It seems that every time I talk to customers and partners lately they want to know more about Smart Business Architectures.
I think we all agree that Networking has become quite complicated these days with many choices to be made. Since most organizations rely on the network for every aspect of their business today, they need to provide an infrastructure that allows for anytime, anywhere, anything and anyone connectivity in a secure, reliable, and seamless fashion.
Poor choices can be extremely costly, and I’ve seen recent examples of customers having deployed the wrong technology (like GPON in a Campus environment) only to find that they were unable to provide the necessary Network services to support the applications that their customers demand. This is not good for one’s career, nor the organizations budget when a forklift replacement of the network must be done.
Building and maintaining a network is complicated problem that can only be addressed properly with “a plan” or in network terminology, an “Architecture”.
The good news is that you don’t have to start from scratch. Cisco has already done much of the baseline work for you with a number of very well written documents on the Smart Business Architecture (SBA) site. Cisco has made a healthy investment in SBA to ensure our customers and partners are successful.
The SBA guides are very prescriptive and based on use cases from customers and partners and have been assembled and tested in our lab. The target level of expertise is the CCNA/CCNP level engineer so you don’t have to keep a staff of CCIE’s to run your network, especially in the mid-size business environment where this is not a very cost effective approach.
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I’ve been in the wireless industry a long time. Like a really long time, ie., twenty years or so. Hard for me to believe, but there it is. It’s been a heck of a great ride for me and my family. One of the most memorable experiences I had was to spend half of a day discussing the relationship between string theory and wireless propagation with a small group of physicists.
That discussion has continued on in one form or another for some years now. Though I don’t engineer many wireless systems these days, I still enjoy a hearty discussion on RF theory about as much as I ever did. One of the current threads in that discussion pertains to complex adaptive systems (CAS). The ultimate complex adaptive system is the human brain. Definitely recommend you read an incredible book called, “The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr which illuminates how our brains are affected by the time we spend online. Fascinating.
There’s an old saying, “Good, Fast, or Cheap - Pick Any Two” that I’ve liked for years. It still generally holds true for those of us who can work with our hands. When I'm not helping Cisco expand its wireless universe, I like to work with my hands.
I’m actually pretty good at it, I’ve installed hardwood, tile, and marble floors and showers in our house, recently remodeled one of our bathrooms after ripping the previous one out right down to the studs and concrete pad. I can build a pretty mean V8 engine, and most things you’d see in a house or small business by hand.
The problem is I’m slow. Really slow. Like, measure three times before I cut once kind of slow. I doubt I’d last even a week as a professional contractor because of this. So, the tag line “Good, Fast, or Cheap” applies pretty well to me.