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Introducing An Entirely New Direction in Branch Offices

Introducing 4451-X Frickin Awesome 400Thinking about remote site networks in a totally new way.

This week Cisco announced a new member of the Integrated Services Router family.  The ISR 4451-X might not seem that unique at first glance.  Here’s Cisco releasing another new router that adds to their already extensive branch router portfolio – the ISR G2.  However, the newest ISR really is a #GameChanger when it comes to building a modern, future-proof network designed with business critical applications in mind.

That isn’t just marketing fluff in this case.  The ISR 4451-X was designed from the ground up with rich network services and application delivery in mind.  It really is the first platform conceived and built from the very beginning with a laser focus on application experience in a remote branch office.  Maybe we even need a new name because in some ways it really is changing what it means to be a “router.”

The Concept

When we started thinking about designing a new high-end branch router, several things were happening simultaneously with our large Enterprise customers.  First, the role of applications was changing in the network.  With modern business-critical applications being delivered across the wide-area network are now critical for keeping the front doors open, the network is now more critical than ever to businesses of all types. Read More »

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Right-Sizing Network Solutions for Small Businesses

This is a guest blog post from Cisco Product Manager Marc Nagao. Marc has spent close to two decades in high tech, with a mix of storage, managed services and of course networking. He is currently managing the Small Business RV Series Routers.

Network connectivity is a pretty big concern for any business, let alone a small, growing business. How many small business owners do you know that have turned to IT-savvy Cousin Jimmy for help, or called a “computer expert” they found on Yelp, or tried to find the right network solutions doing only a few quick Google searches? Picking the right network solution can be a daunting task.

But that’s where right sizing a small business’ networking solution comes into play – it saves money now and saves more money in the future. Small businesses have the benefit of being nimble; a successful, single-person business can very quickly transform into a multiple-person small business, with an office and a warehouse and a dozen or even a few dozen folks. But that business’ network connectivity solution doesn’t seem to move as quickly. A consumer wireless router could probably do the job for a single person home office adequately. But for a business looking to use its network for more than just accessing the Internet, the choice is not so obvious.

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Bridging the App Gap with ISR-AX

A few weeks ago, I went to Tokyo for the first time. I wanted to try the various cuisines this city had to offer.  After all, it is the city with the most Michelin star restaurants AN30169in the world.  For recommendations, I turned to my trusted sources: friends, family and the Internet.   I was able to gather tons of information on which restaurant to go to and items to try out from the menu.  Nothing says more authentic than a testimony of someone who experienced it.

So instead of repeating ourselves about how great the new application delivery platform from Cisco is, we decided to let you hear the story from your peers. Cisco ISR-AX is based on the industry leading ISR G2 with all the application services you need in the branch including Application Visibility and Control (AVC), WAN optimization (WAAS), and security. As customers centralize applications to the Data Center and Cloud, the gap between the users and the information they need is widening.  It directly impacts employee productivity and for some companies, their customer experience.

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Cisco @ Interop – It is All about Solutions that Solve Problems

Usually at shows like Interop Las Vegas 2013, attendees wander around the show floor looking at all the new products that are coming out from vendors. Now it is always exciting to see the latest and greatest technology coming out, but very often there is so much information to consume it is difficult to envision how these new products will solve problems that IT organizations are facing today.

Cisco is taking a different approach at Interop this year. In the Cisco booth there are a number of demo stations including the traditional new product demos, ask the experts stations, trivia games and many more, but in addition there are two unique demos the “Your NOC Your Way” Demo and the Unified Access Experience Demo that take a solution perspective to addressing top IT concerns.

1. The “Your NOC Your Way” Demo

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This unique demo focuses on how Cisco solutions can aid in addressing the top concerns of network operations managers. Read More »

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Application Experience at CA World 2013 Las Vegas

Ciscos Approach One Network with Unified ServicesLast month, Cisco announced ISR-AX. This new application delivery platform provides granular application visibility, control and optimization, integrated in a single box.  ISR-AX helps customers enhance end-user productivity, lower WAN bandwidth costs and simplify IT.

In discussing this new role of the router, application performance management becomes a key component.  ISR-AX and AVC (Application Visibility and Control) offers an open platform where we share the network intelligence gathered by Cisco routers with third party tools.  CA Technologies and Cisco have been working together towards supporting our mutual customers’ needs for Application and Network Performance Management (APM and NPM) and ensure that users get the highest quality of application experience from anywhere. Read More »

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