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Your Right to Choose Your WAN Connectivity and Your Right to Security

Still too often, nowadays, I look at my phone and my stomach drops.

I see: “3G”…

Even worse, I see: “1x”…

I think to myself: It’s the year 2015 and the world is becoming increasingly digitized. IDC’s Internet of Things Forecast states that there will be 4 billion people using 50 billion devices all in one hyper-connected world. I (along with 3,999,999,999 other people) believe it is my right to always have a consistent and high-performing 4G-LTE connection.

For the enterprise, Cisco’s SD-WAN Bill of Rights talks about what customers should expect and demand as they prepare their WAN for tomorrow. Among these rights are two that are very important to branch security in particular: Read More »

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Networking Field Day 10 Recap 2 – Deep Dive into IWAN Policy Automation along with Application Visibility and Protection

On August 19th twelve delegates came into Cisco for a deep dive session on multiple topics including IWAN Policy Automation and IWAN Application Visibility and Protection. This session is known as Networking Field Day where bloggers, speakers, podcasters, and influential leaders come into Cisco for a 2 hour session and ask questions to our speakers throughout presentations on exciting Cisco technologies.

Jeff Reed, VP of Network Transformation, kicked off #NFD10 by introducing Cisco’s approach to Software Define WAN (SD-WAN) for the Enterprises. Sumanth Kakaraparthi, Product Manager for Platform Routing, and Pedro Leonardo, Product Manager in Networking Transformation for Enterprise Management and Controller, then continued to dive into Zero-Touch Deployment. For more information on those sessions, click here: Networking Field Day 10 Recap – Introduction to SD-WAN and Zero Touch Deployment

Sumanth and Pedro continued with a deep dive into IWAN Policy Automation, where they explain how Cisco moves away from feature level configuration to business policy configuration.

Here are some questions that were asked Read More »

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Cisco Nexus Switches Consolidate Italian Gas Company Data Centers

AQ20327.jpgWhen Snam, an Italian gas company, needed to update its data centers why did it choose Cisco quipment—specifically Nexus switches—to do the job? Because the Nexus switches were the only platform to offer Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV), which allowed virtual machines to be transferred without interrupting services.

For Snam, non-interruption of services was an important part of the plan because the company manages a 55,0000 kilometer local distribution network, a 32,000 kilometer transport network with eight storage sites and one regasification plant. Add these factors with the company’s eight data centers hosting 220 applications and this was going to be a tricky job—especially since any service interruption would be costly and potentially disastrous.

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Tunneling: Faster, More Secure, and Cost-Effective Connectivity for Your Network

No, I’m not talking about schematics for the Hyperloop (although I’m pretty excited about flying through California in a suction pipe). I’m talking about an even more important network in today’s digitized world: the WAN.

Recent trends such as bring-your-own-device, mobility, and cloud computing have led to a surge in the number and types of devices connecting to the network. With these challenges, how can an enterprise manage demand for WAN bandwidth and fast, secure connectivity with a flat or decreasing operational budget? Read More »

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SD-WAN and ACI Momentum at Open Networking User Group

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Next week (3rd-5th November) the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) meets at New York University in New York for its fall conference. For those of you not familiar with ONUG, it is a community of IT business leaders who exchange ideas and best practices for implementing Open Networking and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) designs.

Our enterprise customers continue to show significant interest in simplifying and automating their WAN network infrastructure and datacenter. Our ACI solution has reached over 1000 customers and we continue to see enhancements to Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) with APIC-EM and the IWAN ApplicationRead More »

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