It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway): reliability is important, as well as ensuring that you have a backup plan to continue that reliability. Just yesterday as I was embarking on my 50-mile commute into the office, I discovered that one of my car tires was completely flat. A spare tire, a standard feature in most cars here in the States, came to the rescue. Knowing how to change the tire myself, now that’s a different story…
In all seriousness, reliability and high availability are especially critical when it comes to keeping your business – including your branch locations – up and running. After all, downtime has disastrous consequences on your day-to-day operations, productivity, customer experience, and revenue. Imagine you’re in a retail environment and the WAN goes down, even for 10 minutes: the Point of Sale (POS) system is kaput, thus transactions are halted, customers are upset, and you’ve just lost thousands of dollars or more in revenue!
So what happens if your server, WAN, or worse, total system, fails? Read More »
Tags: Cisco, enterprise networks, failover, insidebranch, ISR, ISR-AX, reliability, UCS, UCS-E Series, VMware
Each year, thousands of U.S. veterans return from the battlefield with exceptional leadership, technical and other skills they have acquired overseas. Even so, many experience difficulty finding a job, and return feeling overwhelmed by the high unemployment rate they are up against. Today, in a program to assist veterans in transferring their military experience into successful careers, the Michigan Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and Cisco are teaming up to pilot IT training and certification programs aimed at connecting veterans with in-demand job opportunities.
“We’ve got all these young people coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, have made incredible sacrifices, have taken on incredible responsibilities — you know, you see some 23-year-old who’s leading a platoon in hugely dangerous circumstances, making decisions, operating complex technologies. These are folks who can perform, but unfortunately, what we’re seeing is that a lot of these young veterans have a higher unemployment rate than people who didn’t serve. And that makes no sense.”
– President Barack Obama
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Tags: CCNA, Cisco, Learning@Cisco, Michigan, partnership, training, veterans
The mobile market continues to evolve at a blindingly fast pace. It seems that new faster, sleeker, and more powerful mobile devices are launched every day, with new device categories created almost overnight. The number of available applications to run on these revolutionary new devices is staggering, numbering in the millions. Now you can do everything, from banking and controlling your home thermostat to shopping, entertainment, and printing a boarding pass, all from the palm of your hand. In addition, we now have faster ways to connect these devices to the Internet using 4G/LTE or Wi-Fi technologies.
While service providers are clearly benefiting from the rise of mobility and all the innovations in devices applications they are constantly trying to understand how consumers are using mobility and where the mobile market is heading. To continue to derive business value from mobility, service providers need to better understand mobility from the users’ perspective and translate what they discover into new sources of business value.
To learn more, Cisco conducted a survey of 620 U.S. mobile users to understand their needs and behaviors, use of devices, applications and mobile access technologies, and how they have changed since our 2012 mobile consumer survey.
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Tags: Cisco, LTE, mobile, mobile consumer survey, mobile devices, research, Service Provider, Smartphones, wi-fi, wireless broadband alliance
Wow ! The Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Launch was one of these amazing events which can only rejoice a social media leader like me .
13K+ registants for the webcast ! A Twitter storm (#ACI, #Insieme) Over 4000 mentions in a few hours ! A blog editorial plan including so far more than 10 Cisco blogs, 15 Technology partners blogs , and numerous articles from 3rd party, analysts and journalists – A festival of videos, podcast, broadcast and infographics.
On the top of that I am pleased to welcome Cisco ACI a fast growing and independent LinkedIn group – And I’d like to thank over 5500 professionals who already follow our brand new Cisco Data Center page on LinkedIn !
These series of facts show us how much interest our customers and partners find in this breakthrough vision and products announcement . So I figured out that a “little ” list of what’s available now will not hurt anybody !
This blog is designed to grow over the time thanks to your contribution – So please feel free to post a comment with links (blogs, video, infographics , slideshare deck ) that I could have missed – Or simply tell us what blog(s) or video(s) inspired you the most and why . And don’t hesitate to follow me @drombaut to make sure that I promote your suggestions:)
And ..voila ! First iteration !
John Chambers Transforming I.T. for the Application Economy
Shashi Kiran Redefining the Power of IT with Application centric Infrastructure
Scott Clark Is Your Data Center Ready for ACI Transformation?
Chris Young Security Drives Major Transition in the Network and Data Center
Gary Kinghorn ACI includes Strong Partner Ecosystem for Security and Network services
Joann Starke Automation and Application Centric Infrastructure
Balaji Sivasubramanian Introducing Cisco Application Virtual Switch (AVS) -Extending Virtual Networking to Applications
Harry Petty Ecosystem for Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Tackes Application Agility
Gary Kinghorn Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Application Virtual Switch (AVS)
Ravi Balakrishnan Close Peek at Cisco ACI : Network Abstraction, VXLAN, Programmability
Gary Kinghorn Follow-up Q&A on ACI Methodology and the Pursuit of an Application-Aware Methodology New!
Stephen Speirs The Quickest way to Get Started with ACI New!
CA technologies Andi Mann, Vice President, Strategic Solutions
Dawn of Application Centric Infrastructure for Cloud and Big Data
Citrix Abishek Chauhan, CTO, NetScaler Product Group
When Applications and Network Unite : the Age of Enlightned Infrastructure
Citrix Steve Blacklock, Sr. Director, Strategic Alliance
Cisco Citrix Why is our Partnership so Important
EMC Connie Hastings, Director, Technology Alliance
EMC Cisco Lock Arms to Deliver Next Generation Data Center
Emulex Rick Trujilio, Product Marketing Manager
Propelling Applications Forward with Network Visibility and Agility: Ecosystem Member for Cisco ACI
F5 Lori MacVittie, Senior Product Manager
F5 and Cisco Application-Centric : From Top to Bottom and End to End
Microsoft Satya Nadella, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise
Microsoft and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure, hello cloud!
Microsoft Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Windows Server & System Center
Recap: Cisco & Microsoft at the ACI Launch in NYC
NetApp Jay Kidd, Chief Technology Officer
Offspring of a Common Vision : Clustered Data ONTAP and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure
NetApp JohnRollason , Director, Products, Solutions & Alliance marketing EMEA
A Vision of Application-Centric, Cloud Integrated Infrastructure
RedHat Paul Cormier, President, Products and Technologies
Deliver OpenStack Innovation
Splunk Hal Rottenberg, Practice Manager, Datacenter Infrastructure
Cisco is bringing the Network to the Application : What does that mean in Machine Data Terms
Symantec Steve Bennett, President and Chief Executive Officer
Cisco & Symantec Put Protection at the Heart of Infrastructure Automation
VCE Trey Layton, Chief Technology Officer
Bringing ACI to VCE Vblock System
Nick Lippis Lippis Report
Cisco’s Nexus 9000 redefines Software Defined Networking
The Cisco/Insieme Launch Part1 Part 2
@AmyEngineer Just Another Day at The Office
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Tags: ACI, application centric infrastructure, Assets Inventory, blogs, Cisco, infographics, Insieme, videos
When we think of the term “collaboration” we can often get trapped in the cycle of thinking that it only applies to IT departments and the bottom line. However, it’s important to consider how the role of the enterprise is shifting thanks to the consumerization of IT. For example, how can IT leaders satisfy new user demands while unleashing the power of a sound mobile strategy?
With today’s technology-driven global economy, enterprise mobility and collaboration tools need to be about connecting communities, not just companies. Never has there been a time when more business processes extend beyond headquarters. Organizations need to enable all types of connections: From the mobile worker to the teleworker, from other businesses to target consumers, from traditional branch offices to the cloud. This any-to-any type of collaboration is no longer keeping the enterprise at the center. Instead, the future is driven by all types of users.
It’s clear that users expect to collaborate anywhere, on any device, with any workload. They want to collaborate like they’re in the office regardless of their location. IT leaders must keep user demands top-of-mind when working to deploy a BYOD policy. This can create challenges and opportunities in five key areas:
Join the conversation on Twitter, #CiscoYourWay
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Tags: business collaboration, byod, Cisco, cloud, collaboration, enterprise mobility, mobility, security