It seems that every time I talk to customers and partners lately they want to know more about Smart Business Architectures.
I think we all agree that Networking has become quite complicated these days with many choices to be made. Since most organizations rely on the network for every aspect of their business today, they need to provide an infrastructure that allows for anytime, anywhere, anything and anyone connectivity in a secure, reliable, and seamless fashion.
Poor choices can be extremely costly, and I’ve seen recent examples of customers having deployed the wrong technology (like GPON in a Campus environment) only to find that they were unable to provide the necessary Network services to support the applications that their customers demand. This is not good for one’s career, nor the organizations budget when a forklift replacement of the network must be done.
Building and maintaining a network is complicated problem that can only be addressed properly with “a plan” or in network terminology, an “Architecture”.
The good news is that you don’t have to start from scratch. Cisco has already done much of the baseline work for you with a number of very well written documents on the Smart Business Architecture (SBA) site. Cisco has made a healthy investment in SBA to ensure our customers and partners are successful.
The SBA guides are very prescriptive and based on use cases from customers and partners and have been assembled and tested in our lab. The target level of expertise is the CCNA/CCNP level engineer so you don’t have to keep a staff of CCIE’s to run your network, especially in the mid-size business environment where this is not a very cost effective approach.
If you’d like more detail, check out my talk on the subject recently at the Government Solutions Forum.
And oh by the way, yes there’s no an App on the Apple Store for “Cisco SBA”. All you need is your CCO password to access all of the documents that are currently available.