Cisco’s been doing virtualization in various forms on the network side for quite a long time. One incredibly powerful feature that I think is still amazingly under utilized is the Cisco VSS or Virtual Switching System.
The ability to make two 6500′s look like a single switch so that you can have your cake and eat it too. Its the epitome of giving us the redundancy and availability we need while simultaneously allowing us to use the extra capacity that could normally sit unused. Easier management and configuration make this a no-brainer that more network managers should consider as ‘required’ in their design. Check out our ‘Fundamentals of VSS‘ to get yourself started.
This is a day-long seminar inviting customers and potential customers to find out about and discuss the technical specifics, capabilities, and applications of Cisco’s entire switching portfolio. The seminars are being held all over the US from the end of October and through the beginning of December. Here’s a little video I put together from the day and some notes on interesting things I saw. [Sorry for the shaky video!]
Everyone looks forward to Friday: it’s the end of the workweek afterall! We get to enjoy dinners out with friends and family, head to the pub, go out dancing, or just have a quiet night at home with a bottle of wine and a movie.
While I definitely look forward to many of those things, too, another thing that caps off the week nicely is to catch up on all of the interesting technology news that took place. This week, Cisco had two networking announcements: one on the Cisco WAAS portfolio and the other regarding everyone’s favorite switch (Catalyst).
Let’s take a closer look at some of this week’s news highlights:
UPOE, or Universal Power over Ethernet, is the latest innovation from Cisco with broad, positive implications for many enterprise operations. We are not new at this. Cisco has been pushing the standards since 2000 for the incorporation of electrical power running on the same cable as data.
UPOE is a big milestone as we can now consolidate 60 watts on a single CAT5E cable. The flexibility that this enables cannot be overstated. Multiple third party vendors are jumping into the ecosystem here as dynamic environments using Virtual Desktops with integrated monitors, IP Turret systems for trading floors, not to mention building management, physical security and host of networking devices such as AP’s and compact switches that are often installed in very obscure locations.
The Catalyst 4500E is the initial beneficiary of this industry first for Cisco and this episode of TechWiseTV covers not just the use case and deployment examples as we go hands on with the big switch, but also a unique deep dive into understanding just how this works. A full appreciation for the engineering talent behind this innovation is warranted on this one when we go beyond the power negotiation and get into the physics of heat dissipation and other hurdles that had to be overcome. It’s the action packed TechWiseTV you have come to expect!
In business, competition makes us stronger. Through competition, we strive to create the best products for our customers, the best programs for our partners, and the best Cisco for the networking industry as a whole.
We embrace healthy competition with competitors such as Avaya, HP, Huawei, and Juniper Networks. Each of our competitors brings its strengths, innovations, and programs to address a variety of customer and partner needs.
Cisco’s customers and the networking industry have benefited from this competitive environment through innovations which make the network faster, greener, and more powerful:
This week’s news about the Cisco’s expanded ASR 9000 system to deliver a single, simplified system for high-speed business, residential, and mobile connectivity
Catalyst 6500 with a new supervisor engine, helping to increase network throughput from 720 Gbps to 2 Tbps, a threefold jump
Less wireless interference thanks to Cisco’s CleanAir technology
Of course, with more than 80% of our business flowing through our partners, we recognize that we cannot just focus on earning market share, but we must also work hard to earn your loyalty every single day.
It’s Cisco’s goal to create the most successful and profitable partners in the world.
As the Next Cisco takes shape, we are re-focusing, reorganizing, and becoming stronger and leaner. We’re focused on five key corporate priorities and, as always, maintaining trust with our customers and partners remains top of mind for me and for the entire executive team, as Rob Lloyd highlighted in his blog post this week.
Together, we had many successes over the years, and you’ve done a great job helping us tell our story.
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