The ongoing trend towards consolidating branch infrastructure started with consolidating services like firewall and VPN into your branch router. Next came server consolidation and virtualization using modules like the UCS E-Series for the ISR G2. All bring the benefits of lowering total cost of ownership, maintenance costs and reducing network complexity in the branch.
One of the great things about working for Cisco is that we get to see the full spectrum of customer requirements. The next trend that I am seeing is customers asking about how to integrate standalone switches into a branch router without compromising on security or performance. Read More »
Tags: branch infrastructure, gigabit ethernet, router, SM-X L2/L3 EtherSwitch
Two Companies Agree to Improve Application Delivery Over the Internet and Hybrid WANs
Today, Cisco and Akamai announced plans to work together to deliver the world’s first integrated Application Optimization solution for hybrid WANs, leveraging the Internet as a fast, reliable, and secure WAN option. The anticipated solution would leverage the most widely deployed enterprise router: the Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR), and Akamai’s new Unified Performance solution. We believe this collaboration will come as a pleasant surprise for Network and Application IT teams, who can appreciate the value in combining two great things that work even better together, while dramatically lowering their operational expenses.
First, let me explain what Akamai Unified Performance offers. As a proven leader in content delivery over the Internet, Akamai is now providing a new set of caching, and bandwidth optimization technologies to enable high-quality online experiences within “brick and mortar” locations. It basically brings Akamai’s world-class performance and optimization technology into the branch office. With Akamai Unified Performance, retailers and enterprises can engage customers and employees in new, more immersive experiences through digital media, while alleviating the burden of more traffic over the wide-area network (WAN).
[EDITOR NOTE 11/13/13: The Cisco communities where you'd normally register for webinars are undergoing an update. You can still register for the Nov 20 and Dec 11 webinars]
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Tags: Cisco and Akamai, Cisco iWAN, ISR, router
Interop New York kicks off today at the Jacob Javits Center. Here’s the short list of what’s coming in the next few days:
Tech Field Day Round Table
Catch the tech deep dive on Cisco enterprise networking and wireless technologies on Tuesday October 1 at 10am EST. http://techfieldday.com/event/riny13/
Mobility & BYOD Workshop
I’ll be live tweeting from the Mobility & BYOD Workshop on Tuesday October 1. Catch the latest from @Cisco_Mobility
See John Chambers speak on the future of networking and the opportunity created by the Internet of Everything, live from the keynote stage on Wednesday October 2nd from 9:00 -- 11:00 AM EST. http://www.interop.com/newyork/conference/keynote.php
Unified Access Momentum Launch Event
On Thursday October 3 from 1-2pm EST, we will introduce Cisco’s lateest business-changing network innovations. We will unveil new products and solutions that enable you to expand business applications to more places with Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences. Space is limited and registration is required.
If you are not going to the show, we will also be broadcasting it live.
Cisco Booth #409
Join us for demos, theater sessions, and Meet the Expert! We’ll be keeping updates on Twitter via @Cisco_Mobility
Tags: access point, Cisco, interop, john chambers, network, networking, router, switch, wireless
#GameChanger is the one word we used to describe the new branch router: ISR 4451-X. We said it was designed from the ground up with rich services and application delivery in mind. How did we do that? Two words: Service Containers.
Service Containers are embedded into the router hardware itself, making it easy for you to manage and operate network services and applications. Services and applications are protected within each container, making it possible for each service to perform at the level that you need to, but also gives you the flexibility as its embedded nature entails. And since these containers can talk to each other even if they are on a separate device, you get high availability for your branch automatically. Read More »
Tags: application experience, enterprise networks, ISR, ISR G2, router, service containers
Many branch offices rely on Cisco ISR G2 (Integrated Services Router, Gen 2) as their IT platform. This router series delivers highly secure data, voice, video, and application services through a modular design. This turns the router into a platform for WAN Optimization (through Cisco WAAS) and Application Visibility and Control, among other services.
When companies need to add a server into the mix at their branch, Cisco’s UCS E-Series is an obvious choice. You basically have a server blade that can be inserted right into your router. The E-Series is especially great for multisite organizations that have centralized IT but still need to host applications locally at their branch office. This need can come from performance requirements, survivability, or compliance, for example. Read More »
Tags: branch office, Cisco, ISR G2, router, SQL Server, StorMagic, UCS-E Series, webinar