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Cisco Advances Networking to Tackle Most Challenging IT Tasks: Secure Access for Any Device, Unified Management, High-Quality Video Anywhere

Furthering its leadership in networking, last week Cisco introduced new security,  management, and video solutions to its Borderless Networks portfolio to help information technology departments more efficiently manage the proliferation of mobile devices, ongoing changes in workforce habits, and the impact of video on the network.

The innovations include:

– Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) for policy management
– Cisco Prime for Enterprise to help organizations more effectively manage their network and network services
– Cisco Medianet and video conferencing to optimize video delivery.  Highlighting Cisco’s commitment to on-going innovation in its core technologies, this announcement included details of integrated video conferencing on the ISR G2.

To get an update on the full announcement, please watch this short video featuring Marie Hattar, VP of Borderless Networks Marketing and Ross Fowler, VP of Borderless Networks Sales here.

For the full press release, please click here.

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Webcast Recap: Debunking the Myth of the Good Enough Network

How will the explosion of mobile devices, security threats, video, and cloud effect how customers build their networks?

What are the pitfalls to taking a tactical (or good enough) approach to networking?

And why is good not good enough for enterprise networks?

These were among the questions tackled when Cisco’s Rob Lloyd, EVP of Worldwide Operations, and Mike Rau, VP and CTO, Borderless Networks, hosted a 45-minute webcast to debunk the Myth of the “Good Enough” Network. Along with Bob Cagnazzi, CEO of BlueWater Communications, Rob and Mike discussed:

• IT industry trends driving the evolution of the network
• Common misperceptions about taking a “good enough” approach to networking
• Real world benefits of investing in the network as a strategic asset and innovation engine

What are the seven myths of the Good Enough Network? Tune in to the replay of the webcast to find out!

Related Links
• White Paper: When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough
• Video: NetNoGo Video
• Blog: Seven Myths of the Good Enough Network

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Webcast Recap: Seven Myths of the “Good Enough” Network and Other Urban Legends

We’ve all heard some pretty outrageous myths and urban legends. You know, your mom probably warned you that if you swallow chewing gum, it will remain undigested in your gut for seven years.

Or did you hear that penguins will fall on their backs trying to see airplanes flying overhead?

And, finally, you may have heard that a “good enough” network will work just fine for video, voice, and mission-critical applications.

The truth is, none of these myths is true.

And there was some major mythbusting going on yesterday during the “Debunking the Myth of the Good Enough Network” webcast.

Bob Cagnazzi, CEO of BlueWater Communications Group (Cisco Master Partner); Rob Lloyd, Cisco’s EVP of Worldwide Operations; and Mike Rau, Cisco’s VP and CTO of Borderless Networks helped to debunk the seven most misleading myths of the “good enough” network. They talked about the dreaded Single Purpose Myth, the horrific Security as a Bolt On Myth, and the scary Application and Endpoint Ignorant Myth, just to name a few.

After he debunked those myths, Mike then provided key questions for our partners to ask their customers to find out if their network is ready.

Ready for what? Read More »

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Performance Monitoring with Plixer’s Scrutinizer 8.5

In a previous blog, we discussed medianet performance monitor and how it can provide greater confidence within the network with its ability to analyze voice, video and data traffic and report on loss, latency and jitter.

Plixer International delivers a complementary solution that supports the medianet performance monitor feature through the medianet Cisco Developer Network  (CDN) program. CDN for medianet systems management offers application programming interfaces (APIs) and documentation to enable network and application management vendors to support enterprise medianet features that offer customers a range of management and operation solutions.

On March 29, Plixer’s Scrutinizer NetFlow Analyzer version 8.5 successfully completed interoperability testing with Medianet 2.2 (press announcement). Scrutinizer provides detailed reports including the medianet performance monitoring statistics (round trip time, jitter, packet loss, bit/byte and packets, MAC Addresses, IP Addresses, VLANs, Domains, application recognition) to help you monitor and troubleshoot video, voice and data applications. These reports can help the network operator perform fault isolation of network issues affecting rich media applications, as well as track historical performance of various parts of the network.

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Can You Rely on a “Good-Enough” Network?

Yesterday, I blogged about the “good-enough” network. You know, it’s a network that just good enough to send out a quick email or watch a video, but not quite fast or reliable enough to do everything you need.

It may be easier to think of the good-enough network in terms of other areas of your life where good enough just doesn’t cut it.

For instance, a 19-inch tube TV is certainly good enough for watching reruns of “Magnum P.I.,” but not for watching the big game.

Or using SPF 5 sunscreen may be good enough, but SPF 30 is a way better option if you want to avoid a sunburn.

Just imagine if your customers settled for a good-enough network? It may go something like this:

What are the seven myths about the good-enough network? Read More »

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