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Fast IT Top Insights Part 2: Accelerating Innovation through Analytics, Security, and Savings

In our previous blog, we began our exploration of how Fast IT will transform the role of the IT organization — enabling it to drive innovation in unprecedented ways for the business. And to do so amid the rapid disruption of the Internet of Everything (IoE) economy.

Specifically, we examined the role of Fast IT in simplifying complex, cumbersome infrastructure. And how this added agility will open the door to faster provisioning of enterprise apps; a new dimension in value derived from cloud; and a true place for IT as a service orchestrator and trusted partner for the business.

But Fast IT transformation extends further still, enabling expansive and dynamic new capabilities through analytics and security; driving the cultural change that must accompany infrastructure change; and liberating the IT organization through dividends in cost and time savings.

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A Deep Dive in the Role of Each of the Cisco Customer Solutions Architecture (CSA) Layers

This is part 3 of the “Your Business Powered By Cisco Customer Solutions Architecture (CSA)” blog series.

Physical Infrastructure Layer

The physical infrastructure layer is where the physical resources reside. This includes equipment typically used in a data center such as network devices (switches, routers, firewalls, and load balancers), computing resources, storage and facilities.  Physical infrastructure products and the connectivity to the cloud, customer networks, partners and cloud brokers are secured in this layer.

Virtual Infrastructure Layer

The main purpose of this layer is to abstract the underlying physical resources into pools of logical resources with attributes and service assurance parameters. In addition, it greatly simplifies management processes, accelerates service delivery to market, and reduces operating expenses.  Simplicity of provisioning and management along with security can be obtained by creating many logical networks from one physical network.  The physical infrastructure layer is virtualized using various methods (hypervisor technology, Application Centric Networks, etc.) into a virtualized infrastructure layer. This is analogous to creating VLANs within a physical LAN.  The Resource Abstraction and Control functionality in this layer views the physical layer in a more holistic fashion by allowing the orchestration, network and security controllers to enforce appropriate policies to the traffic and the underlying network infrastructure.

Service Layer

The Services Layer is Read More »

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Cisco is the First Access Point Vendor to Cross the 1 Million Units Sold Mark for 802.11ac

With 1.1 million units in the marketplace, Cisco is far and away the market’s #1 provider of 802.11ac wireless infrastructure with the industry’s broadest and most powerful product offerings for the Enterprise, Service Providers, Small Medium Business and exploding Cloud market spaces.

With the 3700 Series, Access Point is leading the charge as the fast ramping Access Point in Cisco’s history.

With the 3700 Series, Access Point is leading the charge as the fast ramping Access Point in Cisco’s history.

Providing up to 3 times the performance of legacy 802.11n deployments, 802.11ac provides the performance and scale foundation for companies as they move to an all-wireless and -mobile working culture in their day-to-day business operations.

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Cisco at the Fall ’14 PONC, Oct 28-30, Baveno Italy – Informative Workshops

By Leonard Luna, Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco Service Provider Solutionsheadshot-resized-sp360

The Fall ’14 Cisco Packet Optical Networking Conference (PONC) is quickly approaching – October 28-30 in Baveno & Vimercate, Italy.  Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in this highly compelling and informative event (To learn more visit the Cisco PONC Series webpage).

If you are a PONC veteran, then you appreciate the value of this event – an opportunity to network with industry peers, hear directly from carriers leading the convergence evolution, see the latest technology innovations, and to have your voice heard.

If this will be your first PONC, then let me prepare you for this compelling event.

Cisco conducts this three day event twice a year –in the spring in San Jose California, and in the fall near its facilities in Vimercate, Italy.  Read More »

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What is the Cisco Customer Solutions Architecture (CSA) Layered Approach?

This is part 2 of the “Your Business Powered By Cisco Customer Solutions Architecture (CSA)” blog series.

CSA Description

The following figure shows a simplified view of the Cisco CSA. It has five horizontal layers: Physical Infrastructure layer, Virtualized Infrastructure layer, Services layer, Service Management and Automation layer, and App/portal layer.  Supporting each layer from top-to-bottom, there are three vertical layers: ITSM/ITIL services layer services enablement, Security layer for providing security across each of the horizontal layers, and Cisco Intellectual and domain management layer for providing Cisco best practices at each of the horizontal layers.

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This CSA is a logically layered architecture (LLA), with each layer providing a distinct function.   The model is designed in a hierarchical fashion with devices and facilities at the bottom, customer interactions at the top, and various required functionalities in the middle layers.  The key to this model is the abstraction of each layer into software-defined components with standardized interfaces. Similar to other LLA models such as ITU-T TMN (Telecommunications Management Network), each horizontal layer supports the layer above in performing its business functions.

CSA Layered Approach

The interaction between various layers is through abstraction, orchestration, and API’s.  The customers’ requests are processed from the top layer where orchestration fulfills the various components and provisions into the infrastructure using the API’s between the layers.  Similarly, the Read More »

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