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World IPv6 Launch and the Enterprise Network

Today is World IPv6 Launch day. World IPv6 Launch is a follow-on event to last year’s IPv6 day where IPv6 was used for a day. The World IPv6 Launch is the ultimate recognition of the “world” turning on IPv6 and leaving it on: a true milestone for the Internet.

Cisco, along with major Internet Service Providers, home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6. So as we celebrate the permanent launch of IPv6, one may wonder how enterprise networks can benefit from IPv6.  Not only will IPv6 benefit the core of your network but the WLAN as part of the overall network will benefit.

In the past, the perception was that the US Military and China were the ones who were driving IPv6 deployments. That is no longer the case; the fact that there are a limited number of IPv4 addresses doesn’t just affect the just Service Providers but also large enterprise customers. Whether you are a large manufacturer with plants around the world, a university with a growing number of wireless devices or a global financial bank, you all can benefit from IPv6.

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Announcing Foundation of the Mobile Internet: the Cisco ASR 5500

It’s been a very busy month at Cisco for Mobility:

Less than 3 weeks ago, we debuted the “Your Way” campaign, highlighting the importance of the mobile experience to both our customers and Cisco as a whole.

Just last week, we announced the next iteration of the Cisco Visual Networking Index in which traffic is growing four-fold overall but 18 fold for the mobile internet.  And of the nearly 19 Billion network connections by 2016?  More than half will be on the Mobile Internet.

And today, we announced the newest flagship of our Cisco ASR 5000 series, the Cisco ASR 5500.  The series has already propelled Cisco into a market leadership position in the Mobile Evolved Packet Core space, and the Cisco ASR 5500 will be able to extend the benefits of the series even further for our customers.

ASR 5500 will be able to deliver a 10-times performance improvement in throughput, capable of scaling from hundreds of gigabits to a terabit platform and be able to support more than 60 million concurrent sessions, making the architecture able to support the wide variety of connection centric devices  and applications that we’ve adopted in our daily lives seemingly overnight.  And it’s not just what the Cisco ASR 5500 can support, but also how it supports it.

Using what we refer to as elastic capabilities, ASR 5500 can migrate resources within itself to support say, more signaling in the morning when people are doing a variety of different activities on their commute in, to more throughput when people slow down doing as much activity but begin to, say, watch more video.  Ordinarily, providers would have to build out a great amount of Read More »

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Three Years Is A Mobile Eternity

Three years ago I wrote a paper “Top Ten Considerations for a Successful Evolved Packet Core Deployment” (if you want a bit of history, check it out here). In that paper, I listed flexibility as the #2 consideration and control plane/signaling as the #3 consideration. Number 1 was an “Open Evolved Packet Core.”

I think I was wrong. Today I believe that Control Plane/Signaling and flexibility should have been and should be co-Number 1s. Not that an open EPC is not needed, it surely is, but it’s now taken for granted that the EPC is the common core for all access mechanisms moving forward. Don’t feel bad Open EPC, Number 3 still isn’t bad.

Three years is an eternity in the mobile market and the one thing for certain is that there is no certainty. The market is moving faster and in more directions than Read More »

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Reshaping Retail with Mobility

It’s no secret that people are forming personal attachments to their iPhones, Android phones, and other “smartphone” devices.

In fact, in a recent Pew Research Center study, respondents used adjectives such as “awesome,” “great,” “essential,” “indispensable,” “good,” and “excellent” to describe how they feel about their treasured mobile devices.

This love affair is driving skyrocketing sales of smartphones: by 2015, eMarketer estimates that 58 percent of all mobile users in the United States (149 million people) will own smartphones, while in the European Union, more than 50 percent will own them by 2014. Read More »

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Meet the “Collaboration Generation”

There are seismic shifts taking place in our increasingly connected society. Mobile phones and devices aren’t just for staying in touch—they’re instruments of commerce, learning and entertainment. Social networking sites are creating communities of interest around any topic you can imagine—and whatever you’re into, there’s an app for that. Video is everywhere. Not just in the board room and on the desktop but the office lobby, the medical center, the sports arena, even the bottom on the ocean. And perhaps most importantly, Read More »

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