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To read the first part of the Network Matters blog series that discusses how an architectural approach to mobility is essential for the Future of Mobility, click here. To read the second part of the series that focuses on how IT leaders can rely on a network to simplify the process of onboarding new mobile technology, click here. For the third part of this series that discusses how Service Providers can deepen their enterprise customer relationships by addressing pain points and meeting new enterprise mobility challenges, click here.

In the new mobile and cloud era, applications are evolving and changing the role of networking at a rapid pace.

In this final blog post of the Network Matters series, I’ll discuss how mobility is driving an application economy that is enabled by intelligent networks.

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The Quickest Way To Get Started with ACI

November 19, 2013 at 10:26 am PST

By now, given all the launch and blogging activity activity over the past week or so, I am sure your understanding of and interest in Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) will have grown.   Many of you will be asking “how do I get started as quickly as possible?”, and “how can I free up some time and resources to investigate?”  You understand the “what” - now, as I blogged recently on SDN, it’s time to understand more about the “why” and take action on the “how”.   How then do you get off that start line as quickly as possible?

Get Set To Go With ACI

Get Set To Go With ACI

As with many things in life, it helps if you get help from someone who has “been there” and “done that”.  And that’s where Cisco Services comes in, as Scott Clark, the VP for our Data Center Services team, introduced  last week.  So let’s talk about why Cisco Services should be your partner in this application centric world, and what services can help you.

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Follow-up Q&A on ACI Methodology and the Pursuit of an Application-Aware Architecture

November 15, 2013 at 7:00 am PST

We’ve been getting a lot of great questions about ACI since our launch as people try and better understand the value of an application-oriented approach. I got the following questions on my blog post about the Application Virtual Switch that probed on some of the thinking behind an application-aware architecture, and why now was the right time to release it (after all, John Chambers called it the most disruptive Cisco innovation in a decade!). Anyway, on to the Q&A:

I’d like to know more about the path that Cisco pursued to evolve towards an “application aware” architecture. This back-story (how Cisco arrived at this juncture) would be very helpful to industry analysts, customers and institutional investors. Here’s some of the key questions on my mind.

- What were the primary roadblocks that inhibited the adoption of this innovative approach in the past?

I would say that the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) was a combination of a Eureka! moment, that people just never thought of it before, and that it was also an insightful evolution from early SDN technology. So, it might be fair to say that SDN had to come along, and then we realized, here might be a better way to program the network (with an application-oriented model, rather than a network-centric model).

That might be another way of saying that the lack of SDN as a precursor to ACI was a roadblock. But I think of it as networks were just built on hardware that were optimized to pass packets and other very specific tasks. And the limitations of historical networking protocols and traditional network designs, coupled with very limited ways in which you could manage a network and tell it what to do, all served as roadblocks to implementing anything like ACI. So the roadblocks that had to be cleared included the ability to program switches through software interfaces, and to centrally manage the software applications or controllers to orchestrate the broader network, not an individual device. Those are some of the things SDN brought along.

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Cisco ACI : The (Almost) Complete List of Social Media Assets

November 14, 2013 at 5:00 am PST

InsiemeWow ! The Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)  Launch was one of these amazing events which can only rejoice a social media leader  like me .
13K+ registants for the webcast ! A Twitter storm (#ACI, #Insieme)  Over 4000 mentions in a few hours ! A blog editorial plan including so far more than 10 Cisco blogs, 15 Technology partners blogs , and numerous articles from 3rd party, analysts and journalists -- A festival of  videos, podcast,  broadcast and infographics.

On the top of that  I am pleased to welcome Cisco ACI a fast growing and independent LinkedIn  group -- And I’d like to thank over 5500 professionals who already follow our brand new Cisco Data Center page on LinkedIn !
These series of facts show us how much interest our customers and partners find in this breakthrough  vision and products announcement . So I figured out that a “little ” list of what’s available now will not hurt anybody !

This blog is designed to grow over the time thanks to your contribution -- So please feel free to post a comment with links (blogs, video, infographics , slideshare deck ) that I could have missed --  Or simply tell us what blog(s) or video(s) inspired you the most and why .  And don’t hesitate to follow me @drombaut to make sure that I promote your suggestions:)

And ..voila ! First iteration !

Blogs

Cisco

John Chambers    Transforming I.T. for the Application Economy
Shashi Kiran  Redefining the Power of IT with Application centric Infrastructure  
Scott Clark   Is Your Data Center Ready for ACI Transformation?
Chris Young  Security Drives Major Transition in the Network and Data Center
Gary Kinghorn   ACI  includes Strong Partner Ecosystem for Security and Network services
Joann Starke  Automation and Application Centric Infrastructure
Balaji Sivasubramanian   Introducing Cisco Application Virtual Switch (AVS) -Extending Virtual Networking to Applications
Harry Petty    Ecosystem for Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Tackes Application Agility
Gary Kinghorn    Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Application Virtual Switch (AVS)
Ravi Balakrishnan    Close Peek at Cisco ACI : Network Abstraction, VXLAN, Programmability
Gary Kinghorn  Follow-up Q&A on ACI Methodology and the Pursuit of an Application-Aware Methodology           New!
Stephen Speirs  The Quickest way to Get Started with ACI       New!

Technology Partners

CA technologies Andi Mann, Vice President, Strategic Solutions
Dawn of Application Centric Infrastructure for Cloud and Big Data 
Citrix   Abishek Chauhan, CTO, NetScaler Product Group
When Applications and Network Unite : the Age of Enlightned Infrastructure
Citrix Steve Blacklock, Sr. Director, Strategic Alliance
Cisco Citrix Why is our Partnership so Important
EMC  Connie Hastings, Director, Technology Alliance
EMC Cisco Lock Arms to Deliver Next Generation Data Center
Emulex  Rick Trujilio, Product Marketing Manager
Propelling Applications Forward with Network Visibility and Agility: Ecosystem Member for Cisco ACI
F5   Lori MacVittie, Senior Product Manager
F5 and Cisco Application-Centric : From Top to Bottom and End to End
Microsoft  Satya Nadella, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise
Microsoft and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure, hello cloud!
Microsoft  Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Windows Server & System Center
Recap: Cisco & Microsoft at the ACI Launch in NYC
NetApp   Jay Kidd, Chief Technology Officer
Offspring of a Common Vision : Clustered Data ONTAP and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure
NetApp JohnRollason , Director, Products, Solutions & Alliance marketing EMEA
A Vision of Application-Centric, Cloud Integrated Infrastructure
RedHat  Paul Cormier, President, Products and Technologies
Deliver OpenStack Innovation
Splunk Hal Rottenberg, Practice Manager, Datacenter Infrastructure
Cisco is bringing the Network to the Application : What does that mean in Machine Data Terms
Symantec Steve Bennett, President and Chief Executive Officer
Cisco & Symantec Put Protection at the Heart of Infrastructure Automation
VCE Trey Layton, Chief Technology Officer
Bringing ACI to VCE Vblock System

Nick Lippis  Lippis Report
Cisco’s Nexus 9000 redefines Software Defined Networking

Independent  Bloggers

Pete Welcher
The Cisco/Insieme Launch Part1   Part 2

@AmyEngineer   Just Another Day at The Office
App-Titude
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Security: Front and Center at Cisco Live Cancun 2013

November 12, 2013 at 5:00 am PST

This year I was honored to be able to present and participate at Cisco Live Cancun, which took place last week. Many attendees from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean came to discover innovative ways that networking technologies can help them reach new markets and understand which solutions are right for their specific challenges.

Security was a hot topic this year!

Customers were able to connect with numerous experts for guidance and advice on security IT challenges that their company may be facing. Maintaining an appropriate security posture in “Bring Your Own Device” (BOYD) environments can be a challenge. This year I delivered a presentation about BYOD Security and Cisco’s TrustSec in an 8 ½ hour session titled “Bring Your Own Device – Architectures, Design and Operation” (TECRST-2020). Implementing BYOD requires a comprehensive solution that ensures the security and reliability of the network while enhancing user experience and productivity. The exponential growth of consumer devices and the need to maintain continuous connectivity to corporate and Internet resources has brought new challenges to corporate networks. Network managers struggle to provide adequate connectivity to employees while protecting corporate data. This session focused on the architecture and framework required to deploy the proper network infrastructure, security components and device management to support different endpoints, each with unique permissions into the network. A combination of lectures and live demos provided the information needed for customers to build an effective BYOD solution. The latest Cisco Validated Design guide (CVD) 2.5 for BYOD was covered highlighting different BYOD use cases, including TrustSec, converged access and the integration with Mobile Device Managers (MDM) to receive device posture information. Read More »

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