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Cisco Has a Cool New Network Management Solution – Really?

I recently staffed the Cisco booth at Interop, Las Vegas where we introduced Cisco Prime for Enterprise, a new network management strategy and product portfolio.  I had buttons made that said “Ask Me About Cisco Prime for Enterprise” to help facilitate questions and because I’m a tech marketing geek who likes to wear buttons.

Interop was my first tradeshow since I transitioned to Cisco network management from the Cisco wireless/mobility team where I recently led WLAN management marketing.  I’ve always believed in the value of network management – especially when it’s done right.  As I talked with Interop attendees, two questions kept repeating:

  • What is Cisco Prime for Enterprise?
  • Are you sure Cisco has an innovative network management solution – Really?  As of when?

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Cisco Network Management: Now with New and Improved Management Across the IP NGN

Contributed by David Flesh, Sr Manager, Product Marketing, Cisco Network Management Technology Group

If you’re a network administrator, at times it may seem like the IP network traffic and volume of IP addresses and devices you oversee are increasing at an unmanageable pace.  On top of that, the complexity and size of IP networks continue to expand, and network operators are beginning to transition to IPv6 and introduce new technologies and services into their networks (VoIP, video, cloud computing, virtualization, etc.). Network operators need to accelerate provisioning and simplify service activation.

Given the mission-critical importance of DNS and DHCP services in today’s service provider and enterprise networks, you now face huge challenges with IP address management that must be addressed. Without a fast, reliable, and secure DNS service, subscribers’ broadband Internet access will be compromised. If DNS fails, the Internet will fail. Likewise, DHCP is a core network access technology -- every device must be assigned a unique address when connected to the network, a virtually impossible task to undertake manually.

To effectively address these challenges, network administrators need an integrated solution for DNS, DHCP, IPAM (DDI) to effectively manage IP address growth and help automate the adoption of IPv6.

And that’s just what Cisco is now providing.

As part of its service provider network management portfolio, Cisco is introducing Cisco Network Registrar 7.2 which provides an integrated, scalable, reliable solution for DDI across multiple technologies to simplify management of IP addresses and the transition to IPv6. Cisco Network Registrar is the industry’s fastest and most scalable DHCP server - able to assign more than 47,000 leases per second on a Cisco B-Series UCS platform (and 14,000 leases per second on a non-Cisco hardware platform) and support more than 50 million devices in a single customer deployment.

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TweetChat for Cisco Prime Network Control System: Live Expert Q&A

With 7.1 billion tablets, smartphones and other mobiles devices entering the market—and many making their way into the enterprise—how can you effectively manage user access over the wired and wireless network? Help your users and their devices get online, stay online with comprehensive visibility into you network.

Join our experts for a live Q&A TweetChat on Cisco Prime Network Control System, and see how we enable converged user, access and identify management across wired and wireless networks.

Win (1) Amazon Kindle or one of (2) $5 Starbucks gift card for simply participating live! Winners will be randomly selected for asking a relevant question, sharing a comment or Re-Tweeting a post with the #ciscowifi hashtag. Read the full terms and conditions.

When?
Tuesday, May 3rd at 9-10am PDT (12-1:00pm EDT)

How?
On the day of the event, follow the conversation with the hastag #ciscowifi on any of the following platforms:

Follow the discussion, contribute questions and submit your own comments by including #ciscowifi with all of your Tweets, regardless of the platform you use.

Who?

  • Saurabh Bhasin (@sabhasin), Product Line Manager for Cisco Prime NCS
  • Scott Simkin (@Cisco_Mobility), Mobility Solutions Marketing
  • Brian Robertson, Mobility Solutions Marketing

Questions / Comments?
You can submit your questions ahead of time by sending a Tweet to @Cisco_Mobility or by commenting on this blog.

What is a TweetChat?
TweetChats are online conversations, held at a pre-arranged time, between a group of Twitter users, and using a specific Twitter hashtag (#ciscowifi) to identify the discussion.

We hope to see you on May 3rd, 2011, 9-10:00am PDT (12-1:00 EDT), just follow the hastag #ciscowifi.

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New Network Solutions Deliver Greater Capabilities for Borderless Network Management

This week, a New York Times article focused on retailers and their efforts (or lack thereof) to develop mobile sites and apps to enable anytime-anywhere shopping. One statistic that caught my eye in the article: 85 percent of consumers expect to be able to shop using their smartphones and expect that experience to be at least as good as shopping on a computer. Yet, the article reports that: “By mid-2010, according to the Acquity Group, just 12 percent of the top 500 United States online retailers had sites compatible with mobile browsers, while just 7 percent had apps.”

Whether you’re an IT professional, a business decision maker, an employee, a consumer or customer, the topics of mobile productivity and the connected experience matter, regardless of which side of the fence you’re on.

And that’s why I’m excited to announce our latest launch. As headlines continue to tout the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, businesses need to ensure that they can allow secure access for anyone on any device and deliver rich applications (like video and voice) reliably—all while providing seamless integration across all elements.
In addition, when you factor in emerging cloud trends, the ability to deliver voice and video applications over any device becomes even more critical—not to mention complex from a management standpoint.

Today we’re adding more powerful capabilities to the Borderless Network Architecture to help IT administrators ensure success. Three new major solutions for Borderless Networks help make the network architecture work seamlessly, reliably, and securely to address growing trends and expectations.

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