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Ten Tips to Put Your Cisco Network on a Healthy Footing in the New Year

CiscoNetworkNY_400x265“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us,” reflected Hal Borland, a renowned American author and journalist. As we enter 2016 it is pragmatism that matters most to network professionals. How can you address risks from as yet unknown threats? Free up time from routine network maintenance and redirect it to strategic IT tasks? Assure that your infrastructure doesn’t suffer from the use of obsolete or aging equipment? Expedite problem resolution when network issues can’t be avoided?

Here you’ll find practical answers to these and other critical questions about streamlining your network installed base management. Not all the tips originate with me. Customers shared several, while others come from years of Cisco experience in optimizing the network experience.

As more enterprises move toward digital transformation there is no better time than now to make sure your network is fit for the future. January is the month when health club memberships spike as people commit themselves to a healthier lifestyle. Why not take the opportunity to use the list below to ensure your own network’s fitness (without even leaving your desk)? Read More »

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Quick Tips for Tracking Alerts

It’s no secret, networks, in general, are more challenging to manage than before.

As networks increase in complexity to embrace new business innovations, they may require more supporting devices, which, in turn, can result in even more alerts to manage.

If you’re a network manager or security officer, what are you going to do?

At Quintiles, they started using Smart Net Total Care to identify devices that might have security vulnerabilities. In the centralized portal, their IT team could easily access information on each type of alert, which is displayed by category or device and contains summary information with a link to the actual alert on Cisco.com.

“In the past, our security team would receive a notification and need detailed data from us to determine our level of risk,” says Wil Bolton, senior network systems engineer for Quintiles. “Now we can be proactive, because we can check the portal and know immediately. We have already completed some critical upgrades based on PSIRT information and can be confident that we are aware of a potential vulnerability.”

So, how are you going to quickly identify risks and network vulnerabilities? How will you reduce time chasing irrelevant alerts, so you have more time to focus on projects you care about?  Read More »

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How Cisco IT is Moving to Integrated Network Management

Do you recognize this situation? The network is growing and becoming more complex, but it is managed by a collection of narrowly focused management tools that can’t keep up.

This is the situation we faced in Cisco IT. Our previous network management systems were a mixed bag: A few Cisco products here, a few third-party products there, along with many homegrown scripts for “special” network elements and management tasks. Read More »

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Cisco Active Advisor – Network Maintenance and Improvement Made Easy

Who doesn’t enjoy a vacation? And not just one day, but – four!

What if there were a cloud service that saved you so much time, you could actually send all of London’s working population on a 4-day vacation?

Well, that’s exactly what Cisco Active Advisor does – save you time and money so you can do just that! Read Pradeep’s post to find out how – Introducing Cisco Active Advisor – A Free Cisco Tool for Your Network.

But more on that later… Read More »

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International Security Demands 100% Network Uptime

Nuclear security is a high priority international threat today. The Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) 2014 took place in The Hague, the Netherlands, following the summits in Washington D.C (2010) and Seoul (2012).

NSS 2014

Network Requirements:

An event of this magnitude required nothing but the best network solution. The venue had existing small networks across 5 buildings and 4 tents. They decided to disable the existing networks and setup a comprehensive Cisco network solution exclusively for this event. The major requirements were: Read More »

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