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Cisco Partner Summit 2013: Looking Back, and Ahead

It’s been a great Cisco Partner Summit season, and we’re excited to continue the momentum – and the vigorous partner and customer discussion – at Cisco Live in Orlando next week and throughout Cisco’s upcoming fiscal year 2014.

The final presentation of Partner Summit, on Day 3, came from Chuck Robbins, SVP, Worldwide Field Operations, so we thought it fitting to get Chuck’s takeaways for partners as we wrap up our coverage of Partner Summit here on the Channels blog. Chuck’s a true channel guy – he came up through the channel territory manager ranks and many partners got to know him well when he was U.S. and Canada channel chief years ago. Chuck told partners from the stage that “you can believe that I’ll continue to be your advocate inside Cisco.”

Let’s hear a little bit more about what Chuck wants partners to keep in mind:

Read on for a final lookback at the Partner Summit season that was.  Read More »

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Citrix and NetScaler 1000V Taking Cisco Cloud Network Services to the Next Level

 

CiscoCitrixWith Cisco Live! in Orlando on the horizon, we are kicking off the news cycles and technology innovation a little early.  Today we’re teaming with our friends at Citrix to announce the expansion of our virtual networking portfolio and provide clarity around our strategy for application delivery controller solutions.

There are two key elements of this strategy:

First, Cisco will begin reselling and supporting a customized version of the popular Citrix NetScaler virtual application delivery controller (ADC) as part of our Cloud Network Services portfolio. Branded Citrix NetScaler 1000V, the Cisco version of the product will be fully supported by the Cisco Technical Assistance Center.  We will begin selling the NetScaler 1000V when available in Q3 CY 2013.

Secondly, Cisco and Citrix have worked on joint development to tightly couple the NetScaler ADC into Cisco’s virtual networking framework.  This joint development includes integration of NetScaler 1000V with the Cisco Nexus 1100 Cloud Services Platform, and the Nexus 1000V services integration technology, vPath.

Cisco’s Cloud Network Services strategy bridges IT to application architects, and with this Citrix NetScaler 1000V announcement, we integrate virtual applications to Cisco Unified Fabric, delivering scalable, reliable application services to users.

Why is NetScaler 1000V the right solution now?

Advances in cloud computing, data center consolidation, mobility and big data are imposing new demands on the network, along with a drive for greater network simplification and automation.

As virtual networking and programmable overlay networks evolve to meet these challenges, an equal evolution needs to take place in Layer 4-7 application networking services and security to support widespread virtualization, application mobility, cloud architectures and network orchestration.

Cisco’s solution to this challenge is Cloud Network Services, a portfolio of integrated, application-aware network services and security offerings designed for virtual and cloud environments. The Cloud Network Services framework eliminates the obstacles of physical service appliances to accommodate the requirements of virtual applications and cloud deployments, such as:

  • Limited scalability of physical services in fixed locations
  • Inconsistent application performance based on workload location relative to services
  • Difficulty in inserting security and network services into virtual networks
  • Lack of control over services and policies for applications deployed at cloud service providers

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The NetScaler 1000V virtual ADC

NetScaler 1000V fills an important void in Cisco’s virtual product architecture for an application delivery controller solution to give applications critical performance enhancements, offload application servers, and to help guarantee quality of service and improve end user experience. These requirements are growing exponentially with the increases in bring-your-own-device (BYOD), client mobility, and cloud migration.

Virtual services can be more flexibly deployed to cloud service providers without modification, while relying on the same infrastructure and policies that they might have with corresponding physical appliances in their on-premises data centers. With NetScaler 1000V, customers can have consistency across their physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures, along with the Citrix NetScaler physical appliances.

The Cisco Cloud Services Platform

With the evolution to Cloud Network Services as the Layer 4-7 framework for virtual and cloud networks, organizations are increasingly looking for a flexible platform to deploy these virtual service nodes rather than use existing application servers. Cisco has created the Nexus 1100 Cloud Services Platform to address this need.

The Nexus 1100 Cloud Services Platform is a series of UCS-based appliances dedicated to running Cloud Network Service nodes. In addition to the virtual services listed above, the Nexus 1100 runs the management platforms for the virtual network, the Virtual Security Module (VSM), and the Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) application. The Cloud Services Platform can be dynamically configured to allocate its virtual CPUs to each service as needed based on current application and performance requirements. Current models of the Nexus 1100 series include the Nexus 1110-S and 1110-X.

vPath: The Secret Sauce to Enabling Services in Virtual and Cloud Networks

vPath is a component of the Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switch which directs traffic to appropriate virtual service nodes, such as firewalls or ADCs, in the right order for each application, independent of the topology of the network or the location of the network services. This allows for greater application mobility and more reliable service delivery. NetScaler 1000V will be integrated into the Cloud Network Services framework via vPath and will be a key differentiator against other ADC products.

As part of the Cisco-Citrix collaboration in next generation data center and cloud architectures, the Citrix NetScaler MPX line of high performing application delivery controllers will also attach to the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches.  This capability will provide customers the benefits of higher resiliency, plug and play installation, improved agility, and increased leverage of both their switching and ADC investments.

All of the Cisco Cloud Network Services, including the Citrix NetScaler 1000V, will be on display next week at Cisco Live! Along with other announcements we have planned for data center and cloud networking, it promises to be a great event and we hope to see you there.

For more information, check also the press release here 

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LIVE from the 2013 SITA Air Transport IT Summit – Industry Insights & Connected Mobile Experiences

I’m here at the 2013 SITA Air Transport IT Summit in Brussels with hundreds of the industry’s decision makers gathered to hear CEO’s and CIO’s address the community. In partnership with SITA, Cisco displayed the next generation of passenger monitoring and flow management solutions using Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) Solution and SITA’s industry specific customizations at the summit.

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The main themes emerging in the sessions from the experts sharing their insights for the future of the industry are the ‘mobile explosion’, the demands of next generation passengers and, of course, the challenges of business intelligence & Big Data.

After talking with many people about their visions and concerns for the future of the industry, it’s clear to me how CMX can help airport organizations stay aligned with these trends and overcome the industry challenges in order to be more efficient, profitable and competitive.
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Cisco Wins Six Awards at Interop Tokyo 2013, Top Honors for New CRS-X

cisco-crx-xThis blog shares some terrific news from my colleagues in Japan. Cisco took six awards at Interop Tokyo 2013 last week, including the top prize for Service Provider/Carrier segment with our new CRS-X core router which launched last week.

  • CRS-X Grand Prix in SP/Carrier segment
  • Nexus 6000 Grand Prix in DC segment
  • Cisco CGR Grand Prix in IoT/M2M segment
  • Cisco CMX Grand Prix in ShowNet Demo segment
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V InterCloud Special Award in Cloud Platform segment
  • Cat3850 Special Award in Enterprise networking

The breadth of these wins – across Read More »

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Not to be missed at Cisco Live: Medianet Network and Application Management Solutions!

I am just so excited for Cisco Live US next week! As we give the final touches to our demos and presentations, I am already thinking about what to pack. (Yes, you read my mind – which shoes should I bring? How many pairs do I need? Oh, and how will my hair behave with the humidity? :-))

Joking aside, one thing I know for sure:  it will be hot in Orlando! Outside the conference center as well as in the booths of the medianet CDN partners!

As you visit the World of Solutions, please make sure to stop at the booths of our CDN partners. They will be showcasing medianet solutions and you can see first-hand how their great tools bring to life the medianet capabilities to help your organization with deployment, management, troubleshooting and improving quality of experience of video and collaboration deployments.

  • ActionPacked! Networks booth #201:
    • Besides all the great features in their product LiveAction 3.0, they will be showing their support of Cisco MSI API which allows the identification and monitoring for MSI capable endpoints. Read More »

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