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Are We There Yet: Cisco and SDN?

June 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm PST

So, with CiscoLive! only a couple of days away, there are a lot of people that are going to be seeing their hard work come to fruition for those of you lucky to be attending our show in San Diego.  From a Data Center perspective, we have a show presence bursting with demos (really, we had to call an audible to handle all the demos) and any number of sessions of all technical levels (you can even check me out covering ITaaS basics in PSODCT-3863).  If you want a more targeted briefing, swing by the Cisco booth and schedule a briefing on any number of topics.

From a network programmability perspective, check out our bag insert to give you a quick snapshot of things to check out (note: there are iPad giveaways involved).  For those of you on the show floor, flag me down and say “hi”.  For those of you who cannot make it to San Diego this year, check out Cisco Live 365.

See you in San Diego!

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UCS Navigation @ Cisco Live 2012 in San Diego

June 9, 2012 at 11:45 am PST

As I prepare for an exciting week @ Cisco Live, I quickly found that I wanted to be at three places at the same time, so I decided to put together a navigation aid for the Cisco UCS related sessions.  We expect almost 15000 delegates to attend and hope the navigator helps you if you will be among them. If you are new to UCS and would like to see why more than 13000 customers are using the Cisco UCS check out the Solutions Keynote: Data Center and Cloud Solutions by Dr. David Yen Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Group (Wed Jun 13 at 12:30 PM).  For a high-level overview go through this presentation my colleague Thomas Cloyd put together, and we presented at EMC World last month.

Cisco Live is all about education; so don’t be surprised by the large number of UCS demos, seminar, technical breakouts, partner case studies and labs.  The navigator below should help you prioritize the sessions to attend.

What is Cisco UCS?

If you want an introduction to UCS then the following sessions should be interesting

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Not Just Experiences, Rich Experiences

As I get ready to head to the airport to attend Cisco Live it has me thinking about the travel experience and how it relates to the collaboration experience. While some aspects of the travel experience can be quite pleasurable, there are many that aren’t – security screening, delays, BYOF (bring your own food), among others.

The same is true for collaboration. Just like every airline promotes similar amenities, many collaboration vendors promote “rich experiences”, especially for video, which sound very similar – HD, interoperability, standards, scalability. But the reality can sometimes be quite different: buffering, jitter, pixelization, dropped calls, and failed connections to name a few.

I believe experience matters and if we can provide consistent, predictable, rich experiences for users, then collaboration will flourish. This is what Cisco is focused on and I think we are far ahead of the competition. I encourage you to join me Read More »

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Network Threat Defense, Countermeasures, and Controls @ Cisco Live 2012-San Diego!

Criminals continue to evolve as does the threat landscape. Their targets are your business assets and disrupting the availability of your business operations. Why you ask? Well, it depends on what you have to offer and its value, or who you may have negatively provoked. The risk, impact, and amount of exposure will vary from incident to incident. Some questions to think about. Read More »

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BYOD, Mobility, and Remote Access VPN – How Can I Troubleshoot All These Technologies and Solutions?

June 8, 2012 at 7:22 am PST

Mobility enables the extension of IT resources and application availability to anytime, anyplace, any way. Initially people thought that the “mobility movement” was just hype; however, it is definitely a reality, as it has become ubiquitous with efficiency. All of these new devices and social applications are bringing potential security risks to the enterprise and public sector organizations. The threat landscape ranges from potential data leakage to lost and stolen devices that may contain corporate and private information.

The question now is how can we address the customers’ challenge of enhancing productivity without compromising network security. Cisco’s AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client and the Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances enable desktop and mobile users to connect to the corporate network, giving access to the network from any device based on comprehensive secure access policies. Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client works in conjunction with Cisco’s IronPort Web security appliance, the Cisco ASA appliance, and also provides integration with ScanSafe, an in-the-cloud Web security solution.

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