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European Utility Week Showcases Cisco Leadership


pcouturaGuest blog by Philippe Couturaud, Cisco Business Development Manager, EMEAR Utilities:

This week you have the opportunity of meeting up with Cisco at the European Utility Week event in Austria. Cisco has become synonymous with providing advanced critical infrastructure for our utility customers enabling higher availability, greater reliability, and stronger security.

At stand A.k35 in the exhibition area (Hall ‘A’, Stand k35) you can come by our booth and learn how Cisco continues to expand our portfolio to better serve our customers. You can talk to our experts and experience our industry use case demonstrations showcasing new solutions for Cyber/Physical Security, Teleprotection, MPLS, and a lot more:

EUW2015Booth* Demonstrations at the booth will include “Unify Your Field Area Network Deployment”, “Effectively Manage Substation Operations“, “Teleprotection Over MPLS WAN“, along with “Fleet & Field Worker Solutions“.

  • * Cisco will be part of the GRID4EU Hub presentation on Nov. 4th, 9.15 AM to 12.30 PM. The Demo leaders will present the results of the most promising approaches and solutions developed within their demos – session 34 in the Hub.

Come visit us and find out about smarter, safer, more highly secure power grids offering reliable, efficient service. See how you can monitor, log, and diagnose systems with Cisco’s substation security solution. Find out how you can unify your field area network deployment with Cisco. See how Cisco is making a difference in the industry!

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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Making sense of Service Provider Virtualization

nehib-1Guest blog by Greg Nehib, SP Product and Solutions Marketing

I like to think of virtualization as an expanded networking toolkit, providing us with additional options to get the job done. It’s almost like when cordless tools entered the consumer tool market. You could take the cordless tools anywhere and use them in new and exciting applications. But there was a key drawback that I’m sure you remember. The early cordless tools had a limited effective power range. Over the next decade or two, battery technology improved and there were fewer power related drawbacks to going cordless.

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A few similarities exist in the network functions virtualization (NFV) space. I Read More »

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How Important are Physical Routers in the move toward Virtualization?

nehib-1Guest blog by Greg Nehib, SP Product and Solutions Marketing

How important are physical routers in the move toward virtualization?

My one word response would be “very”. But the longer version would start with “it depends”.

Here’s the longer version:

It depends on your perspective. I remember when the Cisco 12000 Series GSR was introduced in the late 90’s. It started an arms race that would last for over a decade. The popular comparison at the time was all about who had the biggest router, or “speeds and feeds” as we used to describe them. 2015 offers us a very different networking discussion. People that design and operate networks are more interested in programmability and virtualization (a.k.a. SDN (Software Defined Networks) and NFV(Network Functions Virtualization). From Frederic Trate’s blog on Application Engineered Routing, you can see why this level of control is such an interesting and important place to start the discussion.

I would argue that in terms of talking points, “speeds and feeds” have taken a back seat in network design. After all, a bunch of static ports and traffic-engineered tunnels don’t lead us to the flexibility and scale that we all seek – or can they? Here are some instances where physical routers are still Read More »

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Making Applications and Network Infrastructure Talk

Frederic TrateGuest blog by Frederic Trate, SP Product and Solutions Marketing

One may say this is a topic the telecom industry has been working on for many years and that’s somewhat true. Remember the time when routing protocols and QoS (Quality of Service) mechanisms were the only tools at Service Provider’s disposal to arbitrate between sensitive and non-sensitive traffic? That worked pretty well as long as Service Providers only had to support a few applications – mainly voice and data.

Over time however, as carriers began to converge networks assets into a single, unified IP infrastructure they were faced with the challenge of increasing control over their network infrastructure. Programmability was not yet an industry buzzword but Read More »

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Developing Products and Solutions in the 21st Century

On November 3rd, 2014 at the Software Defined Network-Multiprotocol label Switching SDN-MPLS (Software Defined Networking-Multiprotocol Label Switching) Conference in Washington D.C: I moderated a stellar panel titled, “Developing Products and Services in the 21st Century.”

Quite a few of the attendees represented Service Providers; with a few attendees from the Public Sector and vendor communities.

In framing up the discussion, I had proposed the following provocative abstract:

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