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Bringing Data Center Class Compute Infrastructure to the Branch

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Today’s guest article is from Vidya Venkat, Product Manager in SRG for the UCS E-Series.  Vidya describes how UCS E-Series helps our customers deploy Virtual Desktop Infrastructure with optimal user experience and performance.

The main branch office trend today, and really for the past 5 years, has been application and infrastructure centralization.  Applications and services have been moving from the branch office to the data center, or the Cloud, and are being delivered over the WAN or the Internet.  As a result, the branch office infrastructure -- servers, storage devices, infrastructure software, and other components -- are being displaced by much more optimized infrastructure in the data center.

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Enterprise SDN: Moving from box boundaries to software boundaries

November 1, 2012 at 7:10 am PST

Enterprise trends driving SDN and Network Programmability are becoming clearer.  The skyrocketing number of virtual/cloud devices is making human configuration infeasible.  A natural result will be that networks will move from being integrated based on physical box boundaries to being integrated based on software boundaries.  Put another way, traditional box based network integration will be overwhelmed by device proliferation.  Therefore businesses must adopt new approaches to device configuration and control.  This will include a new layer of network software which will instantiate, orchestrate, and dismantle virtual networks.

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Cisco WAAS – Key to Cloud, Key to the Cisco Network On Wheels

October 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm PST

Wow, time flies.  When I started blogging at Cisco, 2 years back (here), helping organizations formulate their cloud strategy was top of my mind.  I’d ran a customer market research survey, and one of the things we learned that in certain parts of the world, the access bandwidth to the cloud was a significant concern -- in terms of reliability, cost and bandwidth available.  From this customer feedback, we concluded that Cisco WAAS -- Wide Area Application Services -- that helps accelerate applications and optimizes bandwidth usage  - was a key asset in helping our customers overcome this cloud adoption challenge.  And from this feedback, we realised that our Cisco WAAS Planning and Design Services were key to some of our customers adopting cloud.

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The Network on Wheels – Raising Funds for Paralympic Athletes

October 30, 2012 at 9:37 am PST

“You mean you can Facetime us from your camp site”, my daughter said incredulously. “From the middle of nowhere?” she continued.  ”You lot are mad!”  OK she was more annoyed that I was taking our WiFi-only iPad away with me as I took some time out of my day job in Cisco Data Center Services, to participate in 2 stages of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain. Prior to the ride, I blogged about this challenge here, discussing the scale of the event and our target to raise money for Paralympic athletes.   A nine day, 969 mile cycle over some of the most challenging terrain in Britain, the ‘Deloitte Ride Across Britain’ was an immense physical and mental challenge.  From Saturday 8th September until Sunday 16th September (just passed), over 700 riders took part in this epic journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats.  For the second year in a row, Cisco provided key technical support to the riders, so that they were able to focus fully on this enormous and exciting journey.

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Housekeeping Post – Where to Find Borderless Networks? Also, Theme Week!

Hi All!  This post is to give you an overview of where you’ll find Borderless Networks over the next month.  Some of the events listed are webinars you can attend, just click on the magic hyperlinks to register.  Others are conferences we’ll be at, and others are stops on our BYOD roadshow.   

Also, for this week & next the Borderless blog will have a theme week.  Theme weeks is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while and what better time to start than Halloween?  I am hopeful that theme weeks will bring out some interesting posts from some of our writers and will hopefully be fun for readers.   The theme for this and next week is, ”Isn’t it scary”.  I know I’ve already broken this concept of theme week by having it be for two weeks.  But I really like Halloween.  If you have suggestions for theme weeks (or really hate this idea) please let me know in the comments.

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