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Fresh Video from the Interop Show Floor in VEGAS!

May 9, 2012 at 5:20 am PST

Chattin with Prashanth at Interop Vegas

Having a lot of fun this year at Interop 2012. We are shooting and editing in a much tighter workflow so that we can publish these things same day and thank gosh!  The stories are numerous and oh so timely.   Follow along as I attempt to recap our first full day on the show floor.

Meet PAM

Jim Frey recently wrote a white paper called Closing the Loop for Effective Network Operations Management and he stopped by to chat about some of the key points made.

As he describes it: Cisco has developed and introduced Prime Assurance Manager with one essential goal in mind – to provide end-to-end operational monitoring visibility, spanning data center to and through the branch, as a means for facilitating efficient operations and proactively protecting network-delivered applications and network availability, network performance, application performance, and end user experience data across both wired and wireless environments, coupled with troubleshooting and reporting features.

Jim is going to be going even deeper with an hour long seminar on May 15.

My First Cloud

Yair Dolev was our guest for the topic of ‘Intelligent Automation for the Cloud’ now in a cool starter Edition!

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A better understanding of BYOD without Compromise

As anyone who attended Cisco’s recent “BYOD without Compromise” Webinar noticed, the BYOD phenomenon is changing company priorities, and is bringing up a lot of questions about the solutions available to scale, secure and operate a successful  network. Replay the Webinar

Join us for our upcoming #ciscowifi TweetChat during which you’ll be able to engage in a real time BYOD discussion on Twitter with Cisco Technical Experts. What is a TweetChat?

April 17, 10-11am PST: TweetChat Topic: BYOD and Cisco ISE – use #ciscowifi.

First, I’ve put together just a few details based on the most popular questions posed during the recent webinar about Cisco’s approach to BYOD. And at the end of this post, I’ve also listed upcoming events for even more in depth technical discussions on a variety of BYOD topics.

Enhanced Identity Services Engine (ISE):

Cisco ISE is a context-aware, identity-based platform that gathers real-time information from the network, users, and devices. This enables IT to offer mobile business freedom with policy for when, where and how users may access the network..

ISE integrates with Prime Network Control System and supports BYOD with any 11n Wireless Access Point (even if you’re running your network in FlexConnect -- aka HREAP- mode)

In addition to managing on-boarding, Cisco ISE has full guest lifecycle management.  It also allows IT to deny access to devices for a variety of reasons; such as who you are, what device it is, if you are running the latest OS or anti-malware or how you are accessing  the network..

Posture -- Posture is the component of ISE platform responsible for enforcement of corporate security policies governing access to its enterprise network.  For example, for non-corp owned devices, you can decide what is the minimal requirements based on the device type/OS etc. Setting this up ahead of time will avoid security issues with non-supported devices

ISE also provides real-time endpoint scans based on policy to gain more relevant insight. These automated features result in a better user experience and more secure devices.  Cisco ISE uniquely leverages the network. It is essentially the brains for secure access and provides the policy to the network infrastructure (it is woven into the switches, routers, etc.)

New Prime Infrastructure:

Prime is a single package that provides complete infrastructure – wired and wireless, and mobility lifecycle management– configuration, monitoring, troubleshooting, remediation, and reporting.  This solution includes:  Prime Network Control System (NCS) for converged wired/wireless monitoring and troubleshooting, plus wireless lifecycle management, with new branch network management functionality; and Prime LAN Management Solution, for wired lifecycle management and Borderless Network services management.

Mobile Device Management (MDM):

To protect data on mobile devices and ensure compliance, Cisco is integrating with multiple Mobile Device Management vendors.  This gives IT greater visibility into the endpoint as well control over endpoint access based on the compliance of these devices to company policy (such as requiring pin lock or disallowing jailbroken devices), and the ability to do remote data wipes on lost or stolen mobile devices. If you don’t have a supported vendor, we will not be able to get as rich detail about the status of that device, however, you still get the full wired/wireless policy.

Current MDM third party vendors: Zenprise, Good, Airwatch, MobileIron

Device Operating Systems:

Wondering about which OS is preferred on your mobile device?

Cisco offers broad mobile device OS support in Cisco AnyConnect VPN software, including IOS, Android, and Windows Mobile.

Virtualization:

When it comes to virtualization, Cisco has created the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), an end-to-end systems approach that delivers the next generation virtual workspace by unifying virtual desktops, voice, and video. Check out the link for more information on VXI, VXI with Citrix, VXI with VMware, Virtualization Services and validated Design Guides http://www.cisco.com/web/solutions/trends/virtualization/index.html

This is just a drop in the bucket. To get even more information on taking your organization beyond BYOD, don’t miss our upcoming technical deep dive webinars and in person events that speak directly to managing your growing network while you’re doing your best with limited resources.  You can also check out Cisco’s BYOD solution, Prime and ISE:

Upcoming Events

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Why Wait? Accelerate Cisco Device Deployment and Management

How can you immediately deploy and manage Cisco devices from the day they arrive at your organization?

The answer is ….. Cisco day-one device support.

As part of my series on Cisco Prime for Enterprise, I asked Pramendra Bajpai, Manager of Software Engineering, Cisco Network Management, to provide an overview of Cisco day-one device support.  This Cisco Prime attribute accelerates the discovery, configuration, and inventory of Cisco devices as soon as they are plugged into the network.

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See Live Demonstrations of Cisco Prime Network Management at Interop New York

Are you attending Interop New York on October 5-6?  Come visit Cisco booth #121 to learn more about Cisco Prime innovative network management.  Stop by the booth to meet Mark Emmerson, Senior Manager Product Marketing, Cisco Network Management, and see live demonstrations of Cisco Prime innovative network management.

Watch this short video featuring Mark talking about the Cisco Prime products that will be showcased at the Cisco booth during Interop New York 2011. Learn more about Cisco Prime by registering for a Cisco Prime webinar or visiting www.cisco.com/go/prime.

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Service Management Acquisition Adds to Cisco Prime Platform for Network Management

We’re all glad that the Hurricane Irene rampage and floods are all behind us. Even though the massive clean-up efforts will take many months, the process has begun. Much like the National Weather Service and FEMA trying to manage all of the variations of tracking the hurricane and the effects on people and property, our service providers are trying to manage the millions of mobile connections, cloud-based applications, and zetabytes of data on their networks.

At Cisco, our strategy has focused on empowering the network by adding intelligence and integrating together advanced solutions that address customer requirements in the fast-moving, constantly growing, competitive service provider market. Our internal R&D expenditures last year reached $5 billion, surpassing all of our networking industry peers combined. Across the board, Cisco is known for delivering industry-leading solutions directly, via partners, and through acquisitions.

Last week Cisco announced its intent to acquire the service fulfillment software assets and associated employees from the UK subsidiary (formerly Axiom Systems) of parent company Comptel Corporation. Let me tell you why I’m excited for our customers by this.
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