ISE

September 24, 2014

NETWORKING

Improve Your Business Results with Mobility and Analytics

When it comes to delivering better business outcomes, many IT people could be sitting on a virtual goldmine – particularly when it comes to location analytics. Here are some new ways that you can extract more of that valuable information from your network, and some things to think about as you add new services and […]

September 23, 2014

SECURITY

Part 1: Why Is Enabling Only Authorized Users So Complex?

In the past, a critical component of preventing threats was understanding and controlling network access and access to network resources based on role, while also denying access for unauthorized users and devices. However, assuring this secure network access has been increasingly difficult due to: Complexity in understanding more than just who, but how, by what, […]

August 20, 2014

INSIDE CISCO IT

The Evolution of Guest Networking

As I’ve described in my previous blogs and documents, the first capability deployed by Cisco IT for Identity Services Engine (ISE) is guest networking. Guest networking replaced an older existing solution, referred to internally as NextGen Guest Networking (NGGN). NGGN relied on about 12 servers globally and had a large access control list (ACL) to […]

July 9, 2014

INSIDE CISCO IT

Cisco IT’s Identity Services Engine Deployment: Project Planning, Personnel, and Progress

Several customers have asked me how Cisco IT does project planning for a large enterprise deployment such as the Identity Services Engine, or ISE. What’s our approach? How do we manage operational costs? How do we measure performance? What personnel are involved throughout the process? 

July 8, 2014

SECURITY

The Expanding Burden of Security

[ed. Note: This post was updated 7/9/2014 to include new information not available to the author at the time of original publishing] I just returned from the Gartner Security Summit at the Gaylord Resort in National Harbor Maryland. Each morning I took my run along the Potomac River and passed this sculpture of a man […]

June 11, 2014

NETWORKING

Cisco Meraki, Now with ISE!

We’ve been hearing from some of our customers that they are interested in using Cisco Meraki in their branches alongside their Cisco infrastructure in their main offices, but were worried about having to deal with too many segregated policy management systems. Good news: Interoperability between Cisco Meraki and ISE is here. Administrators can now define […]

May 6, 2014

NETWORKING

Get Your Mobile Workspace Solution now – from Cisco and Citrix

Having an enterprise-wide mobility strategy provides a competitive advantage as a recent IT survey from Cisco concluded.  Working with many customers over the last couple of years we have come to recognize that mobility is a multi-stage journey that every organization is taking at its own pace. While some of you might think of this journey […]

April 23, 2014

INSIDE CISCO IT

Cisco IT’s Identity Services Engine Deployment: Cluster and Server Sizing

When sizing clusters for devices in our Identity Services Engine (ISE) deployment, Cisco IT uses a “3+1” formula: For every person we assume three devices (laptop, smartphone, and a tablet) plus one device in the background (security camera, printer, network access device, etc.). In a company the size of Cisco, with roughly 80,000 employees, the […]