virtualization
  • Virtual Private LAN Services
  • Ethernet over MPLS
  • Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol v3

Please stay tuned for more in my next blog. I will talk about how the consumers of the cloud require the same great application experience when services are moved to the cloud and how the ASR 1001-X can help to deliver a better user experience.

 

 

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What you’ll find in the #DevNet Zone at Cisco Live (#CLUS)

IMG_5312Today the DevNet Developer Conference kicked off in Moscone West.  DevNet is a mini-conference you can attend within the larger Cisco Live that gives hands-on experience with the many APIs Cisco is developing.

The DevNet Zone includes the following activities:

  • Theater Sessions: API technical sessions, executive spotlights, and thought leadership sessions
  • Hands-on learnings labs that let you code APIs on working platforms and systems
  • A 24 hour hackathon (for non-Cisco participants) with first prize of $5000
  • Demo pods showcasing Cisco and Partner technologies
  • A demo of Tech Fund project on Augmented Collaboration (AKA Project Spring Roll!)

I’d like to especially call out a few sessions (the full session can be found on http://devnetzone2014.sched.org)

  • Monday, May 19 at 9-10:30am: CTO Panel with Cisco CTOs Dave Ward, Tom Edsall, John Apostolopoulos, Bret Hartman, Lew Tucker, and Susie Wee (moderator)
  • Monday, May 19 8-9am: Coding Skills 101 – How to call REST APIs from Python and JQuery is a hands-on intro to REST APIs- bring your laptop to code- no experience necessary.
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    Speaking of hands-on -- folks taking the labs!

  • Monday, May 19 1-2pm: APIC Enterprise Module API - This session will present the basic constructs of the controller such as the policy engine, and the capabilities of the REST API. There will be examples of how these capabilities can be integrated into other applications to simplify operations, improve security and enhance user experience.
  • Tuesday, May 20 8:30 -- 9:00am Cisco UCS Scripting Tools & SDKs Overview This session will educate developers and customers on available utilities and demonstrate the power of the Cisco UCS XML API.
  • Wednesday, May 21 8-9am: Coding Skills 101 – How to call REST APIs from Python and JQuery If you missed it the first time, it’s back! This is a hands-on intro to REST APIs- bring your laptop to code- no experience necessary.
  • Thursday, May 22 11:30-12:30pm API Management at Cisco In this session we will introduce Cisco’s API Management Strategy, with a focus on consumption ready APIs that are developer-friendly using consistent lifecycle management and governance.

It is a great opportunity to have Cisco Live in San Francisco, so close to Cisco headquarters.  One of our goals is to create a vibrant DevNet developer community. If you’re in the area I encourage you to stop by.  Those who wish to attend just DevNet can get a $49 explorer pass covering all 4 days - Use the code DevNetCL14). I also encourage you to join the DevNet program at http://developer.cisco.com and start some discussions in our DevNet community forums!

I look forward to seeing you here!

@SusieWee

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Announcing: New Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switch Models Expand Cisco Unified Access

May 19, 2014 at 5:30 am PST

Catalyst 3850 FiberOver a year ago, Cisco launched its first flagship Catalyst 3850 series switches at Cisco Live London. With its integrated wireless LAN controller functionality and the innovative UADP ASIC, the Catalyst 3850 switches provide a converged wired and wireless platform that is the heart of “One Network” in the Cisco Unified Access “One Policy. One Management. One Network” approach.

Today, we are excited to announce an addition to the Cisco Catalyst 3850 series switch family: the new Catalyst 3850 1G SFP fiber switch models. They are new SKUs in the Catalyst 3850 switch family and they help further expand the Cisco Unified Access solution. I’ll explain how later, but first let me help you get familiar with this new product offering.

The new Catalyst 3850 SFP fiber switch models have nearly everything identical with their sibling access switches in the Catalyst 3850 switch family: Read More »

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Top 5 Reasons Hackers, Developers and Designers Should Attend DevNet Zone

Hi all,

DevNetZone-CallingAllDevelopers

The DevNet Developer Conference at Cisco Live starts this week! Here are the Top 5 Reasons Hackers, Developers and Designers Should Attend DevNet Zone at Cisco Live:

  1. Hands-on learning labs for APIs you’ve probably never tried
  2. Networking – meet people in real life
  3. 24 Hour Hackathon where you can show your coding chops
  4. Get in on the ground floor
  5. All levels welcome -- Show you’re 1337. [+ opportunities for n00bs]

 

  1. Hands-on learning labs to Cisco products and APIs: We have 50+ hands-on learning labs where you can learn the ins and outs of our technologies and APIs in live working systems.  These are short, sharp, self-paced sprints lasting about 10 minutes each. Read More »

Augmented Collaboration: A Cisco Tech Fund Innovation

Hi all,

The DevNet team is busy gearing up for DevNet at Cisco Live in San Francisco on May 18-22. It’s just 2 days away… Yikes! I just got off a call with the DevNet team and you can imagine the excitement and nervousness in the air as we’re in the final days of preparation. We’ll have awesome hands-on labs, a 24 hour hackathon, and theater presentations on lots of fun topics. There will be a lot for developers to do with software-defined networking (APIC EM and onePK), location-aware wireless (Connected Mobile Experience CMX), Internet of Things (IOx), Collaboration (Jabber Guest), network topology UI (NeXt), and data center (UCS director). I know that’s a lot of acronyms, so I’ll write more about these next week. But, I wanted to quickly tell you about another innovation that we will be showing publicly for the first time at Cisco Live!

While my DevNet team is working hard, my Innovation team is busy gearing up for Cisco Live too. We’ll be showing an innovation project that we’ve been quietly working on for the last two years which just got some press in eWeek and in Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Our innovation project is on Augmented Collaboration, which is a user experience innovation and technology innovation around next-generation collaboration. You probably know of Cisco’s TelePresence, WebEx, and Unified Communications products and hopefully you’ve used them. I’m a huge fan of immersive video collaboration and I’ve built teams across the oceans using this technology. Augmented Collaboration is an exploration on “what’s next” in collaboration. Read More »