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November 3, 2010 - 3 Comments

Hardev Singh and the new Sup6E

Welcome to the technology grab-bag…we have a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone I think – bottom line – the hits keep coming!  Tons of huge stuff from our Borderless Team that we have the privilege of breaking down for you…but you gotta watch the show.  In a nutshell:  Catalyst 4500, New SUPS, Old SUPS with new Skills….plus the 800 series ISRs, Fire and Forget security now available on your iPhone with AnyConnect, AND UCS Express….(Cisco data center mojo now available in snack size…)

So how do we cover so much in a single show?

It has been a big launch…so big in fact, it took us three shows to cover it all starting with ‘Beyond the Virtualized Data Center‘ available to watch right now, ‘Borderless Networks: The New Technologies” which is airing today (these are the shownotes silly!) and then next week, (November 11)  the final show in our little three-way with ‘Optimizing Application Velocity’

Today’s Show – TechWiseTV and Borderless Tech Part 1:


TechWiseTV and Borderless Tech Part 2

The big corporate version of the launch was on October 5th as Cisco Borderless Networks and DC Virtualization came together for the first Cisco cross architectural launch. The “The Power of AND” launch had audience registrations that crossed a record 11,000 mark representing 141 countries. Very nice.

Some of the key solutions announcements included:

Application Velocity, the new Application Performance network service enabled by WAAS Express, WAAS for the Service Ready Engine and UCS Express.

From a new high performance, high density hardware perspective, we announced the Cisco Catalyst 4500-E series switch, the Cisco ASR 1001 series router, and the Cisco ASA 5585-X adaptive security appliance.

For the commercial and small business markets, we announced the Cisco Aironet 1040 Series Access Point, an economical way for customers to migrate to 802.11n, at an entry-level price.

Added functionality upgrades to existing solutions, namely AnyConnect 3.0 and Cisco EnergyWise.

Expanded our services by helping customers realize the full potential of Borderless Networks with Cisco Smart Business Architecture (SBA), CiscoWorks LMS 4.0 and Smart Net Total Care.

Of course, these are just the highlights. For a complete list of “what’s new”, check out the Cisco Borderless Networks page…or even better, watch the rest of this show and part 2 next week…we dive into our favorite bits!

Here is what we did and even more link goodness to satisfy your appetite:

Announcing the Launch
Sylvia goes straight to the top and wrangles an intriguing conversation with Ben Gibson covering just how big this launch is.

Ben Gibson and Sylvia Hooks

Segment 3: Cisco UCS Express
Data center innovation has made its way into the branch. Anurag Gurtu returns to the lab to show us how it works.

Anurag Gurtu and UCS Express

Great information for digging in further on the UCS Express Product Page as well as a couple of good white papers you may want to check out: Server Virtualization: Branching Out of the Data Center (branching out…get it?…wordplay…) and “x86 Blades: Shrinking the Branch Office”

Check out our Fundamentals of UCS to get the basics on what Cisco is doing uniquely in the server/compute space:

Segment 4: Smart Install and New Cisco 890 Series Routers
The new Cisco 892F Router takes center stage with technology normally reserved for more expensive platforms. Vasanth Raghavan covers our show and tell.

Vasanth Raghavan

All this and more on the 800 Series Product Page:

The award-winning Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers deliver the following integrated services at broadband speeds to small offices and teleworkers, or to service providers to deploy as part of their managed network services:

Along with easy deployment and centralized management capabilities, these routers offer features such as:

  • Built-in security, including content filtering
  • Cisco Configuration Professional for simplified management
  • WAN connection with multiple access options
  • Business Continuity with primary and backup connections on the Cisco 880 router, including 3G and ISDN
  • Four 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet managed switch ports with optional PoE on two switch ports
  • Up to 20 VPN tunnels
  • Integrated access point based on the IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 standard that uses MIMO (Multi-Input, Multiple-output) to improve coverage for existing 802.11 b/g clients and new 802.11n clients
  • Cisco Unified Wireless Management Solution
  • Business continuity for both data and voice
  • Universal software image eases expansion capabilities with software activation

Segment 5: Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 4500 gets all new superpowers with the addition of the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 7-E. Nikhil Sharma brings the big box into the lab so we can see how it works.

Nikhil Sharma

Data Sheet on the Sup 7E

Segment 6: Cisco AnyConnect 3.0
See the evolution of a single client for secure mobility that does its job with minimal user interaction.

Horacio Zambrano

Begin enabling your iPhone users for Secure Mobility today. Cisco AnyConnect, the market-leading secure mobility client, has been extended to Apple iOS 4.1 and is now available on the Apple App Store free of charge. Simply enable your Cisco ASA 5500 with a one-time Mobile Enablement license and use your existing Essentials or Premium VPN licenses to allow your employees to connect using iPhone.

iPhone users will have seamless and secure network connectivity for email and calendaring, as well as full intranet access, including web browsing and connectivity for any application on the device requiring corporate IP access. A full suite of authentication options are available, for both user identity including digital certificates to aid in creating a more transparent user experience. In addition, Cisco AnyConnect supports VPN on-demand, when users need it and the ability to auto-resume when switching between WiFi and 3G Internet connections. Lastly, your iPhone users will experience optimized connectivity with Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS), which uses User Datagram Protocol (UDP) to provide an efficient encrypted connection.

With AnyConnect on the iPhone, Cisco is helping to make the iPhone safer for the enterprise and brings the power of AnyConnect to the Apple iOS platform. Look for future support for the Apple iPad once Apple iOS 4.2 support is available.

For more information about the AnyConnect client, go to

Segment 7: Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 6-E
The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 6-E expands skill sets with Power over Ethernet Plus (POE+), EnergyWise, Auto Smartports and 802.1X.

Nikhil Sharma

Data Sheet on the 6E

What Did We Miss?
Lots to cover, but this is only part 1. Part 2 of the TechWiseTV deep dive is coming up live on November 11. (

We will dive deep on:

• Flexible NetFlow– Offers greater visibility into network performance and enables automated remediation
• CiscoWorks LMS 4.0– Completely redesigned to overcome common network management software limitations, it provides deep insights into current and future network and device status, making large-scale deployment of new services much easier
• Cisco Wide Area Application Service Express (WAAS Express)– This IOS-based software solution gives smaller branches affordable high performance yet is easily managed centrally
• Cisco ASA 5585-X Adaptive Security Appliance– handles a blistering 350,000 connections per second in a compact 2 RU form factor for maximum efficiency
• Cisco ASR 1001 Router– Provides a small footprint solution that delivers new performance levels on the network edge

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