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Cisco’s continued commitment to WAN Optimization (WAAS) Market and Our Customers

WAN Optimization is an essential element of Cisco’s network-centric platform strategy, enabling key transitions such as data center consolidation, virtualization, cloud, virtual desktops and BYOD. Cisco is continuing to invest in the Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) portfolio to drive our strategy of integrating WAN Optimization into the network fabric to achieve unmatched scale, performance, and simplicity, while reducing overall customer TCO. The WAAS team is an integral part of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Group to help achieve these goals.

Recent speculation that Cisco has dissolved its WAAS business is inaccurate. Cisco’s strategy to deliver WAAS pervasively as part of the Cisco WAN infrastructure remains unchanged.

Consistent with the strategy of providing application optimization as a key function of the network infrastructure, Cisco provides a broad portfolio of appliances, router-integrated and virtualized form factors. Strong alignment between the WAAS and Services Routing Group (SRG) product development teams has helped drive innovations such as AppNav with WAVE appliances for data centers, Cloud Services Routers with virtual WAAS for public clouds and highly scalable router-integrated form factors. Cisco accelerates a wide variety of applications including file, email, web, secure applications, SaaS, virtual desktops and cloud services.

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Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISR) 881W/GW achieve FIPS 140-2 Certification!

The Global Certification Team (GCT) is thrilled to announce that the ISR 881W/881GW has completed the FIPS certification process.  The official listing has been posted to the NIST website, being awarded certificate #1700, as FIPS 140-2, Level 2 Certified.

The Cisco 881W and Cisco 881GW ISR’s provide connectivity and security services in a single, secure device. These routers offer broadband speeds and simplified management to small businesses, and enterprise small branch and teleworkers. The module is also a wireless access point that provide secure wireless access to clients.

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ISR G2 and ASR1000 achieve PEPAS Certification!

The Global Certification Team is proud to collaborate with our colleagues across the globe.  Today we have a guest post by Mark Jackson <marjacks@cisco.com>, Technical Solutions Architect, Cisco UK.  Mark will be sharing about the recent PEPAS certification of the Cisco ISR G2 and ASR1000.

The Public Services Network (PSN) is at the heart of the UK Government ICT Strategy and aims to deliver significant cost savings against the current £16.5bn annual ICT spend whilst at the same time providing the foundation to enable the government to transform the way in which it delivers services to the citizen. Maintaining security within the PSN is critical to its success and as such, CESG and the Cabinet Office have laid down a range of technical and information assurance standards against which vendors must comply.

In the UK Government, classified information is protectively marked based on the resulting impact to business should the information be compromised. Often shortened to IL (Impact Level), there are seven levels ranging from IL0 to IL6 where IL6 has the highest impact.  The discipline of information assurance (IA) is used to provide confidence that systems systems handling protectively marked information do so in a robust fashion. Effective IA is widely seen as providing an important role in reducing the Nation’s vulnerabilities to cyber attack (Nation Cyber Security Strategy) and takes on a wide range of forms across the domains of technology, people and process. In the technology domain, the use of assured products is a key element in providing confidence that classified information will remain protected in accordance with its IL marking.

Within the context of the PSN, the baseline infrastructure will be assured to protect IL2 information passing in the clear; IL2 is used by many government departments and local authorities. The PSN will also be used extensively to transport IL3 information, more often seen in central government departments and law enforcement. In the PSN, protecting IL3 information requires the use of CESG assured cryptography and historically this has meant CAPS Baseline assured devices. CAPS devices are often criticised for their high cost and complexity of management, requiring customers to deploy two physical devices per site; a situation that is clearly not ideal when the primary goal of the PSN is to reduce cost. The CESG PEPAS assurance scheme was developed specifically to address the information assurance requirements of for using commercial-grade cryptography to deliver large-scale secure network overlay solutions for IL3 information within the PSN.

Cisco are pleased to announce that their ISR G2 and ASR 1000 Series routers have successfully completed and passed CESG PEPAS evaluation and can be used to support the secure transportation of IL3 information in the PSN. This announcement provides our customers and partners with the confidence to deploy Cisco IPsec VPN technology to protect IL3 information, whilst at the same time taking advantage of the wide range of capabilities offered by the ISR G2 and ASR 1000 series platforms. The Cisco ISR G2 and ASR 1000 series deliver an all-in-one solution combining WAN and IPsec VPN termination, whilst at the same time being able to deliver non-encrypted IL2 transport and additional services such as firewalling, application optimisation and voice.

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Recap of Cisco at National Retail Federation 2012

Thank you to everyone who visited the Cisco NRF booth last month.  We had a huge of amount traffic and a number of exciting demonstrations plus the announcement of our “Catch Em and Keep Em” consumer research study.  We also shot a number of videos from the show floor which I hope you all enjoy.

We announced the new Catch Em and Keep Em consumer research on how retailers can attract and retain channel hopping shoppers.  The research is now avialable for download here


Jon Stine and Lisa Fretwell from Cisco IBSG talks about the new research released at NRF 2012. For more research information visit IBSG’s landing page for NRF 2012 or read Lisa Fretwell’s blog http://blogs.cisco.com/?p=57436

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Ten Cisco products achieve IPv6 Certifications!

The Cisco Global Certification Team (GCT) is proud to announce the completion of USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2 certifications for the following Cisco products:

  • 4500-SUP7E USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • ISR-G2 IPSec ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • Linksys E4200 USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • 79xx IP Phone USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • ACE4710 USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • ACE 30 blade for 6500 USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • ACE 30 blade for 7600 USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • Sx200 SOHO switch USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • Sx300 SOHO switch USGv6 and ReadyLogo Phase 2
  • ASR1K ReadyLogo USGv6 (retest) and ReadyLogo Phase 2

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