With “clouds” being the hot new term in IT, many high level executives are looking for ways to incorporate clouds into their enterprise environment. Sometimes, these decisions are rushed, and poorly designed solutions are thrown into place. These solutions almost always fail to gain traction within the corporation due to lackluster features, or they are just plain too hard to use. Cloud solutions in the corporate environment can be a very powerful tool that can extend to all parts of the company. It just needs the proper design and implementation to be successful. Remember, just how every corporation is different, so needs to be the cloud solution. Read More »
New technology is always exciting. There are always groups within the organization that have seen some product demo at a convention or user group and need that new functionality right now!
But sometimes the infrastructure is not there to support it. Or it’s the first time this type of technology has been introduced into your organization. Both of these pose their own distinct issues and challenges.
Some initial questions we ask ourselves are the following:
• Does our current infrastructure support the requests?
• Do we need to procure hardware or do code upgrades?
• Will this pass a security sniff?
• Will this support the entire organization or is this a one off that will sporadically be used?
• Who is the first department willing to pilot this?
A subject very close to my heart at the moment is what skills I will need to have in order to support the Next Generation of Software Defined and Application Centric networks.
It is of no surprise that Networking like most other towers in IT has embraced abstraction as the way forward to provide levels of flexibility and agility never before seen in the Network.
What is perhaps a bit of a surprise, is the speed in which these new concepts are being developed and deployed. It seems like only last year terms like SDN were still viewed as “Way down the line” technologies. But here we are at the start of Q2 2014 and it seems like if you don’t already have an SDN plan you’re already behind.
So what skills will we need in order to design, support and deploy these new networks? Read More »
#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists, hosted by Cisco’s Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about Intelligent WAN (IWAN) with guest moderator, Cisco’s Lauren Friedman (@lauren)
Listen to the Podcast
Cisco Subject Matter Expert: Hugo Vliegen, Director of Technical Marketing
How IWAN benefits business
IWAN and Security
IWAN monitoring and configuration management
Levels of IWAN
How IWAN related to ACI Read More »
The choice to begin pursuing an expert-level certification is often made lightly. After experiencing the training, study and testing process of the associate-level and the professional-level certifications, it is understandable to expect that the expert level is more of the same; more advanced, but essentially a logical progression. This is a fair conclusion and is more accurate than it sounds, but it’s important to consider that the ‘more advanced’ aspect goes beyond the topics. The process itself is more involved… and that changes everything. Read More »