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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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Cisco Product Quick Reference Guide

March 15, 2013 at 5:32 am PST

The 2013 Cisco Product Quick Reference Guide is now shipping, and you can order it right now on Cisco.com.

The 2013 guide provides an overview of the many Cisco products, services, and solutions for every part of your business. It’s all you need in one portable guide:  An easy-to-use reference that includes chapters on routing, switching, wireless, collaboration, security, data center, video and broadband cable, optical networking, network management, and much more.  Time-saving features include specifications, part numbers, and ordering information.

You can purchase your hard copy now at cisco.com/go/guide, and a super-convenient mobile app is coming soon.

 

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Deploying onePK Applications

This post expands on my previous posts about what makes onePK better, and the onePK software architecture. Here I focus on the application deployment options onePK makes available.

The deployment options are summarized in the diagram below.

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Process hosting means that the onePK application is running within a container on the same hardware as the network operating system (NOS). Read More »

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Cisco NRF 2013 – Preview of Store-in-a-Box – Cisco Lean Retail Approach Demonstration

This is our sixth preview of what Cisco will be showcasing at the 102nd National Retail Federation Convention and Expo on January 14 and 15, 2013 in New York City.

Today’s retail stores need be more technology enabled than ever before supporting new generation of shoppers that expect a convergence of physical and digital experiences.  Today’s retail information technology teams need to enable mobility, cloud computing and video technologies to create a create a compelling shopping environment.

In our store in a box demonstration, we will demonstrate how Cisco can help you consolidate in-store servers to increases business agility and reduce operating costs. In our simulated in-store environment, we will demonstrate how we can support in a single chassis: routing, switching, a virtualized point-of-sale application on unified computing, unified workspace for store reporting, physical security with video surveillance and in store wireless access.

With this lean and agile platform, retailers can support today and tomorrow’s technology needs in a cost effective manner.

Please watch this video about the Store-in-a-Box demonstration and then mark your calendar to join us at Cisco Booth #252 at NRF 2013.

I look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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Why You’ll Want LISP Routing – Part 2

November 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm PST

So, lets dig into LISP Routing a little more.  If you have not done so, I would recommend you read my first post, since I am not going to review the concepts here. In this post, I am going to break things down into three steps: 1) how packets are forwarded (i.e. the data plane operation), 2) how mapping information is propagated (i.e. control plane operation), and 3) how we internetwork with non-LISP locations.

For starters, lets head into the weeds and take a look at the LISP header format.  In the last post, I mentioned there is some flexibility in how handles IP addressing.  The two examples below show a couple of scenarios: pure IPv4 and a IPv4/IPv6 hybrid:

 

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