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Anywhere, Anytime Mobile Enterprise Access Using NFV and Policy

 Maywun Blog_25NOV2015I remember when I started working, laptops were something that executives could borrow from the company.  Those laptops were clunky and connected via dial-up to the company’s modem banks, but they allowed us to continue to stay productive even when we traveling to visit customer sites.  Over time, laptops became more prevalent, allowing us to work from anywhere with the click of a simple virtual private network (VPN) client and an Internet connection.  And now, that VPN client is available on mobile devices to enable me to connect from anywhere, at anytime, on any device.

Enterprises are taking the next step beyond VPNs and are purchasing dedicated mobile network services from their Mobile Service Provider partner.  With the emergence of such private enterprise virtual mobile networks and the increased prevalence of hetnet services offerings (corporate Wi-Fi, community Wi-Fi, and cellular), Cisco Policy Suite, with such capabilities like access selection, can be delivered in such virtual corporate networks.  Therefore, corporate devices and private devices can always benefit from always-best connected experiences.   Any enterprise-issued device can easily connect to the enterprises’ mobile network and access internal information and applications quickly and securely, and with the appropriate Quality of Service in line with their SLA with the Mobile Operator.  At the same time, employees can purchase their own device, following the trend of bring your own device (BYOD) and connect to the private mobile network using a VPN client and an access network discovery and selection function (ANDSF) client.  Read More »

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Telemetry & Gaining Web Scale Operational Efficiency – Is it a Myth or Reality?

We can’t express how excited we were when Cisco was asked to sponsor and participate in an independent event, hosted by Tech Field Day, which invited experts from NetFlix, Google, eBay, and SignalFX to discuss the technical challenges some of these web scale providers face and the innovations they have helped drive in the industry to answer those challenges.  Although, the major focus of the event was on telemetry, they discussed various aspects of scale, management and operational efficiency in their environments. If learning from the industry leaders interests you – continue reading!

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Tech Field Day invited six speakers to the event. The speakers presented to a delegate panel of independent industry veterans and bloggers who are respected names in the industry. During the session Read More »

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Light Reading OSS in the Era of SDN and NFV panel discussion on Service Orchestration

On November 5th Cisco participated at Light Reading’s OSS in the Era of SDN and NFV: Evolution vs. Revolution. Heavy Reading Senior Analyst, Caroline Chappell, organized this one-day event. In my mind, Caroline is our industry’s analyst’s analyst. She is always willing to dig down into the hard technical details so she can explain the importance of the technology in ways that the rest of us (including marketing) can understand.

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Last year this was such a great event that I wanted to videotape the entire panel discussion on, “Service Orchestration and new speed of Service Delivery”.   For those of you who would like to understand some of the key discussion points going on in the industry right now, I highly recommend watching the entire 45 minute discussion. Click here to view the discussion.

Panels include:

  • Klaus Martiny, NOC Vice-Chair & leader, Network Management & Orchestration, NGMN 5G Project
  • Rolf Eberhardt, Principal, HP Communications & Media Solutions
  • JH Tang, Global Marketing Director, OSS, Huawei
  • Daniel Tyrode, Strategic Product Manager, CTO Office, Comptel
  • Stefan Vallin, Product Strategy, Tail-f Systems – a Cisco company

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Software Innovations for Cloud Scale Networking

Back in 2011, web pioneer Marc Andreessen wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, entitled “Why software is eating the world”. I couldn’t agree more!

First, let’s have a look at what’s going on in the industry at large. Every company in every vertical industry is facing unprecedented competitive pressure from new players making innovative usage of software and data analytics. It forces companies to embark on a digitization journey, which ends up having profound consequences on network infrastructure.

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Great, so what does it mean to the network and to you?

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Introducing Cloud Scale Solutions

If you’ve been to an industry event over the past five years and heard a service provider speak, it’s pretty apparent that our industry can no longer continue with business as usual. Cost and agility are critical business needs driving major industry transformation. But, things are a bit different this time around, since they are being accelerated by digitization.

Based on the Cisco Global Cloud Index, digitization is forecasted to increase total data center traffic by 300% between 2014 and 2019. During that time, traffic patterns are also expected to change —- increasing processing closer to the network edge by 37% and driving traffic between data centers by 31%. As cloud-based traffic scales, there will be a need for a transformed network and IT architecture and operational model. The new measuring stick for service delivery in the era of digitization is focused on operational efficiency, optimized utilization, and service agility.

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At Cisco, we’ve been working with many large web-scale providers to develop innovative solutions to this problem. And today, we’re proud to announce cloud-scale networking for service providers, which will bring the IT operational model to the wide-area network.

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