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Just Announced at Cisco Live! Milan – Cisco is Opening TrustSec Capabilities to Other Vendors

With encouragement from customers, Cisco has submitted the TrustSec protocol that we use to exchange role and context information between network devices to the IETF. Chris Young, Senior Vice President of Cisco Security, shared the news during his keynote address at Cisco Live! Milan.

The Source-group tag eXchange Protocol (SXP) has been submitted to the IETF as an informational draft, in order to open up TrustSec capabilities to other vendors. In our experience, defining access controls and segmentation functions using logical policy groups, instead of IP addresses and subnets, removes operational complexity for customers. When we authorize a user device or a server as a member of a policy group, SXP allows us to propagate that information to devices that reuse that intelligent classification and apply security policies based upon it.

We have published SXP to enable interoperability with TrustSec functions in widely deployed Cisco products, so customers can not only simplify security policy management in diverse networking environments, but also use the classification for other purposes beyond security. For that reason, we have used the term source-group, instead of the more familiar security group designation, in the draft.

For more information please refer to http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-smith-kandula-sxp-00

If you’re at Cisco Live! Milan this week, please do come to the Cisco campus, we will be pleased to talk more about TrustSec and show examples of TrustSec in action.

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Don’t Miss our Financial Services Sessions at Cisco Live Milan

Now more than ever financial services companies are wrestling with reducing costs, increasing revenue, and mitigating risk. Cisco Live Milan is a chance for Cisco customers and partners to learn more about innovations that can help address these challenges while meeting business goals.

This year at Cisco Live Milan, we have the following financial services industry sessions:

BRKIND-2111: Enabling Omnichannel Interaction to Capture Greater Wallet-Share in the Retail Banking and Retail Industries

Wednesday, January 29 at 11:30 a.m.

Today’s evolving financial consumer wants tedious transactions automated while valuing interactions that enhance their financial situation. Did you know 2/3 of banking customer segments want anytime-anywhere full-service banking … and will not do business without it? Learn how Cisco can make you a hero at your bank … by enabling omnichannel banking to increase your wallet-share!

BRKIND-2333: Capturing Trading Alpha with Performance and Intelligence in Financial Markets

Wednesday, January 29 at 4:30 p.m.

As ultra-low latency architectures become the foundation of trading fabrics, embedded analytics and instrumentation capabilities are critical to capturing key opportunities in a fast-paced market. Due to these growing data analytic requirements within the architecture, scalable fabrics—without compromised latency—are becoming more important. Learn how Cisco’s High-Performance Trading Fabric is unique in the marketplace in its ability to enable competitive advantage in the form of capturing sustained trading Alpha.

If you are attending Cisco Live Milan, we invite you to visit us in the Cisco Collaboration exhibit area in the World of Solutions where we will show you how you can transform your customer interaction business model to:

    • Improve sales, cross-sales, and upselling
    • Acquire customers faster
    • Increase customer satisfaction and loyalty
    • Control costs and boost efficiency
    • Enhance regulatory compliance

We will be demonstrating the newest release of Remote Expert, a solution that is gaining adoption around the globe. Why? Here is what one financial institution is saying:

“The Cisco solution has helped us improve customer satisfaction and staff efficiency while at the same time increasing mortgage sales. The business case in favor of the Cisco solution stacked up quickly.”

Andrew Nation, Senior Manager,
Future Customer Outcomes at Nationwide Building Society

If you are already registered to attend Cisco Live Milan, you can register to attend these sessions on your Cisco Live Schedule Builder today. For more general information on Cisco Live, please visit the main event website here.

See you in Milan!

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Data Center and Cloud Management Software at Cisco Live Milan

January 26, 2014 at 4:00 am PST

Ciao! The data center and cloud management software team is in Milan this week to showcase our Unified Management solutions in the Data Center and Cloud booth as well as the Cisco ONE Platform booth at our annual Cisco Live customer event in Europe.

In particular, we’ll be showcasing new software releases including Cisco UCS Director version 4.1, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (IAC) version 4.0, Cisco Prime Service Catalog version 10.0, and Cisco Prime Network Services Controller version 3.2.

So, please check out the live demos, join our breakout sessions, and take this opportunity to how our Cisco’s Unified Management software solutions can help your organization improve efficiency, become more agile, and reduce costs.

See below for details and stay tuned for some exciting announcements …

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Learn How to Build an Intelligent WAN at CiscoLive Milan

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Missing CiscoLive? Learn what’s new!

According to the Open Network User Group (ONUG), a consortium of IT leaders including Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, and Gap, among the top priorities to reduce network expenses was WAN management, coming it at #3

This should not be a surprise with the growth of bandwidth demands from cloud, mobility and rich media applications like video. In fact, 68% of IT decision makers expect their WAN demand to grow. However, few (1 of 4 IT organizations) will have addition budget to pay for it.

Next week, over 5000 IT leaders will be meeting at CiscoLive Milan to find out how to prepare their organization for the opportunities ahead, and build a next-generation network. One essential element is building out a next-generation WAN.

For attendees making their way to the show, here are few sessions and demonstrations to note in your show planner.
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Cisco Live Milan 2014: Where Hi-Tech meets Fashion and Tradition

I am neither an AC Milan soccer fan nor a connoisseur of haute couture, so it will be no surprise if you wondered what I am doing in Europe’s fashion capital Milan, and that too in the middle of Milan’s wintry January.

Without further ado, I will break the suspense.  Yes, I am one of the few, chosen as Cisco Datacenter leads for the Cisco Live Milan event. You may be thinking I have the best job in Silicon Valley, as I hop from Melbourne to London to Milan to cover Cisco Live worldwide, over the years. You are right, I do have an enviable job, bringing together the best of cisco datacenter technologies that help customers achieve more value for their investment, and I also make sure to have some fun in the process. During this event, I will be bringing you real-time excerpts of the action in the show floor, via social media. In this blog, I want to provide all you Datacenter IT and Networking professionals, highlights of various activities we have on the menu.

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If like me you are fortunate to attend, I am sure you are looking forward to attend the wall-wall keynotes on Jan 28, hosted by Cisco Executives Rob Lloyd and Rob Soderbery. Rob Lloyd will discuss how Cisco and the ecosystem of Cisco’s partners are uniquely positioned to connect the unconnected with an open standard and an integrated architecture from the cloud to end devices In addition,  you’ll have the opportunity to check out the latest innovations in Cisco ACI and Data Center Networking technologies. Let us pick up action at the Cisco Campus and Datacenter area in the World of Solutions.

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Cisco ACI demos are at the center of all action in Datacenter switching. .These demos in particular highlight the growing significance of Cisco as a datacenter infrastructure provider. With the successful introduction of Cisco ACI and its seamless integration with Cisco UCS, FlexPod, vBlock, UCS Director etc, we are able to demonstrate why infrastructure matters and its relevance to applications. I strongly encourage you to check out the Cisco ACI-Open Stack demo that highlights the provisioning and orchestration of a multi-tenant cloud environment and virtual applications through Open Stack, as well as showing integration of Open Stack on top of the Cisco APIC interface. Many of you have been eagerly awaiting the integration of L4-L7 services from Citrix, F5 with Cisco APIC, and we have put together a demo that illustrates the set-up and insertion of multiple network services into an application network, and the routing of traffic to the required services and the virtual workload. Other ACI demos include those that showcase Cisco Nexus 9000 platform programmability and Cisco ACI integration with Hyper-v, but in the interest of time, I will let you discover the exciting details of these demos at your convenience. Besides ACI, we have Unified Fabric based demos focusing on Nexus 7k and Dynamic Fabric Automation, VXLAN integration with Nexus switching platforms etc, to illustrate the comprehensive portfolio of switching products from Cisco. You will not be disappointed at the demo floor as the best and brightest engineers from Cisco business units will be available to engage you in technical conversations.

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