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Next week, Cisco will be “Igniting Opportunities Through Innovation”  at the Microsoft Windows Partner Conference (WPC).  One of the key innovations the team from Cisco’s Insieme Networks and I would like to share at WPC is Cisco ACI for the Microsoft Cloud Platform.  It provides opportunities for  Microsoft partners and system integrators by bringing a new level of flexibility, consistency in control and operations, openness, and security to the enterprise and service provider cloud environment.

ACI enables new shared tenant services for users of the Microsoft Cloud Platform.  To get a sense, take a look at the 5th video in our little animation series: Winning Together with Cisco ACI and Microsoft Azure Pack.

Cisco ACI Meets Microsoft Cloud

If you are heading to WPC in Orlando, FL next week and would like to learn more, visit Cisco at Booth 1000.  You can request a meeting to learn more about partnership opportunities with ACI by making your request here.

More Information on ACI

http://www.cisco.com/go/aci

Video #1 – An Impossible Deadline

Video #2 – The Needle in the Haystack

Video #3 – Operation Clean Up

Video #4 – Cisco ACI and IT Security Automation Saves the Day

Infographic – Why Choose ACI

Infographic – ACI Ecosystem

Infographic – Cisco ACI for the Microsoft Cloud 2015

Magazine – Unleashing IT ACI Special Edition

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Upcoming Technology Trends at Cisco Live

Cisco Live in San Diego is right around the corner. It’s the place to be to meet with people, learn and to stay current with the technology trends of the industry. What are some of the upcoming technology trends to watch out for at Cisco Live.

Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN)

There is a lot of buzz about Software Defined Networks (SDN), Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) and everything you can possibly think of and then adding software defined in front of it. Many of these technologies are not mature yet but SD-WAN is a viable technology as of now.

Cisco is realizing the SD-WAN through its technology called IWAN. IWAN is used when connecting to multiple Service Providers (SPs) and can more effectively work in such a setup than with vanilla routing. IWAN can choose the best exit, based on metrics such as latency, jitter and packet loss, which is not feasible with normal routing. It does this through a technology called Performance Routing (PfR). This technology was very complex in the past but has evolved to a much simpler configuration in its current revision. It can also help organizations save money by running DMVPN over the Internet instead of buying more costly MPLS circuits from the SP. Read More »

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SDN – A Cisco Champion’s perspective

Software defined networking (SDN for short) is going to be an important technology that will change the way we do networking. But what is SDN today and even more important, what is it going to be?

When you start reading about SDN as a network engineer, you ask yourself what your future job will look like. Will you still be a network engineer as we know you today, or a network developer, with a focus on scripting and programming your network? In my opinion, the reality will be somewhere in between. But no one can tell you today what impact SDN will have on your daily work tomorrow. Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 15. Attack of the DevNet featuring SDN and DevOps

CiscoChampion2015200PX#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’ll be talking about DevNet, SDN, DevOps and ACI with Cisco Custom Application Engineer, Brett Tiller.

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Brett Tiller, Cisco Custom Application Engineer

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Michael Aossey, @aossey, Solutions Architect
Hal Rottenberg, @halr9000, Developer Advocate

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Why Network Design in the Modern Era Has Kept Me from Retirement

Network Design in the Modern Era1In youth-oriented Silicon Valley, it’s risky to mention this, but I’ve been around for a long time. In fact, in theory I could retire! I already moved to a small town in the Pacific Northwest where the cost of living is low, and I could spend my days hiking in the mountains.

But actually I can’t retire. Why? The networking field is too interesting! In addition, modern networking, with its emphasis on design, applications, policies, and users, focuses on the same concepts that have interested me from the beginning. Not only that, but I firmly believe that with today’s network design tools, we are positioned to build networks that are faster, larger, and even more user-friendly than ever. How could I retire when that’s the case?

In the Beginning

I started my career as a software developer. This was long before agile software development became popular, but nonetheless there was a focus on agility and flexibility. The goal was to develop software that could be used in multiple ways to support a broad range of users. The focus was on user behavior, application modeling, systems analysis, and structured design. Read More »

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