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Enterprise networks are special. They require bomb-proof design, micro-second convergence and service-level agreements so good that the WAN will only be down for half a second every year scheduled six weeks ahead of time for midnight over a holiday weekend. That’s what we’re taught from the time we’re young Network Engineers sitting on our parents’ knees. An Enterprise network is something special they taught us. We should never consider running our mission-critical traffic over the dirty, unreliable Internet! Such talk would be blasphemy akin to looking for a date at a funeral. It might work for some, but our network is special and must be treated that way.
So what is all of this talk then, coming from Cisco no less, of using Internet links to run an Enterprise-class network? Cisco recently introduced the Intelligent WAN (IWAN) solution that promotes exactly this sort of “illicit” behavior. So what’s changed?
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Tags: AX, internet as wan, ISR, ISR G2, IWAN, routers, transport independence
It 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 »
Tags: Cisco, enterprise networks, failover, insidebranch, ISR, ISR-AX, reliability, UCS, UCS-E Series, VMware
We’re in November now, so of course it’s getting chilly outside – even here in California! This means the holidays are right around the corner and retailers are gearing up for their busiest time of year. A growing trend these days is that more than half of holiday shoppers with smartphones plan to use these devices while shopping (53.8%, National Retail Federation). What better motivation for retailers to increase sales in all of their stores this season than by enhancing customers’ shopping experience with something like Facebook?
On the other side of town unfortunately, the holiday season goes hand-in-hand with the sniffling and coughing brought on by the winter cold and flu season. As usual, doctors will expect an influx of patients in their offices in the coming months. IT staff at hospitals need to prepare for the increased medical data traversing through the network and beyond.
Cisco UCS E-series on the ISR-AX is a consolidated solution in a single platform. With this solution, retailers can virtualize and host POS, video surveillance, and other applications. Doctors in medical offices of any size can focus on taking care of their patients rather than worry about the network slowing them down.
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Tags: facebook, healthcare, insidebranch, ISR, ISR-AX, mobile, point of sale, retail, UCS, UCS-E Series, virtualization
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