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Easily Deployed Provisioning with Cisco Prime Infrastructure

Time is money. And the more time it takes to deploy and provision devices on your network, the more costly it is for your organization.

On August 21, join our experts for a deep-dive exploration of Cisco Prime Infrastructure, a critical part of the Cisco Unified Access solution, and learn how Cisco Prime Infrastructure can speed the deployment and configuration of your unified access environment. Cisco Prime Infrastructure reduces errors and difficult-to-diagnose configuration issues, through a logical, simple-to-use workflow.

During this detailed session, you’ll hear and see a live demo, and learn how Cisco is reinventing the way that network devices are deployed.

As part of the Cisco Unified Access solution, Cisco Prime Infrastructure delivers a single management point of view. It offers comprehensive lifecycle management of wired and wireless access, campus and branch networks, complete visibility into end-user connectivity, and application performance assurance. Read More »

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Steps to Optimizing Your Network- Change Management & Network Management Strategies

AL79165(1)Having completed all of the previous strategy elements, you are ready to deploy.  Is that all there is to it? Not quite.  In this post, I’ll highlight strategies you can use for a smooth post-deployment.

Change Management

In one of my past experiences, deployment of our branch routers went off without a hitch and we patted ourselves on the back and went home.  In the morning, operations noted a reload on two of the routers we had upgraded the night before.  It appeared that one of the defects we evaluated had not discovered “all” of the traffic that could force the reload. So what was the impact of all this? As part of our change management strategy, we were certain to ensure that we could back out on our changes.  Additionally, we set the device to load the old software and configuration if the device reloaded.  This resulted in less than a minute outage for those devices that did reload and the design allowed for seamless failover between the two switches.  Failure to do so would have resulted in the router continuously reloading as these packets were encountered -, which would unlikely be noticed. It is important to note that there was no impact on the production network or business services. Read More »

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SDM: Software Defined Manageability

April 2, 2013 at 2:52 pm PST

Much has been made of the emergence of Software Defined Networking and the programmable network.  At its core, SDN involves opening up network interfaces in order to make the network programmable and allow for the development of applications.  While some of those applications interact directly with the data plane, determining how individual packets are treated, many applications actually involve what can fundamentally be described as management functionality – automation of workflows, reaction to events, closing of control loops.   A popular example concerns orchestration, in which resources are allocated and state modified so that collectively a service is provided – in many ways resembling a reincarnation of service provisioning in a new context and under a new name.

Of course, management applications and management interfaces have been around for a long time, so what is really new and different this time?  Is SDN simply an exciting new label for a tired old concept? Does SDN obviate the need for traditional management? At the core of these questions are the concepts of programmability and manageabilityRead More »

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Shelly’s onePK “Wiring” App

This blog is a follow on to my introductions to onePK and the onePK software architecture. This post is special, as I have the pleasure of introducing, by way of conversation, my colleague Shelly Cadora, an experienced speaker on SDN, and developer with onePK, and to highlight some of the work she has done with onePK.

Nathan:

“So, Shelly, in my blog on onePK a few months ago I said that I thought that we would start to see new models for network management and deployment enabled by onePK. Lo and behold! You created just such an example for demonstration at Cisco Live, so what’s that mean for us all?” Read More »

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Cisco Unified Access Shines at Interop New York

Many of us in the IT world are at Interop New York this week and we’re very excited. Tablets and smartphones enable new and innovative ways to engage employees, guests and customers; the technology tantalizes with the promise of business transformation. More organizations are allowing mobile and personal devices for work use. But there are also many challenges for IT during these technology transitions.  IT is struggling to keep up with the latest mobility trends.

As you know, we first launched Cisco Unified Access about 3 months ago at Cisco Live in San Diego.  Now at Interop New York, we are announcing a number of significant enhancements to the Cisco Unified Access solutions. These enhancements enable IT to spend less time running the network and more time collaborating and innovating with the lines of business.  If IT organizations want to have a seat at the table and impact the business, a strong and agile IT platform is required. This platform can become a business differentiator and will enable business transformation.  This is what Cisco’s Unified Access is all about -- One Policy, One Management, One Network, enabling the IT to discover what is possible with the business.

Today, I’m excited to share with you the latest Cisco Unified Access innovations that we are announcing at Interop New York.

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