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The New Face in CyberSecurity

1The demand for CyberSecurity professionals began to overtake the supply of talent 4-5 years ago. The estimated world-wide shortage is one million skilled security professionals. The sophistication and growth in number cyber attacks have outpaced the industries’ ability to respond in a timely manner.

With the Internet of Everything and cloud computing, CyberSecurity must be foundational as a strategy for enterprises.

Did you know that The 2014 Cisco Annual Security Report estimated the worldwide shortage of skilled security professionals to approximate 1 million people?

Today, women only make up 10-11% of the people working in cyber security, yet Read More »

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The Execution of Cisco’s Evolved Programmable Network Strategy

Welcome to the first post of “my blog,” which will keep you up-to-date on the execution of Cisco’s Evolved Programmable Network, or EPN strategy. This blog will help you understand EPN and its associated Evolved Services Platform, or ESP, and how they will change your network and its operation. As an introduction, it is simplest to think of EPN as the physical and virtual network components, and ESP as the collection of management software used to operate the network.

People are fundamentally changing the way they think about networks due to industry interest in Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). These terms mean many different things to different people, so we need to define them along with how they are integrated for useful purposes within EPN and ESP.

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SDN is possibly the most overused term in the networking industry at this time. The acronym originated in Read More »

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Pathway to a Cloud-Ready Wide-Area Network (WAN)

Tighter Planning Cycles for Greater Efficiency with the Evolved Services Platform

In the global geography of telecom, wide-area networks (WAN) are oceans of uncertainty. Resource-constrained and multivendor, WANs produce delays and outages in far-flung and sometimes remote areas, posing a special set of issues that are distinct from those we see in data centers and access networks.

WAN bandwidth is the most expensive bandwidth in the network and failure impacts are large. WANs bear the brunt of traffic growth with a very tricky calculus: underbuild your WAN and jeopardize your brand, but overbuild it and spend your way into oblivion.

Greater Predictability through Ever-Shortening Planning Cycles

To keep pace with these conundrums, you need sophisticated modeling and planning tools, which naturally evolved—in the case of the WAN Automation Engine (WAE)—into an ever-tightening loop of planning, building, and measuring, eventually encompassing SDN.

Longer planning cycles inevitably means over-engineering, over-building and over-hiring. With the Evolved Services Platform’s (ESP) Orchestration Engine, Cisco is shrinking these cycles, and thus reducing the uncertainties that lead to inefficiencies.

Last week I discussed the Orchestration Engine of the ESP in terms of how different components fit in individual domains. Let’s see how to use this framework to plan, engineer, and ultimately automate the WAN to make it cloud-ready.

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As the Process Becomes More Automated, a Shrinking Planning Cycle Brings Huge Efficiencies.

The cycle progressively shortens, from years to months, and eventually (with automated, programmable networking) to continuous changes. As this process moves from manual to automated, the network becomes more predictable.

But Why is this Happening Now? Read More »

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Mobile Making It Happen at The Internet Of Things World Forum

So during last week’s IoT World Forum in Chicago more than the 1,500 Internet of Things (IoT) industry experts came together for the second annual conference. The IoT is opening up a world of real opportunities for service provider growth while rapidly transforming our communities, our cities, and our daily lives. Still as discussed during many of the sessions at the IoT World Forum, there are a number of questions that need to be answered to accelerate IoT globally.

  • #1 Concern is Security -- New way of thinking “don’t trust, verify”
  • #2 Faster Time-To-Market (TTM)
  • #3 Lower TCO
  • Another top reason was the need for improved asset utilization and risk management.

So during the break-out session the The Value Delivered by the Service Provider in IoT many attendees listened to service providers discuss how they are addressing these areas, and make money while doing it.

The Panel:

  • AT&T SVP, Kevin Petersen – AT&T Digital Life
  • Sprint Director, Mohammed Nasser – Connected City
  • Orange Deputy Director, François Duquesnoy — Orange Smart Cities & Territories

The Topics Covered:

Smart Home Security, Home Health Care, Home Automation, Energy, Connected Car, Telematics, Connected Agriculture, Connected Transportation, Asset Tracking, Cloud Delivery.

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Figure 1 From L to R; Doug Webster VP of Cisco SP Marketing -- moderator, Francois Duquesnoy Director Orange Smart Cities, Kevin Petersen President AT&T Digital Life Inc., Mohamad Nasser Sprint -- Director of M2M Product and Marketing

Below are some key quotes overheard at the panel: Read More »

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Register for the Infonetics Webinar: Building More Efficient Networks with Multi-Layer Packet-Optical

leonard_lunaBy Leonard Luna, Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco Service Provider Solutions

Tuesday, October 28 at 8:00 am PT/11:00 am ET, Cisco joins Infonetics’ Andrew Schmitt (Principal Analyst, Optical) on a three vendor panel to discuss how equipment vendors and their customers are taking advantage of new multi-layer packet-optical systems leveraging advanced software to build more capable and efficient networks.

Use this Infonetics link to register.

Representing Cisco will be Walid Wakim, Principal Engineer – Architecture Team, High End Routing and Optical Business Unit.

Walid-wakimWalid heads a Cisco architecture team that focuses on future system and network architectures.  He actively collaborates with network operators all around the world to create next generation networking solutions.  A regular speaker at industry conferences, Walid holds a number of patents and has authored many papers in the International Engineering Consortium, IEEE, OFC and other major journals.

Key topics for this Infonetics webinar include: Read More »

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