Sharing recipes among family and friends is a long-standing holiday tradition. I have my own favorite recipe, but it’s not part of an extravagant holiday dinner. It’s my recipe for success in the Internet of Things (IoT).
Over the past six months or so, I’ve discussed in this series of blogs the various elements to consider in an IoT deployment. We have seen that IoT is an essential next step for companies in the 21st century, but it’s also a complex, multidimensional transformation, demanding new skill sets, technologies, and business models. So you may be asking, how do I get started? Here is my recipe for a successful IoT transition. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Fog computing, internet of things, interoperability, IoT, IT/OT convergence, Real-Time Analytics
Last week, here, I started my 2 part blog on some of the top SAN design and deployment challenges we see. As I mentioned, I put this together with help from my SAN expert colleagues, Barbara Ledda and Wolfgang Lang. We are all part of the Cisco Services professional services team, where we experience first-hand the challenges of adopting new technologies including SAN.
Last week, we discussed the following challenges:
#1 Don’t assume that your server multi-pathing software is installed or working, or even licensed, or installed but never used/tested by your server team!
#2 Tendency to significantly over-estimate utilization on the SAN network.
Lets’ now discuss our challenges #3 – #5, which will discuss interoperability, expertise and architectural details respectively. Architectural details as it turns out is a key concern of some of you reading Part 1 of this blog – a few questions came in and you can view the discussion here (and thanks to my colleagues Venkat Kirishnamurthyi and Jing Luo for contributing to this discussion). With this in mind, you may find the Cisco MDS architecture discussion video here also useful.
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Tags: architectural approach, architecture, cisco_services, data center networking, interoperability, Large Scale SAN Design, networking, SAN design, storage area networks
Look after your SAN experts!
One of the aspects I really enjoy about my job is that I get to learn from some of the world’s top network and data center design engineers, and I get to hear about technology adoption challenges across the world. If there is a complex network or data center design being worked by our customers, if our customers are under time pressure, or if our customers are facing key business or technical challenges, Cisco Services’ consultants are often called in to help. Globally then, they experience first hand the challenges of deploying advanced technologies. In this blog, in the same spirit as my OpenStack Deployment Challenges blog, I’d like to share their experiences on some of the most common challenges and misconceptions faced by our customers when building Storage Area Networks (SAN). I’ll publish this in 2 parts – so look out for the concluding part next week.
Before continuing, I’d like to thank two of our SAN expert consultants, Barbara Ledda and Wolfgang Lang, for sharing their experiences and challenges.
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Tags: architectural approach, architecture, cisco_services, data center networking, interoperability, Large Scale SAN Design, MDS, MDS SAN, networking, SAN design, storage area networks
Did you know that Lync is a fully supported client in Cisco Collaboration Meeting Room (Cisco CMR) meetings.
When we say interoperability we mean it. Even when that means supporting proprietary protocols. For instance, to ensure that Microsoft Lync and Skype for Business users can fully experience the power of Cisco conferencing.
IDC released the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Unified Communications and Collaboration 2015 Vendor Assessment last month. In it, Rich Costello notes that Cisco is “perennially the worldwide market share leader in enterprise IP telephony solutions, as well as advanced capabilities such as telepresence, Web conferencing services, and enterprise session border control (SBC).” (Thank you IDC.)
That doesn’t mean we’re the only option. People sometimes need to use third-party endpoints and applications to connect to Cisco meetings. We’ve enabled Lync users to participate in Cisco conferences with high-quality voice and video for years. Now we’ve enhanced that experience by enabling them to also fully share and view content. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco Collaboration Meeting Room, cmr, collaboration, IDC, interoperability, lync
We’ve been hearing from some of our customers that they are interested in using Cisco Meraki in their branches alongside their Cisco infrastructure in their main offices, but were worried about having to deal with too many segregated policy management systems.
Good news: Interoperability between Cisco Meraki and ISE is here. Administrators can now define a single user access policy across on-premise and cloud-managed networks.With this interoperability, Cisco infrastructure customers can now deploy Cisco Meraki in their branches in the same network as other Cisco equipment, with all devices across the network managed under ISE for unified access policy management.
Read more about the Cisco Meraki and ISE interoperability in the blog post: Got ISE?
To get a free Meraki wireless access point and learn more about the solution, join one of our online webinars. See the complete schedule and choose from a range of webinars featuring Meraki customers, product and solution overviews, and topics like BYOD.
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