A few weeks back, Gartner analyst Bjarne Munch stated, “Internet and MPLS play an equally important role for enterprise connectivity. Network planners must establish a unified WAN with strong integration between these two networks to avoid performance problems.”[i]
So, why should IT move to a hybrid WAN architecture? What are the benefits?
#1 – Control Costs
Growth in bandwidth demand is overwhelming customer networks, particularly at the branch. IP traffic is expected to grow three times over the next five years due to video, cloud applications, rich media and data center centralization. At the same time, Nemertes’ 2014 WAN Best Practices and Success Factors report states that 60% of IT WAN budgets will remain flat or decline in 2015. Read More »
Tags: Akamai Connect, AVC, DMVPN, Glue, hybrid WAN, Intelligent WAN, IWAN, LiveAction, PfRv3
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 capacity.
Smart mobile device users are always looking to access information as they enter any public or private space. If you oversee IT for a shopping center, a hotel, a university or some other large venue, you know that every mobile device user can be an opportunity to:
- Engage customers in new ways: Deliver relevant content, information, and services directly to customer’s mobile devices based on their location or personal preferences.
- Understand customer behavior: Many organizations are not able to efficiently track the number of visitors, dwell time, or movement patterns. Imagine how much you could address visitor needs by gaining these insights.
- Create new advertising revenue streams: Monetize your Wi-Fi infrastructure through third-party mobile advertising opportunities and mobile-influenced sales.
How can you make the most of this opportunity and connect with visitors to improve experiences, increase customer loyalty and drive sales?
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Tags: cmx, connected mobile experiences, Edu, Identity Services Engine, ISE, IWAN
Forget the best of both worlds. Ritchie Bros Auctioneers have found the best of three worlds with their network. This midsize company enables fast, secure bidding for customers, provides hassle-free mobile access for employees, and detailed network reports with no effort for IT.
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers is the world’s largest auctioneer of heavy equipment and trucks. They sell billions of dollars of unused and used equipment at hundreds of unreserved public auctions each year. What’s even more impressive is that they are able to do this with only 1300 employees worldwide.
Auctions are very time sensitive and require a synchronized effort. This leaves little room for errors and interruptions. Read More »
Tags: byod, Cisco ISR G2, Cisco Unified Access, Connected Constuction, construction, EN, IWAN, midmarket, midsize, mobile, Mobile Auctions, Mobile Bidding, mobility, network, Online bidding, Public Auctions, security, small business, smb, UA, wifi, wireless
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” — William Faulkner
In the first half of this blog, I explained how MSDCs are like mainframes and super computers. In this half I develop on my thesis that the networks connecting compute and storage resources within the MSDC are becoming proprietary just like they are in mainframes to create a competitive advantage.
Continuing from where I left off, the internal architecture of a mainframe is parallel to MSDC architectures as shown in the figure to the right.
Mainframe architectures were (and still are) proprietary, in that how the compute and storage resources are connected was an internal engineering design. Each vendor had their own internal design which served as a competitive differentiation. We are seeing the same thing happening in MSDCs. Read More »
Tags: Cisco SDN, IWAN, MSDC, SDN, WAN
There are a billion reasons (okay, I may be exaggerating but you get my point) why you should choose Cisco WAAS as THE WAN optimization solution for your company. But today, I want to emphasize the following three:
#1. Not your ordinary WAN optimization
With Cisco WAAS, you’re not just getting WAN optimization but much more. WAAS is integrated into the industry leading branch routers – the ISRs – and this means the capabilities are not only limited to WAN optimization and application acceleration but to security, application visibility, QoS and much more. The Cisco Intelligent WAN is an entire package along with WAAS to provide an uncompromised user experience over any connection. Regardless of the type of connection that particular branch has, WAAS can reduce bandwidth usage and accelerate applications working alongside with Intelligent Path Control, Transport Independence, and Security.
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Tags: #IWANWed, AppNav, Cisco WAAS, ISR, IWAN, router, waas