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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Tags: Cisco, enterprise networks, insidebranch, ISR, ISR G2, UCS, UCS-E Series, UCSE
Recently, I was chatting with Hugo Vliegen, Director of Technical marketing, Enterprise Networks, and he was telling me all of the questions he had been getting from customers about the Cisco UCS E-Series. Questions such as:
- What’s this rumor I’ve heard that Cisco has a server that sits on a branch router?
- You’re telling me the UCS E-Series is enterprise-class? What does that even mean?
- What’s new on the Cisco ISR series?
So I suggested we do an interview series with Hugo – something short and fun where he could get the Cisco experts on the record and help our customers learn a little more about the UCS E-Series. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, insidebranch, ISR, ISR G2, routers, UCS, UCS-E Series
Two Companies Agree to Improve Application Delivery Over the Internet and Hybrid WANs
Today, Cisco and Akamai announced plans to work together to deliver the world’s first integrated Application Optimization solution for hybrid WANs, leveraging the Internet as a fast, reliable, and secure WAN option. The anticipated solution would leverage the most widely deployed enterprise router: the Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR), and Akamai’s new Unified Performance solution. We believe this collaboration will come as a pleasant surprise for Network and Application IT teams, who can appreciate the value in combining two great things that work even better together, while dramatically lowering their operational expenses.
First, let me explain what Akamai Unified Performance offers. As a proven leader in content delivery over the Internet, Akamai is now providing a new set of caching, and bandwidth optimization technologies to enable high-quality online experiences within “brick and mortar” locations. It basically brings Akamai’s world-class performance and optimization technology into the branch office. With Akamai Unified Performance, retailers and enterprises can engage customers and employees in new, more immersive experiences through digital media, while alleviating the burden of more traffic over the wide-area network (WAN).
[EDITOR NOTE 11/13/13: The Cisco communities where you'd normally register for webinars are undergoing an update. You can still register for the Nov 20 and Dec 11 webinars]
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Tags: Cisco and Akamai, Cisco iWAN, ISR, router
Today’s IT organizations are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Most face an avalanche of new bandwidth requirements hitting their networks, yet too few resources to support the business’ needs. In 2013, three out of four organizations will not have any additional wide area network (WAN) budget (Nemertes Research). That means 75% of IT teams will not be able to buy more bandwidth to address exponential traffic growth, and will need to re-think their entire approach to the network if they want stay successful. Treading water will not be an option.
Here is a sampling of the trends that are challenging IT now:
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Tags: application experience, AX, Cisco, Intelligent WAN, ISR, ISR G2, ISR-AX, IWAN
Virtualizing services within the network
When we launched the new ISR 4451-X at Cisco Live a few months back, one of the Big New Things we talked about was the Service Container architecture. Unless you were paying close attention to the 4451-X, you might have missed that whole thing. So what the heck is a Service Container?
To put it simply, a Service Container is a virtual machine running within the network itself. Instead of your typical server virtual machine, these VMs can be used to enhance the capabilities of the underlying network itself. Service Containers can add additional services, such as WAN Optimization, to the network. They can also enhance the capabilities of network devices by adding things like new programmable interfaces to the network. In some cases they can even be used to add impressive capabilities to the network from trusted third party developers.
Tags: Cisco Router, ISR, ISR 4451-X, KVM vs LxC, Service Container, Virtual service