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 APIC_EM_2Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) Enterprise Module Introduced at Cisco Live MilanOn January 28 at Cisco Live Milan, Enterprise Networks introduced a new software-defined networking (SDN) solution that will change the way customers operate their networks, substantially reducing network complexity and amplifying network intelligence. With this announcement, Cisco is set to transform current IT to fast IT.The new Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) Enterprise Module automates network configuration and troubleshooting and enables IT managers to substantially reduce the time it takes to perform operational activities so they can better respond to new business opportunities. Through its open and programmable approach, the Cisco APIC Enterprise Module massively simplifies configuration, provisioning, policy enforcement, and compliance.The new Cisco APIC Enterprise Module was featured in the opening keynote at Cisco Live Milan on January 28, delivered by Rob Lloyd, president, development and sales, and was also introduced in its own webcast, which you can now watch on demand. Read More »

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WAN Management – Not on Your Watch

AM63512Network Operations Centers can be somber places.  I’ve seen quite a few during my last two decades in technology.  To monitor and manage a vast network is equal parts nerve racking and mind numbing boredom as you stare at wall-to-wall screens, waiting for an alarm to go off.

Over the years, networks have grown to be more and more complex because there are so many interdependent factors that affect their behavior. These factors include traffic flows, network typologies, network protocols, hardware, software, and most importantly, the interactions among them.

More frightening, the steps required to do these very complex network-wide changes are in many cases still manual.  In most enterprises this is done box-by-box one at a time – both time consuming and error prone.  On top of that you’ve got to make sure that you’ve calculated for variance with lots of different flavors of swtiches and routers in the field.  For example, to leverage a powerful feature such as Performance Routing (PfR), which can double your capacity, each WAN router must be properly configured and the overall WAN architecture adapted to the applications requirements. This can take many man-hours to implement, troubleshoot and optimize – which explains why most IT organizations spend 80-90% on operations, leaving little time for much needed innovation. Add in security, QoS, and mission critical applications and within seconds you can see this akin to kicking a sleeping beast. Once we move to the massive number of devices that are expected for the Internet of Things (IoT), then it simply becomes an unsustainable exercise in failure. Read More »

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