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Do You Know the Fundamentals of WAN Optimization?

“Remember the days of measuring bandwidth by the Baud?1

The awesome guys at TechwiseTV just made a really fun videoWatch the video to see "What the heck is this?" on understanding the Fundamentals of WAAS (Wide Area Application Services), Cisco’s WAN Optimization technology. They start off with the basics – what you need to think about for WAN Optimization – and finish up with where the technology is going.

“Hold onto your keyboards because this is where it really gets cool.”

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TechWiseTV Workshop: Unleash the Power in Your Network with UPOE

October 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm PST

Visit Cisco Live Virtual on Wednesday, October 12th at 10am Pacific to view the live TechWiseTV Workshop “Unleash the Power in Your Network with UPOE”. Join Cisco’s TechWiseTV Chief Geek Jimmy Ray Purser as he hosts one of our favorite guests Nikhil Sharma, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer, and a panel of Universal Power Over Ethernet experts. We’ll dive into what UPOE is and is not, go through the CDP and LLDP TLV’s to see how power is delivered, and look at various design innovations the 60W enables on the network. Ready to get rid of all those cables on your users desktops? Join us in the UPOE revolution! Bring your questions for live Q&A. Access is free. Attendees to Cisco Live Virtual can access over 1,600 keynotes, super sessions and technical sessions, as well as network with peers, visit our World of Solutions, and play games.

Date: Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET / 17:00 GMT
Register and calendar reminder: http://bit.ly/CLtwTV

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Universal Power over Ethernet

October 6, 2011 at 8:47 am PST

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UPOE, or Universal Power over Ethernet, is the latest innovation from Cisco with broad, positive implications for many enterprise operations. We are not new at this. Cisco has been pushing the standards since 2000 for the incorporation of electrical power running on the same cable as data.

UPOE is a big milestone as we can now consolidate 60 watts on a single CAT5E cable.   The flexibility that this enables cannot be overstated. Multiple third party vendors are jumping into the ecosystem here as dynamic environments using Virtual Desktops with integrated monitors, IP Turret systems for trading floors, not to mention building management, physical security and host of networking devices such as AP’s and compact switches that are often installed in very obscure locations.

The Catalyst 4500E is the initial beneficiary of this industry first for Cisco and this episode of TechWiseTV covers not just the use case and deployment examples as we go hands on with the big switch, but also a unique deep dive into understanding just how this works. A full appreciation for the engineering talent behind this innovation is warranted on this one when we go beyond the power negotiation and get into the physics of heat dissipation and other hurdles that had to be overcome. It’s the action packed TechWiseTV you have come to expect!

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PCI Compliance Made Simple

September 22, 2011 at 10:16 am PST

ID Please?

Many have argued that the PCI DSS, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard is too complex to be realistic in a real-world environment. Cisco takes the opposite stance maintaining that the principles and security standards contained within the documentation should actually be considered a minimum. The true challenge being not in the implementation but in the ongoing management -- the maintenance if you will.

This show promises to layout a simplified view of the standard with real-world, practical advice where anyone can find exactly how they would apply their unique situation. We have pulled out all the stops with our story-telling and top notch guests as we have members of the standards board, networking experts and certifies QSA auditors joining us.

PCI. It’s not just for Breakfast

It’s amazing how many networks fall into the “compliance required” category.  For PCI it only takes one credit card transaction to be at risk…but rather than focus on the negativity of the required audit – this topic and the maturity of the standard is actually good for ANYONE interested in protecting their data.  You may have the typically binary response as to whether this show applies to you…but I think you need to give it a go.  You may be surprised….the show and the Shownotes are after the jump.

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Hands on with the Identify Services Engine

September 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm PST

It is so critical that we make it easier for people to get on and off the network in a secure fashion. Cisco has made incredible strides merging access control platforms that have done well over the years yet still required heavier configuration and/or manual intervention.   Not any longer…The Cisco Identity Services Engine or ISE, is a game changer that has already been well received by the market and yet just keeps improving.

We featured the ISE in one of our Fundamentals animations but felt like even more could be done, especially in light of new wireless only pricing recently rolled out. This is a great step forward for a business looking to make incremental steps potentially starting now in an area that is always in need of improvement, guest access.

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