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Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series FIPS 140-2 Validated!

May 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm PST

The Global Certification team is delighted to announce that the Cisco Catalyst 6500 has been awarded FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Certification.Certificate  #1717!

The certification covers the following:  Cisco Catalyst 6506-E [1], Catalyst 6509-E [2] and Catalyst 6513-E [3] Switches with Supervisor Cards (VS-S2T-10G or VS-S2T-10G-XL) and Line Cards (WS-X6908-10G or WS-X6908-10G-2TXL)

  • (Hardware Version: 6506-E -M0 [1], 6509-E -N0 [2], 6513-E -S0 [3], Supervisor Card VS-S2T-10G -B0, Supervisor Card VS-S2T-10G-XL -C0, Line Card WS-X6908-10G -A0, Line Card WS-X6908-10G-2TXL version -B0 and FIPS kit packaging (CVPN6500FIPS/KIT=); Firmware Version: 15.0(1)SY1)

Efficiently scale, virtualize, secure, and manage your network remotely with Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches. Offering a high-performance, feature-rich platform suitable for deployment in campus, data center, WAN, and Metro Ethernet networks, the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series provides a strong foundation for Borderless Networks, so you can connect anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Learn more about the Catalyst 6500 Series on Cisco.com!

FIPS-140 is a US and Canadian government standard that specifies security requirements for cryptographic modules. A cryptographic module is defined as “the set of hardware, software, and/or firmware that implements approved security functions (including cryptographic algorithms and key generation) and is contained within the cryptographic boundary.” The cryptographic module is what is being validated.

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The Cloud Networking Landscape – Survey Results From over 1300 Networkers [INFOGRAPHIC]

 The 2012 Cisco Global Cloud Networking Survey, which includes participants from more than 1,300 IT decision makers in 13 countries, was commissioned to measure the adoption of cloud services by IT professionals globally, while examining potential challenges to their cloud migrations.  Below, we take a deeper look at some of the positive, negative, and strange aspects to come out of the survey.

On the positive side, 73% of respondents felt they have enough information to begin their private or public cloud deployments. This leaves 27% who claim to feel more knowledgeable about how to play Angry Birds than the steps needed to migrate their company to the cloud. While Angry Birds is a fun game to play, this wan’t the strangest result from this research. Read More »

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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes IRIS Innovation: The Future of Satellite-Based Communication

Over the last decade, commercial satellite technology has evolved to
 consistently provide communications for emergency response, disaster recovery, military and commercial applications.

Cisco’s Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) solution is revolutionizing the satellite communication industry by bringing the networking capabilities of Cisco IOS Software to space.

Based on growth, innovation and market leadership, Frost & Sullivan has presented the 2012 Global Technology Innovation Award in the Global Satellite Transponder Market to Cisco. The Technology Innovation Award is a prestigious recognition of Cisco’s accomplishments in the satellite industry.

According to Frost & Sullivan, “Cisco’s IRIS solution allows satellite operators to better compete in the greater communications industry landscape by offering standardized IP protocols to the satellite market.”

While Cisco offers Advanced Services to
 assist customers with network planning, optimization and operations, Cisco is not a service provider that provisions communication
 services for end users. Cisco has transitioned operations for
 production service of the IRIS capabilities on
board the Intelsat IS-14 satellite to TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. TCS provides OS-IRIS
 managed satellite services for government and commercial customer use, allowing organizations to reach multiple continents from a single connection to TCS’ network infrastructure.

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Why Hybrid Clouds Look Like my Grandma’s Network?

Do you think hybrid clouds look like your granny’s network too? Well, that may be extreme, but there is no doubt that hybrid clouds are networked in ways we saw things connected a decade back. Consider a recent example I came across while discussing cloud adoption at a large global enterprise headquartered in the US. Their Asia office wanted to deploy a regional application for local use. It was impractical to deploy it at one of the two large data centers in the US since user experience would be sub-optimal due to latency issues. Hence they chose a local cloud provider to host the application. Sort of a hybrid cloud situation. So what? Read More »

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The Next-Gen Collaborator: Ready for a Mobile Workplace

Today, we’re featuring a guest post from Eric Schoch, senior director for hosted collaboration  in Cisco’s Collaboration organization. Eric is responsible for hosted and “as a service” solutions, strategic pricing and licensing, and business development.

There is simply no denying the increasing importance of being connected. Generation Y in particular, who grew up with mobile devices affixed almost permanently to their hands, views connectivity as one of life’s fundamental resources.

The newest addition to the workforce considers their mobile devices as an essential workplace tool to managing their workload and connecting with their colleagues on the go. While sitting in a meeting or having lunch in the break room, you can almost visualize the text bubbles hovering over crowds of this generation of workers as fingers hammer away at phones and tablets, eyes glued to the shiny screens in their hands. BYOD

But this trend goes far beyond lunch hours and happy hours. As proven by Chapter Two of the 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report, the next-generation workforce is demanding flexibility in their choice of devices in both the workplace and remote-work options, illustrating the importance of the Internet in workforce culture. Social media freedom, device flexibility, and work mobility, in the case of 30% of the study’s respondents, are more important when accepting a job than a higher salary.

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