[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 »
Tags: Cisco, enterprise networks, Infonetics, networking
#GameChanger is the one word we used to describe the new branch router: ISR 4451-X. We said it was designed from the ground up with rich services and application delivery in mind. How did we do that? Two words: Service Containers.
Service Containers are embedded into the router hardware itself, making it easy for you to manage and operate network services and applications. Services and applications are protected within each container, making it possible for each service to perform at the level that you need to, but also gives you the flexibility as its embedded nature entails. And since these containers can talk to each other even if they are on a separate device, you get high availability for your branch automatically. Read More »
Tags: application experience, enterprise networks, ISR, ISR G2, router, service containers
In my last blog I discussed how Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture fits with the Cisco ONE. Let’s now look at how the new Cisco ONE Enterprise Architecture provides at least 6 significant benefits to Enterprises. ONE + ONE = 6!
Problems that Enterprises are facing:
As enterprises are consolidating their IT infrastructure into private cloud (enterprise data-centers) or public/hybrid clouds they’re realizing massive economies of scale in application deployments. Further, they’re taking advantage of XaaS (Software/Infrastructure as a Service) offerings from Cloud Service Providers with Pay As You Go models that increase the speed of deployment and the agility of their business critical applications. This is a major shift in how applications are now being delivered over the WAN to their end-users in branch offices and on mobile/BYOD devices. IT consolidation and virtualization in the data-center are placing a lot of requirements on the enterprise WAN. Business agility and end-user and customer application experience are imposing critical requirements on the WAN. The major challenges that enterprises are facing with cloud migration are: Read More »
Tags: Cisco ONE, Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture, cloud, Control Layer, enterprise networks, Network Application Layer, network challenges, Network Elements Layer
In my previous 3-part blog series I discussed the challenges in the Enterprise WAN and relevancy of SDN in overcoming these challenges and how Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture addresses these WAN challenges. In this blog post I will discuss how Cisco ONE (Open Network Environment) and ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture fit together. In a following blog, I will discuss how Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture provides six significant benefits to enterprises through programmability. ONE + ONE = 6 is the new math for Enterprise programmability!
Cisco ONE (Open Network Environment)
Cisco ONE is a comprehensive, Cisco wide solution (not just data center) approach to making networks more open, programmable, and application-aware. There are numerous blogs, and videos about Cisco ONE that can be found here. As a brief summary, Cisco ONE comprises of 3 pillars that provide a programmable approach to both physical and virtual infrastructure: Read More »
Tags: architecture, Cisco ONE, Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture, enterprise networks, open APIs, Open Networking, programmability, SDN, SDN controller
There are a lot of great technologies that have outstanding business benefits but are not widely deployed. For example, 802.1X for wired networks can determine appropriate network access based on user identity and additional contextual information. The technology is already built into the network to help customers improve their network security. If you ask your peers in the industry, however, you may hear that many of them have not turned on 802.1X on their switching network. Why? Depending on who you ask, you might get different answers from different people. But one common response is that IT staff is too busy with so many burning issues on their network so they don’t have time for something like 802.1X. It’s not just about this technology. They never have enough time to do testing, troubleshooting and configuration changes. That’s why any solutions that can help simplify and streamline networks and IT operations will go a long way. Read More »
Tags: Access Switches, Catalyst 6500, Catalyst 6800, Catalyst Instant Access, Cisco, enterprise networks