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Improve Your Backbone, Improve Your Business

Cisco recently announced the Cisco Catalyst 6840-X backbone switch to address new network backbone needs, especially in space constrained deployments.

According to the Visual Networking Index, Network traffic has grown exponentially over the last several years, and this trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. By 2018, there will be over 20 billion networked devices, a 100% increase from 10 billion in 2011. Business IP traffic is expected to reach 13.1 exabytes per month in 2016[1].

While devices grow in number, wireless connectivity speed is increasing. Gigabit wireless (802.11ac) enables a network that is three times faster due to its 1.3 Gbps capacity.  802.11ac Wave 2 more than doubles that.  Thus, the bottleneck is moving “up the network” from wireless AP to the access uplinks. With 1G becoming the standard for access switch ports, access switch uplinks will need to move to ubiquitous 10G and 40G.

To help improve business, networks must be capable of scaling well beyond the needs of today to deal with the traffic of tomorrow while at the same time providing investment protection.  While most Enterprise network engineers agree with this approach, the actual number of enterprises moving in this direction is still relatively small. According to a report published by the Dell’Oro Group, it’s not a technology issue – there are plenty of products on the market to handle 10G – but the economics of the network upgrade remain the key challenges, such as equipment cost, expense of upgrading and future proofing.

Cisco is changing those economics by offering easy, cost effective, network upgrades to support the explosion of mobile devices and video applications. The Cisco Catalyst 6840-X Series Switch is a prime example. Read More »

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Putting Cisco on the Map at ONS

ONS1When one of the oil and gas industry’s largest events needed a solution to save resources, time and money, they called Cisco. At the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) conference, organizers wanted to find a way to eliminate the paper maps, guides and updates that needed to be printed for the over 90,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors participating at the event. Forgoing the printed material, ONS came up with the idea of a digital app to guide conference goers around their show.

With the help of Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) ecosystem partner, MazeMap, ONS had the searchable and linkable maps it needed. With Cisco CMX Location Analytics, ONS identified and addressed congestion at the venue.

“Cisco CMX is a key component of our wayfinding solutions,” says Thomas Jelle, CEO at MazeMap. “Attendees can search for exhibitors on the ONS app and maps guide them to the booth they’re looking for.”

The next part of their solution was installing the hardware needed to make sure those maps made it to their attendees’ wireless devices. Using Cisco switches and wireless access points (APs) with integrated 802.11ac, ONS was able to provide their members with the ability to navigate the 40,000 square meters of conference space spread out over multiple buildings. Read More »

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Cisco and Brunel University Prepare for WiFi Future Together!

brunel1Understanding how quickly technology is growing year over year, Brunel University London looked to Cisco to enhance its bring your own device (BYOD) program with an all-encompassing and reliable WiFi access solution. In addition to the continuous WiFi access, Brunel University needed to make sure that network usage was both secure and visible.

To meet the University’s needs, Cisco devised and delivered a complete BYOD Smart Solution that included access points (APs), controllers, security and network management. This solution needed to be robust enough for the 17,000 University users spread out over the 70 campus buildings.

The Cisco solution included the Cisco Aironet 3700 Series APs with integrated 802.11ac, Cisco Mobility Service Engine, Cisco Application Visibility and Control (AVC) for Wireless, Cisco Wireless Service Module 2 (WiSM2), Cisco SCE 8000 Series Service Control Engine as well as Cisco security, management and services software. Read More »

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Improve Your Network, Improve Your Business – Why it’s Time to Upgrade Your Campus Network

Today, Cisco is announcing the Cisco Catalyst 6840-X and 3850 10G Fiber Series for campus backbones to address new network infrastructure needs, especially in space constrained deployments.

According to the Visual Networking Index, traffic is expected to triple in the next four years. This means that many campus networks will lack the provisioned capacity to meet this expected growth in bandwidth. In fact, some network managers are telling us that this is already happening to their campus networks.

With video and bandwidth-intensive applications continuing to proliferate, traffic on campus networks is growing exponentially. This drives not only the challenge of managing the demand for growing scale in a secure and reliable fashion, but also the opportunity for IT to leverage video and robust applications to “add value to the business”.  Customers and suppliers are gravitating to businesses that offer them a comprehensive view of product offerings, an instant response, and easy transactions. This also drives additional demands on the network as an enabler for the business.

Things are changing with employees as well. While many employees are provided a mobile phone, most already have at least three mobile devices including laptops, tablets and even private smart phones. Even when employees are not actively using the apps on their mobile devices, these devices can create additional background traffic (OS, App updates & backups). According to a Cisco IBSG study, there are three times more devices per person than just a few years ago. Virtually all devices connect through the employer’s network, which has to service all these devices in a secure, scalable and reliable fashion.

While devices grow in number, wireless connectivity speed is increasing. Gigabit wireless (802.11ac) enables a network that is three times faster due to its 1.3 Gbps capacity.  802.11ac Wave 2 more than doubles that.  Thus, the bottleneck is moving “up the network” from wireless AP to the access uplinks. With 1G becoming the standard for access switch ports, access switch uplinks will need to move to ubiquitous 10G and 40G.  Read More »

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Wildau University Utilizes Cisco Wi-Fi Technology

Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau understands that with the proliferation of wireless devices, learning is no longer relegated strictly to the classroom.  The German university wanted to equip its students with the ability to access their education resources anywhere and at any time. To provide this service, the University needed a secure environment for data, voice, voice over IP and video conferencing—and it wanted it to be unique from Germany’s 240 other universities of applied sciences.

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Cisco outfitted the school with 802.11ac-based WiFi access points—enhanced with Cisco CleanAir Technology and the Cisco High Density Experience—in various spots around the campus. This allowed for the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau the ability to provide interference-free and exceptional WiFi for their students and faculty for the first time. Read More »

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