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Is Your WLAN Ready for Unified Communications & Collaboration?

As Wi-Fi continues to be the primary mode of access, enterprise Unified Communication(UC) applications usage is increasing with smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Customers are asking, is there anything I can do to prioritize Jabber or Lync traffic over others or even identify how much of the traffic is really collaboration traffic vs. other types of media. The recently introduced Wireless Release 7.6 enhances the ability to classify Microsoft Lync 2013 and Jabber with Cisco WLAN Infrastructure.

In the first blog about Application Visibility and Control over Cisco WLAN, I captured what is AVC and the capabilities included in the release 7.4. In a subsequent blog, I had captured a success story about a customer who benefited from the reliability by deprioritizing scavenger level applications as well as captured highlights of the enhancements in release 7.5. This blog captures how the release 7.6 allows popular collaboration applications to be accurately classified and prioritized as well as provides a teaser to some of the innovations that can be expected in the future.

What exact capabilities AireOS 7.6 provide ?

The protocol pack 6.3 introduced in AireOS 7.6 allows you to identify and prioritize not just Jabber but also sub-classify Cisco Jabber Audio, Cisco Jabber IM and Cisco Jabber Video. Customers may want to prioritize the Cisco Jabber Audio as the highest priority while the others may be lower priority. Similarly you can classify not just Microsoft Lync but also Microsoft Lync Audio, rtcp and Microsoft Lync Video and thereby prioritize them separately. Read More »

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Balancing certification studies with family and work

When it comes to furthering your career in technology, the name of the game is certifications. But studying for certifications requires time and energy and both of those are pretty scarce when you’re already working full time. You’ve just gotten out of work where you’ve had to use your body and brain for the last 8+ hours and now you’re wanting to punish yourself again with a grueling session of protocols, and ports. Now add to that, if you’re a family man like me, a demanding personal life. A spouse, and maybe even some kids give the whole situation some added complexity.family

You’re not alone! Most of the professionals in our industry have this problem. It’s easy to become overwhelmed, but remember back to the first time you decided that you wanted to work in this industry. It was fun to constantly learn something new, and solve problems with the new knowledge gained from that education. And with some effort, it can still be fun!  Read More »

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Cisco congratulates India on becoming a Common Criteria Certificate Issuing Nation

At the 14th International Common Criteria Conference (ICCC) held in Orlando this week, it was announced that India has become a Common Criteria Certificate issuing nation. We congratulate India on this significant achievement and look forward to working closely with the Indian Common Criteria Scheme. For more information on the announcement, see the article “India Earns Authorizing Nation Status for IT Product Testing”.

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Cisco First Publicly Announced Commercial Enterprise-class AP to Attain Wi-Fi Alliance 802.11ac Certification

Yesterday the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) launched their new certification program for 802.11ac Wi-Fi  to ensure that the devices have been tested to interoperate with other 802.11ac products and older Wi-Fi products. As a part of the launch, the WFA also announced a list of the first published 11ac certified products, which included the Cisco Aironet 3600 Series Access Point and the Cisco Aironet Access Point Module for 802.11ac.

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wificertThis makes us not only the first shipping Enterprise-class 802.11ac solution, but also the  first commercial 11ac access point with a published certification!

Why is this important? For those of you unfamiliar with the WFA, certification is important for ensuring interoperability with future 802.11ac enabled products. With the expected rapid adoption of 802.11ac clients in the form of laptops, tablets and smartphones, interoperability of all these devices can be ensured through WFA certification. Read More »

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Cisco Teams with The White House to Retrain American Heroes

Thousands of U.S. military personnel who have risked their lives in war have built technical, leadership and other skills while abroad. Despite risking life and limb, finding employment is a battle they’re often not prepared to fight alone. The realities of seeking employment that set in when veterans return stateside can be daunting.Cisco Teams with The White House to Retrain American Heroes

That’s why today we are joining forces with The White House, North Carolina-based Futures Inc., and key learning partners to aid veterans and service members who are transitioning out of the military.

Both Cisco and Futures Inc. are playing key roles in the pilot announced today with The White House directed at pairing transitioning military with high-demand IT jobs. We are honored to assume the lead in rallying the IT sector behind the initiative, known as the IT Training and Certification Pilot. This program takes advantage of Cisco’s WebEx collaboration technology to enable service members to participate in virtual interviews and leverage its partner network to provide opportunities for training, networking and successful new careers.

In an effort to leverage the unique skills, experience, and qualifications that military personnel hold, we are working with our partners Global Knowledge to deliver ANSI-accredited Cisco Training and Pearson VUE to provide the corresponding Cisco certifications that will allow transitioning military personnel to prepare for Cisco CCNA® certification exams and other globally recognized industry certifications for participants. Through the opportunities provided by the training program, participants will receive fast track training and IT certifications that will help address the nation’s workforce gap in IT jobs. We are delighted to be one of several IT companies working with U.S. channel partners and suppliers encouraging them to hire and train veterans.

Cisco is committed to helping offer a brighter future for the individuals who put themselves at risk for our country.

To learn more, please visit: www.cisco.com/go/military.

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