Cisco Live in San Diego is right around the corner. It’s the place to be to meet with people, learn and to stay current with the technology trends of the industry. What are some of the upcoming technology trends to watch out for at Cisco Live.
Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN)
There is a lot of buzz about Software Defined Networks (SDN), Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) and everything you can possibly think of and then adding software defined in front of it. Many of these technologies are not mature yet but SD-WAN is a viable technology as of now.
Cisco is realizing the SD-WAN through its technology called IWAN. IWAN is used when connecting to multiple Service Providers (SPs) and can more effectively work in such a setup than with vanilla routing. IWAN can choose the best exit, based on metrics such as latency, jitter and packet loss, which is not feasible with normal routing. It does this through a technology called Performance Routing (PfR). This technology was very complex in the past but has evolved to a much simpler configuration in its current revision. It can also help organizations save money by running DMVPN over the Internet instead of buying more costly MPLS circuits from the SP. Read More »
Tags: #ciscochampion, #CLUS, cisco live, Cisco SDN, CLUS 2015, NFV, PBB-EVPN, SD-WAN, sddc, vpn
Improving workforce productivity is about more than telling employees to work harder, do more, and think faster. It’s about giving them the right resources and removing barriers so that they can do more. One way Cisco is helping organizations improve productivity is by making our technology invisible to users. We’re designing our products to be so intuitive that the complexity of the technology fades away and simply lets the end-users do what they need to do. No training, no extra buttons to push, no fancy set ups, and no need to involve IT. It’s a journey, but we are making progress. A great example of this progress is Cisco Expressway, our advanced collaboration gateway. It is the “invisibility cloak” for a variety of use cases including for mobile and remote workers.
Unknown to remote and mobile Cisco Jabber users, Cisco Expressway is behind the scenes doing the work to make their experiences secure and easy. Employees simply log into Jabber and begin collaborating on their device of choice no matter where they are. It’s Expressway’s firewall traversal technology working in the background that hides (eliminates) the need for the user to fire up a VPN. And with Expressway x8.5’s new single sign-on capabilities, employees do not need their user name and password every time they want to access a different application on Jabber. It just works.
Similarly, Expressway is helping teleworkers by enabling VPN-less access for Cisco endpoints including Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration, expressway, jabber, mobile, remote, TelePresence, video, vpn
Over the past few weeks I’ve had the chance to come up from my rabbit hole of deployment projects and catch up on the tech news. In particular, the announcement at Interop New York where Cisco announced the new ISR 4400 family of routers along with a few other articles got me to thinking about how far branch office connectivity has come in the past decade or so and to a question: is one method of branch connectivity better than another?
In the Beginning…
In the past decade or so we have seen substantial change in how we connect to the internet and how fast we do so. Early on (circa early 2000s) the internet was fairly flat. Real time voice and video were still a thing of science fiction. In the enterprise we connected remote offices back to the central office via leased lines over a frame relay network. T1s were considered good and if you had a DS-3 link you must have been in a big IT shop. Compute services were limited to corporate email (Outlook/Exchange were the new kids on the block) and client/server based systems. Read More »
Tags: #ciscochampion, Cisco ISR, ISR 4000 Series, ISR 4431, ISR 4451-X, IWAN, VPLS, vpn
I hope everyone’s week has been a fruitful one.
Alike many product teams, ours sometimes have a tendency sometimes to keep a large amount of focus churning out new products with all of the features and performance characteristics our customers want in quality networking products.
While one of our product traits is #useability, we all know, there are features that are perhaps not as straightforward to the layman, small business owners, even though these savvy folks understand the need to use these features for their businesses to be successful.
So in that spirit, we have assembled a team of young, bright individuals and challenged them with an aggressive list of topics. The first of these topics is an informative yet light video-on-demand on Quick VPN configuration tips for some of my RV Series router models. Configuring VPN’s, even though it sounds exciting (yes that is a joke), is not always straightforward, so this video should be very helpful for many.
I would like to introduce you to Ruben:
I also wanted to pass along two Cisco Small Business Links that house a set of VoD’s that are a little more technical in nature that our team in Greenville has produced for topics such as Configuring VLAN’s on the RV320 and RV325 and setting up multiple types of VPN’s on RV130, RV320, RV325 and others. These again are little more technical in nature, but very informative and helpful in getting your Small Business Networking configured as needed.
Here is the Cisco Small Business YouTube Page.
And here is the Cisco Small Business Vimeo Page.
Make it a great day.
Tags: growth, network, router, Scalability, small business, switch, VLAN, vpn, wireless
I hope the week is going well for all of you.
I had a Small Business owner reach out to me yesterday to let me know how her experience was in setting up and configuring her new Cisco RV130W wireless router for her small business she started a couple of years ago.
She owns a small but growing business that sells unique holiday card tree displays. Growth has been amazing so far as word is getting out about this new product. I am definitely planning on getting one for our house.
Here is here is Laura’s experience:
“As a small business owner, I am responsible for all aspects of the business – from accounting and marketing to shipping and IT. I do not have time for technology that is hard to set-up or doesn’t work. The Cisco RV130W works exactly as advertised. It is easy to set-up, has been hands-off since the initial configuration and works – period.
I switched from an inferior solution that did not have wireless coverage for the entire office, connectivity consistently dropped, and was a drain on my time. I am incredibly happy with my purchase and will be a Cisco customer from now on.”
Owner, Social Fruitfly
For more information on Laura’s business and these awesome card displays, skip on over to www.SeasonsTreetings.com.
Tags: build your own network, business class, growth, quality, reliable, router, secure, small business, vpn, wireless router