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Cisco Live: We Are Ready. Are You Ready, Service Provider?

Igor-DayenGuest Blog by Igor Dayen, SP Product and Solutions Marketing

June 7, 2015 was the day when Cisco Live was officially kicked off in San Diego. 25,000 attendees came together to open the next chapter in Cisco’s history. The convention center and surrounding area was buzzing with excitement, with conversations including and focused on security, service provider, app development and becoming digital, to name a few. An additional 80,000 joined Cisco Live online throughout the week.

Chuck & John

John Chambers, Cisco CEO, emotionally delivered his 20th and final Cisco Live Welcome Keynote address where he shared Cisco’s vision one final time with our customers. The keynote featured a Read More »

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The world cuts the cable: Wireless Traffic to Exceed Fixed IP Traffic Next Year

IP traffic next yearOne key take out for me from the latest Cisco VNI report is that wireless traffic is about to exceed fixed for the first time. Today wireless (Wi-Fi & Mobile) is 46% of total IP traffic, in 5-years it will be 67%. In fact at the projected rate of traffic migration this significant milestone will be reached next year. Read More »

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Cisco Helps Spark New Zealand Serve Up The Voice Of The Future

 

Spark New ZealandRemember when voice was the original mobile network use-case? It was a much simpler time, with more network control, greater profit, and fewer competitors. Fast forward to today and like the rest of the Service Provider industry, mobile voice communications are changing, and changing very rapidly. Mobile networks must provide a cost-effective, rich user experience.

According to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), by the close of 2014 there were 360 mobile operators that had commercially launched LTE networks and service in 124 countries. Of those mobile operators only 14 had a commercially launched voice over LTE (VoLTE) service. Voice continues to be the most popular Read More »

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Stopping DDoS Attacks at the Network Edge

ASR 9000We’ve been talking a lot about security this week with the announcement of the Firepower 9300 and how we’re helping to secure the Evolved Programmable Network.  Earlier posts talked about the security threat, the challenge to video delivery networks, and what steps we’re taking to for both DDoS mitigation and security in general.

Part of the challenge is that there are two types of DDoS attacks – volumetric – meaning, massive amounts of data – and application specific, a smaller attack but one that targets a specific service. An efficient, effective, defense-in-depth requires protection for both. Firepower 9300 is optimized for the application centric attacks, but the Cisco ASR9000 virtual DDOS or vDDOS mitigation leveraging from technology from Arbor Networks ensures that the bad guys can’t overwhelm your defenses at the edge of the network.

That edge-based protection is important since DDoS attacks getting bigger – in 2014 the biggest according to Arbor was 400 Gigabits per second.  They’re also getting more complicated, or “multi-vector”, meaning the bad guys are attacking from multiple directions.

The Cisco ASR 9000 virtual DDoS mitigation solution, provides Read More »

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Business Benefits of Universal Intelligent Access Demonstrated at Cisco’s UK Showcase

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 4.52.42 AMGuest Blog written by Scott Morrison, Vice President SCTG – Small Cell Eng

Enterprises have long recognised the benefits of wireless – to enable faster, more productive working processes and a more empowered, more flexible workforce. After all, it is the enterprise sector that pioneered Wi-Fi deployments, often working with service providers, and it represents a significant business for Cisco worldwide. But the feedback from our enterprise partners is that businesses are hungry to build on this wireless foundation. Specifically, they want to extend the reach and power of their applications by combining the power of their Wi-Fi networks with the universal service of cellular networks.

Business BenefitsBusinesses want a simpler approach to mobile and they want it everywhere. For example, many workforce and process automation systems are isolated in individual locations today. Blending indoor Wi-Fi with cellular networks will help these systems to make faster, better and in time more predictive decisions.

This presents a both a challenge and a huge opportunity for service providers. Read More »

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