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AVC You in Orlando: There’s nothing Mickey Mouse about AVC!

I hope everyone is getting excited to take the Journey to the Sunshine State and have packed a few sets of mouse ears. A quick blog post this week as I have already run out of puns. I’d like to encourage you all to check out our Application Visibility and Control (AVC) partners at Cisco Live Orlando! There are three that I’d love to highlight.

InfoVista will be showing off their Application Visibility Solution in the Cisco Partner Pavilion and theater, ActionPacked! Networks has a very special announcement about LiveAction and can be found in booth 201, and Plixer’s Netflow Knights will highlight their full range of netflow support in booth 747 and our Partner Pavilion – and even has a rap video, or so I’ve been told. I can’t wait to see in person what our customers think about our partners’ technologies. Also, come take a look at what Cisco has hidden beneath our huge plastic ears Read More »

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Case Study: Cyber Threat Detection with IPFIX, Cisco Application Visibility & Control (AVC) and Plixer Scrutinzer

In an ongoing blog series on Cisco Application Visibility and Control and our outstanding partners, we learned how to maximize service provider revenues by detecting and applying QoS to over 1400 applications, cure Grumpy old Man Syndrome, and rule the world of application Quality of Service.

This week, I invited Mike Patterson, co-founder of Plixer to share a real-life cyber threat example that one of his customers faced. Mike and his customer were able to use Plixer Scrutinzer, Cisco AVC, and IPFIX to detect a Known Infected Bot. Read More »

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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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