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Back to School

As summer rolls into fall, my kids are heading back to school.  It’s always an interesting transition but this year even more so with my daughter going away to college for the first time.   This has brought back a flood of memories from my own college education experiences. 

I have always had a passion for education and have a strong belief in continous learning. 

Today, so much is available on the web, through social media websites, and online video

In the world of technology and government, there is so much more to learn every day.  New technologies: cloud,  cybersecurity and virtualization, new delivery methods: virtual classrooms, online video, and collaboration, and new government requirements and certifications.

I recently came  across some useful learning resources including the Cisco CCNP Security Certification courseware and VMware/Cisco  network considerations for desktop virtualization.    

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Talkin’ Tech: Cloud Computing

Defining key terms for understanding the basics of this emerging technology

Cloud computing continues to be a hot trend in technology and is a great option for budget-minded and resource-constrained small businesses. Cloud-based services offer a more cost-effective solution for accessing applications and hardware on demand and provide small businesses with greater flexibility. In fact, many smaller companies are using cloud services without realizing it. And therein lies the challenge—there’s a general lack of understanding when it comes to cloud computing.

In this installment of our Talkin’ Tech series, we define key terms to help you understand the basics of cloud computing. If there’s a term we didn’t include that you’d like defined, please let us know!

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Network Service Providers Can Compete and Win in the Cloud

If you’ve been following the research from Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group, you may have already seen the survey on Service Providers and their viability in the Cloud at the end of last year. Yesterday I was preparing for a customer briefing when this report came to mind and I thought it may be useful to summarize the high points if you haven’t read it yet.

The custom research found that Network Service Providers have an advantage when offering Cloud services if they use their unique assets to differentiate their services. Over-the-Top (OTT) players may have seen success in offering plain vanilla Infrastructure as a Service at large scale and low prices but the opportunity for supplying the high-end and high-value spectrum of Cloud services is still underway. You will probably agree with me that security is critical for any service these days. It is a challenge that requires proper design and planning and proper vigilance and quick responses are what differentiate the winners from the losers. Cloud is a large market in the midst of a transition and it will be fun to watch how everything plays out, I’m placing bets on the Service Providers to scoop up a valuable share of the ~$43 billion XaaS market by 2013. Read More »

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Cisco Replaces HP Printers with Xerox, Partners to Bring Secure Printing to Customers

August 17, 2011 at 7:01 am PST

This post was written by Chuck Robbins, Cisco’s Senior Vice President, The Americas.

Today Cisco will be replacing its current HP print services with Xerox Managed Print Services (MPS), a more cost-effective way to produce and manage documents across all 460 of our offices.

Cisco is embracing the future of MPS, using managed print and cloud ITO services, to work within our company’s existing infrastructure, supporting multiple locations and mobile technologies.

By working and partnering with Xerox, we can further enable an anytime, anywhere, any device mobility strategy for our employees, as they won’t have any barriers to printing when they’re on the road. We’re making sure they don’t have to spend unnecessary time on print-related tasks when they’re in the office, too.

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Penetration Testing in the Cloud

Tell me if this sounds familiar… you are asked to perform a penetration test on customer’s network to determine the security posture of their assets and the first thing they do is give you a list of assets that you are NOT allowed to test, because they are critical systems to the business. Ironic isn’t it? This is exactly the difficulty you can expect when performing penetration testing in the cloud, but multiplied by ten.

There is a lot to think about and plan for when you want to perform a penetration test in a cloud service provider’s (CSP) network. Before we get into the technical details, we need to start with the basics.

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