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Getting to the Nuts and Bolts of Migrating to the Cloud

Once your organization has made the decision to move into the cloud what are the next steps? Making the decision can turn out to be the easy part, but turning your strategy and vision into reality can become a daunting task if you are not prepared. Purchasing a new SaaS application can be as simple as entering your credit card information and clicking on download. Delivering applications to your users from the Cloud poses a different set of challenges.

In my last blog post I talked about some of the key considerations you should make when moving workloads into the cloud. This month I am preparing for a webinar hosted by Cisco CSR1000V technical marketing engineers that will do a deep technical dive into each of those considerations with the goal of helping you to prepare for your migration. Some of the technical aspects we will discuss include how to handle IP addressing, security policies, redundancy for disaster recovery and much more. We will also go over a customer use case so you can learn from your peers. Read More »

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Using the Internet for Your Enterprise WAN

Internet for your Enterprise WANYou want to do what?

Enterprise networks are special.  They require bomb-proof design, micro-second convergence and service-level agreements so good that the WAN will only be down for half a second every year scheduled six weeks ahead of time for midnight over a holiday weekend.  That’s what we’re taught from the time we’re young Network Engineers sitting on our parents’ knees.  An Enterprise network is something special they taught us.  We should never consider running our mission-critical traffic over the dirty, unreliable Internet!  Such talk would be blasphemy akin to looking for a date at a funeral.  It might work for some, but our network is special and must be treated that way.

So what is all of this talk then, coming from Cisco no less, of using Internet links to run an Enterprise-class network?  Cisco recently introduced the Intelligent WAN (IWAN) solution that promotes exactly this sort of “illicit” behavior.  So what’s changed?

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Designing the Next Generation Branch for Business Impact

register for webinarsThere is no denying the changing role of IT. The traditional govern and build approach is too slow for the new world of cloud and mobile computing.  IT departments, who once carefully metered out which services they would offer and how they would be delivered, are now being led by a completely new set of drivers.

The model has been upended: employees and customers now decide by proxy what they want and it falls upon IT to scramble and deliver it instantly.  These days the face of the technologist is your average high school student, retail shopper, hotel guest, hospital patient, and even branch office employee.   This “consumerization of IT” has transformed these beings into powerful, roaming, high-octane data seekers assuming connectivity at all times. In essence, they expect access to any application on any device from anywhere with a high quality experience. Read More »

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3 Myths of the Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000v

The Cloud Services Router 1000V continues to gain momentum as the virtualized routing and VPN platform for securely connecting your users and branch offices to the cloud. There are a number of public cloud providers offering different levels of functionality at different prices and selecting the right one that meets your needs can be a daunting task. After all, you are placing your most valuable asset, your IT services, in the hands of a third party so selecting the right one is almost like selecting a nanny for your child. Do you go with someone new and dynamic or someone who is more experienced with a good reputation? Beyond selecting a cloud provider you need to think about how to integrate the cloud with your existing network. Some of the questions to consider: Read More »

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Inside the Branch: UCS E-series 101

Recently, I was chatting with Hugo Vliegen, Director of Technical marketing, Enterprise Networks, and he was telling me all of the questions he had been getting from customers about the Cisco UCS E-Series.  Questions such as:

  • What’s this rumor I’ve heard that Cisco has a server that sits on a branch router?
  • You’re telling me the UCS E-Series is enterprise-class? What does that even mean?
  • What’s new on the Cisco ISR series?

So I suggested we do an interview series with Hugo – something short and fun where he could get the Cisco experts on the record and help our customers learn a little more about the UCS E-Series. Read More »

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