By Igor Dayen, SP Product and Solutions Marketing
When I look at the sky, I see an infinite number of stars. It is a moment of inspiration when I gaze at the sky in hope of spotting something miraculous. Looking at the Telecom industry and its new innovations, I feel the same. A new star is rising almost every day. Well … to find Cisco innovations and its stars look no further: the Service provider booth at Cisco Live Milan 2015 is bringing everything that you every wished to see under the stardom of the service provider. Please let me take you through the “starlog” of innovations and demos that will be available for you to engage in and learn about how they advance your business.
Stardate 2015. You may know that the Cisco NVI forecast predicts significant traffic growth and Moore’s Law has never failed us. Therefore Cisco’s service provider strategy is to stay ahead of the curve and deliver SP solutions to Read More »
Tags: asr 9000, autonomic networking, cisco live, Cisco Live Milan, Cloud VPN, convergence, Core Networks, epn, esp, evolved programmable network, evolved services platform, IP and Optical, NCS 2000, NCS 4000, NCS 6000, network function virtualization, NFV, nV technology, open network architecture, Optical Networks, QvBN, QvPC, SDN, segment routing, Service Provider, Service Provider Strategy, software defined networks, SP, SP Strategy, virtualization, virtualized managed services, vMS
Co-Authored by Ian Hood, Senior Manager, Service Provider Architecture & Dan Kurschner, Senior Manager, Service Provider Mobility
Business Challenge: Everything Goes Mobile
The dynamic state of the business of service providers is quite apparent these days, and perhaps this is most evident for the mobility providers as everyone and everything goes mobile. All of their consumers, be they individual or business, are clamoring for new capabilities that can automate their business and simplify their lives. In addition there is a new class (or breed) of consumer – “Things”. Whether it is the connected car, city, bus, or kitchen appliances, “Things” are increasingly using the mobile network. Many of these new services and applications are readily available from “Over the Top” (OTT) providers that do not necessarily have any network upon which to deliver them. The OTT business model is designed for service creation agility, leaving it up to the operators to provide network access, quality of experience, and service assurance while managing the exploding demands for bandwidth and spectrum. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, cisco esp, Cisco Evolved Services Platform, cloud, evolved programmable network, internet of things, IoT, Quantum vPC, Service Provider, software defined networks
The news of high-profile targeted data center attacks has dominated security news recently. But data center attacks are even more prevalent than those headlines suggest. In fact, a survey conducted last summer by Network World suggests that 67 percent of data center administrators experienced downtime due to malware and related attacks in the previous 12 months.
A key challenge is that many of today’s security solutions are simply not designed for the data center, with limitations in both provisioning and performance. The situation will likely get worse before it gets better as data center traffic grows exponentially and data centers migrate from physical, to virtual, to next-generation environments like Software-Defined Networks (SDN) and Application Centric Infrastructures (ACI).
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Tags: #CLUS14, ACI, Adaptive Virtual Security Appliance, application centric infrastructure, ASAv, Cisco Validated Design, CVD, cybersecurity, malware, SDN, security, software defined networks
I consider myself to be a reasonably intelligent individual. Well, perhaps “reasonably” is a debatable term; just ask my friends. Or my wife. (Then again, don’t ask my wife.)
Reasonable or not, though, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around what all this “software defined” stuff is supposed to mean, and I have to confess it’s been a bit circular: it’s almost as if you have to already know the information you’re trying to learn.
So where are the Napkin Dialogues written for people like me? Is everyone a super-genius programmer-cum-networker-cum-programmer and I just missed the boat? People are throwing around these “Open” terms left and right (e.g., OpenStack, OpenFlow, OpenDaylight, etc.) as if it’s an “open” and shut case.
Well shut. The. Front. Door. I’m going to have to be on the receiving end of my own napkin then. For me, it’s been feeling like I’ve been dropped into the middle of a maze with the lights turned off.
[Screenshot of "Dark Maze" game by Zomg Games Studio]
Yeah, kinda like that.
If you already ‘get’ this stuff, feel free to help a poor storage networking guy along in his journey, because I already know this iceberg goes all the way down.
To someone who is familiar with tried-and-true Data Center designs, I’m just having a hard time getting my head wrapped around 1) getting from here to there, and 2) just where there is! Read More »
Tags: Cisco Nexus Switches, opendaylight, OpenFlow, OpenStack, OpFlex, software defined networks
A subject very close to my heart at the moment is what skills I will need to have in order to support the Next Generation of Software Defined and Application Centric networks.
It is of no surprise that Networking like most other towers in IT has embraced abstraction as the way forward to provide levels of flexibility and agility never before seen in the Network.
What is perhaps a bit of a surprise, is the speed in which these new concepts are being developed and deployed. It seems like only last year terms like SDN were still viewed as “Way down the line” technologies. But here we are at the start of Q2 2014 and it seems like if you don’t already have an SDN plan you’re already behind.
So what skills will we need in order to design, support and deploy these new networks? Read More »
Tags: #ciscochampion, ACI, CLI, network engineer, Nexus 9000, software defined networks