Be it tax-credits/subsidies in different parts of the world or the recent news of California setting up a carbon trading exchange – no week passes by without the mention of “the importance of saving energy” or “reducing greenhouse gases”. Yet, with the explosion of technology and IP-connected devices; IT consumes over 25% of energy in a commercial building or office.
So why am I writing about this in a Cisco blog and what has this got to do with networking?
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Tags: 3560, 3750, 4500, CA Technologies, capex, catalyst, Catalyst 4500, cdn, Cisco Developer Network, Energywise, Fast-Start, How to save energy for your business, IOS, Joulex, Nimsoft, PoE+, UPOE, Verdiem
What is Flexible NetFlow and why should you use it? In this blog post, let’s take a look at the basics of Application Visibility in the network for capacity planning and security.
In an enterprise, hundreds of applications are accessed by users from different locations within the campus and remotely from a branch or home. The application usage is usually not known beforehand and increases non-uniformly over time. This non-uniform app usage translates to non-uniform increases in traffic across the network which complicates capacity planning. Another complexity to capacity planning is that there can be sudden spikes in the traffic due to security issues such as internal security breaches, viruses, Denial of Service attacks, or network-propagated worms. IT administrators should not wait for these incidents to happen in order to tackle them. Instead, administrators must have the ability to see the usage pattern in advance for capacity planning and security incident detection and remediation.
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Tags: Catalyst 3560-X, Catalyst 3750-X, Catalyst 4500, Catalyst 4500E, Catalyst 6500, Cisco, Cisco Catalyst, Demystifyng the Catalyst, Denial of Service attack, Flexible NetFlow, FNF, How many apps are running in an enterprise, IOS Tools, Switching 101
So, if you are a networking geek of any sort, you should be listening to PacketPushers–for both the education and the sheer entertainment value. This year, we tried something a little different with the PacketPushers team and had them join us onsite at CiscoLive. Below are six of the podcasts they produced for us:
Tags: Catalyst 4500, Cisco ONE, cloud services router, N1KV, nexus, onePK, Packet Pushers, podcast, SDN, social media
Cisco UPOE doubles the power delivered per port over PoE+ to 60 Watts. Cisco UPOE can extend resilient network power to a broad range of devices including virtual desktop terminals, nurse call systems, IP turrets for financial trading, compact switches, building management gateways, LED lights, wireless access points, IP Phones, and more.
Watch Adam McMullin, Vice President and General Manager of Hill-Rom IT Solutions and Sachin Gupta, Senior Director of Product Management in Cisco’s Unified Access team discuss real-world use case of Cisco UPOE for medical networks in this 3-minute video. Read More »
Tags: Catalyst 4500, Cisco UPOE, healthcare IT, healthcare solution, Hill-Rom, medical networks, UPOE
Earlier this month, London played host to Cisco Live EMEAR where a key announcement was made from our switching team crossing data center, campus and service provider. Cisco’s latest switching innovations are aimed at enabling our customers to address the megatrends of video, virtualisation, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and cloud, by delivering on their scale, services, and reduced total cost of ownership requirements.
With Cisco’s Cloud Index indicating that more than 50 percent of computing workloads in data centers will be cloud-based by 2014, and global cloud traffic will grow more than 12 times by 2015, to 1.6 zettabytes per year, this is clearly a trend that cannot be ignored and one that customers are often asking for support on.
To address the scale needs, Cisco announced it has updated its switching portfolio with 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) and 40 GE capabilities, the next speed limits for networking. In doing this, Cisco has just become the most extensive provider of 1/10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet and converged networking switching solutions.
According to Rob Soderbery, senior vice president for Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Group, “A strong network foundation is central to today’s evolving corporate IT strategies, and this period of rapid change is an exciting time to be in the enterprise network and data center switching business. Today’s industry-leading performance and services innovations demonstrate Cisco’s leadership, as we transition our customers to cloud, video, mobility, big data and virtualized infrastructures.”
Last summer, we had discussions with a number of you around the latest supervisor for the Catalyst 6500 switching line. With this latest news, Cisco is continuing to deliver investment protection to its customers by adding 40 GE performance options to its Catalyst 6500 switching line, and 40 GE and 100 GE capabilities in its Nexus 7000 portfolio for interconnecting data centers to service providers. To expand its campus aggregation and data center top of rack switching, Cisco also announced two new fixed-configuration platforms that provide high-density 10 GE switching.
Making it easy to enable new services, Cisco announced simpler network virtualization functionality for its Catalyst 6500, 4500 and Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 1000 product lines with a new technology called Easy Virtual Network, as well as scalable virtual services with a new Nexus 1010-X appliance for the data center.
So, what do Cisco’s customers think? According to Jeroen van Ingen of the University of Twente, “We like the Catalyst 6500 platform because it’s a true workhorse with a wide range of features. With a tight budget and little advance notice of new requirements from our researchers or our administration, we prefer a flexible solution to increase performance. The new 40 Gigabit module for the Catalyst 6500 with Sup 2T supports both 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Ethernet and provides a seamless upgrade from 10 Gigabit today to future 40 Gigabit to meet the growing bandwidth demands, without any network disruption and forklift infrastructure change – true to the investment protection capability 6500 is so well known for.”
Together, all of these enhancements will help businesses scale their networks, simplify operations, and continue to derive value from their existing Cisco switching investments – many of which have been deployed for a decade or longer. Next time you get asked about TCO, consider how many vendors you could say that about. At Cisco, we say that TCO is about more than cost of acquisition and this latest announcement clearly shows our on-going commitment to delivering long-term value and business benefits for our customers.
We welcome your thoughts and feedback. If you would like more detail on these announcements, additional resources are available below:
Shashi Kiran’s Blog: http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-switching-leadership-and-innovations/#more-58670
Tags: 100G, 40G, Borderless Networks, catalyst, Catalyst 4500, Catalyst 6500, investment protection, switching, tco