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CCIE : ITD and RISE in CCIE Data Center

ITD and RISE are now part of CCIE Data Center:

Intelligent Traffic Director (ITD) is a hardware based multi-terabit layer 4 load-balancing, traffic steering and services insertion solution on the Nexus 5k/6k/7k/9k series of switches.

Domain Written Exam (%) Lab Exam (%)  
1.0 Cisco Data Center L2/L3 Technologies 24% 27% Show Details
2.0 Cisco Data Center Network Services 12% 13% Hide Details
2.1 Design, Implement and Troubleshoot Service Insertion and Redirection

  • 2.1.a Design, Implement and Troubleshoot Service Insertion and Redirection for example LB, vPATH, ITD, RISE

2.2 Design, Implement and Troubleshoot network services

  • 2.2.a Design, Implement and Troubleshoot network services for example policy drivenL4-L7 services
3.0 Data Center Storage Networking and Compute 23% 26% Show Details
4.0 Data Center Automation and Orchestration 13% 14% Show Details
5.0 Data Center Fabric Infrastructure 18% 14% Show Details
6.0 Evolving Technologies 10% N/A Show Details


To learn about RISE (Remote Integrated Services Engine), please see:

To learn about ITD (Intelligent Traffic Director), please see:


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Your Right to Choose Your WAN Connectivity and Your Right to Security

Still too often, nowadays, I look at my phone and my stomach drops.

I see: “3G”…

Even worse, I see: “1x”…

I think to myself: It’s the year 2015 and the world is becoming increasingly digitized. IDC’s Internet of Things Forecast states that there will be 4 billion people using 50 billion devices all in one hyper-connected world. I (along with 3,999,999,999 other people) believe it is my right to always have a consistent and high-performing 4G-LTE connection.

For the enterprise, Cisco’s SD-WAN Bill of Rights talks about what customers should expect and demand as they prepare their WAN for tomorrow. Among these rights are two that are very important to branch security in particular: Read More »

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#CiscoChat Recap: Where Shopping Experience Meets the New Digital Customer

In my first #CiscoChat I hosted together with Anabelle Pinto, we were joined by Gaurav Pant and Sahir Anand from EKN Research to share their perspective and dig deeper into additional findings from Cisco and IDC. We started by defining who the digital consumer is, what type of services they’re looking for and what shoppers want and expect, all while providing the security they need.

Here are a few highlights from the #CiscoChat:

Who is today’s digital shopper?

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Connected Health News, Fall 2015 Edition

Have you read the latest Cisco Connected Health newsletter? We encourage you to explore the customer success stories, white papers, and videos to learn new and innovative ways to provide your caregivers with highly secure and reliable access to health information, regardless of location.

Apple and Cisco Partnership
We have seen an increase in the use of iOS devices and apps in the healthcare industry so we are thrilled to report that Cisco and Apple have announced a new partnership to optimize Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps. Stay tuned for further news about how we are integrating IOS devices with Cisco networks to enhance clinical collaboration capabilities.

Cisco and UCSF Partner to Advance Healthcare Interoperability
To advance the secure exchange of data across the healthcare industry, Cisco and UCSF will develop a collaborative platform to collectively test and scale interoperability across different devices, IT systems and software in order to integrate clinical data to optimize health decisions.

White Paper: Combating Cybercrime in the Healthcare Industry
Healthcare security breaches are making headlines with escalating frequency.  Consequently, the need to safeguard personal health information (PHI) and other nonpublic data looms more urgent with each passing day.  With the rising value of health records on the black market—roughly 10 times that of other records— it was only a matter of time before hackers began targeting hospitals and healthcare organizations in general.

White Paper: HIPAA Compliance for the Wireless LAN
Wireless hardware, such as access points that are installed around a facility, must facilitate HIPAA compliance. Similarly, wireless software must support the security and management features that the facility requires to enforce HIPAA compliance. Learn how Cisco Meraki products can help customers maintain a HIPAA-compliant network.

Transforming the Health Insurance Marketplace
Cisco offers a vision for Connected Health that includes exciting new op­portunities for payers, enabling an approach that treats every member and provider as an individual, in a system that knows who they are and anticipates what they want. This allows you to provide an experience that is simpler and more transparent, leading to a better quality of care.

Cisco Patient Connect: Use Video to Modernize Your Healthcare Environment
Cisco Patient Connect brings state-of-the-art clinical communication and collaboration together in an integrated, easy-to-manage solution to deliver digital content (such as wayfinding or patient education), streaming media (along with broadcast TV), and personalized patient information.

Case Study: Roper St. Francis Implements Wireless and Unified Collaboration
Through a series of acquisitions, Roper St. Francis had nearly 50 different phone and key systems.  By replacing legacy voice environments with an integrated collaboration platform and a high-performing wireless network, RSF established a robust, scalable platform that provides an interactive patient experience.

Case Study: CALSTAR Connects People Processes and Data during Medical Emergencies
California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) is a nonprofit regional air ambulance service.  When the FAA updated its operational control guidance, CALSTAR leveraged its existing Cisco infrastructure to build its own air-to-ground dispatch system that connects air transport to lifesaving care.

Case Study: SickKids Foundation Enhances Fundraising
A large charitable funder of child health research in Canada, SickKids Foundation’s center receives contributions from more than 232,000 doors annually and its aging network and phone system were unable to keep up with its needs. To ensure an exceptional donor experience, the Foundation refreshed its network with an end-to-end Cisco solution.

Virtual Pediatric Network Connects Oncologists
The Virtual Pediatric Network connects some of the nation’s top pediatric oncologists to treat children and adolescents diagnosed with rare and complicated cancers. See how Cisco technology is making a difference in cancer care.

Case Study: Interpreters are just a click away
Language barriers can be a big concern in healthcare, where diagnoses and treatments are defined and agreed on after talks between doctors and patients.  Cisco video conferencing is helping to eliminate time, distance, and language barriers to provide effective communication between clinicians and their patients.

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Cisco Connected Health Newsletter

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An introduction to the new Cisco Network Visibility Flow Protocol (nvzFlow)

As recently announced, Cisco AnyConnect 4.2 extends visibility to the endpoint with the Network Visibility Module (NVM).  Users are one of the most vulnerable parts of any security strategy, with 78% of organizations saying in a recent survey that a malicious or negligent employee had been the cause of a breach.  However, until now, IT Administrators had been blind to user behavior on their devices.  NVM allows you to monitor and analyze this rich data to help you defend against potential security threats like data exfiltration and shadow IT, as well as address network operations challenges like application capacity planning and troubleshooting.

AnyConnect NVM supports the Cisco Network Visibility Flow protocol or nvzFlow for short
(pronounced: en-vizzy-flow).  The protocol is designed to provide greater network visibility of endpoints in a lightweight manner by extending standard IPFIX with a small set of high-value endpoint context data.  Leading IPFIX vendors have begun implementing the new protocol to provide customers with an unprecedented level of visibility.

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