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Networking Field Day 10 Recap 2 – Deep Dive into IWAN Policy Automation along with Application Visibility and Protection

On August 19th twelve delegates came into Cisco for a deep dive session on multiple topics including IWAN Policy Automation and IWAN Application Visibility and Protection. This session is known as Networking Field Day where bloggers, speakers, podcasters, and influential leaders come into Cisco for a 2 hour session and ask questions to our speakers throughout presentations on exciting Cisco technologies.

Jeff Reed, VP of Network Transformation, kicked off #NFD10 by introducing Cisco’s approach to Software Define WAN (SD-WAN) for the Enterprises. Sumanth Kakaraparthi, Product Manager for Platform Routing, and Pedro Leonardo, Product Manager in Networking Transformation for Enterprise Management and Controller, then continued to dive into Zero-Touch Deployment. For more information on those sessions, click here: Networking Field Day 10 Recap – Introduction to SD-WAN and Zero Touch Deployment

Sumanth and Pedro continued with a deep dive into IWAN Policy Automation, where they explain how Cisco moves away from feature level configuration to business policy configuration.

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Tunneling: Faster, More Secure, and Cost-Effective Connectivity for Your Network

No, I’m not talking about schematics for the Hyperloop (although I’m pretty excited about flying through California in a suction pipe). I’m talking about an even more important network in today’s digitized world: the WAN.

Recent trends such as bring-your-own-device, mobility, and cloud computing have led to a surge in the number and types of devices connecting to the network. With these challenges, how can an enterprise manage demand for WAN bandwidth and fast, secure connectivity with a flat or decreasing operational budget? Read More »

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SD-WAN and ACI Momentum at Open Networking User Group

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Next week (3rd-5th November) the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) meets at New York University in New York for its fall conference. For those of you not familiar with ONUG, it is a community of IT business leaders who exchange ideas and best practices for implementing Open Networking and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) designs.

Our enterprise customers continue to show significant interest in simplifying and automating their WAN network infrastructure and datacenter. Our ACI solution has reached over 1000 customers and we continue to see enhancements to Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) with APIC-EM and the IWAN ApplicationRead More »

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Your Right to Never Visit a Branch Again

The SD-WAN Bill of Rights talks about your right to never visit a branch office again. Depending on the size of your organization, budget, and operational preference etc there are various ways to exercise this right:

Option 1: Leave it to someone else

Last month, Verizon announced a new SD-WAN service that includes Cisco Intelligent WAN as a managed service offering. For customers, this means you get the best of both worlds. Verizon’s expertise in managing your network combined with the advantages of Cisco Intelligent WAN. Shawn Hakl, vice president of enterprise networking and innovation at Verizon speaks in this video about the two companies’ partnership.

“Verizon as a trusted service provider and Cisco as a trusted technology provider, together we give the customer the confidence to move forward and enjoy the benefits of the technology.”

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Digital Vortex Part 2: Key Tenets of a Digital Business Network

Yesterday was “Back to the Future Day.” Michael J. Fox had a glimpse into his futuristic world. What if you too had the same capability? Imagine this: you’re an astronaut on a time travel space mission. You come upon a futuristic world years from today, and this is what you see.

A vortex of insurmountable forces sucking you and the surrounding environment into the abyss. Yet you’re still attached to the present. You still have control. (It is a visual presentation of a Digital Vortex, working its way into becoming a black hole putting your business at risks.)

A vortex of insurmountable force is sucking you and the surrounding environment into the abyss, yet you’re still attached to the present. You still have control. (It is a visual presentation of a Digital Vortex, working its way into becoming a black hole, putting your business at risks.) Image Source: Lightfarm Studios

Armed with this vision, what would you do if today, October 22, 2015, is your “Back to the Future” day?

This is a continuation of a previous post by Hugo Vliegen, Digital Vortex, Part I: How Not to Be the 40% That Will Fail. (Re-read that post here). In this blog (part II), I will share four key tenets of a digital business network, a.k.a recommendations for the hypothetical NeedToChange company scenario (as referenced in part I).

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