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The “Next Gen” Network Engineer

A subject very close to my heart at the moment is what skills I will need to have in order to support the Next Generation of Software Defined and Application Centric networks.

It is of no surprise that Networking like most other towers in IT has embraced abstraction as the way forward to provide levels of flexibility and agility never before seen in the Network.

What is perhaps a bit of a surprise, is the speed in which these new concepts are being developed and deployed. It seems like only last year terms like SDN were still viewed as “Way down the line” technologies. But here we are at the start of Q2 2014 and it seems like if you don’t already have an SDN plan you’re already behind.

So what skills will we need in order to design, support and deploy these new networks? Read More »

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Crucible and Chrysalis: The personal value of the expert-level certification process

Introduction

The choice to begin pursuing an expert-level certification is often made lightly. After experiencing the training, study and testing process of the associate-level and the professional-level certifications, it is understandable to expect that the expert level is more of the same; more advanced, but essentially a logical progression. This is a fair conclusion and is more accurate than it sounds, but it’s important to consider that the ‘more advanced’ aspect goes beyond the topics. The process itself is more involved… and that changes everything. Read More »

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Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN)

April 2, 2014 at 9:00 am PST

In the last three weeks, I have been to two Cisco Events. The first was in Munich (Halbergmoos), which was a dedicated IWAN Workshop in the Cisco Offices and the second was the Cisco Network Innovation Summit in Berlin. I was inspired about the technology and the possibilities of IWAN.

What the heck is IWAN?

IWAN is an abbreviation of Intelligent Wide Area Network. Cisco says it delivers an uncompromisable user experience over any connection. Now, you can benefit from the right-sized connections for your branch offices, while gaining operational simplicity with lower costs. So it bundles a set of features to form a solution. Cisco Intelligent WAN is based on the following components: Read More »

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Thank you for your Excellence #CiscoChampion Team

March 26, 2014 at 9:00 am PST

The Cisco Champions Program is based on 5 key principles, the most important being its people. Recruiting top notch team members and giving them the opportunities they care about is what makes this program thrive. Thank you Cisco Champions for your excellence. In the words of @CommsNinja you are true Unicorns.

Learn about the Program
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Cisco Champions win a #BAMMIES Award

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Cisco Meraki – Guest Access in an MPLS branch

March 21, 2014 at 11:00 am PST

A couple of months ago I designed a Cisco Unified Wireless Network for an enterprise company. One of the big challenges was the ability to serve wireless guest services in the branch offices, which are connected to the headquarters via MPLS. Mostly the MPLS connections are terminated in the LAN zone, so it is difficult to tunnel the guests via the corporate infrastructure to gain internet access. I achieved this in the Cisco environment with the Mobility Anchor feature. With this feature, you can offer a flexible and easy-to-implement method for deploying wireless guest services by using Ethernet in IP within a centralized architecture. Ethernet over IP is a proprietary tunnel across Layer 3 topology between two Cisco wireless LAN controllers. For more Information see: http://goo.gl/6pjXcZ Read More »

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