With one eye on the bottom line and one on future energy consumption, Switzerland’s University of St. Gallen turned to Cisco to help make their campus a little greener.
With a campus wireless network powered by Cisco products already in place, the university looked towards Cisco switches and the Cisco Energy Management (CEM) suite to bring their energy saving dreams to light. University officials hoped that this idea would reduce their carbon footprint, raise energy efficiency and save a little money along the way.
The plan centered around using Cisco routers and Catalyst switches to power access points and other connected devices. This allowed for greater energy efficiency over the college’s 42 institutions and 30 buildings.
The results were two-fold. Armed with CEM, the network not only improved energy efficiency in the present but also allowed St. Gallen to look at curtailing excess energy consumption in the future. Since the more environmentally friendly network has been up and running, the school has been able to establish baselines for how much power each device consumes. If a device goes over that benchmark, the network is robust enough to enforce energy saving policies, such as shutting down idling PCs. Read More »
I really don’t envy the Cisco ISR team. It is really tough to be a leader and still out perform yourselves on a consistent basis. One could argue there is nowhere to go but down. I think is cool that TechWiseTV has been around long enough to chronicle the changes over time. Heck, many of our favorite engineers have been around the entire time as well..that gives us the unique ability to tell a story that can both respect and hopefully contrast the evolution in an appreciative way.
We recently had a chance to showcase the new ISR 4000 Series. ISR remains the acronym for this family as it stands in for ‘Integrated Services Router.’ I am sure we made this argument before, but one way to characterize this one is to see just how much the innovation swings towards the ‘I’ and the ’S’ these days. It makes sense. There is only so much one can do from a pure routing perspective, especially if you consider that speeds and feeds will grow naturally with the rest of the market and nobody pays the Cisco premium for just keeping up with the Joneses.
Once your organization has made the decision to move into the cloud what are the next steps? Making the decision can turn out to be the easy part, but turning your strategy and vision into reality can become a daunting task if you are not prepared. Purchasing a new SaaS application can be as simple as entering your credit card information and clicking on download. Delivering applications to your users from the Cloud poses a different set of challenges.
In my last blog post I talked about some of the key considerations you should make when moving workloads into the cloud. This month I am preparing for a webinar hosted by Cisco CSR1000V technical marketing engineers that will do a deep technical dive into each of those considerations with the goal of helping you to prepare for your migration. Some of the technical aspects we will discuss include how to handle IP addressing, security policies, redundancy for disaster recovery and much more. We will also go over a customer use case so you can learn from your peers. Read More »
Over the weekend I had a brief twitter chat with someone who mentioned he had been wondering ‘what the heck is IWAN?’ (I’m paraphrasing here) and hadn’t been able to find anything on it. Besides asking the obvious – why he hadn’t asked me or @CiscoEnterprise about it – I thought I’d put together a brief on IWAN. Here, you’ll find the top 7 items to get you started learning about IWAN. Also, just wanted to put in a plug for Cisco Champions for Enterprise Networks – you can still nominate yourself or a colleague and one of the perks is that we’ll be making sure to do briefs and/or deep-dives on our solutions with Cisco Champions so you’re in the know.
First, what is the “I” in IWAN? Intelligent. (The I doesn’t refer to “i” as the Pods, Pads, and Phones and should be written upper case, not lower.) We’re calling the capability to use both internet and MPLS for your WAN as Intelligent WAN (IWAN). This idea comes as a result of the confluence of the forces hitting *right now* you’ve probably already heard about that I’ll may over simplify. Skip to the pretty list if need be or check out this intro to the CVDs that has 5 great use cases for IWAN on pages 2 and 3. Read More »