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!
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.
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.
C’mon…didn’t you guys just do an IPv6 show back in 2007? Yes, and although many others have covered this ad-nauseum…(and we don’t run ads…) we thought it was high time we covered it TechWiseTV style…which means we got the details.
Specifically, we did not want to focus on big numbers or sky is falling stuff – its been done. We wanted to cover the actual reality of implementation.
If scare tactics still get you going…you know we have now officially run out of IPv4 addresses so I do think this topic has a new feeling of urgency.
The time for making educated decisions on your IPv6 migration can no longer be put off. Much has been learned about how to do this right and this one is all about asking the right questions and providing the right guidance.
Questions with the potential for long-term impact like:
Five fiscal years ago, only 3 individuals remained as months of interviews and screen tests concluded. None of us really knew what we were in for but it sounded interesting for sure. I had been in the sales field originally hired as an account manager, survived the job cuts of 2000 by re-casting myself as a security expert and became the first Security PSS of the South. I thought I was applying for a role in Cisco’s Speakers Bureau.
In August of 2006, Felicia Ferranti reached to introduce herself as the subject matter expert for our Unified Communications show. Felicia had been killing it as a sales rep in Los Angeles and she fit the profile for what TechWiseTV was chartered with: To scale the best messaging on the broadest reach platform.
Our trio was rounded out by a non-Cisco engineer we had not met right away. We were already hearing rumbling of his expertise as you could tell even in the final interview rounds if someone had already talked to him…the questions got a lot harder. We stole Jimmy Ray from HP where he was very well known as the engineer you wanted on your deals – did not matter what the tool or the technology was. He was (and is) the smartest, humblest, passionate SE you could find.
It was an incredibly confusing, tiring start to what is now, still tiring, but much more definable and certainly rewarding. Many people played a part in the early years and remain rooted as lynch pins in our history.