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Rule the World of Application QoS with Cisco AVC and ActionPacked! Networks

What if you could apply application based Quality of Service (QoS) with just a couple clicks? Seriously. If you’ve read this far, I’ll tell you: ActionPacked! Networks, a Cisco Developer Network (CDN) registered partner, recently hosted my colleague, Bob Nusbaum for an awesome webinar and demo.

LiveAction Flow View

LiveAction handles QoS, NBAR2, and other AVC features easily and comprehensively

Bob described Cisco’s perspective on the future of routing – it’s all about applications! -- and ActionPacked! gave a great demo of LiveAction software. Our attendees learned how to securely:

  1. Discover and prioritize 1400+ applications in your network
  2. Re-route groups of applications based on real-time network performance
  3. Reduce bandwidth expansion costs

The webinar is a deep-dive on Cisco AVC and explains how to simplify and speed delivery of applications with Cisco ISR-AX Routers and ActionPacked! LiveAction software.

Block Bit Torrent with AVC & LiveAction
If you don’t have time for a 60-minute webinar, take a look at the great video combining Cisco AVC and LiveAction to detect and block Bit Torrent.

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Are “Dumb Pipes” Causing Grumpy Old Man Syndrome?

This week, I invited Chris Cullan, product marketing manager, business
services solutions at InfoVista to discuss his “grumpy old man syndrome (GOMS).”

Not really a grumpy old man, Canadian

Not really a grumpy old man, Canadian

Chris will share how Cisco and InfoVista are working together to solve GOMS by giving  communications service providers (CSPs) and their enterprise customers the ability to bridge the application – user – business gap.  Specifically, Cisco and InfoVista can help CSPs and customers detect and apply QoS to over 1400 applications, including bit-torrent, p2p apps, Netflix, Youtube and about 1400 others – without probes and at a hardware cost up to 30% lower than standalone appliances. Cisco also produces monthly updates to application signatures that can be implemented without interruption to the network.

Please join our free upcoming joint webinar on Thursday, June 13th at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time; it will be moderated by Light Reading, a leading trade publication.

Take it away, Chris!

Thanks, Bob. I’m not really that grumpy. I’m Canadian, after all.

One thing really annoys me…okay, many things really annoy me, and the number seems to increase as I get older. I call it “grumpy old man syndrome”. My wife just calls it painful. But for this audience, the one thing I am referring to is “dumb pipes”. I am continually frustrated by the industry’s willingness to down-play its core value.

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InfoVista Highlights the Significance of Cisco AVC to Application Visibility for Operators

Christopher Cullan, InfoVista

Christopher Cullan, InfoVista

InfoVista recently announced its support for Cisco’s Application Visibility & Control (AVC) as part of its Application Visibility Services solution for communications service providers (CSPs). I took some time out this week to speak with Christopher Cullan, product marketing manager for business services at InfoVista, to discuss the solution and specifically the significance of Cisco’s ISR-AX and AVC to his business.

Bob: Christopher, tell me what’s behind InfoVista’s investment in the Cisco AVC technology as part of your solution?

Christopher: Sure, by the way, you can call me Chris. Cisco AVC and the ISR-AX capability provides an attractive and simple architecture that takes advantage of the Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), and allows CSPs to offer customers a better service experience by enhancing the visibility of the service from an application perspective.

Bob: The application visibility?

Christopher: Yes, exactly—it’s a solution to the problem of the enterprises’ business-IT gap. Enterprise IT is constantly tasked to deliver greater agility to their business stakeholders, and it’s challenging for them to communicate with the business from an infrastructure perspective, including WAN services. The application is better understood and more tangible to the business because they experience it more directly (e.g. the business understands salesforce is slow today, versus the network latency is high). Having insight into not only what applications are traversing the WAN, between which users and systems and how much, but also the application performance itself, empowers enterprise IT to make better decisions and provide a greater experience to their stakeholders. In essence, it helps enterprises better align their IT to the needs of the business. Read More »

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Evolution of Virtualized Routing

Hello, and welcome to my blog. As a new member of the Enterprise Networking’s Solutions Marketing team, I’ll be writing about connectivity to the cloud, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and virtualized routing. You can expect to learn details around Cisco’s architecture and product offerings in these topics. Further, based on your comments, I can go into as much detail as necessary.

First, a brief background. I moved to the Bay Area last November from Boston after almost 20 years in New England (in Boston), so I will be musing about culture shocks between the two coasts. I may also learn to like the Warriors and Niners, but I will always be a Celtics and Patriots fan. Read More »

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Cisco Application Visibility with 3rd Party Tools

With the advent of BYOD and the proliferation of mobile applications – it’s become ever important to have visibility into your wireless network using deep packet inspection. By classifying the data flows that go through the wireless LAN, administrators now have visibility into the top users and top applications which are consuming bandwidth on their network. After analyzing this data and armed with visibility into these applications, Cisco AVC allows the administrator to then take action such as prioritize, deprioritize or block on the applications in their network.

Since Cisco has released Application Visibility and Control (AVC) for wireless -- our customers and partners have been highly interested in the technology and how it can be put to work for them.  Visibility into the applications is made possible on the controller web interface which is useful for diagnosing real-time issues or analyzing short-term application trends. The wireless LAN controller GUI is shown below depicting a network using a variety of applications as identified by AVC.

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