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Megatrends: Does the network care about the application?

With several key applications moving to the clouds, how do our customers ensure application performance? What if they deploy for instance Public or Private Hosted solutions or hybrid WAN, how do they ensure application experience?

Today, we all see more and more new delivery models such as Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud or Public Cloud, new Hybrid WAN deployment replacing or complementing MPLS by internet link to reduce cost and enhancing application delivery, Audio and Video applications deployed in enterprise, applications going HTTP or HTTPS making them more complex to detect.

How does the network play a critical role in the application experience that enterprises need to provide today to their users? How can you rely on the network to provide enough agility, flexibility and control with so much new applications, deployment models and delivery methods.

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Enterprise today need to be able to rely on the network as well to handle all those new challenges. IT organizations need the ability to identify, monitor applications running on the network, define policies and better control and classify those applications, to provide the best end user experience, and keep up with new request growth but without having to replace all the actual infrastructure. Read More »

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UCS E-Series: The Survivability Guide | Inside the Branch

Free Cisco learningIt 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 »

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Medianet in Action

November 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm PST

I recently wrote a blog discussing the Value of Medianet in which I listed the benefits and associated costs of adoption. Remember that in simple terms Medianet enables a granular QoS policy and also provides a systematic approach for video troubleshooting. In this article I’m going to provide an example of Medianet in action as it has been my experience that most people, at least initially, struggle to visualize the impact Medianet has on the day to day operations of a Cisco collaboration solution running over a Cisco networking infrastructure.

In my previous blog I said that “Medianet reduces operational support costs.” I’m now going to attempt to show you how.

The first thing we can enable is edge monitoring, which allows the IT team to centrally check upon the health on any given endpoint and also ascertain its call status. Take a look at this video below:

As useful as it is, end point monitoring is only of limited benefit when problems start to occur. Electronic confirmation of what impacted end users are seeing is not what is actually required. We need a way to proactively troubleshoot issues as soon as they appear. The combination of Medianet enabled applications communicating with a Medianet enabled network, which is overseen by an intelligent management application is the means by which Cisco provides this. Read More »

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UCS E-series Meets Applications | Inside the Branch

Needle and thread. Fire and wood.  Peanut butter and jelly.  Just a few things that are essential together so that you can sew, keep warm and well, is just yummy.  So what happens when the data center-class server blade for the branch meets applications?  That’s the topic discussed in the 2nd episode of the Inside the Branch: UCS E-series episodes.

Last week was the series premier of our 5 part series on UCSE.  Hugo and Jay discussed the basics of the product and some key facts we should know.  In this episode, Hugo met with Vidya, our guru in charge of Cisco applications for UCSE.

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Who Leads the Enterprise Networking and Communication Market?

[Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Matthias Machowinski, Directing Analyst, Enterprise Networks and Video at Infonetics.]

Infonetics recently published our Enterprise Networking and Communication Vendor Leadership Scorecard, our annual look at the top vendors in this space and their strengths and weaknesses. Enterprise networking and communication infrastructure is a critical component of the day-to-day operations of any organization—it connects people, devices, and IT systems and allows them to communicate with each other securely. This market consists of 3 major sub-segments:

  • Networking: Equipment used to build enterprise networks, such as switches, routers, and WLAN
  • Communication: Equipment and software that provides real-time enterprise voice and video communication, such as IP PBX, videoconferencing rooms, and UC software
  • Security: Products that provide security for networks and network-connected devices, such as firewalls, IDS/IPS, and content security appliances Read More »

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